Review: The Book Of Australian Trees – Inga Simpson

The Book of Australian Trees

Inga Simpson

Illustrations Alicia Rogerson

Lothian Children’s Books

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780734418531

RRP $29.99

Description:

Trees tell stories about places. Australia has some of the tallest, oldest, fattest and most unusual trees in the world. They have changed over thousands of years, adapting to this continent’s deserts, mountains, and coasts. Many have found clever ways of dealing with drought and fire.

Their leaves, flowers and seeds are food for birds, insects and mammals. Old trees have lots of hollows, which make good homes for possums, sugar gliders, birds and bees. But trees aren’t just important for other animals, we need them too. What trees breathe out, we breathe in. They are a vital part of the Earth’s ecosystems.

When you first stand in a forest, the trees all seem the same. But if you look more closely, they are each a little different, like people. This book is a love song to Australian trees, from the red ironbark to the grey gum, the Moreton Bay fig to the Queensland bottle tree.

My View:

This is such a beautifully illustrated book! Inga Simpson is a writer and tree lover – her passion for the natural world is evident in all she writes, fiction and non-fiction. Although this book is touted as a children’s read, I think this book is more than that; it is amazingly illustrated and any art lover will enjoy flicking though the pages, it is a great read for anyone interested in the natural world of Australian flora (although I would like to see this expanded to cover more varieties and more regions), this book would make a great gift to send to a relative overseas.  

A delightful book.   

Looking for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Read? Dinosaurs in Love – Feen Rosenthal & Hannah Jacobs

Feen Rosenthal (aged 3 when this was written) 

Art by Hannah Jacobs

Orchard Books

Hachette Australia

ISBN:9780316593335

 

Description:

Three-year-old Fenn Rosenthal’s viral song about love, longing, and loss has melted the hearts of tens of millions of people on Tiktok, Instagram, Spotify and even on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Now readers of all ages can enjoy Fenn’s heartfelt, poignant lyrics again and again in this irresistible, sing-aloud picture book that includes exclusive extras!

Dinosaurs eat people, dinosaurs have a party, dinosaurs eat fruit and cucumber, but dinosaurs didn’t say goodbye! This sweet and deceptively simple story features all-new illustrations from Hannah Jacobs (the animator of the viral music video) that expand on Fenn’s lyrics and illuminate tender moments from these beloved dinosaurs’ journey. Also features an interview with Fenn as well as a bonus letter from her father and singer-songwriter, Tom Rosenthal.

Dinosaurs in Love is the perfect gift to share with anyone you’ve ever fallen in love with, whether it be your friends, your family, or even a treat for yourself.

 

My View:

The perfect, cutest Valentine’s Day read you will ever find.

After you have read the book, watch the Youtube video for another hit of cuteness. The world needs more smiles and this provides lots of them.

 

 

Review: In the Bush Book and Jigsaw Puzzle – Roland Harvey

In the Bush Book and Jigsaw Puzzle

Roland Harvey

Allen & Unwin

                ISBN: 9781760878429

RRP $19.99

Ages 5-10

 

Description:

A fabulously entertaining book and jigsaw gift set from one of Australia’s favourite illustrators.

 

Wombat Flat’s the best!

We camped out near the Cascades, stayed up all night to see the sunrise, nearly got snowed in at Mt Misery … and rode across the Razorback.

And a squillion other things that you’ll find out when you come with us to Wombat Flat.

 

A delightful book and puzzle gift set of an Australian classic for the whole family to enjoy. The 400mm x 490mm jigsaw comprises 150 pieces.

 

https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/In-the-Bush-Book-and-Jigsaw-Puzzle-Roland-Harvey-9781760878429

 

 

My View:

This book and puzzle combination were something I was very excited to receive; previous to this I have only discovered one other similar combination, this is such a rare and wonderful find. Puzzles for this age group (150 pieces) are rare, it seems there are plenty of toddler age-appropriate puzzles everywhere you look; floor puzzles, wooden peg puzzles, children’s’ tv character related puzzles, puzzles of a maximum of about 20 pieces but puzzles that are suitable for the next age group – pre-schoolers are a hidden gem and I am glad I have discovered one more to add to the collection.

