Archive for September, 2017

1-2-3 Bird!

By Dave Gunson

ISBN 9781775433941

Scholastic NZ

There is so much to love about Dave Gunson’s new counting picture book. The illustrations are bright, cheeky and offer much more than a quick read. There is the obvious counting of different birds on the pages but also hidden among the picture are numerous insects, spiders and even a couple of geckos. Each page also has an extra number to seek out. I am sure children will love reading this over and over as they discover new things with each re-reading.

I did laugh at the 4 pukeko racing and the underlying question as to who will be the winner. Perhaps a little political nod for the adults reading, with the grand pukeko wearing a “let’s do it!” slogan on her chest as she tries to win her race. That aside, children will love searching for creatures, counting out loud and I bet, enjoying discussions about the different native wildlife.

A good New Zealand book to send overseas and ideal for kindergartens, pre-schools and lower primary schools as well.

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The runaway coat

Dinosaur Trouble Book 3

By Kyle Mewburn

Illustrated by Donovan Bixley

ISBN 9781775433682

Scholastic NZ

 

Young cave boy Arg is cold. I mean really cold. He is freezing, his teeth are chattering and his skin is turning blue. Unfortunately things get even worse for Arg when mum throws his coat away because it stinks. It stinks because it is full of vomit, although to be fair, her coat is full of maggots so both are pretty bad. Determined to find his coat Arg runs off in to the wilderness and straight in to danger. Lots of danger, including a spiky-tailed anklylosaur with his own problems.

New independent readers will love the short chapters and feel a growing sense of achievement as they whiz through the pages. Donovan Bixley’s illustrations are quirky and full of character, totally giving life to Arg and his Stone Age family. Author and illustrator are completely in tune with each other with this series of books and their other series, Dinosaur Rescue which is for older readers. This latest book as with the previous two in the series, offers lots of fun. It is Kyle Mewburn’s ability to combine a world of grossness and humour that captures young readers imagination and leaves them laughing out loud.     Do look out for this third book in the series coming out this November.

 

The longest breakfast

By Jenny Bornholdt

Illustrated by Sarah Wilkins

ISBN 9781776571673

Gecko Press  October 2017

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and a good one will set you right for the whole day. So too, will quality time with family at the start of each day. The longest breakfast is the perfect example of the early morning chaos over finding the right breakfast. Poor Malcolm is bombarded with requests for all sorts of breakfast even someone wanting pudding. The baby toddles after Malcolm calling out toot, toot or bzzzzzzz but Malcolm is busy trying to sort out everyone else and we can see that the baby begins to feel ignored.

I love how the illustrations of the baby start out small but as he gets more and more frustrated his illustrations become bigger until  finally the baby has his own full page and is at last noticed by the rest of the family.  Eventually everyone, including neighbours, come together for breakfast. A busy, warm, family-friendly picture book with bright colourful illustrations.

Published October 2017 so not long to wait.