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Bumblebee, Grumblebee by David Elliot. Pub. Gecko Press, 2021

November 16, 2021 Comments off

This board book for pre school and juniors is a work of genius. Older children and adults will get as much enjoyment out of it as the youngsters.

Bumblebee becomes a Grumblebee when the string on his buzzy bee breaks. Pelican becomes a Smellican when he sits on the loo and Rhinoceros becomes a Crynoceros when he drops his icecream but what does turtle become with a hose in his hands. Check out this brilliant board book and find out.

The illustrations are brilliant, my favourite is the Smellican, and will entertain a junior for hours. They will want you to read it to them again and again.

The ending is superb.

Gecko Press have a habit of publishing works of genius there are loads of them on this blog.

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Early One Morning by Lawrence Schimel & Elina Braslina. Pub. Oratia, 2021.

September 14, 2021 Comments off

A little red head boy gets up before his two mums and his sister and makes breakfast while they are still sleeping.

The cat is awake too so both make their own breakfast.

A read aloud for juniors and pre school and hard board so that they can beat it around a bit.

Similar content to Bedtime Not Playtime with gay mothers . The strength is the normalcy of the relationships.

Colourful characters and easy text.

Bedtime, Not playtime! by Lawrence Schimel & Elina Braslina Pub. Oratia, 2021

September 14, 2021 Comments off

Little girl is getting ready for bed, brushes her teeth, her two daddies read her a favourite story

but Rex the dog wants to play. He grabs hood of her stuffed toy and bedlam breaks loose.

I wonder how it ends up. read it and see. A board book that is meant to be read allowed to pre schoolers and juniors. The surprise is that is about a gay relationship of two men bringing up a little girl. This enhances it’s appeal and focus’s on the normalcy of such relationships.

Asiasiga ‘I Le Falemata’aga I Te Papa. Going to Te Papa by Dahlia Malaeulu. Pub Te Papa Press, 2021.

June 3, 2021 Comments off

It is Samoan language week here in New Zealand and what better way to celebrate it than with the simplest board book aimed at pre school and primary school kids you are learning about reading and Samoan culture and language.

It takes you on a trip to Te Papa and shows off Treasures of Samoa like the Salu, Tuiga, Fala moe, Siapo, Pate and others. 23 thick cardboard pages describe the treasure firstly in Samoan with the English translation underneath. Each treasure is photographed and place in the middle of a pastel coloured background. In the back is a description and smaller image of all the treasures.

It’s a quality publication with lots of reasons to learn language and the value of reading.

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