 

The puzzle component of this combination gift pack (excellent for Christmas – you still have time to order) has 150 pieces – perfect for those inquisitive minds; perhaps read the hilariously funny hardback book first then work on the puzzle together, discussing sections as you complete. This is a great resource – such a fun way to develop those comprehension, language and fine motor skills.

 

Review: Pea + Nut Go For Gold – Matt Stanton

Pea + Nut Go For Gold

Matt Stanton

ABC Books

Harper Collins Australia

ISBN: 9780733340680

RRP $17.99

 

Description:

Meet Pea and Nut: best friends and also … best rivals!

 

When a chilled-out panda and a hyperactive flamingo go head to head, there can be only one winner.

 

Pea the panda relaxes by the pool. Nut the flamingo doesn’t do relaxing. It’s time for a race, and this time Nut is going for gold!

 

The second book in the hilarious bestselling series featuring two adorable oddballs by bestselling author Matt Stanton.

 

 

PRAISE FOR MATT STANTON’S BOOKS

 

‘humour is injected into every page’ – Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Reading Time

 

‘Witty, silly, and interactive … A rollicking read for children and adults alike’ – Kirkus Reviews

 

 

My View:

What more can I add than this book made my 4 year old grandson laugh out loud and that is a sound I never grow tired of hearing.

With bright colourful images and humour on every page plenty of material here to enjoy or to start conversations.

 

Fun, colurful and delightful.

 

 

Review: The Unwilling Twin – Freya Blackwood

The Unwilling Twin

Freya Blackwood

Harper Collins

ISBN: 9781460757536

RRP $24.99

 

Description:

THE NEW PICTURE BOOK FROM SEVEN-TIME CBCA BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER FREYA BLACKWOOD

Jules and George are the same in every way.

 

It is quite impossible to tell them apart.

 

Like all twins, Jules and George do everything together. But after a long, hot day at the beach, even twins sometimes disagree …

 

From multi-award-winning picture book creator Freya Blackwood comes a cheeky and charming story about the ups and downs of sibling love.

 

 

My View:

This is a fun, silly and entertaining read that all pre -schoolers are bound to love. I like the sense of humour here, the simple yet elegant illustrations that capture the emotions and the day; the feel of the breeze on the twins faces, the chaos of the beach…simple yet very effective verbal and visual storytelling, this is a great read. There is plenty of good material here for “re telling” (one of the early stages of learning to read is where you first read the book to the child then the child looks for visual clues, uses memory, comprehension skills and their imagination, when they “re tell” the story back to you). This is a great read that has many opportunities for your pre  -schooler develop their language and comprehension skills when they talk to you about the story.

 

A fun and educational read.

Review: Eddie Woo’s Magical Maths 2 – Eddie Woo

Eddie Woo’s Magical Maths 2

Eddie Woo

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781760981976

RRP $19.99

 

Description:

A bumper book of maths fun stuffed with things to draw, puzzle, invent, order, unscramble, code, decode for kids aged 7+ years from Australia’s best known maths man. There’s magic in maths – if you know where to look…

 

 

AUTHOR Eddie:

Eddie Woo teaches mathematics at Cherrybrook Technology High School, Sydney. He has been teaching maths for more than ten years.

 

In 2012, Eddie started recording his lessons and uploading them to Youtube – creating ‘Wootube’. Since then, he has amassed a following of more than 1 million subscribers and his videos have been viewed more than 60 million times.

 

In 2018, Eddie was named Australia’s Local Hero of the Year and shortlisted as one of the top ten teachers in the world.

 

 

My View:
This is the perfect book for your school aged child to engage them with the fun world of maths – and yes maths can be fun.  There are puzzles, word hunts, games, colouring in, “spot the differences” to name just a few of the fun exercises here …I think some of these can be played with younger kids if they are supervised/assisted by an adult.  My grandson (4 ½ years) and I will enjoy playing “sprouts” pps 158- 160 – a game about connecting dots. Because maths is all about patterns, and our universe is extraordinarily patterned, you will find something  here that can interest everyone. I learned my art practice is about fractals, so much fun to be had they won’t even know it maths they are learning 😊

 

 

Thanks, Eddie, for a fabulous fun and entertaining book.  I am glad I have discovered you and your maths books, now to discover your YouTube videos.

