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Counting Creatures by Julia Donaldson, illus. Sharon King-Chai. Pub. Macmillan, 2022

March 4, 2022 Comments off

This picture book is a rarity these days as it contains flaps and peep holes that readers can look through to see the animals and read the text.

It starts with a bat who has one baby who holds on tight as mother and baby fly through the night. It asks the question as it does with every animal Who has more babies than that?

This is a counting book from 1-10 but including 15, 20, 25 and lots more. If i asked you who has the bigger brood of babies? Rabbit, a Mouse or a pig? Some of you will be wrong so read this book to find out.

It also begs children to look closely as there is a spider on practically every page but not all. See if you can find them.

Julia Donaldson’s rhyming text describes the animals with the flaps revealing more information. Children will just love lifting them up to see what is underneath.

Sharon King-Chai’s illustrations are a delight. Every creature is drawn with a personality, my favourite is the rabbit and they include mammals, birds and insects.

One of the best picture books so far this year and very sturdy. It needs to be as kids will just read it and read it and lift the flaps. Pre school and primary.

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One Shoe, Two Shoes by Caryl Hart & Edward Underwood.

November 23, 2018 Comments off

two shoeOne Shoe, Two Shoes by Caryl Hart & Edward Underwood. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

This well presented picture book is about Shoes, colours and numbers using rhyming text similar to Dr Seus’s one fish two fish red fish blue fish. Nothing wrong with that, makes it easy to read and remember.

Ten mice on a multi coloured pair of roller skates, you can count the mice and the colours of those appealing boots.

The shoes are brilliant, Jimmy Choo may be interested. There are many surprises from green pumps and starry party shoes to cowboy boots and shoes with long laces.

lots of fun for early readers and juniors. The illustrations are superb.

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Don’t Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan, illus. Lenny Wen

March 31, 2018 Comments off

room 32Don’t Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan, illus. Lenny Wen. Pub.  2018.

A very impressive rhyming text picture book that teaches counting and uses computer generated illustrations to bring drama to the story.

The Hotel Hoo is hosted by Nicholas Noo and a young boy and girl with beautiful big eyes are Mr Noo’s first guests. He shows them every room and they open every door to reveal a host of monsters, trolls, fairies, goblins etc all going about their business but not really scaring anybody.

After every door is opened Mr Noo warns not to look behind door 32. The children take it in their stride and they do look behind door 32. You will have to read the book yourself to see what they find.

Rhyming text should never be forced and thankfully it is not in this book. All the rhymes are real words and they are very clever.

The illustrations are superb with my favourites the dancing Zombies of door No 5.

Put this on your purchase list your children will love you for it and you will not be disappointed either.

Line Up, Please by Tomoko Ohmura.

August 27, 2014 Comments off

line up pleaseLine Up, Please by Tomoko Ohmura.Pub. Gecko Press, 2014. 

From award winning author and illustrator Tomoko Ohmura comes this gem about life in a queue. Fifty animals are lining up for the thrill of a life time but you have to read the whole book to find out what it is.

Life in a queue can be a drag and it can be an enjoyable experience. The weasel wants to know what they are lining up for, the skunk accidently does what he is famous for, fox and raccoon are competing at jumping, sheep is scared of the wolf in front of her, hyena plays peek-a-boo with a baby kangaroo, zebra shakes between a lion and a tiger, crocodile yawns, rhinoceros wants to charge and then they are off.

Lined up on the back of a blue whale the animals experience a thrill on a four page spread. At the end the giraffe asks “can we do it again?”

My granddaughters loved it and so will you.