From underground a seed slowly hatches and the first shoot appears above the ground. “Du Iz Tak?” ask the rather suave and dapper looking insects that spot the green shoot. Could it be a gladdenboot…
Du Iz Tak? Is a wonderful celebration of nature and the possibilities and curiosities of the natural world. The story sees a group of insects try to comprehend what is growing from the ground and then make use of the new found thing before it wilts away.
As the story progresses the shoot grows and more bugs come to visit it. During the day, there is a delightful moth, a questioning ladybird and a friendly insect who emerges from a well-kept log to lend a ladder. At night a slug comes to take a peek and another insect plays a melodious tune on a violin. And of course, any plant will attract the attention of some inquisitive ants. Soon, the plant becomes a thriving place to play and the insects get up to all sorts of fun. But the plant attracts the wrong kind of attention in the form of first a spider and then a bird as the food chain is evidenced and predators swoop in. Eventually the plant dies and the insects leave. The seasons change as autumn turns to winter and a blanket of snow lies on the ground. As spring arrives, many new shoots appear and a new creature arrives, asking the all important question…Du iz tak?
As in the circle of life, the plant grows, faces adversity, survives, turns into something wonderful before eventually dying. And then the process starts all over again. This is a perfect encapsulation of life itself. The whole story is told in a nonsense made up language and is an absolute joy. The illustrations are fabulous and I love Carson Eliis’ creativity and imagination. There is so much to look at and notice and in order to fully appreciate the illustrations and to discover everything you’ll need to read the book several times - never a problem with a book like this as it is definitely more a treat than a chore.
This book is so much fun! What is actually happening is anyone’s guess and herein lies all the joy and wonder that can be found in this book. Readers are left to make up their own stories and let their imaginations run wild as they add meaning to the cracking pictures.
Recommended for 7+.