Eddie Meer & Barter in the Bush, written by Tom Campion and illustrated by Olivia Watkins, is an illustrated novel for children that’s just been published by Barker & Barker. The book is the inspiration behind an accompanying range of cushions and posters to create Barker & Barker’s first children’s collection, which features some of Olivia Watkin’s stunning illustrations – from Eddie Meer himself (an entrepreneurial/wheeler-dealer meercat in the Botswana Bush) and his sidekicks Ollie and Denzil, to bush animals such as giraffes and hippos, and the most beautiful lion.
It was the pictures that really caught the attention of the twins. The story itself was a little wordy for them at their age (six) – but they curled up on the sofa to look at the illustrations, giggling away with each other at the funnier ones. They were happy to use their own imaginations to create tales around the vivid pictures, and we’ll try reading the story again in a few months to see if it holds their attention better.
Disclosure: We were sent this book by Barker & Barker for review