Shake the Tree! by Silvia Borando, Chiara Vignocchi, Paolo Chiarinotti
  

Shake the Tree!

Written by Silvia Borando, Chiara Vignocchi, Paolo Chiarinotti
Illustrated by Silvia Borando
Part of the Minibombo Series

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In a story reminiscent of The Gruffalo, this stylish book builds tension via repetition and suspense to a very funny, unexpected ending. Mouse spots a nut high up in a tree and, ‘Mmmmm’, shakes the trunk a little to the left, a little to the right in order to dislodge it. Imagine her surprise – and ours – when not the nut but a fox falls out of the tree. Now it’s the mouse’s turn to be a tasty treat and she quickly takes refuge in the branches. When fox shakes the tree, he too finds himself in trouble, and so on, until at last someone shakes everyone plus nut to the ground. The minimalist illustrations hold the eye, and the punchline lends itself to repeat readings and it’s great fun, especially when the layout asks readers to turn the book sideways to see the full length of the tree. ~ Andrea Reece

Synopsis

Shake the Tree! by Silvia Borando, Chiara Vignocchi, Paolo Chiarinotti

I am a minibombo book: a little book buzzing with a big idea.

It all begins with one tasty nut, hanging on the highest branch of a tree. A little Mouse looks at it longingly - he wants to eat it, so very much. But how can he get it down? By shaking the tree, of course! Can you, the reader, help him? Shake the tree - a little to the right (shake)... and a little to the left (shake shake). But - UH-OH - something else is falling from the tree, and it's looking rather hungry... From minibombo, the innovative creators of The White Book and Black Cat, White Cat comes an interactive, hilarious story for the very youngest of readers - a story that only unfolds when you, the reader, shake shake shake that tree!

Check out minibombo.com to find plenty of fun ideas for playing and creating inspired by this book!

Reviews

Praise for Black Cat, White Cat:

Sweet, smart and completely charming, these little books contain very big ideas. -- Junior Junior

Juxtaposition is key throughout this seemingly simple, visually striking book. By using only black and white the focus is always on the visual play between the characters, their backgrounds, the placing of the images on the spreads and the contrasting space around them. Genius! -- Jill Bennet Red Reading Hub

It's a visual treat, a highly stylised, beautiful object to both hold and feast your eyes upon. Also, I love that orange comma - if you buy the book & you should, you'll find out why. Magpie That blog

Visually striking and packed with the adventurous spirit of youth, Black Cat, White Cat explores opposites, new experiences, and the very different but special someone you can share those experiences with. A warm, appealing story with pictures that speak as loud as words... Lancashire Evening Post

A straightforward and playful book revisiting the archetypal encounter of opposites that, through the use of clever, minimalistic graphics, gives birth to a simple and endearing tale of friendship. This book is a sensitive reminder that wonderful things can happen by being curious, open-minded, and willing to leave our comfort zone. Without spoiling the ending, I would dare anyone not to crack a smile as they got to the last page in the story. Inis Reading Guide

...adorable children's book, with sweet illustrations throughout. Your Cat Magazine

About the Author

A collaborative project between Chiara Vignocchi, Paolo Chiarinotti and Silvia Borando, a creative team with a background in illustration, animation and design, Shake the Tree is one of a playful series from minibombo, an Italian children's publishing house. Their other books include The White Book; Black Cat, White Cat; Near, Far; Now You See Me, Now You Don't; Open Up, Please!; Shapes at Play; Shapes, Reshape! and the Paper Pet series. Located in Reggio Emilia, Italy, they bring together their love of storytelling to create young, innovative and graphic picture books and APPs. Find minibombo online at minibombo.com.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
48 pages
Interest Age: From 3 to 7 years

Author

Silvia Borando, Chiara Vignocchi, Paolo Chiarinotti
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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st January 2018

ISBN

9781406372144

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