Boundary Flat Flounders is a semi-educational tale about flounders that live in a tidal estuary – a windswept mudflat called Boundary Flat. They search for food, watch for fishhooks and narrowly escape being caught.
This is author Suzanne Singleton’s first children’s book, from her small press on the Hibiscus Coast. Drawn by experienced illustrator Nikki Slade Robinson, the pictures have a dreamy, watercolour pencil quality.
The concept of this book is good, raising awareness of this unusual fish that doesn’t often have books dedicated to it, but it is not quite pulled off. The blend of fact and fiction serves to dilute the tale – it would work better to be more specific, grounded in a real location. That way it would create more appeal to locals and be more interesting as an environmental teaching tool.
Still, Boundary Flat Flounders is a beautifully illustrated self-published book, highlighting a New Zealand fish. Targeted at 4-7 years olds, with a fact file at the back, it has a place for children who’re at the age of loving to discover details and facts about nature.