Publicaiton Date: 1 October 2022
Chased by monsters – a hairball, a stinkwart and a creeper – each hairier and stinkier than the one before, a child needs to find shelter in three famous fairytale houses: The Three Little Pigs’ brick home; Sleeping Beauty’s palace; and Hansel and Gretel’s gingerbread mansion.
Lift the flaps big and small to discover curious places for the child’s best chance to hide. Knock on the door of the Little Pigs’ bathroom, open up Hansel and Gretel’s oven (if you dare!) or see who’s already inside Sleeping Beauty’s stopped clock…
I am a huge fan of Clotilde Perrin’s work and was thrilled when I saw Gotcha! which is an utter delight from start to finish! It’s imaginative, immersive and incredibly good fun.
I loved exploring the fairytale settings as our hero tries to hide from the monsters. Each one is intricately detailed with a myriad of flaps to explore sharing delicious gems of information about the story they are from and packed with quirky humour. The language used is both playful and powerful, with alliteration and adjectives used to brilliant effect.
The chase culminates at a bookcase when our hero takes inspiration from beneath the covers to banish the beasts in hilarious fashion. The spines alone provided many smiles with Clotilde’s Inside The Villains and Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are (to which there are many nods in Gotcha!) nestled between a host of helpful titles
There is so much to discover in this beautiful book that deserves to be read over and over to ensure no tiny detail is missed. A sheer joy to read for pleasure, and perfect inspiration for working on story settings. I can see teachers taking this off my hands as soon as they see it.
Huge thanks to Laura and Gecko Press for sending me a copy.