Du Iz Tak?

By Carson Ellis

The creator of Home explores the astonishing changes in a garden, where insects talk their own mysterious language.

In her follow-up to the internationally acclaimed Home, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in the natural world ... even the humblest back garden! With gorgeous, exquisitely-detailed illustration that will appear to children and art-lovers alike, and a wonderfully playful invented language, we soon find ourselves speaking "Bug" ... Du iz tak? What is that?

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406368413
  • Published: 03 Nov 2016
  • Price: £11.99
  • Size: 300 x 248 mm
  • Pages: 48

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Customer reviews


'[...] this extraordinary book is a total delight.' Red Reading Hub

'delightfully and eccentrically funny' The Herald

'“Du Iz Tak by Caron Ellis proves the brain’s ability to understand new languages. […] Silly words to read, and fun to interpret.”' Irish Times, Children’s Books of the Year recommended by Olivia Hope

'The two great joys of this Carson Ellis picture book are the vibrant and quirky illustrations, and the humorous and intuitive invented bug language. Ellis manages to give a strong character feel to the little insects, and young and old readers will be repeating 'ma nazoot', 'rup furt' and all the other little phrases to each other for weeks afterwards. Perfect for fans of Jon Klassen.' BookTrust

'“Graham creates the atmosphere not through excessive description; his prose is quiet, low key. Rather it is his illustrations that draw us in. The rain streaks across the pages, the water sprays out from under the traffic wheels. Above all there are the details, the different perspectives, nothing is forgotten. […] Exceptional.”' Books for Keeps

'“With beautiful illustrations that are full of detail and whimsy, Carson Ellis has created an imaginative and quirky world, hidden away at the bottoms of the garden. Written in an entirely invented language, this playful book cleverly shows how meaning can be found even without understanding the words. A brilliant book for children who are making their first tentative steps in learning to read. A delightfully unique tale that his the possibility to change with every reading.”' Carousel

'This story is written in “bug language”, an idea that borders on lunacy but is in practice a joy and a quirky triumph. It is enormous fun reading this book aloud and trying to decipher exchanges between talkative insects… It is a refreshing change from the worthily educational: only the most duty-bound parent could be bugged by this.' Observer

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