Eric the Postie by Matt Shanks

Published: 1st July 2017Goodreads badge
 Scholastic Australia
Illustrator: Matt Shanks
Pages: 24
Format: Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★   ★  – 5 Stars

Eric had a dream . . .he knew he could be the best postman ever. There was one big obstacle-he didn’t have any mail to deliver. Eric is not going to let that stop him . . . An adorable, heartwarming story about chasing your big dreams, no matter how little you are.

This is one of my new favourite books. I loved everything about this book; the story, the illustrations, everything. Eric the echidna is the cutest thing ever and his dreams are so simple yet so sweet.

The story is so heartwarming, little Eric doesn’t want to be a cricketer or a scientist or anything like those in his family have been, instead he wants to be a postie. He details all the reasons why he would be a great postie, his natural deterrent to dogs, his ability to lick stamps, and his ability to keep mailboxes pest free. His only concern is he has no letters to deliver but he soon finds a way around that.

Shank’s narrative is inspiring as Eric doesn’t let anything stop him fulfilling his dreams. The words are simple and there’s only a sentence on each page, accompanied by Shanks fabulous illustrations. There is a perfect match between the words and the illustrations. It adds so much to the story and the illustrations are truly divine, detailed but simple. On a mostly white background the characters are the main focus, a range of colours and Shanks unique style. Eric is adorable and the other animals act naturally as well as anthropomorphically. The best thing in the end is when Eric achieves his dream and makes the absolute cutest postman imaginable.

You can purchase Eric the Postie via the following

QBD | Booktopia | Book Depository

Dymocks | Angus and Robinson | Fishpond

Amazon | Amazon Aust

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