Posts Tagged ‘Humour’

Lily, the Littlest Angel bk1. Lily gets her Wings by Elizabeth Pulford, illus. Aki Fukuoka.

May 24, 2019 Comments off

lily 1Lily, the Littlest Angel bk1. Lily gets her Wings by Elizabeth Pulford, illus. Aki Fukuoka.

This delightful early reader for girls aged 6-8 is the first of 6 books that the girls will adore. I thought it was a great read.

Lily is at Amelia’s Angel Academy trying to a proper place in the Academy. She has to perform better than Tisa who has a few tricks up her sleep. Things do not go well in the first two tests but the third challenge will change things completely. Failure is not an option as it will send Lily back to the Bossy Boots’ Boarding House. Heaven forbid! Read it and see what happens.

Excellent story from Elizabeth PulfordĀ  who creates drama and fun from a simple situation. Aki Fukuoka’s illustrations get the characters right and enhances the fun.

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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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Alex Rider 12. Secret weapon by Anthony Horowitz.

April 27, 2019 Comments off

alex riderAlex Rider 12. Secret weapon by Anthony Horowitz. Pub. HarperCollins, 2019.

The problem I had with doing this review was how to write something unique that has not already been said of this action adventure series about boy spy 14 year old Alex Rider.

I could have said “it is bloody brilliant so just read it” or I could have waxed lyrical about the plot and the characters of the 7 stories that are told in this collection. But I am not. Instead I am going to tell you what appeals to me about Alex and about the style of writing.

Alex is not pretentious, he is not a braggart or a smart arse. He is skilled at martial arts, he thinks in split seconds but his main weapon is his superb observation skills. He watches people and analyses situations and acts instinctively. He never kills anyone and he does what he has to to win. He is always polite, understates his achievements and if you wanted someone to go into bat for your life then Alex Rider is the boy you would choose.

See how Alex gets on penetrating a crazy man’s castle hideout in Afghanistan, see how he deals with a crazy escaped prisoner who wants to kill Alex in an act of revenge, see how he escapes from a hospital prison over an electric fence using fishing rods and a coat hanger, see how he escapes death while paragliding off a runaway motor boat in the South of France. And more.

Superbly written by master writer Anthony Horowitz in a straight forward action style that keeps you reading long after you want to stop and do something else. The characters are incredible, the action spellbinding. I can’t do better than that.

For intermediate and high school students especially reluctant readers.

There’s a Hedgehog in my Pants by Amy Harrop illus. Ross Kinnaird.

March 29, 2019 Comments off

hedgehog (2)There’s a Hedgehog in my Pants by Amy Harrop illus. Ross Kinnaird. Pub. Scholastic, 2019.

I showed this picture book to my granddaughters aged 8yrs and 10yrs and they both smiled immediately. I said how would you like a hedgehog in your pants? One answered it would prick my butt the other said you couldn’t sit down.

They both read the book one said it rhymes, the other said the hedgehog is cute.

I can’t do better than that except to say Ross Kinnairds illustrations are terrific, the rhyming text makes it a good read-a-loud and it has a surprise ending. It will make kids laugh and in my book that is a big positive.

Check it out. it does have a warning “This book contains multiple words for Bottom”, so it broadens vocabulary.

Oink by David Elliot.

November 3, 2018 Comments off

oinkOink by David Elliot. Pub. Gecko Press, 2018.

Apart from the odd animal noise and a few Knock Knocks this is ostensibly a wordless picture book and a very good one.

Pigs are clever animals, Winston Churchill once said of them that they want to be your equal. The pig in this book just wants to have a bath on his own. He sets the bath up, lies in it contentedly then horse, cow and sheep join him in the bath much to his chagrin.

How do you get them out? Well there is one sure way and pig nails it. Guess what it is?

Brilliantly illustrated. The facial images of all the animals are stunning and pigs contented smirk at the end is a gem.

The best thing about wordless picture books is that the reader can describe what is happening in their own words. Children will get great delight in explaining this story.