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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.


REVIEWER: Heidi North-Bailey

TITLE: Stripes! No, Spots!

AUTHOR(S): Vasanti Unka

PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

RRP: $25.00


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