Stripes! No, Spots! by Vasanti Unka

Stripes! No, Spots! from award-winning Auckland author-illustrator Vasanti Unka is a zany tale about competition. Tiger and Leopard are fighting – who has the most beautiful coat? The Jungle Council call a fashion parade and complement all the animals on their unique beauty, however they do decide an ultimate winner – Flamingo. This at least puts paid to Tiger and Leopards squabbles, albeit temporarily.

It would be easy for the plot of this story to fall into the overly moralistic – all animals are unique and special – but the racy humour and snazzy illustrations (not to mention the lack of a totally happy-ever-after ending) lift it above the saccharine. Rather Stripes! No, Spots! is a gorgeous and fun race through the jungle with all the animals fashionistas.


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Heidi North-Bailey Formerly working in publishing in London, Heidi is now a freelance editor and writer based in Auckland. A graduate of the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and The Creative Hub, Heidi also has a first class Honours Degree in Screenwriting and Directing from The University of Auckland, Heidi is passionate about good storytelling across genres and loves reading, especially literary and children’s fiction. When not being kept busy as a new mum, Heidi tinkers with poetry and is chipping away at a novel.

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