Alfie's Lost Sharkie by Anna Walker
Published by Scholastic Australia
Bouncing into our hearts once again, from the award-winning children's author and illustrator, Anna Walker, is our endearing, care-free crocodile friend, Alfie. After meeting, and falling in love with him in 'Hurry Up Alfie', he's back again with more mischief in 'Alfie's Lost Sharkie'.
With her short and sweet style of parent-to-child dialogue, mixed with her characteristically gorgeous textured backgrounds, watercolours and collages, Anna Walker sets Alfie on a new mission. Last time he prolonged getting ready to go out to the park, and this time the cheeky croc fights to prepare for bed until he has found his beloved toy, Sharkie. But an ever-so-patient parent cleverly, yet gently, encourages Alfie to search in various places that ultimately take him through the bedtime routine.
"Let's see if he's in the bath."
"He might be hiding in your pyjama drawer."
"Let's finish the story and see if Sharkie is cleaning his teeth."
With plenty of giggle-worthy moments as Alfie creates all sorts of havoc, we are pleasantly surprised when Sharkie is finally found... in the most unexpected of places!
'Alfie's Lost Sharkie' is a completely adorable, totally relatable story with strong characters and a beautiful sense of warmth and familiarity in the pictures. Its preschool-aged audience will be sure to put off their own bedtime a little longer just to read this story again and again.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Anna Walker
Title: Alfie's Lost Sharkie
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: March 2015