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Helen Baugh (Author) Helen Baugh worked as a copywriter for more than 20 years, writing for clients such as The Economist and Oxfam before she started writing for children instead. Her first picture books were published in 2014, by Penguin Random House and HarperCollins. Helen lives in Sussex, UK, with her husband and daughters.Marion Deuchars (Illustrator) Marion Deuchars is a Scottish born, internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator. She has been longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 and has won several awards for her art, including three D&AD yellow pencils. Marion lives and works in London with her husband.
Big, bold and bright, this picture book tells the tale of the red Spots, who live on one side of the hill and avoid at all costs the scary blue Dots who live on the other side of the hill. Wait a minute though, turn it round and it’s actually the tale of the blue Dots, who live on one side of the hill and avoid at all costs the scary red Spots who live on the other side of the hill… Both stories meet in the middle when two babies – a Spot and a Dot – get lost and meet up, only to discover that everything their parents and grandparents believe is wrong. Layout, illustrations and the deliciously clever structure of the story as it proceeds from two different starting points – and two different ends of the book – to reach exactly the same place, serve to point out the absurdity of the Dots’ and Spots’ position. Even the youngest readers will understand exactly what the moral of it all is (once they’ve stopped laughing). Helen Baugh’s rhyming text is perfect in its conciseness and Marion Deuchars’ illustrations a triumph, each spot and dot a character of its own. This is one to shelve with other ingenious picture books that entertain and delight while imparting wisdom such as Jon Agee’s The Wall in the Middle of the Book, Smriti Prasadam-Halls’ The Little Island and David McKee’s Tusk Tusk.