Review: Dressing Your Family – Beci Orpin

Dressing Your Family

Beci Orpin

Hachette Australia

Lothian Books

ISBN:  9780734419408

RRP $12.99

Description:

Learn about family relationships and naming articles of clothing in this fun and inclusive board book, brightly and simply illustrated by Beci Orpin.

 

My grandma wears a cardigan.

 

My step-brother wears a jacket.

 

My family wears many different types of clothes.

 

Let’s learn about family relationships and the clothes we wear in this stylishly illustrated board book from one of Australia’s leading designer-illustrators, Beci Orpin.

 

 

My View:

Colourful, joyous, simply told, this board book makes a great “sit on my lap and read to toddler book” or a great first reader for the press schooler.  Perfect size for little hands.

 

Review: The Gruffalo’s Child 15th Anniversary Edition – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalos’s Child 15th Anniversary Addition
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Pan Macmillan Australia
ISBN: 9781509894475
RRP $14.99

Description:
“A gruffalo? What’s a gruffalo?”

“A gruffalo! Why, didn’t you know? He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.”
And so begins the story of a quick-witted mouse as he encounters a host of predators who seem to think he might make a tasty treat. As he ventures deeper into the deep dark wood, stumbling across a hungry fox, a not-so-wise owl, and a slimy snake, spinning ever-extraordinary yarns about the scary, scaly gruffalo, he quickly realises that the hungry beast he has been talking of isn’t imaginary after all.

A witty, sly little story that wrings giggles from the belly of the reader, The Gruffalo is both stylish and hilarious, simple in its execution, as it plays skilfully on a child’s fears and then shows that even the most threatening of monsters are not always as scary as they seem.

A combination of read-along-rhyme by Julia Donaldson and illustrations by Alex Sheffler which perfectly capture the atmosphere of the story, The Gruffalo is an excellent picture book for 3-5-year-olds to read along with their parents, and is certain to become something of a classic. –Susan Harrison.

 

My View:
I first heard of the Gruffalo when I chanced upon the animation based on the book, when searching for a video for my grandson to view, (yes it’s been more than 15 years since I have had a pre-schooler in my house). I loved the language, the rhyming and the story of the trickster mouse. Check out the promo here: 

When I started looking, this was just one of many versions of the story I discovered online, it has been so loved over the last 15 years there are many renditions..

 

The anniversary book continues on in the same style as the original book, The Gruffalo, with delightful rhyming and glorious illustrations.

This special edition includes some notes from the author and the illustrator about their thoughts whilst creating the new edition, a game or two (including  using torches for shadow making), kids love torches 🙂  Some press out animal characters from book and hints as to how you can help your child tell their own stories using the pieces.  What a great resource this is and a fun read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Bean Soup: Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street- Felicita Sala

Author and Illustrator: Felicita Sala

Publisher: Scribble 

Piccolo Angelo Photography (@piccolo_angelo_photography) 

 

Black Bean Soup

3 cans of Black Beans ( or 750 grams cooked and drained)

2 garlic cloves minced

1 red onion

1 tsp crushed cumin

1/2 green bell pepper (capsicum)

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp oregano

500ml stock (or bean cooking liquid)

4 strips of bacon chopped

juice of 2 limes

 

Finely chop onion and bell pepper. Heat up a large pot. Add some olive oil and fry bacon for 2 minutes, until brown.

Add onion and bell pepper and cook on gentle heat for 5 minutes.

Now add garlic, cumin, oregano and tomato paste. Stir and cook another minute.

Add the beans and the stock and season with salt. Simmer for 1/2 an hour stirring occasionally.

Add lime juice at the end and serve with rice and some coriander (optional).

 

Serves 4-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

#MeatFreeMonday: Coconut Dahl – Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street – Felicita Sala

Author and Illustrator: Felicita Sala

Publisher: Scribble 

Piccolo Angelo Photography (@piccolo_angelo_photography) 

 

Coconut Dahl

2 cups/400 g red lentils

1 tsp turmeric

2 Tbsp curry powder

3 tbsp coconut oil or ghee

1 litre/4 cups water

1 can of coconut milk

2 carrots

1 clove of garlic minced

1 tbsp grated ginger

3 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp salt

4 green onions

 

Finely chop the carrots and green onions.

Gently cook the vegetables in a large pot with the oil/ghee and a pinch of salt. Add the ginger, garlic, turmeric and curry powder. Stir for 1 minute.

Add tomato paste with a little water and stir some more. Add the lentils.  Add the water and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the coconut milk and salt and simmer for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding  a little water if needed.

 

Serve with rice.

Serves 6-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Peek – Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street- Felicita Sala

 

Scribble asked Felicita what inspired her to write this beautiful book?

 

‘This book is a homage to all the people who have shared their food with me and who have instilled in me a love of food: My mother, my neighbours, my friends, people I’ve met on my travels. 

 

The inspiration for the individual recipes and characters came from a variety of sources, but mainly this: the memory of migrating to Australia as a seven year old kid, and those first experiences with different foods and people of different backgrounds. I grew up in Italy in the 80s, which was a very homologous culture of Italian people eating Italian food. From Italy are my earliest memories of big tables full of people eating together.

And then I came Australia.

I remember the first time our Vietnamese neighbours came over with spring rolls, and the first time I tasted an Indian curry at a friend’s house. It was a revelation. The same aspect of sharing applies to every corner of the world.

Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street is a book about the act of feeding others, of being fed, of sharing what made us from the places that made us. 

The recipes are mostly old classics, not my own, that I adapted slightly. These are the things I cook for my family, or that are simple and comforting to make and eat with children.’

 

 

 

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.