Title: Brilliant Baxter at the Funfair
Author: Carol Codrey
Illustrator: Tim Bulmer
Genre: Picture Book
Publication Date: 7th May
Page Count: 20
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
An exciting visit to the Funfair for Eliza, her grandmother, Grinny, and their much loved Labrador, Brilliant Baxter. This story’s easy rhyme and vibrant illustrations are certain to delight both children and adults.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Brilliant Baxter is a cute children’s story about Eliza, her grandmother, and her dog, Brilliant Baxter, going to the fair. Initially, I was surprised that Brilliant Baxter is a dog but they are lucky to bring him along because he can sense danger.
The story is fun to read not just because of the contents of the story but because of the rhyming verse, which will keep the attention of young children. The illustrations will also keep their attention because they’re bright and colorful.
If you’re wanting a short, cute, well-illustrated story that includes a pet, Brilliant Baxter is a good one.
About the Author
Carol Codrey has a strong history within the art world, starting out as an Art columnist before becoming an Art Editor for Sheengate Publishing Ltd. For Guildford Borough Council she created and marketed the annual Guildford Calendar for five years. She was also an Art Columnist and Critic and then Art Editor for Run Wild Media Ltd. She was on the judging panel for the annual international Wildlife Artist of the Year competition for five years. She has also written art features for the Home supplement of the Financial Times, the NADFAS Magazine – now re-titled The Art Society Magazine – and the National Trust Magazine. She has been repeatedly invited to be the sole judge of the Post Office and British Telecom Art Club’s annual art exhibition. She is a longstanding member of the Royal Automobile Club and has written varied features about the Club’s art collection for its members’ magazine, Pell Mell & Woodcote. She was also the founder and co-creater for six years of the annual and unique London International Ice Sculpting Festival.
During the past eighteen months, Carol has fused her experiences of family life with her combined love of writing and art. The results are a series of short story books for young children, written in rhyme and illustrated by a successful artist and illustrator who has brought the characters to life. The books are ideally suited to children of pre-school age as well as to early readers as she is very enthusiastic about encouraging all children to develop a love of language and art. Carol is married and has two adult daughters.