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The Grinny Granny Donkey by Craig Smith, illus. by Katz Cowley. Pub. Scholastic, 2020.

December 4, 2020 Comments off

Grinny Granny is the son of Wonky, the donkey with the artificial leg that has taken the World by storm.

Granny has false teeth and they keep falling out, she also plays the banjo and loves to dunk her biscuits in he favourite brew. When she meets her grandson she is over the moon. Lovely.

Craig Smith has again written a song that you can download and his lyrics build on the things granny does, like clinky and clunky so that the song gets longer as it goes on. It is delightful like the other two books in this series.

Katz Cowley’s illustrations capture the eccentric granny beautifully and her love for her grandson and son Wonky is all over her face.

A great sing-a-long and gift for Xmas.

Kia Kaha. Together standing strong by June Pitman-Hayes & Minky Stapleton. Maori lyrics by Ngaere Roberts.

April 23, 2020 Comments off

Kia KahaKia Kaha. Together standing strong by June Pitman-Hayes & Minky Stapleton. Maori lyrics by Ngaere Roberts. Pub. Scholastic, 2020.

Kia Kaha means be brave , stand strong and this multi cultural picture book with sound track on a CD displays this from a child’s point of view.

Children are less inhibited when it comes to race relations and dealing with disabilities. A hurt knee because of a fall is just as painful whether you are brown, black, muslim or oriental. Kis kaha is what we say when someone needs a helping hand.

The musical CD is easy to sing along to and the story is told in both Maori and English.

Thew illustrations are positive, simple and appealing. A great picture book for getting along together.

My Old Man He played Rugby by Peter Millett, illus. Jenny Cooper, Sung by Jay Laga’aia.

August 11, 2018 Comments off

my old manMy Old Man He played Rugby by Peter Millett, illus. Jenny Cooper, Sung by Jay Laga’aia. Pub. Scholastic, 2018.

This picture book come sing-a-long book celebrates New Zealand’s national game, Rugby.

Peter Millett’s clever witty text has been put to music by Jay Laga’aia in a rousing CD included with the picture book. My favourite line is “my old man was stretchered home”.

Jenny Coopers illustrations are the star of this show. She has portrayed a game with two teams in the colours of the All Blacks and the Wallabies. My old man is in both sides and the game has a woman referee who sends my old man off for a late tackle.

Jenny Copper has captured the culture and hairstyles of the modern player and even given one polka dot undies. It is heaps of fun with lots of nuances to savour.

The CD also has an all music track to which you can sing the lyrics of the song and book.

CHOICE eh!!