by Helen Ward
Templar Books, 2014. Picture Book
There once was a guinea fowl who was born without any spots. The determined fowl decides to order some for himself, but when he opens the boxes they come in, they are not what he expects. Some spots are too big and some are too small. Others are flashy or splashy, or not even spots at all. Will the poor bird ever find the right kind of spots so he can look like his friends? Ward's fun, snappy, story is written in rollicking rhyme reminiscent of Dr. Seuss. The style of the illustrations are almost photo-realistic, but Ward uses crazy "camera" angles, dye cut holes, and other add-on's to make the pictures match the silly mood of the text. This book would make a great read aloud for a crowd or would be a good choice for a younger reader who is becoming confident with early readers.