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What Could it Be?

What Could it Be?
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Sally Fawcett

What Could it Be?

Exploring the Imaginative World of Shapes

Sally Fawcett

This concept book for kids is all about unleashing creativity, thinking outside the square and opening the mind to possibility! Part picture book, part artistic inspiration, What Could It Be? is an interactive adventure for pre-primary and primary school-aged children organised into paired double-page spreads. The first spread in each pair introduces a basic geometric shape (square, circle, triangle, etc.) and then opens the door for creative thinking by posing the question, ‘What else could it be?’ The following spread provides the answer, with the focus shape transformed into many objects in a glorious artwork. These pages provide a further interactive element as kids are encouraged to find specific objects and count the ‘hidden’ shapes. The reader is guided through the pages by the character of a young boy, who allows many aspects of his world to be ‘discovered’ via the detailed illustrations. The last page challenges kids to create their own illustrations inspired by a geometric shape.

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Sally Fawcett is a primary school teacher with a passion for art, creative writing and education. Her three children are a constant source of inspiration for ideas, and have triggered many of her writing and illustrating adventures. Sally’s motivation for creating picture books is to engage adults and children in a shared experience that will hopefully foster a life-long love of reading, creativity and tapping into the power of the imagination.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 215 mm x 288 mm (Landscape) | 35 Colour Illustrations | 32 Pages |

Best Reviews:

Educating Young People, March 2016

"This clever concept encourages full interaction which makes the text perfect for classroom read aloud, encouraging children to make connections with hidden shapes found in their environment"

School Librarian, December 2016

“the searching element is great for group discussion … contextualised fun”

School Days, September 2016

"An interesting concept interactive book designed to unleash children's creativity"

Peninsula Kids, September 2016 

"An interactive adventure" - Click here to read

Mummah, September 2016

"This concept book for kids is all about unleashing creativity, thinking outside the square and opening the mind to possibility!"

Foreword Reviews, Fall 2016

"If your children weren’t excited about geometry before, they will be after experiencing Sally Fawcett’s What Could it Be? Challenging young minds to think outside the box or square, art, nature, math, and creative thinking all converge as a spiderweb becomes a hexagon and the tip of a wooden spoon, covered in chocolate and ready to lick, becomes an oval. Starting with basic shape outlines, then progressing to more involved scenes, children are asked to find a variety of different colored shapes within a given setting, ranging from a cozy kitchen to snow-covered mountains and the sunny seaside. Little fingers will be itching to turn rectangles into rocket ships as children view the world around them in a whole new light."

Life FM (Listener Review), August 2016

"when I turned the first page I saw some very interesting illustrations. I never considered my leg is a cylinder… a bee hive has lots of hexagons…." reviewed by Megha (age 6) - Read full review here.

Kiss The Book, August 2016

"Ms. Fawcett explores the way different shapes make up our world."

The Daily Telegraph, July 2016

"This is a creative, amusing and intriguing book... The writer is a teacher and her experience with young children is evident throughout the book."

Playgroup, July 2016 

"The beautiful, thoughtful illustrations are engaging and a wonderful way to introduce shapes to children"

The Bottom Shelf, June 2016

“Using repetitive text, rhyme and rhythm she invites the young reader to not only be more perceptive but also to use their imaginations, encouraging them to look more closely and think more carefully.  There are circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, ovals, and  octagons everywhere, both natural and man-made, that, after sharing the book, makes the urge to go on a shape-walk around the home, classroom or school irresistible.”

West Australian, June 2016

"readers are asked to find shapes in busy but beautiful settings, meaning there are plenty of challenges for older children to enjoy while reading to young 'uns in the household. A treasure to return to over and again."

Kid's Book Review, June 2016

"What Could It Be? offers an interactive reading experience for preschool and early school-aged children... a wonderful introduction to Sally Fawcett’s talents as an author and illustrator."

Bree Waller, June 2016

"I used this amazing text as inspiration for my Junior Primary Digital Technologies classes today. All five classes were so engaged with the story and the cleverly crafted illustrations. It promoted a great deal of oral language about the endless possibilities of what the shapes could be and inspired some real creativity in my students. We used the 2Simple Software, to create our own graphic artworks using shapes. This text has endless possibilities for students of all ages. It is engaging, creative and inspiring." 

NC Teacher Stuff, May 2016

"Written by a teacher, this charming picture book is an interactive search for shapes in the real world ... Sally Fawcett deserves a round (or square) of applause for this fine effort."

Batch of Books

"Ultimately, I like the concept of What Could it Be? I like that it shows the shape first, then gives kids a chance to look and find real life examples of those shapes. I like the way it gets my kids involved in the story and hunting for shapes. I also like the activity idea at the end of the book."

Latest Media:

Writers Centre, August 2016

“Kids don’t lie just to be nice to you, they can be brutally honest!”
Sally gives a very personable interview with Writers Centre Australia!
Click here or the image below to read the full piece!

Sally Fawcett author of What Could It Be? gives an insightful look into her journey as a writer

The Cove, August 2016

"Part picture book, part artistic inspiration ..." 

What Could It Be? as featured in The Cove

The Mummy Project, July 2016

"It’s a great book to teach kids to think outside the square by promoting investigation and creativity. My six-year old daughter spent a long time reading this book and examining the shapes before sketching her own shapes as part of an artwork."

The Mummy Project reviews What Could It Be?

Mummahh, July 2016

"... a wonderful book to really get kids thinking"

What Could It Be? featured in Mummahh

Child Magazines, July 2016

"your child is invited to find hidden shapes in the beautifully detailed illustrations...The interactive final page invites your children to create their own illustrations, inspired by geometric shapes with other children and author herself"

Little FM, July 2016

Below you'll find a great review of What Could it Be? done live on air!

Batch of Books, July 2016

Batch of Books provides a great overview of What Could it Be? and author Sally Fawcett. Click the review below to see the full piece!

Batch of Books reviews What Could it Be?

Life FM, June 2016

Sally Fawcett features on Life FM! Click below to listen


Reading Time, June 2016

"This book will especially absorb young children who like the challenge of careful observation in order to identify 'hidden' shapes."

What Could It Be? reviewed by Reading Time

Mid West Book Review, June 2016

"Original, unique, as educational as it is entertaining, "What Could It Be?" is especially recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections."

Mum's Delivery Magazine, June 2016

"Part picture book, part artistic inspiration, What Could It Be? is an interactive adventure for pre-primary and primary-school aged children."





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