Possums Big Surprise written by Colin Buchanan & Illustrated by Nina Rycroft
Published by Scholastic Australia
Flossy the Possum is hurrying home, to what and why we do not know. Along the way, she happens upon a wrinkly claw, but that doesn’t stop her.
Off in a flash and a tumble of grey, Flossy happens upon two twitchy ears, poking out from behind a rock. What are her friends up to Flossy doesn’t know, and off she goes, when she happens upon a tentacle coated in reddy-brown fur. What could it be, Flossy pays no attention, she is too busy hurrying past the pond, scaring the yabbies and startling the fish.
Home isn’t far now so off she scurries, when she happens upon a great big black flappity, feathery thing. Flossy doesn’t care, she simply must get home, and when she arrives….SURPRISE! All of her friends have gathered for her party and we learn that Flossy had almost happened upon each of their party preparations. But no matter, as Flossy the Possum had the best birthday ever.
The rhythm and rhyme of this wonderful tale, are fast paced, keeping your attention as you wonder what secret Flossy’s friends are hiding. You can’t help but turn the page, excited to see who she will happen upon next. The illustrations capture the precocious Flossy so beautifully, along with the many and varied Australian animals that so many children will recognise and love.
This would make a great read aloud for children aged 3-6 with it's fantastic rhythm, that keeps you on your toes and turning each page, as fast as you can go.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Colin Buchanan
Illustrator: Nina Rycroft
Title: Possums Big Surprise
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: May 2014