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Dozer the Fire Cat by Robyn Prokop illus. Jenny Cooper.

February 8, 2020 Comments off

dozerDozer the Fire Cat by Robyn Prokop illus. Jenny Cooper. Pub. Scholastic 2020.

A fire has started. take only your most treasured possessions say the police and evacuate quickly.

Animals cannot understand that and Dozer the cat keeps doing the things he has always done. The humans call and call but Dozer is sleeping.

Then the fire arrives is put out by brave firemen but Dozer is alone surrounded by black. The ash sticks to his paws, he is frightened and scared.

This must have happened to thousands of animals during the Australian bush tires but this true story is based in New Zealand during the Nelson fires of February 2019.

Robyn Prokop’s written text brings out the drama of the fire, while Jenny Cooper as brilliant as ever, captures the fire and the fear of the pussy cat.

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Wheels by Sally Sutton, illus. Brian Lovelock

February 5, 2020 Comments off

wheelsWheels by Sally Sutton, illus. Brian Lovelock. Pub. Walker Books, 2020.

With a front cover that says  “pick me up and read me”, this picture book attracts reluctant readers especially boys.

The front and back covers are strewn with tyre marks of the various everyday vehicles that are illustrated in this book.  Six different wheeled vehicles are then partly introduced and the reader asked  “shout whats coming if you know”. Each vehicle is presented over four pages with superb illustrations by Brian lovelock.

The written text demands to be read aloud to a class of juniors. Sally Sutton is good at this.  The back has a picture of a wheel with all it’s parts described.

A very worthwhile addition to any classroom and in the home.

What’s In The Box? by David Minty.

January 23, 2020 Comments off

whats boxWhat’s In The Box? by David Minty. Pub. mintybooks.co.nz   2019.

This is a picture book of discovery and imagination. Aren’t they all?

Two friends coloured yellow, one wearing a pirate hat, the other a hat with a pompom and long straps, find a box on the shore. They ponder what’s inside it their imaginations run wild.

Could it contain “a crab with wonky eyes” “an entrance to a tunnel full of turkeys” ‘a box full of treasure” or “penguins with rocket boosters”.

I am afraid it is none of these but there are visual clues on nearly every page as to what is inside the box. See if you can spot them.

Simple written text and simple expressive illustrations full of colour. An excellent second book to My New red Car also reviewed on this blog.

A Day at the Zoo by Cassie Roberts.

January 7, 2020 Comments off

day at zooA Day at the Zoo by Cassie Roberts. Pub. Adelaide Books New York, 2019.

This is a picture book about taking risks and joining in.

William and Rose visit the zoo and watch the animals do an array of things. Monkey swings in the trees, Elephant rides a bike giraffe swims laps in his elongated bath and Zebra climbs a rope.

They all call to William and Rose to join in but they are diffident. Will they change their minds by the end of the book? Check it and find out.

Simple rhyming text, good for read aloud or personal reading for juniors.

A Robot’s Journey to Find a Heart. by Dave & Jessie Gerber

January 7, 2020 Comments off

robot heartA Robot’s Journey to Find a Heart. by Dave & Jessie Gerber. Pub. Adelaide books New York, 2019.

Jessie and her daddy are very lucky. They love doing things together and Robot puts it all down to heart.

Robot is told he hasn’t got a heart and can’t have one but he wants what Jessie and her daddy have so he looks for reasons why. Will he learn about a heart from books?or playing sports or helping others or going to school?

See how Robot gets on. One thing is for sure-he may not have a heart but he can learn to love.

Simple text, simple illustrations, big message.

Stink-o-saurus Saves Christmas by Deano Yipadee and Paul Beavis.

December 17, 2019 Comments off

stink o saurusStink-o-saurus Saves Christmas by Deano Yipadee and Paul Beavis. Pub.Scholastic, 2019.

Stinky Stan is a stink-o-saurus because he eats a lot of fruit which gives him excess wind, smelly wind at that.

When Santa’s reindeer get the flu and can’t pull Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve, children everywhere are in danger of not receiving any Christmas presents. Quell Horror!

Stinky Stan has a plan, using a pair of huge bloomers and his self produced gas. Read it and see how it turns out.

Christmas should be about fun and happiness plus a little absurdity. Paul Beavis delivers this, along with the crazy music of Deano Yipadee. A CD is included. These guys have done it before and hopefully they keep doing it. Juniors and even adults will love it.

Merry Christmas everybody.

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Sarah’s Two Nativities by Janine M Fraser & Helene Magisson

December 16, 2019 Comments off

two nativitiesSarah’s Two Nativities by Janine M Fraser & Helene Magisson. Pub. Black Dog, Imprint Walker Books, 2019.

For those of you who are into the religious side of Christmas, this is the book for you. The story of Mary and the birth of Jesus is in both the Bible and the Koran. They are different yet comparable.

Sarah has two sets of grandparents – Ali and Azar who are Muslim and Maria and Paul who are Christian. Both grandmothers tell Sarah the story of Mary and the birth of Jesus.

Sarah questions “I like these stories. They are the same in some ways but different in others. So, how can they both be true?”

Does it really matter? Sensitively done and helps bring two opposing religions together and help cultural understanding.

The illustrations are superb and bring a calming effect reflecting both Christian and Muslim lifestyles

My Christmas picture book of the year.