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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 illustrations  especially the tiger and Cinnamon. A sophisticated picture book.

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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Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom.

December 23, 2015 Comments off

not see you firstNot if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom. Pub. HarperCollins, 2015.

Parker Grant is nearly 16 years old and was blinded at age 7 years in a car accident that killed her mother. At 15 years old she found her father dead in bed and now she lives in the family home with her aunt Celia and two cousins.

When Parker was 13 years she began a kissing relationship with Scott, a boy she had known for ever but  an incident destroyed the relationship and neither of them has gotten over it. 2 years later the two high schools in the town in which Parker lives, merge, throwing Scott and Parker back into each others company. if you want to know what happens you will have to read the novel and let me tell you, you will not regret it.

Parker is very testy. She copes brilliantly with her blindness, is very independent but resents being treated as the blind girl. She runs alone every morning, having counted steps and distance not only in her home but to and from school and even to the mall. Her personality is sharp and edgy to the astonishment and often resentment to those around her.

Parker needs to change and she needs to get over the death of her father and her once relationship with Scott. She needs to grieve, she needs to forgive and in the words of Elsa and Anna she needs to Let it Go. This is what gives the novel power and momentum. The dialogue is real. witty, sharp, amusing and straight to the heart of the matter.

I liked Parker but boy I would never treat her like a blind person.

This is a school story and also a girly story. Eric Lindstrom has got the female relationships spot on. How a man did this so well has got me stunned, I would like to shake his hand and say “well done mate”. It’s the deep analysis that girls put into everything that fascinated me and I derived some insight from reading this book.

High school students will get into this novel especially girls but I can’t see the forwards from the First 15 from Boy’s High picking it up, although they should.