Review: My Book (Not Yours): Lento and Fox – Ben Sanders

My Book (Not Yours): Lento & Fox

Ben Sanders

Lothian Children’s Books

Hachette Children’s Books

RRP$24.99

 

Description:

When a lovable sloth’s book is hijacked by a fox with STYLE and PIZZAZZ, sloth has to learn how to find his voice and take back control.

 

Lento the sloth is SO excited you are reading HIS book. He has a BIG story to tell you. First, though, he needs a little nap. But if you snooze, you lose. Enter Fox, stage right, to steal the show.

 

The first book in a ridiculously fun series about a bewildered sloth who just wants to express himself and a sly old fox who keeps stealing the limelight.

 

 

My View:

With vibrant, simply executed illustrations this cheeky little book is bound to please the toddler in your life. The images are the focal point of this book – eye-catching and hilarious; the illustrations almost speak for themselves, look at those smirks, grins, grimaces…

 

This is a quick read that will captivate the early reader in your life.

 

Review: The Go-Away Bird – written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Catherine Rayner

The Go Away Bird

Julia Donaldson illustrated by Catherine Rayner

Macmillan Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781509843589

RRP $24.99

 

Description:

A gorgeous story about friendship and working together from a star picture-book partnership, the inimitable Julia Donaldson and award-winning Catherine Rayner.

 

‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest,

With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.’

 

One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . .

 

The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.

 

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Julia Donaldson is the author of some of the world’s best-loved children’s books, including the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. Catherine Rayner studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. Catherine won the Best New Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Awards for Augustus and His Smile and has been awarded the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. Catherine’s other titles for Macmillan include the critically acclaimed Solomon Crocodile and the award-winning Smelly Louie.

 

https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781509843589/

 

 

My View:

This must be the best rhyming children book I have come across (yes its prose really does rhyme, and rhyme well, not awkwardly as some children’s books do).  The story has a beautiful message; read out loud, enjoy the language, the rhythm and as you turn the pages experience the delightful art. I am in awe of the illustrations.

 

A gorgeous book.

 

 

Review: The Ultimate Animal Counting Book – Jennifer Cossins

The Ultimate Animal Counting Book

The Ultimate Animal Counting Book

Jennifer Cossins

Hachette Australia

Lothian Children’s Books

ISBN: 9780734418852

RRP $29.99

 

Description:

Join CBCA Award-winning author/illustrator Jennifer Cossins (as praised on The Ellen Show) on an expedition through the animal kingdom in the most amazing animal counting book ever – count one to 100 and collect fascinating animal facts along the way.

 

Can you count one blue whale? Probably.

How about 16 lions? Or 44 penguins? Or 100 fairy flies?

 

Join CBCA Award-winner Jennifer Cossins on an expedition through the animal kingdom, counting one to 100 and collecting fascinating animal facts along the way. Discover the colour of a zebra’s skin under its stripes, how a tapir uses its nose as a snorkel when it swims, and that cranes are famous for their dancing!

 

Beautifully illustrated with full-colour pictures of animals great and small, from all over the world – from the familiar wombat and sea turtle to the unusual gerenuk and caracal – THE ULTIMATE ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK is an utter delight.

 

 

My View:

Jennifer Cossins’ animal kingdom books never fail to disappoint; educational, fun, beautifully illustrated with stunning details, this series of children’s books have encouraged and assisted my grandson to learn to count (he can now count to 100 thanks to this latest book), he also has a great knowledge of Australian and other animals, and most importantly the books have fostered a love of reading and being read to.

 

We look forward to the next delightful book in this series.

 

PS – love all the quirky facts that are scattered throughout this book.

 

#FridayFreebie: I Love My Mum Because – Petra James and Alissa Dinallo

**Rockbilby is the lucky winner. **

I Love My Mum Because

Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia I have one copy of this gorgeous book to give away. Simply check out Pan Macmillan’s  website:  https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781760784386/   and in the comments list one other book by this author.

 

**Open to Australian residents only. Entries close 6th April 2019**

 

Good luck.

Review: I Love My Mum Because

I Love My Mum Because

I Love My Mum Because

Petra James and Alissa Dinallo

Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781760784386

RRP $14.99

 

Description:

This book is for you and your mum.

 

Draw, decorate, colour in, count, spot the mum, make a butterfly (or two) and then present the book to your mum for any special occasion: birthday, Xmas, Mother’s Day … or just because.

 

An interactive picture book to personalise for your mum.

 

 

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Petra James is the author of ten books for middle-grade readers. She has worked in publishing for more than twenty years, and has been a children’s publisher for thirteen of these.

Alissa Dinallo has been a book designer for eight years. In 2015, she started her own company and won the Australian Book Design Association Award for Young Designer of the Year. She has designed more than 200 titles and was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Arts list in 2018.  https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781760784386/

 

 

 

My View:

This book is a delight to complete and to receive. I love that this is a book about sharing experiences and creativity. There are plenty of opportunities to engage your little one and discuss emotions; mum is celebrated and acknowledged for all the things – for blowing bubbles (such innocent fun), she bakes the best birthday cake, she tells the tooth fairy not to get lost, she knows which colour you are on the inside (let’s talk feelings), she hides and I seek (playful mum)…Mum is so many things.

 

They are opportunities to colour in, to draw, to play games, to think and to express your love.

 

Just holding this book in my hand makes me feel happy.  It is delightful.  🙂  I hope you have the pleasure of receiving or helping fill this one out soon.

 

 

The Best Preschooler Book of 2018: Animalphabet – Julia Donaldson with Illustrations by Sharon King-Chai

Animalphabet

The Animalphabet

Julia Donaldson

Illustrations by Sharon King-Chai

Two Hoots

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781509801633

RRP $24.99

 

Description:

A wondrous and beautiful A-to-Z guessing game from the bestselling author of Room on the Broom

 

From ant to butterfly to caterpillar . . . to zebra and then back again, Animalphabet is an entertaining puzzle as well as a gorgeous alphabet book to treasure.

 

Who can slither better than a rabbit? A snake! Who can growl better than a snake? A tiger! There are clever hints and peekaboo holes within the artwork that will amaze and delight young children as they learn to use the alphabet. This is a preschool must-have.

 

 

My View:

This book is visually stunning! The illustrations are fun and colourful, the cutaways/cut outs/flip pages are fun and entertaining. This is a quality children’s book that will give many hours of reading pleasure to both the adult and the child reading this book.

 

This is the perfect gift – for any time of the year.

 

Review: Oi Duck-billed Platypus – Kes Gray and Jim Field

Oi Duck Billed Platypus!

Oi Duck-billed Platypus!

Kes Gray and Jim Field

Hachette Children’s Books

Hodder Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781444937329

RRP $ 24.99

 

Description:

A brilliantly funny, rhyming read-aloud picture book – jam-packed with animals and silliness! From the bestselling, multi-award-winning creators of Oi Frog!

 

Oi! Where are duck-billed platypuses meant to sit?

And Kookaburras and hippopotamuses and all the other animals with impossible to rhyme with names…

Over to you Frog!

 

The laughter never ends with Oi Frog and Friends

 

Praise for Oi Frog!:

‘An absolute treat.’ – Daily Mail

‘Everyone will love it.’ – Guardian

 

Oi Frog and Friends is a Top Ten Bestselling series. Oi Dog! won the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (among others). And Oi Goat! was a 2018 World Book Day Book.

 

 

My View:

 A delightful read out loud kind of book, glorious illustrations and rhyming silliness that all young children will adore.