This Girl That Girl by Charlotte Lance
Published by Allen & Unwin
This Girl is as neat as a pin, organized and wears checkered pants. That Girl dresses like a hippy pirate and is a bit of messy free spirit. This Girl and That Girl are neighbours.
Ironically, the fathers of the girls are the exact opposite to their daughters. This Girl’s dad is into creative music, mural painting and alternate animal behavioural therapy while That Girl’s dad is an orderly neat freak who lines up the peas on his plate.
And so while This Girl’s dad is trying to fit into a pillowcase and That Girl’s dad is rearranging the gravel in the driveway the girls are helping in their own way.
Both girls have something in common; caring dads that like to spend time with them making fun things like a tree house. Both families happen upon building a cubby in a daughter/ father team. With their unique combinations of skills and approaches to the task the results are surprisingly similar. A bold colourful well constricted slightly lopsided success.
We all have different gifts to bring to a project and being different keeps life exciting.
Lance has also illustrated the book with paints and art liner; I love that delicate combination between bright colours and detailed finishes. The drawings are a little Quentin Blake inspired and I love that too. They are droll and heartwarming all in the same stroke.
You can’t pick your family and that is probably a good thing. It is a great introduction to how different approaches can reap the same great results. And that is acceptance of difference creates a great team! A great read out loud for preschoolers.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Charlotte Lance
Title: This Girl That Girl
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: June 2016