Archive for March, 2015

Help! The wolf is coming!

By Cedric Ramadier and Vincent Bourgeau

ISBN 9781927271841

Gecko Press

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“An interactive boardbook for toddlers.”

Wolf is on his way to catch you, quite possibly with the intention of gobbling you up for dinner.  But readers can follow simple instructions to avoid being caught. This is a bigger than average board book with a bright yellow cover and title in red. A bold warning to the reader that danger is lurking. On the cover Wolf is very small but as we turn each page Wolf gets bigger and bigger as he comes closer and closer. Close enough to catch the reader.

I was reading this book at my desk at lunch time in the school library today. Even though it is a board book for very young children, a group of 10 year old girls gathered around me, so I read the book out loud. The crowd grew. As we followed the directions, “turn the page” or  “tip the book” etc the children began to giggle. And when I slammed the book shut to trap the wolf, they all laughed. A lovely sound!

“That’s so cool” said one. And “So funny” said another.

So this book isn’t just for pre-schoolers but is good for everyone. Younger ones no doubt will get the most of this being read again and again.  This is not out until May but it is one to watch out for.

Brooklynn’s bridge

By K. T. Hunter

“January, I know you did it. You’re trying to pay me back for turning on you.” Her smile had left her face and a devious one replaced it.
“Brooklynn, you just don’t realize that when I come after you, you won’t even see it coming.”

“After her life is turned upside down through a serious of unfortunate events, sixteen-year-old Brooklynn is forced to move to Texas, where she and her family can start over. Plagued with the ability to read the thoughts of those around her and visions of the future, she must juggle adapting to her new high school and saving those she sees may be doomed to die. But after the incident back in Edmonds, Washington with Alex Pierce, Brooklynn is shaken about her ability and with only her grandmother, Karen, to understand her, she’s not sure whom she can trust—especially after meeting the mysterious and fearless January who seems to be the one person immune to her abilities. With a new school, new friends, and the conflicting feelings of a new crush, Brooklynn has a lot to manage… all while dealing with January’s impending threats of revenge. Filled with suspense, drama, and wit, Brooklynn’s Bridge will take readers through a spiraling mystery, as it follows Brooklynn and her secret abilities through the whirling world of high school and revenge… but will her powers and her new friends be enough to allow her escape January’s grasp with her life?”

Reviews for this book all indicate that it is short, sharp and action-packed. I am not sure this is available in New Zealand but do check out online sites if you are keen for a new YA novel.

Mosquitoland

By David Arnold

ISBN 9780451470775

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“I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.”
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.”

This debut novel is having rave reviews, such as  heartfelt and hilarious, and sharp, sad, and surreal.

 

Where is Pim?
By Lena Landstrom
Illustrated by Olof Landstrom
Gecko Press
ISBN 9781927271735
Translated by Julia Marshall

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This delightfully simple story is told by Lena Landstrom and beautifully illustrated by her husband Olof. Pom’s soft toy Pim goes missing while playing together. Well actually Pim is kidnapped by a dog. The search begins as Pom goes looking under bushes, park seats and just about everywhere but still no sign of Pim. I love the expressions on Pom’s face. You can see how heart-broken Pom is as tears begin to brim over and this is gorgeously emphasized as Pom sits on the page all alone. The anguish is real, just as it is for young children when they lose their favourite toy. A story everyone can relate to.
Yes, there is a happy ending, as there must be, and Pom and Pim are reunited. A story to read over and over.