Archive for the ‘Picture book’ Category

The Kauri Family by Suzy Cato & Arthur Baysting, illus. By Craig Fletcher.

May 28, 2020 Comments off

kauriThe Kauri Family by Suzy Cato & Arthur Baysting, illus. By Craig Fletcher. Pub. Scholastic, 2020.

The kauri tree is legendary in the history of New Zealand and in Maori legend. It is a very tall, slow growing tree that has been used in the building of our towns and for the gum that was beneath it’s roots.

This rhyming picture book is about the community of life that resides around this fabulous tree. The illustrations are of two kinds – the long shot and the close up. Both reveal the animals and plant life that reside beneath the kauri’s impressive structure.

Many of the plants and animals are exclusive to New Zealand like the tuatara, the kiwi, the weta and the long finned eel. There are others but you will need to read the story to find out.

Craiog Fletcher’s illustrations are impressive and right on the nail.

For juniors and pre schoolers. There is a song that can be downloaded to enhance the reading of the book.

Tulip and Doug by Emma Wood & Carla Martell.

May 25, 2020 Comments off

tulipTulip and Doug by Emma Wood & Carla Martell. Pub. Scholastic, 2020.

A delightful hard backed picture book that will enthrall you and readers of pre school and primary level.

Tulip has a friend that she takes with her everywhere. His name is Doug and he is a potato. She puts a face on Doug and he sleeps in his own bed in Tulips room.

They have fun together but Tulips father tells her that one day Doug will have to take the trip to the compost heap. One day when she is taking Doug for a trip in his pram, Tulip trips and Doug is missing. Where has he gone?

Then Tulip meets a boy who has a friend too and he asks Tulip Where is your potato?

Wnderful story about imaginary friends and the nature of friendship.

Doug is superbly drawn and looks remarkably like a former NZ politician. Tulip is delightful and her father is the father to be. A surprise ending.

Sharing with Wolf by Melinda Szymanik & Nikki Slade Robinson.

May 23, 2020 Comments off

wolfSharing with Wolf by Melinda Szymanik & Nikki Slade Robinson. Pub. Scholastic, 2020.

A beautifully illustrated and  written hardback picture book for juniors and pre schoolers with a surprise ending. It will make you smile.

Wolf always needs a new housemate, he can’t afford to live alone. Lamb needs a place to stay so she can make her way in the world away from the flock. Wolf is cynical. he likes lamb but only “roasted, grilled or casseroled”. that is his nature.

Wolf warns lamb that it is not on but lamb persists. I wonder what is going to happen? You can have a wolf in sheep’s clothing but can you have a sheep in wolves clothing?

Beautifully structured written text with illustrations that appear to stand out on the page. Wolf and lamb are drawn in black pencil and you want to reach out and touch them on the page.

Lamb carries a bag with the message “to knit or not to knit, that is the question” while wolf carries a book titled 50 ways with mutton.

A very witty publication.

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Kia Kaha. Together standing strong by June Pitman-Hayes & Minky Stapleton. Maori lyrics by Ngaere Roberts.

April 23, 2020 Comments off

Kia KahaKia Kaha. Together standing strong by June Pitman-Hayes & Minky Stapleton. Maori lyrics by Ngaere Roberts. Pub. Scholastic, 2020.

Kia Kaha means be brave , stand strong and this multi cultural picture book with sound track on a CD displays this from a child’s point of view.

Children are less inhibited when it comes to race relations and dealing with disabilities. A hurt knee because of a fall is just as painful whether you are brown, black, muslim or oriental. Kis kaha is what we say when someone needs a helping hand.

The musical CD is easy to sing along to and the story is told in both Maori and English.

Thew illustrations are positive, simple and appealing. A great picture book for getting along together.

How to be a Pirate by Isaac Fitzgerald, illus. Brigette Barrager.

April 19, 2020 Comments off

pirateHow to be a Pirate by Isaac Fitzgerald, illus. Brigette Barrager. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2020.

CeCe wants to be a pirate with the boys in their tree hut but they tell her no “girls can’t be pirates”.

So ceCe and her dog got to someone who knows how to be a pirate – Granddad. He has a tattoo and has been to sea. he tells CeCe the secret of being a pirate and lets the bemused boys know what it means to be a pirate.

Good values, good humour, lovely story. Illustrations are superb. Loved the dog. Good for juniors, reading aloud and developing reading skills. Every page is used even the back and front covers, I love it when that happens.

Row, Kiwi,Row Your Boat by Lynette Evans, illus Stevie Mahardhika, sung Pio Terei.

April 5, 2020 Comments off

kiwi rowRow, Kiwi,Row Your Boat by Lynette Evans, illus Stevie Mahardhika, sung Pio Terei. Pub.Scholastic, 2020.

A board book with all the pages hard cardboard so that they can withstand chewing and rough treatment. It is for babies and pre school children for whom the love of books is yet to be established.

It has a song that can be downloaded but parents will know it as it is the old favourite Row Row Row your boat gently down the stream.

Three kiwis go rowing to find a Taniwha. They meet a kingfisher, a rather cool eel, a heron, a duck and others who they want to help them find the taniwha. He is around there somewhere so if you can find him.

Bright eyed illustrations and an excellent taniwha..

Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson, illus. Sharon King-Chai

April 2, 2020 Comments off

animalphabetAnimalphabet by Julia Donaldson, illus. Sharon King-Chai. Pub. MacMillan, 2020.

Very cleverly designed, illustrated and written picture book for juniors and pre-school children. The unity of illustrations and text has never been better. This alphabet picture book will blow your mind.

The written text is enormously clever and demands to be read aloud. It starts with an Ant, but who is prettier than an Ant? of course it is a butterfly but it hasn’t as many legs as a caterpillar and a caterpillar is not as big as an elephant.

But who is pinker than an elephant? and the question of them all who can sing better than a Mole? Read it and find out. Covers air, land and sea creatures.

Sharon King-Chai’s illustrations are superb and the cuttings and flaps in the pages and cover once opened reveal something about the story.

The best picture book so far this year.