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A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston.

October 19, 2019 Comments off

child of booksA Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston. Pub. Walker Books, 2019.

“The universe is made up of stories, not atoms”. This is a foreword to this wonderful picture book about reading and imagination.

A young girl sits on a raft and declares “I am a child of Books. I come from a World of stories”. She floats on a sea of words describing many great works of fiction, to a young boy’s house and together they travel over mountains of make-believe and lose themselves in forests of fairy tales and other imaginations  to a house where anyone can come.

The illustrations are often made with words and enhance the magical world that reading can invoke.

Sophisticated picture book but easy to understand for primary, intermediate and secondary readers. In fact for everybody.

A superb piece of work.

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Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl.

October 15, 2019 Comments off

badobedayMadame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl. Pub. Walker Books, 2019.

If I was an old woman I would like to be like Madame Badobedah. Mysterious, well kept, says “darlink” and keeps to herself.

She arrives at the Mermaid Hotel with two dogs, two cats, a tortoise and 23 bags and moves into room 32. Mabel is a resident of Mermaid Hotel and she keeps an eye on things and she decides Madame Badobedah is suspicious.

Mabel is a young girl with imagination and she treats every room in the Mermaid Hotel as a brother or a sister.  She imagines fantastical exploits with Madame and they become good friends. Read it and see what happens.

Great illustrations portray Madame , the Mermaid Hotel and an English seaside resort . Sophie Dahl’s text  tells a whimsical story with intrigue and mystery.

For primary and intermediate readers but adults will love this as well.

Cornelia and the Jungle Machine by Nora Brech.

October 9, 2019 Comments off

corneliaCornelia and the Jungle Machine by Nora Brech. Pub. Gecko Press, 2019.

Not quite a wordless picture book, with the written text giving you just enough to stimulate your imagination.

Cornelia moves with her parents to a new or rather old house. It looks like the sort of house Norman Bates lived in – stuffed animals on the walls and a grim gothic exterior.

Cornelia doesn’t like it, there’s no one to play with. Her parents send her off into the forest to have some time out and the fantasy begins and Oh what fantasy.

Cornelia finds a ladder leading to the tree tops and meets Fredrik who has an eye patch and an inventive personality. They have a great time.

The illustrations are impressive. Kids will pour over them for hours. Some of the best I have seen in a picture book.

Needless to say Cornelia comes back to her new home with a different point of view.

For primary and intermediate readers but everybody will love this story. Check it out.

The Girl and the Dinosaur by Hollie Hughes Illus. Sarah Massini

September 30, 2019 Comments off

girl dinosaurThe Girl and the Dinosaur by Hollie Hughes Illus. Sarah Massini. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019.

From ordinary events can come great dreams and imagination. Marianne digs for bones in the sand on the beach. She looks lonely to the fisher folk who frequent the coast and they wish she had friends.

Marianne however is content and at night she dreams great fantasy of the dinosaur bones she finds coming alive. She rides with the dinosaur to a land in the sky and sees unicorns fairies and a party place for children and their dreams.

When morning comes Marianne is found digging for bones on the beach but this time with other children.

Rhyming text is enhanced greatly by simple water colour illustrations that reflect the loneliness of Marianne at the start and tell their own fantasy story when she dreams.

A good writing team this one. For juniors and primary level.

I Go Quiet by David Ouimet

September 25, 2019 Comments off

I go quietI Go Quiet by David Ouimet. Pub. canongate Books Ltd imprint Allen & Unwin, 2019.

When this book came through my mail box I took one look at it and said to myself “read it now”. The cover has immediate impact.

It begins with a girl who feels lost, alone and misunderstood in the world she lives in. She wanders through this old world that has a feel of the Industrial revolution, sometimes wearing a mouse mask. All the people in this picture book wear mouse masks and look insignificant in the world they are in.

As the book progresses the girl begins to feel she does belong and does have a future as her imagination takes over and her knowledge of reading books gives her power.

Stunning message  written with text that is almost poetry. The illustrations are equally stunning and at times have a filmic quality. The world the girl lives in looks horrible but she finds hope for the future.

If this is not the best picture book of the year I want to see the one that is.

For everyone but  sophisticated readers will see it’s power.

Adventures of Anders by Gregory Mackay

September 25, 2019 Comments off

andersAdventures of Anders by Gregory Mackay. Pub. Allen & Unwin, 2019.

This is a graphic novel structured in comic book fashion about an unusual  creature somewhat like a cross between a dog and a cat, called Anders.

He has a best friend called Eden who is just like him, and in the first novel of three in this compendium he meets an elephant like creature who becomes another friend called Bernie.

Anders, Bernie and Eden play together and have enviable imaginations and as such have adventures that just happen rather than are contrived. They are good to each other and to everyone around them. They have respect and deserve their good fortune.

In these three novels they find a comet, search an extinct volcano and find their way through a maze in a castle.

They meet an odd friend in Skip who is a beetle who lights up when he eats sweets, what kid doesn’t? he can fly Anders around. They also meet a mad scientist called Dr Larsen who provides all the interesting stuff in these stories.

Great for kids who are visual readers who will be able to read fast with simple text and good illustrations. A necessity in every school library. It meets a need.

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?