Posts Tagged ‘Rhyming text’

Omletta Hen by Janelle Wilkey, Illus. Deborah Hinde.

August 13, 2020 Comments off

omlettaOmletta Hen by Janelle Wilkey, Illus. Deborah Hinde. Pub.Scholastic 2020.

A great readĀ  aloud picture book about a hen with oodles of personality. With a name like Omletta you feel that she has survived a great fate and is determined that her own eggs will be free.

Omletta lays her eggs everywhere, in the garden, on the path, in a shoe in the bath even on top of her owner Nelson’s head. Nelson wants to put a stop to that and locks Omletta in the chicken coup.

Omletta resists. read this delightful picture book and find out what happens.

The text is rhyming and sing songee but the true star is Omletta. She has personality to burn and Deborah Hinde brings this out with her fabulous illustrations. Hens do have personality, I know as my granddaughters had a hen called Mildred and she loved to be stroked and made her nest all over the property.

This picture book won The Joy Cowley Award. Don’t miss it.


Alekizou by Nancy Turgeon, Illus Patricia Cullen Raine.

February 18, 2020 Comments off

AlekizouAlekizou by Nancy Turgeon, Illus Patricia Cullen Raine. Pub. City of light Publishing Buffalo NY. 2020.

This is for the story tellers and actors amongst you, who like to read aloud to children in the junior classes. A good reader could make this story come alive.

Structurely it is really a nonsense poem with a lot of sense. It looks at reading and writing and pits an illiterate character called Alekizou against the power of libraries and reading.

Alekizou sits in his mountain lair with wise owl as a friend and mentor and looks at the library in the town and wonders what is in there. Alekizou cannot read and didn’t fancy school at all. He goes down to the library and creates mischief by taking all the vowels out of the words in books.

The children are onto him and help change his attitude. A good message.

While the rhyming text dominates the story, the rhyme is not always easy but it is intelligible. The bright coloured illustrations are superb though, with bright eyed children. Alekizou is some character with his square head and big letters for arms and legs and a mournful face.

Any book that promotes reading is a good book as far as I am concerned.

Not released until 6 April 2020.

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.

OH No! Look what the Cat dragged in by Joy H. Davidson, illus. Jenny Cooper.

December 13, 2018 Comments off

cat dragged inOH No! Look what the Cat dragged in by Joy H. Davidson, illus. Jenny Cooper. Pub. DHD Publishing, Imprint Lighthouse Press, 2018.

If you are the owner of a cat who has presented you with a dead bird or mouse on the doorstep and had a smug pleased look on it’s face, then this is the book for you.

Joy Davidson has told a story in rhyming text with a repeated chorus that is over the top and very funny. Grandma’s big black cat on Monday left a big smelly rat on the rug along with a hedgehog and a big brown shiny cockroach. Oh No!

On the other days of the week the nightly catch gets bigger and more bizarre. It is a days of the week book too. But on Sunday things have changed. Read the book and see why.

Splendid illustrations by Jenny Cooper. The cat is a pearler.

For juniors and pre schoolers. A great read-a-loud.

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Don’t Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan, illus. Lenny Wen

March 31, 2018 Comments off

room 32Don’t Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan, illus. Lenny Wen. Pub. TaleBlade.comĀ  2018.

A very impressive rhyming text picture book that teaches counting and uses computer generated illustrations to bring drama to the story.

The Hotel Hoo is hosted by Nicholas Noo and a young boy and girl with beautiful big eyes are Mr Noo’s first guests. He shows them every room and they open every door to reveal a host of monsters, trolls, fairies, goblins etc all going about their business but not really scaring anybody.

After every door is opened Mr Noo warns not to look behind door 32. The children take it in their stride and they do look behind door 32. You will have to read the book yourself to see what they find.

Rhyming text should never be forced and thankfully it is not in this book. All the rhymes are real words and they are very clever.

The illustrations are superb with my favourites the dancing Zombies of door No 5.

Put this on your purchase list your children will love you for it and you will not be disappointed either.