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The Bookworm by Debi Gliori

August 22, 2019 Comments off

bookwormThe Bookworm by Debi Gliori. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019.

Three of my favourite things about picture books – pets, imagination and reading, are covered in this delightful creation by Debi Gliori.

Max wants a pet but his parents are reticent. There is a baby in the house that does all the less likeable things that pets do. Max is persistent and settles on a worm but his is a special worm, not just a book worm but something from the soul of childhood imagination – a dragon.

Excellent illustrations with a simple easy to read text. The ideal book for juniors and pre schoolers.

Ravi’s Roar by Tom Percival

August 22, 2019 Comments off

ravis roarRavi’s Roar by Tom Percival. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019.

Ravi is not happy being the youngest and smallest in his family even his dog biscuit is bigger than him.  He is always last in a race for anything, he is not allowed on the big slide and he can never find anyone during hide and seek.

When he is last to the ice cream cart and there is none left, Ravi sees red and turns into a tiger that scares everyone off. this loses him all his friends and he has to make a big decision. Read it and find out what it is.

Easy to read script and illustrations that enhance the plot and highlight personality differences. Tom Percival is good at this sort of thing and two others of his picture books are on this blog. Check them out.

Coo Coo Kereru by Terry Fitzgibbon

August 18, 2019 Comments off

coo cooCoo Coo Kereru by Terry Fitzgibbon. Pub. New Holland, 2019.

A big reason why I like living in New Zealand is the birds and not just the feathered variety.

The kereru or blue green wood pigeon is one I have seen less and less of. I used to see many at Totaranui in the Abel Tasman National park where we used to camp every year and the last time I saw one was in the Christchurch botanical gardens.

You don’t just spot one, the first evidence of one in your presence is the noise it makes when it flies. They are a plump bird and are often clumsy in flight probably due to fermenting berries in their stomach.

like many NZ birds the kereru is in danger. Loss of habitat, animals such as the possum and man himself have reduced the life expectancy of the kereru from 20-25 years to 5-6 years. This is a tragedy.

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of the life of a kereru which also features in the Maori legend of Maui. it helped him pull up the North Island.

This book has rhyming verse in the front and information in the back and it tells you what to do if you find an injured bird. The onus is on us all to save these beautiful gifts.

The information is compiled by Terry Fitzgibbon who works for the Department of Conservation.

Simple, easy to understand and excellent for study at primary and intermediate level.

Two For Me, One For You by Jorg Muhle.

August 17, 2019 Comments off

two for meTwo For Me, One For You by Jorg Muhle. Pub. Gecko Press, 2019.

An insightful picture book that looks at friendship when the puzzle of 3 into two won’t go is posed, especially when food is involved.

Bear finds three large mushrooms and his friend Weasel cooks them with some style. Bear thinks he should have two because he found them and Weasel thinks he should have two because he cooked them.

Perhaps there needs to be a third party to solve the impasse. Read it and find out.

Simply told with beautiful illustrations of the characters and especially of the mushrooms. I wanted one myself. You can cook for me any day of the week Weasel.

A delight for everybody but juniors will love it.

 

Grandma McGarvey Joins the Scrum by Jenny Hassell, illus. Trevor Pye

August 14, 2019 Comments off

McGarveyGrandma McGarvey Joins the Scrum by Jenny Hassell, illus. Trevor Pye. Pub. Scholastic, 2019.

You know you’re in New Zealand when you read a picture book like this classic.

Grandma McGarvey has her car break down and she goes looking for help. She muddles into a rugby game, is huddled into a scrum, breaks loose with the ball like Richie MaCaw, chip kicks over the top like Christian Cullen, then dives over for a try like Jonah Lomu in a slide. But will she get help to fix her car?

Unforced rhyming text from Jenny Hessell make this a great read-a-loud for juniors and a good laugh for everybody else. Trevor Pye’s illustrations are so good that grandma McGarvey may be in contention for this weeks test against the Aussies. The body positioning is perfect and the slide for the try outstanding.

Don’t miss this one.

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Tough Guys (have feelings too) by Keith Negley

August 11, 2019 Comments off

tough guysTough Guys (have feelings too) by Keith Negley. Pub.Flying Eye Books, 2019.

A lot of tough guys will be shedding tears this morning after the All Blacks were smashed by the Wallabies and this picture book tells them that it is OK.

“It’s not always easy being a tough guy.”.. is the opening line to this excellent picture book on feelings in boys and men. No matter how fast, strong or brave we are it is ok to show feelings.

A good message with stunning illustrations and a great father/son image on the last page. For everybody especially boys.

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The Little Ghost who lost her Boo! by Elaine Bickell & Raymond McGrath.

August 8, 2019 Comments off

lost booThe Little Ghost who lost her Boo! by Elaine Bickell & Raymond McGrath. Pub. Scholastic, 2019.

If you are a little ghost and you lose you boo you are basically out of a job. No boo, no scare. All you can do is go and look for it, but where?

Every noise that ends in ooo, little Boo checks out –  whoo, Moo, Doo but no luck. The only ones that can help Little Boo are you the reader. See how by reading this picture book.

Easy to read rhyming text that would make this picture book a great read-a-loud for juniors, with illustrations that spark the imagination and enhance the text.

Nice package this.

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