Title: Fletcher and the Rockpool (Fletcher and the Four Seasons #7)
Author: Julia Rawlinson
Illustrator: Tiphanie Beeke
Publisher: Graffeg
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
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Description: When Fletcher tumbles happily onto the beach he is dazzled by the sun, sea and space.  He soon finds a rockpool full of new friends, but as the sea disappears they are stranded!  Fletcher rushes to the rescue and manages to scoop up Little Crab – but do Fletcher’s friends really need rescuing?
Explore the glittering would beyond Fletcher’s wood in this heart-warming summer story.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  Aw, this is such a sweet story with some amazing illustrations!  Fletcher’s mum takes Fletcher on a journey through the woods until they finally reach the beach.  Fletcher is amazed at the beach and enjoys slipping his feet into the sand and running around.  While having fun Fletcher spots a small pool near some rocks, filled with lots of different things, seaweed, an anemone, fish, etc.  But there’s a problem, the water in the pool is disappearing and Fletcher doesn’t know if he can save all of his new friends.  This hardback is A4 in size and is filled with thick matt pages of text and some really sweet illustrations!

Fletcher and the Rockpool book page image one
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The story is good and I love how happy Fletcher looks when he first sees the beach and sea.  When he meets his new friends in the rockpool and then discovers the water disappearing, Fletcher desperately tries to help his friends by carrying water from the sea to the pool, but no matter how fast he runs back and forth the rockpool is running out of water and the sea gets further and further away.  I love how this story explains the tide and what happens when Fletcher meets his new friend Little Crab and what he does to help make Little Crab feel happy despite the receding water.  The story has a brilliant finish and I just love how sweet and happy the whole tale is with the illustrations really making you adore the story so much more.

The illustrations are all colourful and so sweet.  I love Fletcher’s expressions and the way his friends, especially Little Crab look.  The pictures really make you feel all the more for Fletcher and I love how beautiful they are, they always make me want to just stare at them for a long time.  Fletcher and Little Crab look so cute and I love the scene at night with Fletcher tucked up in bed and Little Crab nearby.  The illustrations really make you want to read this book again and again and there is a lovely last page which has been described on the front cover as glittery but it’s more of a shiny finish than a glittery one, though it still looks very special and lovely! 🙂

Fletcher and the Rockpool book page image two
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Overall, I just love this book and it’s the perfect addition to the Fletcher and the Four Seasons series.  It’s a great book for the summer and can teach children about how tides work, and it might make some kids want to check out a rock pool for themselves too.  It’s certainly a lovely story about Fletcher’s time on the beach and the new friends he makes and I can’t help but love that last page image with the other animals, and also the end sheets of the inside front and back covers which show a mini-story of Little Crab too!

What do you think of this book and its illustrations?  Have you read any of the series yet?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