Illustrator: Moira Court
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Antarctica is so much more than your average counting book. Each number (from one to ten) features Antarctica’s creatures in a double page spread accompanied by lyrical prose – gorgeous wordplay bordering on tongue twisters. Try: ‘Five speedy, beady-eyed snow petrels somersaulting by craggy cliffs’! Moira Court’s artwork will already be familiar to readers of My Superhero, and Colour Me, but Antarctica is the first book Court has both written and illustrated. Her stunning illustrations evoke the polar environment, and were created by hand using woodblock prints, screen-prints and collage. At the end of the book there are extra facts about Antarctica and the unique creatures living there. Antarctica is informative, appealing to look at, and a joy to read aloud to a young audience. Older readers would enjoy it as a springboard for experimenting with art and language.