Oh Albert! (Davina Bell, illus by Sara Acton, Viking)
Oh, Albert! is a captivating picture book about a mischievous pet dog called Albert, whose eyes are bigger than his stomach. The story follows a week in the life of a modern family as they deal with the trouble Albert causes. When Albert makes himself sick, the family come to realise just how much he means to them, despite his cheeky ways. Davina Bell—author of many books for young readers, including The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade—has again delivered a rollercoaster narrative that is both humorous and suspenseful. Readers who enjoy Sara Acton’s style will love her work here, and her illustrations are a perfect match for this story—bright, expressive and carefree. The story’s language is suitable for adults to share with young children, or for early readers; it is clear and repetitive in a way that reinforces meaning. Space is also well used in the book: the illustrations flow organically across spreads while giving the text plenty of room. Oh, Albert! will appeal to anyone who has known the deep bond between a pet and its family, and is perfect for children aged three and up.
Amy Nicholls-Diver is a primary literacy editor from Melbourne