Shortlisted - Bologna Prize 2016

Heads and Tails

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Heads and Tails

Heads and Tails by John Canty is an extraordinary children’s picture book. Leveraging the natural and universal fascination that children have with animals, the book utilises hints and recognition to build a sense of anticipation on each page that is resolved on the following page when the identity of the animal is discovered.

Heads and Tails employs simple but stunning water colours and line art that increase in detail as the animal is revealed.

Young readers are engaged in the process of deduction by drawing on visual prompts and descriptive clues - such as where the animal may live, what the animal may look like and sounds the animal makes.

The result is that each page presents an engaging yet accessible mini-mystery for the child to solve. Accordingly, the young reader’s inevitable participation in the process of discovery ensures the book’s enjoyment.

Ages 3 - 6