Review – Alphaprints Australian Animals: Mothers and Babies – Roger Priddy

ALPHAPRINTS AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS MOTHERS AND BABIES

BOARD BOOK

 Roger Priddy

Priddy Books

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781783419418

RRP $12.99

 

Description:

The much-loved Alphaprints animals, created using painter fingerprints and photographs of everyday images, are back with some hilarious results!

 

Alphaprints Australian Animals: Mothers & Babies introduces young children to Australian animals and their cute little babies, using fun rhyming text and engaging artwork to make the reading experience bright, impactful and colourful.

 

With embossing on every page, this delightful board book is filled with adorable Australian animals that children will love to look at again and again.

 

 

My View:

This is a beautifully crafted book with embossing that begs you to touch each illustration. With its colourful cheeky designs you and your toddler will enjoy sharing this read. A book created just for the Australian and New Zealand market, so relevant – I love it! This book is engaging, cheerful, tactile and fun and I love that this is a board book – so easy for little finger to hold and turn pages.

Review: Bluey – The Beach – Bluey

Bluey – The Beach

Bluey

Puffin

Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9781760894054

 

Description:

“Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show!

 

Join Bluey for a fun day at the beach. What will you discover along the way?

 

While Mum is off for a walk along the beach, Bluey discovers a beautiful shell. She runs to show Mum and has a series of encounters that will both excite and test her in unexpected ways.

 

Bluey has been a phenomenal success since airing on ABC KIDS in October 2018, amassing legions of dedicated fans and taking the coveted position of being the most watched program ever on ABC iView, with over 100 million plays. It has also topped the Australian iTunes Kids Chart with the series peaking at #1 and consistently remaining in the Top 5.” https://www.penguin.com.au/books/bluey-the-beach-9781760894054

 

 

My View:

Delightful! WE all love Bluey – young and old. This book has a charming colloquial Australian voice and is full of humour and of course great lessons for the young people.

 

I think this book will be the hit of Christmas – the BEST present! And the good news – there are more in the series to make birthday gift buying during the year easy.

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.’