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OH No! Look what the Cat dragged in by Joy H. Davidson, illus. Jenny Cooper.

December 13, 2018 Comments off

cat dragged inOH No! Look what the Cat dragged in by Joy H. Davidson, illus. Jenny Cooper. Pub. DHD Publishing, Imprint Lighthouse Press, 2018.

If you are the owner of a cat who has presented you with a dead bird or mouse on the doorstep and had a smug pleased look on it’s face, then this is the book for you.

Joy Davidson has told a story in rhyming text with a repeated chorus that is over the top and very funny. Grandma’s big black cat on Monday left a big smelly rat on the rug along with a hedgehog and a big brown shiny cockroach. Oh No!

On the other days of the week the nightly catch gets bigger and more bizarre. It is a days of the week book too. But on Sunday things have changed. Read the book and see why.

Splendid illustrations by Jenny Cooper. The cat is a pearler.

For juniors and pre schoolers. A great read-a-loud.

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Stuck in Poo and Gumboot Stomp by Samantha Laugeson, illus. Kat Merewether.

December 4, 2018 Comments off

stuck pooStuck in Poo and Gumboot Stomp by Samantha Laugeson, illus. Kat Merewether. Pub Luke the Pook Press, Imprint Lighthouse press, 2018.

If it weren’t for you gumboots where would you be? Little Ted knows that and he loves his red band gumboots but he has a rival. Yes it is Luke the Pook that carefree pukeko who fancies the boots himself.

Ted sleeps in so Luke puts them on and goes splashing through puddles and having great fun. Then he meets one of Mrs Moo’s big pancake shaped poos. He jumps in and gets stuck. What is he going to do? He can’t get out and Ted will be up  soon. Check it out to see what happens.

gumbootIn Gumboot Stomp Luke the Pook has not forgotten his earlier experience and dreams about having a pair of gumboots himself to go stomping about.  If he had new gumboots his feet would smell sweet.

He makes up the Stomping song and fantasises about what he would do and you’ve guessed it , it involves stomping in poo.

Both picture books are great read-a-louds and Kat Merewether has captured the fun with her illustrations. Life is a ball on Cow Pat Creek.

Pre schoolers and juniors will have fun with these two titles.

 

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Hedgehog Howdedo by Lynley Dodd

December 2, 2018 Comments off

hedgehogHedgehog Howdedo by Lynley Dodd. Pub. Puffin Books, 2018.

All the encounters I have had with hedgehogs have been joyful experiences. I love their eyes, their spines and their demeanor. How great it is to read this new Board book of the picture book first published in 2000.

The hedgehogs are preparing for hibernation and they can be found all over the garden “four are on the compost heap,five beside the shed and six are sweetly snoozing in the Cockleberry bed”. The rhyming text makes it a great read-a-loud.

This board book is also a counting book but it is the illustrations of the hedgehogs that make you go awwww. The facial expressions are a delight.

A great way to start reading and the enjoyment of books for pre schoolers and juniors. Babies can chew to their hearts content.

Keep Fit Kiwi. Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes by Lynette Evans, illus. Steve Mahardhike, Sung by Pio Terei, Maori lyrics by Ngaere Roberts.

December 1, 2018 Comments off

fit kiwiKeep Fit Kiwi. Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes by Lynette Evans, illus. Steve Mahardhike, Sung by Pio Terei, Maori lyrics by Ngaere Roberts. Pub. Scholastic, 2018.

Scholastic are becoming noted for their children’s books that catch onto popular songs that can be sung by children and combining it with a way to learn and understand Maori language. But better still they are fun.

In this one kiwi, lamb puppy, alpaca and rabbit are put through their fitness paces while singing the lyrics to head and shoulders, knees and toes. Then they do the whole thing again in Maori language.

The illustrations are happy and funny and the song is easy to follow and well sung by Pio Terei.

Great for Xmas and a useful tool in the classroom.

Snow Penguin by Tony Mitton, illus. Alison Brown.

November 27, 2018 Comments off

snow penguinSnow Penguin by Tony Mitton, illus. Alison Brown. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

Little penguin can never stay still, he’s always in search of excitement and thrill, so begins this lovely picture book for juniors that will teach them about the Antarctic animal environment and the meaning and comfort of home.

Little penguin meets a blue whale mother and calf, a school of orca, an elephant seal, a sea lion and cub but gets lost at the same time. Where is his family? Will he get back safely? Check it out and see what happens.

Clever rhyming text by Tony Mitton makes this a great read-a-loud, with Alison Browns illustrations sure to evoke the awww factor.

A great little happy publication.

Our Superbaby by Maris O’Rourke, illus. Helen Bell.

November 25, 2018 Comments off

superbabyOur Superbaby by Maris O’Rourke, illus. Helen Bell. Pub. GTM Press 

This is a sophisticated picture book for everybody and it is poetic, profound and imaginative.

When a child is born it is a wondrous thing. It’s every day events like eating and sleeping are magical and it’s behaviours like screaming, crying and smiling can evoke a million reactions.

Maris O’Rourkes text is poetic -“ When you cry -eagles shriek, angels weep” and Helen Bell responds with an illustration that is imaginative, surreal and thought provoking.

There is a space at the beginning of the book for a photograph of the baby and a space at the end for a family photograph.

For me this is a book I would give to my child or grandchild when it is grown to show what you felt when it was born and growing up. The final page is beautiful.

A special book. Contact at  greg_mace@me.com

One Shoe, Two Shoes by Caryl Hart & Edward Underwood.

November 23, 2018 Comments off

two shoeOne Shoe, Two Shoes by Caryl Hart & Edward Underwood. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

This well presented picture book is about Shoes, colours and numbers using rhyming text similar to Dr Seus’s one fish two fish red fish blue fish. Nothing wrong with that, makes it easy to read and remember.

Ten mice on a multi coloured pair of roller skates, you can count the mice and the colours of those appealing boots.

The shoes are brilliant, Jimmy Choo may be interested. There are many surprises from green pumps and starry party shoes to cowboy boots and shoes with long laces.

lots of fun for early readers and juniors. The illustrations are superb.

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