Title: Searching for Cicadas
Written and illustrated by Lesley Gibbes and Judy Watson
Published by Walker Books
RRP: $26.99 (Hb)

This dual text picture book, comprising of both narrative and non-fiction texts, is a wonderful celebration of cicadas. Written in the first person, this is the story of a young child and Grandpa going cicada watching. They pack their tent and set up camp in the nearby park. At dusk, they sit at the base of a tree and wait. After the nymphs hatch from eggs they crawl up the trunk of the tree, turning into an adult cicada overnight. One text tells the story of the camping outing, the other gives information about cicadas. More information is found at the end of the book, as is an index and information about the author and illustrator.

Both texts are well worked and can be read together with each double page spread, or individually. The illustrations are beautiful, full of life and colour. The end papers are glorious, as soon as I opened the book I knew this was going to be a special one!

This book will be loved by many and is perfect a young audience. It will do well in private collection and all libraries, and would make a welcome addition to a story time pack for insects or grandparents.

Teaching notes can be downloaded here.

Many thanks to Walker Books for supplying this book for review.