Observer Review - Picture Books

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Observer Review

Picture books for young children, reviewed by Kate Kellaway

The Fly by Petr Horáček (Walker £10.99) is an irresistible, eye-catching book with a curving loop-the-loop signature, a fly path. The fly launches himself jubilantly, spoiling this only with a rueful postscript: "People don't like me being in the house." He is immaculately drawn, with recognisably repellent diaphanous wings and scarlet proboscis. A convincing day-in-the-life develops: confrontations with a fly swat, a dizzying encircling of a lightbulb, a close encounter with an iced cake. This story may have the unwelcome effect of making children housefly-friendly, but enjoy: it has the wittiest ending - begging the reader not to slam the book shut and make its hero history. KATE KELLAWAY

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