ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I'm not convinced Philip Bunting sleeps, as he has produced an abundance of books since he first burst on the children's book scene with Mopoke less than four years ago. What is even more impressive, is the quality is consistently high, the illustrations combine colour, wit and interest, and the sly touches of humour remain delightful! This new book is a child's fun guide to the viruses, bacteria, fungi and archaea that populate our bodies. Full of facts simply presented ('in a weird way, you are more microbe than human") and enhanced by Bunting's trademark expressive graphic-style illustrations, this is entertaining without sacrificing accuracy or the educative purposes of the book. (His full page explanation of the Lytic Cycle is a marvel of knowledge told concisely but with light-heartedness!) There's also a nice touch at the end about staying healthy and why soap is necessary to clean your hands with... Perfect for mid-primary ages, but once again, Bunting has made a children's book for adults to enjoy too! Lindy
Philip Bunting is an author and illustrator, with a soft spot for creating picture books for sleep-deprived, time-poor, raisin-encrusted parents (and their children). Philip's work deliberately encourages playful interaction between the reader and child, allowing his books to create a platform for genuine intergenerational engagement and fun. He believes that the more fun the child has during their early reading experiences, the more likely they will be to return to books, improve their emergent literacy skills, and later find joy in reading and learning. Philip's books have been translated into multiple languages and published in over 25 countries around the world. Since his first book was published in 2017, Philip has received multiple accolades, including Honours from the Children's Book Council of Australia, and making the list for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2018. Philip grew up in the England's Lake District and now lives with his young family in the hills behind Noosa.