Archive for September, 2016

A day with dogs

By Dorothee de Monfreid

ISBN 9781776570980

Gecko Press

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                      Nine funny dogs live their everyday lives in these pages where you can learn all about seasons, colours, food, town and country, night and day, school and work, and much           more—including dog breeds, of course.

Have you ever wondered what dogs do all day when you are not at home. Dorothee de Monfreid’s lovely new picture book will answer all your questions. Take a walk through the pages of this hardback picture book for young readers.

A quirky look at the antics of various species of dogs will encourage children to learn the names of different household items, or things at school or just out and about town. This is also ideal for those children and students whose first language many not be English.

It is bright and bold but without being too busy. It is informative without unnecessary explanations. Children can paw (pun intended) over this book for hours enjoying the funny pictures and absorbing language and new words as they go.

Each double page has a bold title with images from a specific area. I love the bathroom scene with all the dogs in stages of cleaning themselves even down to the puddles on the floor.

Heaps of uses!

 

A child of books

BY Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

ISBN 9781406358315

Walker Books

5-2

What a treasure! A child of books is absolutley stunning. I’ve had this for a few weeks now and just keep picking it up again and again. I don’t want to put it down. I’m in awe of this beautiful and wonderful thought-provoking book.

A little girl sails her raft ‘across a sea of words’ to arrive at the house of a small boy.  She takes him away on the most wonderful adventures and I am suddenly going along with them. Pictures and words all about stories and how we come from stories. Who we are today is because of stories.

The typography throughout use lines from classic stories such as Alice in Wonderlandand is brilliantly done with so much thought and consideration.

One of the special messages is that sometimes in life we get so caught up in the serious things that we forget to look around. We forget what we have and what, with a little imagination, we can do or can become.

Love, love, love it. Be sure to check under the cover too for a lovely surprise.

Every page, every word is perfect. The end pages too are gorgeous with lines of book titles.  This is the one book you really need to get your hands on.

 

 

If you are in or near Christchurch on 27th September do come and listen to these award winning authors and illustrators talk about their children’s war books. Wonderfully told and researched, beautifully illustrated this is a night not to miss.

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The bee’s sneeze

By Lucy Davey

Illustrated by Katz Cowley

ISBN 9781775432982

Scholastic NZ

5-2

 

That teasy sneeze came breezing …

like ants in the pants of a kangaroo,

it grew till it blew with a loud

 

AH-CHOO!

 

I would suggest anyone wanting to read this delightful picture book out loud, pre-read it first to get a taste of the lovely tongue twistery language.

One sneeze by little Buzzy McBee leads to another and then another and then in to danger. This is sure to delight young children and no doubt the many parents who will read this funny picture book out loud.

Warm  illustrations by Katz Cowley add to the humour. Lots of greens and browns help create a natural setting. I love the looks of surprise on bee and bear’s faces when they are blown all over the place. Sneezing takes on a whole new meaning in Lucy Davey’s latest picture book.

Barking mad

By Tom E. Moffatt

ISBN 9781775433743

Schloastic NZ

5

 

At first, Fingers refuses to believe that his Granddad has gone BARKING MAD! But what straight-thinking grownup goes around LICKING the postman, growling like a dog and chasing hospital security guards up trees? And when Fingers and his sister Sally discover a BIZARRE machine in Granddads workshop, mix-ups turn into MIND-SWAPPING madness one look at Granddad’s dog DaVinci is proof of that!

Finn and his sister Sally arrive at their grandfather’s home only to find a hospital security guard, two ambulance men and a policeman all trying to get their granddad into an ambulance. Granddad has completely lost the plot and is doing the strangest things. Finn discovers the reason and then gets caught up in a mission to save his granddad.

Barking mad will suit readers from middle primary upwards. Short chapters, funny illustrations and a story that keeps going and going. Every time Fingers gets close to finding a solution he is confronted with a new dilema. Funny, quirky, and a good read aloud.  Lots of laugh out loud moments, especially when Finn ends up his sister’s body.

Barking mad is the winner of the Tom Fitzgibbon Award. I hope to see more from this newly published author Tom E. Moffatt

The dark crowns

By Kendare Blake

ISBN 9781509804559

 

 

I absolutley loved Anna dressed in blood so I am certainly looking forward to this new book by Kendare Blake. Her writing grips you and drags you in to her worlds. Take a look at her website too with a very cool front page illustration. Suitably creepy and intriguing.

“Three dark queens
are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends

Three dark sisters
all fair to be seen,
two to devour
and one to be Queen

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.”