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Jacob’s Toys. The BIG Backyard Adventure by Claudia Woods.

September 22, 2018 Comments off

jacobs toysJacob’s Toys. The BIG Backyard Adventure by Claudia Woods. Pub. Harbour Publishing House, 2018.

This picture book for juniors was a real surprise with beautifully constructed rhyming text and illustrations that bring out the nature of the characters and the drama they are going through.

Jacob decides that he is BIG now and doesn’t need his soft toys anymore but is he really ready to discard them and what about the toys themselves?

Mum puts them in the washing machine, onto the line, hit by a storm, chased by a cat, washed down a drain, blown into the air and then guess where?

The repeated text containing the toys names makes for great reading aloud. Children can join in too.

The illustrations  are mixed media eg drawing, painting, natural materials, clay, felt etc They are made on large boards and layered with all the items and then photographed. Some of the photos are taken from different angles to create a 3D effect. They cover a whole page sometimes more and really compliment the text beautifully and add a dimension in themselves. At the end is a big surprise as the illustrations contain more than you think.

Check this beauty out.

Stories of the Night by Kitty Crowther

August 15, 2018 Comments off

night storiesStories of the Night by Kitty Crowther. Pub. Gecko Press, 2018.

A read-a-loud bedtime story for juniors with some class.

Little bear wants three stories from his mum before he goes to sleep. reading to children before they go to bed is a brilliant thing to do. It shows them the power of reading and it gives them something restful to think about before the land of nod takes over.

The stories are about the Night Guardian who puts all the creatures to bed at night, brave little Zhora  who lives in the forest and the old man with an overcoat who finds it hard to sleep.

These stories are similar to fairy tales, myths and legends and are beautifully illustrated with pink pastel colours that are so restful.

A worthwhile investment for the home and the junior classroom..