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A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston.

October 19, 2019 Comments off

child of booksA Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston. Pub. Walker Books, 2019.

“The universe is made up of stories, not atoms”. This is a foreword to this wonderful picture book about reading and imagination.

A young girl sits on a raft and declares “I am a child of Books. I come from a World of stories”. She floats on a sea of words describing many great works of fiction, to a young boy’s house and together they travel over mountains of make-believe and lose themselves in forests of fairy tales and other imaginations  to a house where anyone can come.

The illustrations are often made with words and enhance the magical world that reading can invoke.

Sophisticated picture book but easy to understand for primary, intermediate and secondary readers. In fact for everybody.

A superb piece of work.

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Where is my Underwear by Justin Kipp.

October 16, 2019 Comments off

underwearWhere is my Underwear by Justin Kipp. Pub. 2019.

This is a simple story of a boy(who else) who has lost his last pair of underpants or underwear as they say in USA. They are under something but under where?

He asks his mum if she has seen them and she says they were under his bed but they are not under there and there is a spider under the dresser. So where are his underwear?

You have guessed it. This is a play on words about the only boy in the world who has lost his underwear. Not.

It is funny, a good read aloud and is well illustrated in bold colours. I like the hair and the eyebrows. You will like it to.

For primary and pre schoolers and maybe intermediate students especially boys(and mothers).

For copies check the author and Amazon.

Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl.

October 15, 2019 Comments off

badobedayMadame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl. Pub. Walker Books, 2019.

If I was an old woman I would like to be like Madame Badobedah. Mysterious, well kept, says “darlink” and keeps to herself.

She arrives at the Mermaid Hotel with two dogs, two cats, a tortoise and 23 bags and moves into room 32. Mabel is a resident of Mermaid Hotel and she keeps an eye on things and she decides Madame Badobedah is suspicious.

Mabel is a young girl with imagination and she treats every room in the Mermaid Hotel as a brother or a sister.  She imagines fantastical exploits with Madame and they become good friends. Read it and see what happens.

Great illustrations portray Madame , the Mermaid Hotel and an English seaside resort . Sophie Dahl’s text  tells a whimsical story with intrigue and mystery.

For primary and intermediate readers but adults will love this as well.

Cornelia and the Jungle Machine by Nora Brech.

October 9, 2019 Comments off

corneliaCornelia and the Jungle Machine by Nora Brech. Pub. Gecko Press, 2019.

Not quite a wordless picture book, with the written text giving you just enough to stimulate your imagination.

Cornelia moves with her parents to a new or rather old house. It looks like the sort of house Norman Bates lived in – stuffed animals on the walls and a grim gothic exterior.

Cornelia doesn’t like it, there’s no one to play with. Her parents send her off into the forest to have some time out and the fantasy begins and Oh what fantasy.

Cornelia finds a ladder leading to the tree tops and meets Fredrik who has an eye patch and an inventive personality. They have a great time.

The illustrations are impressive. Kids will pour over them for hours. Some of the best I have seen in a picture book.

Needless to say Cornelia comes back to her new home with a different point of view.

For primary and intermediate readers but everybody will love this story. Check it out.

The Fate of Fausto. a Painted Fable by Oliver Jeffers.

October 8, 2019 Comments off

FaustoThe Fate of Fausto. a Painted Fable by Oliver Jeffers. Pub. HarperCollins, 2019.

This quality sophisticated picture book in hardback cover will have as many opinions about it’s meaning as there are readers and that is a wonderful thing. It is certainly modern in theme and is one of the best books this year.

As Capitalism begins to creak and groan, with the rich getting richer and the poor, poorer and megalomaniacs cheating their way into political power, the proposition that the World is mine, raises it’s ugly head.

Fausto is one of these. He tells a flower, a tree, a sheep a lake and a mountain “you are mine”. They bow before him although mountain gives him a hard time and he stamps and wails. Check Trump out with impeachment imminent.

Then he takes on the sea. Sea is unimpressed but Fausto is doggedly and stupidly determined to dominate. The confrontation is superb. Read the rest and see what happens.

History shows that all things must pass.

Superb simple yet prophetic text, spaced beautifully on the page and illustrations that say it all. Fausto is a superb creation and the sea mighty and accepting. Check mountain out after it is all over. What a look.

Simply the best, better than all the rest. Could be a song.

For everybody. Will evoke plenty of discussion.

Midnight Ninja by Sam Lloyd

October 7, 2019 Comments off

ninjaMidnight Ninja by Sam Lloyd. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019

This picture book is for that special person who likes secrets, martial arts, adventure, fantasy and kicking their legs out and saying hi yah.

At night a little boy and his cat Ginger become the Midnight Ninja and Ninja Master. Ginger, like all cats of course, is in command.

When the boy finds out that socks have been going missing off clothes lines Midnight Ninja springs into action  and is off to Baddie town. He finds spiders wearing socks on their legs and they have a lot of legs. The biggest spider is fierce and he traps Midnight Ninja but Ginger is on his way in a ninja cycle through  the teleporter.

The fighting is fierce but ends with a compromise. See what it is.

Very appealing illustrations showing the ninja hideout with hidden high tech gizmos, a Ninja Spy Cam and a teleporter.

Great read-a-loud with illustrations that will have juniors pawing over it for hours..

My New Red Car by David Minty.

October 7, 2019 Comments off

red carMy New Red Car by David Minty. Pub. Mintybooks.co.nz, 2019.

I read this book the way I read all picture books. I blocked out the text and looked at the illustrations first to see what they told me.

From this I saw that it was about colours and particularly about red cars. There seemed to be a lot of red cars in a state of destruction or in precarious positions such as up a tree or flattened or in power lines. Then I saw a dinosaur like monster with the outline of a car stuck in it’s neck.

Then I read the text and it all came together. Yellow square has a red car which he wants to show to yellow square with goggles but it is missing. Where can it be? I think you can guess from the last paragraph.

They get the car back but it’s a bit smelly. I wonder why? But the yellow squares have suddenly turned brown when inside the red car. You work it out.

I enjoyed the mystery of the picture book and loved the way it used space. Simple text and bright colours. Go see for yourself

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