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The Land of ROAR by Jenny McLachan

August 26, 2019 Comments off

land roarThe Land of ROAR by Jenny McLachan. Pub. Egmont, 2019.

When twins Arthur and Rose Trout were young they used to go and stay with their granddad every summer holidays. They had fun and used their imaginations to create a world they called ROAR.

They were the masters of ROAR and in their world they created a bad creature that was half human, half crow called Crowky. He lived on a island and flew everywhere causing havoc but Arthur and Rose were in control. Rose was fearless and had a horse called Prosecco and the world of ROAR was safe while they believed.

Now the twins are eleven and they no longer believe in their imaginary world or at least Rose’s imagination has been turned off by real life. Arthur is still keen but he too is growing up.

When asked to clear out the attic in Grandad’s house the twins discover an old map of ROAR and a wooden horse called Prosecco plus other reminders. The old doorway into ROAR, a camp bed is still there.

By accident grandad while clearing out the bed is sucked into ROAR and Arthur goes looking for him and discovers that ROAR is real but things have changed. In their absence Crowky has become all powerful, a magic road has split ROAR and man eating scarecrows wander at night terrorising everything.

The twins are needed to restore ROAR to it’s previous state. But will Rose come to the party and is Crowky really as powerful as all that? The existence of ROAR is dependent on Arthur and Rose’s imagination, perhaps they can save it. Read and find out.

Excellent fantasy for junior and intermediate readers. There are dragons too but the unicorns have all but disappeared or have they?

The Bookworm by Debi Gliori

August 22, 2019 Comments off

bookwormThe Bookworm by Debi Gliori. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019.

Three of my favourite things about picture books – pets, imagination and reading, are covered in this delightful creation by Debi Gliori.

Max wants a pet but his parents are reticent. There is a baby in the house that does all the less likeable things that pets do. Max is persistent and settles on a worm but his is a special worm, not just a book worm but something from the soul of childhood imagination – a dragon.

Excellent illustrations with a simple easy to read text. The ideal book for juniors and pre schoolers.

Don’t drink the Pink by B.C.R. Fegan, illus. Lenny Wen.

July 5, 2019 Comments off

drink pinkDon’t drink the Pink by B.C.R. Fegan , illus. Lenny Wen.

An unusual yet compelling picture book about the relationship between Madeline and her grandfather who her parents regard as both crazy and old. Of course he is a bit of both but mostly he cares about Madeline.

On her birthday from age 1 to 15 grandfather gives her a coloured potion with a warning “don’t drink the pink”. Each year the coloured potion has a different effect on Madeline from making her breath fire to becoming invisible and walking through walls but not harmful. Gee I wish I had a grandfather like that.

The mystery what will happen when she does drink the Pink? Read it and find out.

The illustrations create a homely yet mysterious atmosphere and also support the other themes of counting and colour. The rhyming text is both repetitive and imaginative. An interesting package this.

The Incurable Imagination by Paul Russell, illus. Aska

May 9, 2019 Comments off

incurableThe Incurable Imagination by Paul Russell, illus. Aska, Pub. Exisle Publishing 2019.

If you let your imagination get away on you where will it end? Audrey was born with imagination and as she grew older she spread it around in her home, at school and with her friends.

It became so overwhelming that it spread into the community and people started smiling at each other in the street. All because of one little girl. Perhaps imagination is not a bad disease to have.

Read this great picture book for juniors and find out where Audrey’s imagination takes her. A good read aloud with illustrations that will have you smiling.

The Box Cars by Robert Vescio, illus. by Cara King

May 9, 2019 Comments off

boxcarsThe Box Cars by Robert Vescio, illus. by Cara King. Pub. Exisle Publishing 2016.

Kai and Liam are imaginitive boys. They build box cars that they use to chase criminals, carry movie stars and pick up passengers. Then Eve comes along. Three into two doesn’t go and when they try to cope, catastrophe.

Nobody is happy but then they come up with a new idea and everybody is happy. I wonder what it is? Read it and find out.

A picture book about imagination and sharing. How would we get on without these two qualities?

Simple text that harmonises with the illustrations that show the emotions of joy, frustration and ultimately happiness..

Little Frida by Anthony Browne

April 6, 2019 Comments off

Little fridaLittle Frida by Anthony Browne. Pub. Walker Books, 2019.

A new Anthony Browne picture book is something to savour, and this one about the young Frida Kahlo is a beauty.

Frida was only 6 years old when she contracted polio. It was painful and made her different from other children. She felt lonely and an outsider and when she dreamed she dreamed of flying.

She retreated into her imagination and flew away meeting a girl who was just like her, except she could dance. Frida told her all her secrets, she listened and they became the closest of friends. She knew she could visit her whenever she wanted and she did.

Brilliant story about the power and healing qualities of the imagination. It is a powerful story.

The illustrations are as always outstanding. Full of mystery and meaning while capturing Frida’s sadness and pain and the Mexican landscape from whence she came. There is the airplane made of fruit, a little dog that appears on most pages and the wings that Frida wore disappearing mysteriously.

Check it out, you will not get better quality writing and illustration than this.

Lola Dutch. When I Grow Up by Kenneth & Sarah Jane Wright

January 25, 2019 Comments off

lola dutchLola Dutch. When I Grow Up by Kenneth & Sarah Jane Wright. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019.

Lola Dutch is inventive, she is imaginative and best of all she is confident. She puts her mind to the task of deciding what she is going to do when she grows up.

She tests her ideas out on her animal friends – Bear, crocodile, pig and crane. They of course let her run with her ideas and help her in every way possible as she imagines being on the stage, an inventor, a botanist an Egyptologist and many other things.

Bear puts his finger on the pulse “Lola what do you want to be right now?” Lola’s answer is the key to the whole story. Check it and find out why.

Simple text, complimentary water colour illustrations and a heroine to be admired.