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Jacob’s Toys. The BIG Backyard Adventure by Claudia Woods.

September 22, 2018 Comments off

jacobs toysJacob’s Toys. The BIG Backyard Adventure by Claudia Woods. Pub. Harbour Publishing House, 2018.

This picture book for juniors was a real surprise with beautifully constructed rhyming text and illustrations that bring out the nature of the characters and the drama they are going through.

Jacob decides that he is BIG now and doesn’t need his soft toys anymore but is he really ready to discard them and what about the toys themselves?

Mum puts them in the washing machine, onto the line, hit by a storm, chased by a cat, washed down a drain, blown into the air and then guess where?

The repeated text containing the toys names makes for great reading aloud. Children can join in too.

The illustrations  are mixed media eg drawing, painting, natural materials, clay, felt etc They are made on large boards and layered with all the items and then photographed. Some of the photos are taken from different angles to create a 3D effect. They cover a whole page sometimes more and really compliment the text beautifully and add a dimension in themselves. At the end is a big surprise as the illustrations contain more than you think.

Check this beauty out.

Inside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin

September 14, 2018 Comments off

inside villainsInside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin. Pub. Gecko Press, 2018.

This is a big big book with three of the big, big, biggest villains in children’s literature. Yes they are the Wolf, the Giant and the witch.

Each has a whole page spread in which you have a big interactive flap model of each of the Villains. For the Wolf you can see what is inside his stomach, see if you can guess what is in there. There is also a self written profile of the Wolf his likes, dislikes and qualities. He sees himself as cunning, highly intelligent with a like of children, pigs, grandmothers and baby goats. What a monster!! There is also the story of The Wolf and the Seven little goats.

The Giant is profiled similarly and he hates vegetables, he has big feet, enormous hands but he is ugly. And we get his best known story Jack and the Beanstalk. Check what is under his jacket after you take off his belt.

I am not going to tell you about the Witch you can find out for yourself.

Superb for juniors to play with and get to know the beauty of a book, believe me they need to know.

Little Owl’s First Day by Debi Gliori, illus. Alison Brown.

September 8, 2018 Comments off

little owlLittle Owl’s First Day by Debi Gliori, illus. Alison Brown. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

This is the sort of picture book that makes you go ohhhh. For parents it willing bring back memories of taking their child to school for the first day. For children it will have them inquiring “was I like that?”

Little owl is not excited by his first day at school. He would rather stay at home with his mom and baby owl. For most of the day he fantasisies about what they are doing while he is at school. But after lunch and flying lessons he starts to enjoy himself.

When asked by mum what his day was like he is too tired to talk about it. Debi Gliori is an old hand at this sort of picture book with a concise text. A good read-a-loud.

Alison Brown does lively illustrations of all the owls. I loved the scene where the little owls are all on their leaves listening to a story. Ohhhh.!

William’s Waitangi Day by David ling, illus. Nikki Slade Robinson

August 28, 2018 Comments off

william waitangiWilliam’s Waitangi Day by David ling, illus. Nikki Slade Robinson. Pub. Duck Creek Press, 2018.

Sometimes it takes a children’s picture book to explain what something really means. In this case it is New Zealand’s National Holiday, Waitangi Day.

William and Sarah are of Asian descent and when asked by their teacher what they are doing on Waitangi Day, they do not know what it means. Maori children Joe and Ani explain in the simplest terms about the Treaty of Waitangi which is a “sort of an agreement for both Maori and settlers to live here”.

They explain about what they do at Waitangi, the wakas, the hangi and the great kai.

Then the parents invite William and his family to share the day with them. Lovely.

Nikki Slade Robinson’s bright and perceptive illustrations make for a satisfying read. Eating the yummy kai is a beauty.

Little Kiwi and the Treaty by Nikki Slade Robinson

August 22, 2018 Comments off

kiwi treatyLittle Kiwi and the Treaty by Nikki Slade Robinson, pub. Duck Creek press, 2018.

This is a beautifully illustrated picture book for juniors and older readers because it has some depth.

It is a story told to Little Kiwi by his Koro or grandfather about two groups of kiwis that go searching for better kai and a better place to build their nests. The two groups clash then realise that fighting is not the answer. What do you think is the answer?

The book is also about identity and family history and really is an allegory of race relations with a message of..”as long as we work together we can move forwards”

Paraweta by Stephanie Blake. Translated by Karena Kelly.

August 20, 2018 Comments off

paraweta2Paraweta by Stephanie Blake translated by Karena Kelly. Pub. 2018.

This is the Maori translation of a superb and funny picture book about an independent little rabbit called Simon who can only say one thing Paraweta or Poo Bum.

I am delighted that it has been translated into Maori to allow young and old readers of Maori to enjoy the experience of this book. The illustrations and story are identical to the original French book and will hopefully strike a chord with Maori language readers.

My original review of this book under the title Poo Bum is also on this blog.

The only problem that author had with this title was finding a suitable translation of the words Poo Bum. I hope it is a good one.

Read and enjoy.

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Stories of the Night by Kitty Crowther

August 15, 2018 Comments off

night storiesStories of the Night by Kitty Crowther. Pub. Gecko Press, 2018.

A read-a-loud bedtime story for juniors with some class.

Little bear wants three stories from his mum before he goes to sleep. reading to children before they go to bed is a brilliant thing to do. It shows them the power of reading and it gives them something restful to think about before the land of nod takes over.

The stories are about the Night Guardian who puts all the creatures to bed at night, brave little Zhora  who lives in the forest and the old man with an overcoat who finds it hard to sleep.

These stories are similar to fairy tales, myths and legends and are beautifully illustrated with pink pastel colours that are so restful.

A worthwhile investment for the home and the junior classroom..