Family and friends
Stephanie Owen Reeder
A common theme in picture books for children is the pivotal role of family and friends. Bee, the main protagonist in Good Morning Mr Pancakes (Allen & Unwin, $29.99 hb, 32 pp, 9781742377193), has a bevy of animal friends, all of whom must be catered for before she heads off for a week’s holiday with her family. Chris McKimmie’s idiosyncratic book explores the world from the child’s point of view. After saying goodbye to the pancakes she has for breakfast, her cat, her caterpillar, her chickens, her dog, her fish, and her pet ‘leopard’, Bee escapes to a wonderful island inhabited by turkeys, spiders, dolphins, fish, and stardust.