Title: It’s Mine!
Author: Emma Yarlett
Illustrator: Emma Yarlett
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
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Description:  A Thing has appeared.  No one knows what it is.  “It’s MINE!” says Mouse and Frog and Fox and Bear.  But who does it really belong to?  Peep through the pages for a BIG SURPRISE!

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is such a brilliant and funny picture book. ‘It’s Mine!’ is a little wider than A4 and the paperback is filled with thick matt pages of illustrations and some text. Mouse sees the thing, a round object and thinks it’s a piece of fruit so mouse takes it home to eat it, but then Frog sees the thing and things it’s a wheel and steals it from Mouse.

It's Mine! book page image one
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The story in this book is so simple and so funny at the same time. The thing mouse sees ends up being taken by Frog who thinks it’s a wheel and begins using it as such, but then another animal believes the thing is something else, and this continues for quite a few pages. I love what happens in the end and how we finally find out what the thing really is. I won’t spoil it by telling you, but it’s such a funny ending and one I really enjoyed. The book has an interesting and different way of displaying the animals and the thing on each double page. There are circle holes cut out on various pages which allow a part of the next or previous page to be seen through this hole. I like how this works, I’ve left photos to show how it works and it’s a fun way of showing the story without revealing too much detail too quickly.

It's Mine! book page image two
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The illustrations are so great. I’ve loved every book by Emma Yarlett so far and this one is no exception. The way all the characters look is so funny, I love the expressions on them all, the details in the pictures around them and how colourful and great each image is. The fun way that a part of the next page is seen is brilliant, with certain characters and the thing visible through the hole, but the important next part of the story is hidden until you turn the page.

It's Mine! book page image three
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This is definitely a book I’d recommend and one which I believe children will love reading again and again. There’s some great repetition in what each animal says about the thing being theirs, and the final ending is so brilliant and funny, it’s just a great book and one I’m sure many kids, and adults, will enjoy reading.

What do you think of this book?  Do you like picture books with features like flaps or cut out holes?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