Archive for the ‘Picture book’ Category

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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Bambi the Blind Alpaca by Jan Lummis, illus. Jenny Cooper

May 19, 2019 Comments off

bambiBambi the Blind Alpaca by Jan Lummis, illus. Jenny Cooper. Pub.Scholastic, 2019.

You never think about animals being blind but this true story stars a blind alpaca called Bambi.

Bambi is lucky because he has a brother who leads him everywhere and helps him survive. Then brother has to go and Bambi is lost. he bangs into everything and misses out on the best places to eat. Then Renaldo, a different type of alpaca, came along. Read it and see what happens.

Excellently illustrated by Jenny Cooper. She knows that the eyes have it and the expressions of the Alpaca are superb.

At the back is an information piece on alpacas which is most enlightening. Did you know that alpacas set aside a place in the paddock for a toilet? a very intelligent animal indeed.

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Thank You Mercury by Carmen Gloria

May 16, 2019 Comments off

thank you mercuryThank You Mercury by Carmen Gloria. Pub. Uncommon Grammar, 2019.

If anything happens on our Sun, Mercury is going to know about it first, right? Well it is the smallest and closest to the Sun and in Greek legend Mercury is the messenger of the Gods. Well something does happen and mercury warns all the other planets in our family of 8 planets called the solar system.

This is an introduction to the Solar system. Carmen Gloria personifies all the planets, gives them a face and a character and through this technique helps with a study of our family of planets.

Well illustrated with chunks of information for readers at junior level. It is fun.

The Incurable Imagination by Paul Russell, illus. Aska

May 9, 2019 Comments off

incurableThe Incurable Imagination by Paul Russell, illus. Aska, Pub. Exisle Publishing 2019.

If you let your imagination get away on you where will it end? Audrey was born with imagination and as she grew older she spread it around in her home, at school and with her friends.

It became so overwhelming that it spread into the community and people started smiling at each other in the street. All because of one little girl. Perhaps imagination is not a bad disease to have.

Read this great picture book for juniors and find out where Audrey’s imagination takes her. A good read aloud with illustrations that will have you smiling.

The Box Cars by Robert Vescio, illus. by Cara King

May 9, 2019 Comments off

boxcarsThe Box Cars by Robert Vescio, illus. by Cara King. Pub. Exisle Publishing 2016.

Kai and Liam are imaginitive boys. They build box cars that they use to chase criminals, carry movie stars and pick up passengers. Then Eve comes along. Three into two doesn’t go and when they try to cope, catastrophe.

Nobody is happy but then they come up with a new idea and everybody is happy. I wonder what it is? Read it and find out.

A picture book about imagination and sharing. How would we get on without these two qualities?

Simple text that harmonises with the illustrations that show the emotions of joy, frustration and ultimately happiness..