Archive for the ‘Picture book’ Category

Knock Knock by Deano Yipadee and Paul Beavis

June 11, 2019 Comments off

knock knockKnock Knock by Deano Yipadee and Paul Beavis. Pub. Scholastic, 2019.

Knock Knock jokes have been around forever and before I responded to “Amos who” to a school mate.

In this picture book for juniors Gerri Giraffe tells knock knock jokes to his neighbours. They are not amused. But all is not lost for him, read it and see why.

Amusing rhyming text that has been put to music that you can download. Paul Beavis’s illustrations of Gerri and the other animals in this book are a delight

Flit the Fantail and the Mystery Eggs by Kat Merewether.

June 10, 2019 Comments off

flitFlit the Fantail and the Mystery Eggs by Kat Merewether. Pub. Scholastic, 2019.

Another delightful and awfully cute picture book for juniors with an air of mystery about it.

Flit is practicing his landings and not doing very well but it has a bonus about it. he finds some rubbery white eggsĀ  on the ground and wonders what bird they belong to. He asks a host of NZ native birds like the Kiwi and the kaka but they are not theirs.

They belong to a creature that has been around for 200 million years. See if you can guess what it is.

Superb illustrations and an introduction to the many NZ creatures that lay eggs. Once again the eyes have it, hence the cute comment.

Kat Merewether’s other books are also reviewed on this blog. Check them out.

The Day the Plants Fought Back by Belinda O’Keefe, illus. Richard Holt

June 9, 2019 Comments off

plants foughtThe Day the Plants Fought Back by Belinda O’Keefe, illus. Richard Holt. Pub. Scholastic, 2019.

Patrick and Wayne are “two boisterous boys who made lots of noise”. Unfortunately they were also destructive especially with plants. Then the plants fight back and scare the living daylights out of the boys.

As a result their behaviour changes. See what happens.

Love the rhyming text which makes this picture book a good read-a-loud for juniors and the message is perfect. Sometimes people need a good hard scare to make them see sense. Fear is a good way to curb behaviour – a male teacher once told me fear was the key to an orderly classroom. Mind you that was 20 years ago.

Richard holt’s illustrations are perfect. the excitable boys, the fearsome plants with eyes and ears and the wistful mother. A good little package this.

Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, illus. Divya Srinivasan.

June 3, 2019 Comments off

cinnamonCinnamon by Neil Gaiman, illus. Divya Srinivasan. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019.

Neil Gaiman is no stranger to the weird and wonderful and in this picture book he has the perfect ally in illustrator Divya Srinivasan.

In a hot country ringed by mountains and jungle live a Rajah and his Rani who have a daughter who will not or cannot talk. Her name is Cinnamon. She is a lovely girl with pearls for eyes which means she cannot see either.

A reward is offered for anyone who can get Cinnamon to talk but all fail. Then a powerful tiger comes and wants to teach the girl cub to talk. It pits the strong and powerful against the weak and helpless but somehow it works. What is the attraction? He gives her the three card trick of Pain, Fear and then Love. It works but what will happen then?

Read it and find out.

Superb illustrationsĀ  especially the tiger and Cinnamon. A sophisticated picture book.

Flights of Fancy. Stories, pictures and inspiration from Ten Children’s Laureates.

May 31, 2019 Comments off

flights fancyFlights of Fancy. Stories, pictures and inspiration from Ten Children’s Laureates.

Some fine advice from 10 of the best children’s writers that the World has ever had. Each author talks about their own approach to writing and shows examples of what they have done. The advice is so good children can use it themselves to start writing or to improve their performance.

Quentin Blake shows how to use pictures to tell a story or to illustrate someone else’s story.

Anne Fine tells of how to get books back that you have loaned to someone else.

Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson tell their approaches to writing and each tell a simple story.

Michael Rosen shows how to use words to write poetry and make them do things that are funny, sad, angry crazy or whatever.

Anthony Browne tells you how to play the Shape Game with examples from other authors.

Julia Donaldson rewrites the story of the Hare and the Tortoise.

Malorie Blackman talks writing the same action from the point of view of more than one character.

Chris Riddell gives a 5 point plan using sketches to tell stories

Lauren Child gives her characters a different font to illustrate their voice.

Altogether a brilliant collection of ideas and inspiration for young and older writers. All said that libraries and librarians were fantastic things.



Nits! by Stephanie Blake.

May 24, 2019 Comments off

nitsNits! by Stephanie Blake. Pub. Gecko press, 2019.

One of the highlights of being a parent is when your kids get nits. Panic goes through the house, sheets and pillow cases are washed and any itch in your scalp is scrutinised with concern.

Simon gets nits from a girl rabbit he adores but where did she get them from? Check this latest picture book about Simon you will not be disappointed.

Same type of illustrations as the others but why change a winning formula, they are brilliant.

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Polly Does Not want a Cracker by Stephanie Thatcher.

May 21, 2019 Comments off

pollyPolly Does Not want a Cracker by Stephanie Thatcher. Pub. Upstart Press Ltd, 2019.

Is there anybody out there whom upon meeting a parrot has not said “Polly want a cracker”? Well the Polly in this picture book for Juniors has had enough.

Nobody asks Polly if she wants a sundae or a lollipop, always a cracker and she completely loses it. She is removed by the zookeeper and put in a pet shop where it is same old, same old. Until Emma comes along. Read it and see what happens.

Simple easy to read text, great for a read aloud but it is the illustrations that show Polly at her best and worst. This will be a popular picture book. Get it now.

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