Posts Tagged ‘fears’

I Can’t Sleep by Stephanie Blake.

July 15, 2017 Comments off

can't sleepI Can’t Sleep by Stephanie Blake. Pub Gecko Press 2017.

I admit I am addicted to these picture books about Simon, the rabbit with a great imagination. This latest book keeps my addiction going and it is available for purchase in August.

Simon and his little brother Casper decide to build a MEGA GIGA-NORMOUS hut out of Casper’s blanky. The reader will rightly pick that there is trouble ahead when it is bed time. Casper can’t sleep without his blanky and Simon has to assume his alter ego identity, Super Rabbit, to rescue the situation.

Great fun with the familiar big font text and whole page primary colour illustrations, to accentuate the drama of the story. Blues and black for the night and brighter colours for day time and the monster.

Good read-a-loud for juniors and a knowing laugh for adults.

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Nightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski

January 18, 2017 Comments off

nightfallNightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski. Pub. Hot key Books, 2015.

This highly original book on survival in a dark world is for teenagers and young adults.

Set on the island of Bliss, a name that is far from the truth because life is far from easy. The island is surrounded by cliffs with no easy access to the sea and the cycle of life is dictated by 14 years of daylight followed by 14 years of darkness. The hinterland is forested and nobody goes there for fear of wild animals, monsters and demons.

The years of daylight are almost at an end and the islanders are preparing to evacuate to the desert lands of the south where the cycle of life is 3 days light and 3 days dark.

Marin and Kana are 14 year old twins, both share a friend in Line but the relationship is changing as Line notices Marin’s curves and she notices his muscles. The islanders are going through a ritualistic preparation to leave. They are cleaning their houses, removing locks and setting tables with heavy plates. There is talk of spirits and monsters coming with the dark and an urgency to leave before the night falls and the sea withdraws.

Through circumstances that you will have to read the book to find out, Marin, Kana and Line are left behind on the island and on their first night alone  they learn that what their parents and elders said was true.

Then in an unexpected surrealistic twist in the plot Kana takes his boots off and discovers an astonishing transformation.

Tensions are high and the action swift and often brutal. If you have a fear of the dark then this book is not going to make it easy for you. Confront your fears and read one of the most absorbing novels I have read for a while.

Great cover and structured in short easy to read chapters that make you want to keep reading. If you miss this you will kick yourself.

Tiny Owl on the Ramshackle Farm by Lotte Wotherspoon

September 7, 2016 Comments off

ramshackle-farmTiny Owl on the Ramshackle Farm by Lotte Wotherspoon. Pub. Clay Press, 2016.

Being scared of the dark is not an uncommon thing and tiny owl’s imagination goes into overdrive when he hears ordinary farm sounds in the dead of night. he imagines a snaggle-toothed monster and a farty-pants guts-gobbler stalking the farm below. A cat scratching and mewing in her bed towel evokes images  of a hoary-haired lice-licker.

Tiny owl needs to overcome his fears, after all owls hunt at night. Papa owl is on to it and with mother owl the three hungry owls fly high in the sky and swoop down on their prey.

Little owl having faced his fears is scared no more. Good message.

The text is rhyming but it is not forced and there is a repeated verse that children will memorise especially when being read aloud which the book demands.

The illustrations are in pen and ink and water colours. The owls are superb and there are some great images of the night monsters from little owls imagination, my favourite is the farty-pants guts-gobbler on his skateboard with his fancy shoes and scarf.

Juniors will love this.

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