Title: You’re One!
Author: Shelly Unwin
Illustrator: Katherine Battersby
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
RRP: $12.99 (AUD)

This board book perfectly celebrates a one-year-old’s birthday. The verbal narrative addresses the young reader, or in this case, listener, looking at what can be found in ones. It is a special number and great things come in ones. As the text exposes them in rhyme, all in the theme of a birthday celebration, we see the small duckling with his family and friends. Katherine Battersby’s illustrations are delightful. She is a huge favourite of mine. The illustrations here use a variety of media including collage. The characters are outlined in black, making then stand out for the viewer. You can see Battersby’s other work in one of the scenes, providing young ones with an early experience of intertextuality. Having these books handy would enrich the reading of this book so much, what fun for a little one to have the books pictured in their own book!

Board books should be designed for their young audience in mind. Short verbal text, full colour illustrations with no borders and the perfect size for little hands. This board book does all this, and more, for this is the first in the series. Four others have been pubished, taking the titles to You’re Five. Not having seen the subsequent titles, I can only guess they are as equally as good as this one. A debut series for author Shelly Unwin, I look forward to seeing more of her work.

If ever there was the perfect gift for a baby turning one, this is it. Why not include a membership card for the local library with it? The perfect way to enrich and continue your young ones’ literary experiences.

Many thanks to Allen & Unwin for sending this book for review.

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