Posts Tagged ‘Picture books for preschool’

Gecko Press continue to bring us quality books for young readers. Their books are always beautifully produced and leave you with that feel-good feeling.

Valdemar’s Peas

By Maria Jonsson

ISBN 9781776571963

Published May 2018

 

“Peas? No way! Valdemar may be a little wolf, but he knows what he wants. ”

I’m pretty sure food battles happen in almost every family at some time or another. Valdemar is a little wolf with a persistent attitude. He doesn’t want to eat peas and argues the point whenever his parents tell him the benefits. They tell him he will have longer ears if he eats peas but he lets them know he already has long ears. Valdemar’s sister eats her peas and is rewarded with ice-cream. Not wanting to miss out on such a treat, Valdemar comes up with a clever plan. 

Funny and real, and very familiar to parents who struggle with picky eaters.

Simple bold illustrations with lots of white space so the focus remains on Valdemar and his family. 

A fun book to share with the whole family.

 

I’m the biggest

By Stephanie Blake

ISBN 9781776572021

Published June 2018

 

Simon is back and as naughty and nice as ever.

In his latest book Simon is upset that his younger brother Casper has grown a whole three centimetres since the last time they were measured, yet he has only grown one centimetre. Out comes Simon’s infamous temper tantrums. Simon is just as feisty as ever but his reactions are understandably realistic, warts and all.

However, in the end we see the side of Simon that makes him a character we know and continue to love.

As someone who only ever made it to 1.50 metres tall I know exactly how Simon feels about being small. I recall being very upset back when I was young and the old measurement scales, when a teacher measured the class on the blackboard but started the measurement at five foot. I didn’t even make it to the starting point and never did. So Simon, I know just how you feel although there is plenty of time on your side to grow.

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Gus’s Garage

By Leo Timmers

ISBN 9781776570935

Gecko Press

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This book stands out with its bright bold colours. I love the birds with their cheeky faces as they sit either side of Gus’s garage on the cover of the book. They each have an eye on Gus making him the real focus of this fun picture book.

Gus is a great thinker and knows just how to solve his friends mechanical problems. All sorts of bits and bobs are used to fix problems as one by one they come to Gus in need of his help. After working hard all day helping others Gus finds he has his own problem to solve which he does just perfectly.

Leo Timmers is a writer and illustrator I follow. His work is bright and quirky with so much appeal that it is so easy to become a fan. You will certainly want to check out his other works. A great book to read again and again. I know wee ones will love pointing out the birds as they appear on each page. A delight to read and enjoy.