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Oh, So Many Kisses by Maura Finn and Jenny Cooper

April 19, 2018 Comments off

many kissesOh, So Many Kisses by Maura Finn and Jenny Cooper. Pub. Scholastic, 2018

There is a multi cultural flavour about this picture book for juniors and pre schoolers that demands to be read aloud.

It is about kissing of course and I can see some boys cringing and going oooooh! but not all. There are a great variety of kisses, a wet kiss, a high kiss, a low kiss, a cheeky kiss and there is always room for one more.

My favourite was always the stolen kiss but in this book it is the snuffle kiss between a mother and baby piglet. Having animals in the mix, plus old and young people is inspired.

Jenny Coopers illustrations are priceless, good enough to get the boys interested.

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Kiwi One and Kiwi Two by Stephanie Thatcher.

April 19, 2018 Comments off

kiwi 1Kiwi One and Kiwi Two by Stephanie Thatcher. Pub. Scholastic, 2018.

Kiwis are nocturnal birds and Kiwi one and kiwi two have been asleep all day along with tuatara in the burrow next door.

When a beautiful night arrives they are ready for play and celebrate by waking up all the other forest animals and getting them out unceremoniously to play. At first  the pukeko, the duck, the gecko and other animals get involved but they have been up all day and are soon going to flag.

As day breaks  and kiwis one and two are ready for bed the other animals lay around like parents with a new baby who has kept them up all night.

Great illustrations that show the joy of childhood and the ordeal of parenthood with rhyming text that demands to be read aloud.

Great for pre schoolers and juniors.

A Story of the Undead,the Unexpected and the Not Unfunny by Andrew Hansen illus. Jessica Roberts

April 16, 2018 Comments off

undeadA Story of the Undead,the Unexpected and the Not Unfunny by Andrew Hansen illus. Jessica Roberts. Pub. Walker Books, 2018.

I love silly stories especially when they tamper with history and are clever about it. This one tells alternative facts about Ancient Egypt that will make junior and intermediate students laugh and adults to smile knowingly.

Bab is a clever boy, so clever that his teachers expel him from school because he is brighter than they are. His parents are delighted because they are professors of Egyptology and they can now go in search of a famous chin beard that has been worn by the Pharaohs and is now missing.

The beard has a dark magical power and when one Pharaoh dies it searches for the cleverest person around, attaches itself to his or her chin and that person becomes Pharaoh.

You’ve guessed it. When Bab’s parents are out searching for the beard, the beard finds Bab and attaches to his chin. An Ibis and a walking fish take Bab to the ancient city of Mumphis where Jackals are banned an becomes Pharaoh.

But a super bad Jackal named Cainus has a mission to steal the beard and resurrect his former master the Unpharaoh. But first he must get past Bab.

Very funny in a clever way with excellent pen and ink illustrations from Jessica Roberts.

Don’t Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan, illus. Lenny Wen

March 31, 2018 Comments off

room 32Don’t Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan, illus. Lenny Wen. Pub. TaleBlade.com  2018.

A very impressive rhyming text picture book that teaches counting and uses computer generated illustrations to bring drama to the story.

The Hotel Hoo is hosted by Nicholas Noo and a young boy and girl with beautiful big eyes are Mr Noo’s first guests. He shows them every room and they open every door to reveal a host of monsters, trolls, fairies, goblins etc all going about their business but not really scaring anybody.

After every door is opened Mr Noo warns not to look behind door 32. The children take it in their stride and they do look behind door 32. You will have to read the book yourself to see what they find.

Rhyming text should never be forced and thankfully it is not in this book. All the rhymes are real words and they are very clever.

The illustrations are superb with my favourites the dancing Zombies of door No 5.

Put this on your purchase list your children will love you for it and you will not be disappointed either.

Valdemar’s Peas by Maria Jonsson

March 26, 2018 Comments off

ValdemarValdemar’s Peas by Maria Jonsson. Pub. Gecko Press, 2018.

I eats me peas with honey, I’ve done it all me life. It makes the peas taste funny, but it keeps them on the knife.

This is one view of peas but it certainly is not Valdemar’s. He hates them, and when there is icecream around there is no contest. He is a lucky fella though because his sister Lynn loves them and she is not worried that they give you pointed ears, especially when wolves ears are already pointed.

No peas, no icecream says papa. Valdemar’s solution will be cheered by every kid in the country but I doubt many parents will feel the same.

See what you think.

The illustrations are both simple and complex at the same time. Black and white ink drawings with a splash of colour. The facial expressions are a treat and you have no doubt what Valdemar thinks about peas without reading the written text.

Picture books should be fun and this is certainly that. But what is it about peas?

I’m The Biggest by Stephanie Blake

March 25, 2018 Comments off

biggestI’m The Biggest by Stephanie Blake. Pub. Gecko press, June 2018

Poo Bum  set the bench mark for this series of picture books about Simon and later his little brother Casper. It is a hard act to follow but Stephanie Blake has managed to keep the momentum going  with slick prose, bold colourful illustrations and a storyline that always surprises.

In this latest edition sibling rivalry becomes a feature of Simon and Casper’s relationship when their mother discovers that Casper has grown 3 centimeters and Simon only one.

Simon says No Way and becomes jealous. An incident in the park makes Simon realise he is still the BIG brother even though the size difference is getting smaller.

Casper of course sees things differently.

Great read-a-loud for juniors and will help littlies to view their own role in the family. Good laugh for adults too.

NB Not released until June 2018.

Eric Makes a Splash by Emily MacKenzie

March 24, 2018 Comments off

eric splashEric Makes a Splash by Emily MacKenzie. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

This is a picture book about fears. We all have fears and most are not warranted and can be easily overcome.

Eric is scared about lots of things- noises in the night, spiders in his welly boots and getting lost in the park among others. Fortunately he has a brave friend called Flora who is fearless. Eric thinks she is the cat’s whiskers.

She shows Eric how to overcome some of his fears but then he is invited to a swimming party at the Soggy Towel Swimming Pool. This sends Eric into a whirl but Flora kits him out in gear and persuades him to pretend to be a shark or a turtle so in he goes and loves it. But Flora looks very worried indeed..

Simply told nicely illustrated in bright water colours and with a great message for children. Be confident in what you do and overcome your fears.