 

PS – this will make a great Christmas present for someone you know.

Review: Rudie Nudie Christmas – Emma Quay

Rudie Nudie Christmas

Emma Quay

Harper Collins Publishers

ABC Books

ISBN:9780733338342

RRP $24.99

 

Description:

A delightful Rudie Nudie celebration of the joy of Christmas from award-winning creator Emma Quay.

 

Yoo-hoo, Rudie Nudie.

Rudie Nudie, where are you?

It is very nearly Christmas Day

for Rudie one and two.

 

It’s Christmas Eve and two little rudie nudies are on the run again!

 

From bestselling author-illustrator Emma Quay comes the perfect book to share this holiday season.

 

My View:

This is another joy filled book of innocence from award winning writer and illustrator Emma Quay. If you are thinking of buying a child you know a book for Christmas (or even before then – it such a cute read), get yourself a copy of Rudie Nudie Christmas.

 

“Rudie Nudie up in lights,

Wishing Santa would appear

The sooner we’re asleep,

then the sooner he’ll be here.”

 

 

 

 

#FridayFreebie: Howl Kat Patrick and Evie Barrow

 

Howl

Kat Patrick 

Illustrated by Evie Barrow

Scribe UK

ISBN:9781912854905

Description:

When big feelings come, do you ever feel like howling at the moon? Maggie does. Howl is an empowering story of a young girl’s self-expression.

Maggie has had a very bad day.

First of all, the sun was the wrong shape, in a sky that was too blue. The spaghetti was too long, and her pyjamas were the wrong kind of pyjama.

Then Maggie begins to have wolfish thoughts …

 

 

***Howl is the perfect book to start discussions about big feelings, days when even the spaghetti is too long 🙂 Days of the full moon when all you want to do is howl (believe me that moon affects me the same way each month, perhaps I am a little bit wolf too) 🙂   Today I have one copy of this fantastic children’s book up for grabs. (Australian residents only)< in the comments list another character you associate with Kat Patrick  – he is one of our favourites**

Entries close 23/10/020, a winner will be randomly selected. Good luck.

**Thanks to Scribe Publications for this giveaway.**

Scribblers Festival – School Holiday Fun

 

Grab your FREE Scribblers Festival Fuelling Creativity Workbook brimming with inspiration and tips on how a healthy body can support your most creative mind! Hear from a lineup of creative stars that take you behind the scenes of their creative process in the corresponding Fuelling Creativity Video Series and get a free Reader’s Card which earns your family 10% at local book stores. Order your Workbook, check out the Videos, and learn how to win exciting prizes over at https://www.scribblersfestival.com.au/!

This is perfect holiday inspiration for the kids- we love the Lego challenge in our house 🙂 and there are great video’s by LEGO Masters Series 2 Winners – Jackson & Alex! on the website. Thanks Scribblers festival 2020.

@scribblersfest @healthwaywa

 

Review: Grumbelina – Esther Krogdahl and Aleksandra Szmidt (illustrator)

Grumbelina

Esther Krogdahl

Aleksandra Szmidt (illustrator)

Hachette Children’s’ Books

ISBN: 9781869714291

RRP $16.99

 

Description:

Hazel Spratt was an agreeable child. Never impatient, unruly or wild. But when Hazel turns three-and-a-half, her parents notice a change. She is no longer their polite and pleasant daughter, Hazel, she is now Grumbelina, ‘a grumpy child, so disgruntled yet small, with a list of complaints that could cover a wall.’ Settle down and relax for a moment, this humorous and delightfully illustrated picture book takes a tongue-in-cheek look at tantrums – perfect for every home.

 

My View:

Grumbelina is a book that anyone who cares for young children, actually let’s reframe that – anyone who cares for any child/toddler, pre-schooler/teen will relate to this book😊

This book is a tongue in cheek look at the multiple personalities that make a complete child; happy, sad, engaging, enchanting… grumbly.  Those incredulous moments – when the peas touched the carrots on the plate, the cup was the wrong colour, you didn’t mind read the situation correctly, you should have known…you know the list 😊

 

Delightfully illustrated, a humorous exploration of childhood, this book is sure to put a smile on your and your toddlers face.