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OH No! Look what the Cat dragged in by Joy H. Davidson, illus. Jenny Cooper.

December 13, 2018 Comments off

cat dragged inOH No! Look what the Cat dragged in by Joy H. Davidson, illus. Jenny Cooper. Pub. DHD Publishing, Imprint Lighthouse Press, 2018.

If you are the owner of a cat who has presented you with a dead bird or mouse on the doorstep and had a smug pleased look on it’s face, then this is the book for you.

Joy Davidson has told a story in rhyming text with a repeated chorus that is over the top and very funny. Grandma’s big black cat on Monday left a big smelly rat on the rug along with a hedgehog and a big brown shiny cockroach. Oh No!

On the other days of the week the nightly catch gets bigger and more bizarre. It is a days of the week book too. But on Sunday things have changed. Read the book and see why.

Splendid illustrations by Jenny Cooper. The cat is a pearler.

For juniors and pre schoolers. A great read-a-loud.

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Big Box Little Box by Caryl Hart and Edward Underwood.

August 22, 2017 Comments off

big boxBig Box Little Box by Caryl Hart and Edward Underwood. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2017.

It is a pleasure to read a picture book with rhyming text where the rhyme is not forced or uses a made up word. The text flows from one box to another making it perfect for reading aloud to juniors.

Not only that it emphasises shapes, colours and uses that the box has besides the ones that the cat and later the mouse put them to.

” Brown box, Green Box, Yellow box ,black box, blue box, red box. Hey That’s not a bed box.”

The cat is inside most of the boxes with  a knowing look, until the mouse. Then a chase and a surprise ending. Read it and find out what it is.

Superbly paced, well written and set out, with the illustrations just perfect.

Just lovely

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The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky.

March 18, 2017 Comments off

blue catThe Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky. Pub. Allen&Unwin, 2017

This novel for Intermediate and junior secondary readers is set in Sydney after the fall of Singapore in 1942 to the Japanese when great grey warships sat in the harbour like a herd of tired elephants.

It is an absorbing and lyrically novel with a sense of dread about it and ends in a surrealistic way. It recreates Australian life before World War 2 that prompted the then Prime Minister of Australia to observe “Australia is a British land of one race and one tongue”

Columba and her best friend Hilda are about 11 years old and they live on the North Shore of Sydney. Their neighbours are two elderly sisters Miss Hazel and the harp playing Miss Marguerite who say things like “people are ignorant they don’t know any better”.

Daylight saving has been introduced and it is lights out after dark to stop the enemy seeing in the dark. Darwin is bombed in the middle of the story.

Ellery a young boy from You-rope comes to town with a watch on his wrist, a bearded father and without a word of English.

At the same time an archangel blue cat wonders into the lives of Columba and her neighbours. This cat sees all and is important in providing the serendipitous ending to this story.

Easy to read with primary sources of literature, advertisements and Government directives of WW2 Australia spread throughout the novel that will intrigue the reader and provide an insight into life at that time.

I have never read a children’s novel like this before.