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Boing Boing is a Picture Squirrel picture book, written by Alexander McCall Smith and published by Barrington Stoke, who sent me this book for review purposes.


Picture Squirrels are a recent imprint by Barrington Stoke after the success of their books for older children. These, as the name suggests, are picture books, aimed at the early years market, up to the age of five. As with Barrington Stoke’s Little Gem books, they are made to be dyslexia friendly, with clear font, lots of space between words and around the lines of text, and gorgeous, rich illustrations, in this case by Zoe Persico.

Alexander McCall Smith is probably best known by adult readers for his No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series, among many other books, but he has also been prolific in recent years, in terms of his output for children. His children’s books bear the same hallmark as his books for adults with gentle, feel good humour and uplifting stories that make you glad you read them.

Boing Boing tells the story of Springy Jane, so called because as a baby she doesn’t so much learn to walk as to bounce. Her bouncing career reaches a peak when she learns to help her neighbours and community with everything from the more mundane, day to day tasks, to helping out in far more dramatic situations.

Will Springy Jane manage when her springs seize up after a watery rescue?

Of course.

This is a lovely, optimistic story with fabulously energetic illustrations by Zoe Persico that perfectly complement the text. It’s a fun book to share and would be lovely as a bed time story or something to share at nursery or in an early years classroom environment.