I know, I know, so many of the books I review are out of print and/or from my childhood, but it's a testimony to the impact picture books have on a young mind.
I rediscovered 'But Where is the Green Parrot?' by Thomas and Wanda Zacharias in a pile of books in my teens and although I didn't know the story, and couldn't recollect ever having seen the book before (unlike others in the pile) I was eerily familiar with all the pictures within which I'd obviously studied and subconsciously absorbed as an infant. Quite a creepy feeling. I can only be thankful my mum picked good books.
It's a glorious little volume with super-naive drawings and a simple narrative teaching colours, shapes and objects; and of course there's the green parrot to look for (a sort of avian 'Where's Wally?'). I really love the black lines used for texture, on the waves, tree bark, grass - and that curly smoke! With the distorted perspective the pages are like really really good kids drawings, those that probably happen by fluke if you're 8, but with honed skill when you're grown up.
From a user persepective my 19 month old daughter is now adept at picking out the parrot and the fact there isn't really a story to speak of doesn't bother her a jot - she's excited that there's a big red ball! I'm hoping she'll remember this one when she's older too.
Next time, I promise, I'll review something that is so new, fresh and contemporary, the ink will barely be dry!