Posts Tagged ‘Parenting’

My Mama by Annemarie van Haeringen. Translated by Bill Nagelkerke.

March 14, 2020 Comments off

my mamaMy Mama by Annemarie van Haeringen. Translated by Bill Nagelkerke. Pub.Gecko press, 2020.

Baby elephant narrates this picture book about him and his mama, after all he has “known her for the whole of his life”.

He loves playing with his mom, going shopping with her, pushing her on the swing and enjoying being around her.

Mom in turn loves playing with his toys, carrying him about in her shopping bag and swinging him around when she gets angry, but she never lets him go.

A great mother and baby story with parenting sh kills that are to be envied.

The illustrations of mother and baby elephant are excellent and there is a running theme of the stars. Read it and see what it is.


Categories: Picture book Tags: , , ,

Goodbye Comet Created by Hannah Davison, Flicka Williams and Marco Palmieri.

February 22, 2020 Comments off

cometGoodbye Comet Created by Hannah Davison, Flicka Williams and Marco Palmieri. Pub. Human Beans Press, 2020.

Dealing with death of a parent, a sibling a friend or a pet is hard on everybody but for children it is a new experience that they have to learn about. This is the purpose of this excellent picture book for juniors , primary and intermediate level children.

Comet is a live wire cheeky cockatoo with a black beak and yellow head feathers. When Perry and his friend Bob play pirate and explorer games in their tree house Comet fits in beautifully. Even at night  Comet sticks around to watch the heavens.

Then one day Comet gets up no more. Bob and Perry are distraught. With parental assistance they bury him with dignity and the tears flow.

How do they get over Comet’s death? Read it and find out and know well that the advice is superb. In the back there are 12 points for adults to consider to help in this big moment in Bob and Perry’s lives.

The illustrations are on the nail. Bright eyed innocent children, a cheeky cockatoo and parents who are there but not intrusive.

Part of a series on hard emotions children have to deal with.

Fing by David Walliams

March 1, 2019 Comments off

fingFing by David Walliams. Pub. HarperCollins, 2019.

This is the latest novel of madness, mayhem and laughter from the pen of David Walliams. It is about bad child behaviour and parents who try too hard to be nice to their child.

Mr and Mrs Meek are librarians and they have the most horrible daughter Myrtle. They give her everything she wants and now she wants the impossible – a Fing. What the hell is a Fing I hear you say? Exactly, but being librarians the Meeks’ discover a Fing in a volume titled Monsterpedia, which has a place in the back for another, as yet to be found, monster.

Mr Meek goes looking in the Fing’s known habitat of the “deepest, darkest, jungliest Jungle. Will he find it? read the book and find out. He does find the Honkopotamus and the two headed Croco-croco but what does a Fing look like?

I think Mr Walliams is also having a crack at the modern trend by kids to use fing and fink instead of thing and think, a habit that I find distasteful. Sure English is allowed to change but lets not be lazy and cheap about it.

Primary and intermediate students are going to love it. Easy to read, gross and funny and a warning to children to behave.

Valdemar’s Peas by Maria Jonsson

March 26, 2018 Comments off

ValdemarValdemar’s Peas by Maria Jonsson. Pub. Gecko Press, 2018.

I eats me peas with honey, I’ve done it all me life. It makes the peas taste funny, but it keeps them on the knife.

This is one view of peas but it certainly is not Valdemar’s. He hates them, and when there is icecream around there is no contest. He is a lucky fella though because his sister Lynn loves them and she is not worried that they give you pointed ears, especially when wolves ears are already pointed.

No peas, no icecream says papa. Valdemar’s solution will be cheered by every kid in the country but I doubt many parents will feel the same.

See what you think.

The illustrations are both simple and complex at the same time. Black and white ink drawings with a splash of colour. The facial expressions are a treat and you have no doubt what Valdemar thinks about peas without reading the written text.

Picture books should be fun and this is certainly that. But what is it about peas?