Gertie is Back!
The Littlest Yak: The New Arrival is a sheer delight. Although a follow on from the wonderful The Littlest Yak you could absolutely read this as a stand alone. However, I urge you to read The Littlest Yak as it’s brilliant and one of mine and my daughter’s favourite books. If you’d like to find out more head to our review here.
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The superb duo that is Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley have done it again with another spectacular picture book full of warmth and brimming with love.
The Littlest Yak: The New Arrival Synopsis
Gertie, the littlest yak of the herd is thrilled to hear she is going to be a big sister. She knows just what to do to be the perfect big sister. Gran helps Gertie realise that she’ll need to be good at sharing so Gertie begins to gather together the things she can share. It’ not long before she realises something or more importantly someone that she will need to share – Mummy! Will Mummy have enough love for both Gertie and the new arrival?
Ideal New Sibling Gift
A lovely story to share with all children but the ideal book to gift to a child who’s expecting to be a big brother or sister to help them bring up and discuss any of their fears they have and alleviate worries that a new sibling brings.
A Dreamy Match of Author and Illustrator
There’s a lyrical lightness and magic to Lu’s writing. Her style makes it a dreamy read aloud with its gentle patter of words on your tongue. There’s a juxtaposed aspect to the book where the illustrations from Kate are cool and ice-filled yet Lu’s story is cast in warm affection with words of love. Together they work in complete harmony to bring you a story you will be asked to read over and over by your little ones.
There’s several spreads in the book that we particularly loved. When Gertie is getting creative with paints and knitting needles. We love the palette of the book with the cool blues and pops of red but this spread has a little rainbow sprinkling of colours.
As book lovers we also adored the page with the stack of books to help little yaks with big thinking! Exploring the different titles of the books was lots of fun. I think Kate had lots of fub when constructing this spread. Gertie continues to be super cute and yakling is just as delightful.
Pre-orders make such a difference to authors and illustrators. If you love the look of The Littlest Yak: The New Arrival do consider placing a pre-order to support Lu and Kate.
Thanks to Simon and Schuster and Netgalley for sharing an eARC with us.