Posts Tagged ‘Picture books for children’

The singing dolphin: Te Aihe i Waiata

Written and illustrated By Mere Whaanga

ISBN 9781775434023

Scholastic NZ

5

Between 2007 and 2009, the dolphin Moko lived and played in the sea near The Pathway of the Whales at Mihia. The singing dolphin: Te Aihe i Waiata was inspired by Moko’s time there.

This a traditionally told bilingual picture book about a grandmother and her three grandsons. Tahi knows the land, Rua knows the waters but the youngest one, Potoki spends his time singing. He badly wants to join his brothers catching fish but they always tell him he is too little.  One night Potoki hides under the fishing net in the canoe but the following day something terrible happens. Like many traditional stories there is a lyrical quality to this story and I can just imagine sitting around listening to a grandparent sharing this story with grandchildren.

Beautifully illustrated with the the most natural of colours. Earthy browns, forest greens and deep sea blues, interwoven with many Maori motifs make this a very special picture book.

I especially love the double spread with the wood pigeons, and pukeko as well other native birds.

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The colours are stunning.

A good choice for all school libraries.

 

Nee Naw the little fire engine

Words and music by Deano Yipadee

Illustrated by Paul Beavis

ISBN 978177543

 

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Poor Granny is trapped inside her burning house with flames shooting through the windows. The big fire engines come racing to put out the fire but find themselves in trouble. It is up to the little fire engine Nee Naw to save the day.

Another funny tale from Deano Yipadee with bright bold illustrations from Paul Beavis. You can read on its own or singalong with the CD. I shared this today with some student librarians who thought it was a great choice for younger children.

 

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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.

Super Rabbit

By Stephanie Blake

ISBN 9781877579578

Gecko Press

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Stephanie Blake has brought us another story about mischievous but lovable Little Rabbit. This time he is Super Rabbit, the super hero off to fight villains.

I read this to a group of children in our school library today at lunch time who giggled and laughed all the way through. They gave it a thumbs up five out of five. I read it again to a class of nine year olds who also laughed and gave it  five out of five. Just goes to show you that picture books are for all ages.

I fell in love with Rabbit’s cat. The facial expressions of the cat are adorable, especially when he covers his eyes in frustration over Rabbit’s antics.

Bright, bold colours add to this funny tale of a rabbit with great and determination and a heap of imagination. Great end pages too. Perfect for pre-school  but as my readings proved today, great for anyone. An  ideal book to add to a child’s collection of favourite picture books, to read over and over again.

A great one for grandparents to share. I think this is my favourite of the Little Rabbit books.

 

Other Rabbit books by Stephanie Blake are:

Poo Bum

Stupid baby

I don’t want to go to school

I want spaghetti!

Save

Juicy the Peach and the popcorn palaver

By Anna Theed

Illustrated by Antony Elworthy

Beeswax Books

ISBN 9780473323967

6

In rhyming text with bright illustrations this debut picture book by author Anna Theed is sure to put smiles on the faces of young readers or listeners. Actually a couple of  10 year old boys on library duty today picked up our copy of this book and giggled their way through Juicy’s antics especially her bad case of flatulence. I also had a class of 5 and 6 year old children who laughed through the book. The sound of children’s laughter is a wonderful thing.

A glittery hardback picture book with quirky characters. Love the big wide eyes on the children’s faces.

There is chaos as Juicy takes care of two children for a day. And that chaos involves plenty of popcorn, in fact so much popcorn that it “popped out the door, down the path to the gate.”  What do you do with so much popcorn? Well, you read the book to find out.  If you want to have a wee peek inside then click here

 

I really like slop

By Mo Willems

ISBN 9781484722626

Disney-Hyperion

Oh my goodness –  this is just delightful. Mo Willems himself in a book trailer cooking slop – really yucky slop. The kind of slop that would make you gag!

I love Piggie and Elephant books and adore their unique and quirky relationship which is full of humour and kindess.

There really isn’t much I can say as I think Mo himself does it so well but will Gerald be tempted to eat Piggie’s cooking? I guess I will have to wait like everyone else until the end of October.

Do check out Mo Willems website. It has heaps to look at and heaps of fun to do  especially the GoMo page.

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I want spaghetti

By Stephanie Blake

ISBN 9781927271926

Gecko Press

 

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Simon, the naughty little rabbit with attitude is back. No longer calling out “poo bum”  or refusing to go to school, Simon is now a fussy eater. The only thing he will eat is spaghetti.  He demands spaghetti for every meal and refuses to be persuaded to try anything else. His mother is well and truly over his picky eating.

“That’s enough!” said his mother.

“Go to your room.”

   And so begins his tantrum.

This is ideal for young readers but even five and six-year-old children at school will love this and no doubt many of them will relate to Simon and his fussy eating.

As with previous stories about Simon, the illustrations are simple yet bold and bright. They certainly have lots of appeal for young readers. And as with every good story, even though Simon is a bit of a rascal, readers can’t help but like him. Well worth adding to your collection of Simon books especially if you want to sit giggling with your child and enjoying the antics of a naughty little rabbit.

If you want to delve deeper there are teaching notes here.