Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks is another of fils cadet‘s library books from the weekend. It’s interesting to note the difference made by a change of illustrator – the rhyming text is still obviously Donaldson but the pictures are in such a different style to Axel Scheffler‘s that the book has a completely different feel to the Gruffalo and so on.
Like the Rainbow Fish, it’s a nice story about sharing with glittery pages but it’s far less preachy and thus unlikely to be stir up such a storm. Both boys enjoyed this book a lot, and there were a few puns worth explaining to fils aîné that went right over his little brother’s head. The text bounces along happily enough and is fun for a grown-up to read too. Occasionally we’ve felt that Julia Donaldson‘s rhymes are a little too obvious or that they drive the plot rather than the other way around, but that wasn’t the case here.
The book could even be used as an introduction to the concept of symbiosis, except that they’ve already learnt about that from the Octonauts!