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Zigby Dives In by Brian Paterson
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Aug 27, 2011

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In this charming picture book we are presented with a story of three friends on a fishing trip.

Firstly, we have an opportunity to read about three exotic protagonists: Zigby the Zebra, guinea fowl named Bertie Bird and McMeer who is a meerkat. Then the adventure starts. The animals decide to go on a fishing trip after Bertie’s complaints of being tired of standing as a basket during their basketball game. They walk looking for some water and accidently get to a hidden lagoon. They do not suspect that it is a dangerous place. Zigby goes swimming, Bertie decides to build a sandcastle and McMeer sleeps on the hammock leaving his fishing net besides him, which is unnoticeably taken by a scary, giant octopus. Zigby offers to find it and dives into water. He faces the octopus, manages to take the net but unfortunately this giant creature chases Zigby making him really scared. However, thanks to his look he can hide among striped fish and swims away. But the fish net is ripped and the pole is detached. Should they worry? Not at all, as Zigby comes with an amazing idea of using it in the basketball game. Bertie does not have to be a basket anymore.

Brian Paterson’s story is full of vibrant illustrations and has an unpredictable conclusion which relates well to the beginning of the story. The introduction of a dangerous incident and the idea of using the features of Zigby’s appearance to get out of the trouble can appeal to children, so as the conclusion. I would recommend this book to be read to reception or Year 1 classes. Good to read aloud and to act out as it contains lots of dialogues.

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