Heads And Tails

John Canty

At first we can only see their tail ends.

Some clear, simple clues add detail as we learn more about each animal.

Now, can you guess who that tail belongs to?

The first in a series, John Canty’s award-winning, original Heads and Tails is a modern Australian classic.

Canty has produced a beautiful and thoughtful book, both in the writing and illustrations. He uses language that is both appealing in sound and specificity. The pictures are superb watercolours of the animals, without other distractions on the page, showcasing the important features of the animals

- Reading Time

Heads and Tails is an artistic masterpiece. A visually beautiful book, filled with detailed pictures and lots of describing words that will help involve children in conversation about the story. Each page shows the tail of an animal along with clever, cryptic clues to help engage the readers as detectives to solve the question, which animal is next? Turn the page and see if you are right!

- Little Big Book Club

Further information
Winner Speech Pathology Award
CBCA Notable
Paperback & Hardback

John Canty

John Canty is an award winning author. His books include Heads and Tails (CBCA Notable and WINNER of the Speech Pathology award); Heads and Tails: Insects was a CBCA Honour Book and winner of the Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award at the China Shanghai International Book Fair.

Berbay Publishing

Berbay is an award-winning, independent children’s book publisher of illustration fiction and non-fiction. Collaborating with local and international talent, Berbay has established a reputation for high quality, original and enriching children’s book.

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