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.

 

 

Review: Digby and The Duck – Max Landrak

Digby and the Duck

Digby and the Duck

Max Landrak

Hachette Children’s Books

Lothian Children’s’ Books

ISBN: 9780734417770

 

Description:

A book about determination, discovery and a duck . . . or maybe it’s about nothing at all! From the creator of DANNY BLUE’S REALLY EXCELLENT DREAM.

 

Digby can’t shake the feeling he’s being spied on, but by who? Curiosity and investigation will pay off – in the most unexpected way!

 

A wonderfully illustrated, off-beat story that will delight kids, parents and educators.

 

‘Max Landrak’s first children’s book is a delight . . . bound to bring forth giggles’ BOOKS+PUBLISHING on Max Landrak’s DANNY BLUE’S REALLY EXCELLENT DREAM

 

 

My View:

What toddler/child does not love a story that involves a pooh hunt?  J

 

Max Landrak you do not realise what you have started…our toddler grandson is obsessed with the hunt and he is very good at it.  We live in a semi rural area – lot of birds, ducks, kangaroos and dogs. Our grandson takes great delight in discovering the offending article and standing guard till it is removed.  We have the cleanest garden in the west.  J J

 

Review: Cicada Shaun Tan

Cicada by Shaun Tan

Cicada

Shaun Tan

Hachette Australia

Lothian

ISBN: 9780734418630

 

Description:

Cicada tells the story of a hardworking little cicada who is completely unappreciated for what he does. But in the end, just when you think he’s given up, he makes a transformation into something ineffably beautiful. A metaphor for growing up? A bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and more.

 

My View:

Minimalist in style with simple illustrations but big on messages – this book is a delight to read.

 

 

 

 

Review: A-Z of Australian Animals – Jennifer Cossins

A-Z of Australian Animals

The A –Z of Australian Animals

Jennifer Cossins

Hachette Australia

Lothian

ISBN: 9780734418586

 

 

Description:

From the award-winning creator of A-Z of Endangered Animals comes a stunning non-fiction picture book for boys and girls with a love of animals and a thirst for all things encyclopaedic. This exquisite full-colour picture book is packed with interesting facts and is perfect for young conservationists and students with a keen interest in the world around us.

 

On this expedition through the alphabet, you will encounter some of the Australia’s rare and enchanting animals, from the gorgeous azure kingfisher and the sleepy koala, to the shy numbat and the friendly zebra finch.

 

Come on an illustrated journey through Australia’s unique wildlife with Tasmanian artist Jennifer Cossins.

 

 

My View:

Delightful! This is a beautifully detailed, gorgeously illustrated book that children, young and old will adore. Buy for your grandchildren, children or overseas friends and family – all will be impressed.

 

It’s Ok To Feel The Way You Do – Josh Langley – Award Winner and All-round Nice Guy

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Press Release
Josh Langley’s inspiration book It’s OK to Feel The Way You Do was awarded 2018 Small Publisher’s Children’s Book of the Year Award.

Bunbury author, Josh Langley has won the Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA), Small Publisher Children book of the year for ‘It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do’, a powerful and fun book to help children understand their feelings. This is the fourth book in his inspirational children’s series.

What a terrific acknowledgement of a wonderful author and his little books with big messages. Josh’s books have been adopted by parents, children, grandparents and even government departments within Australia and overseas.
In the aftermath of receiving his award Josh was already looking to the future, “I’m excited about the new possibilities for Being You is Enough and It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do and where it’s all going to lead. It also comes at the same time that the Western Australian Education Department agreed to add both books to the Statewide Services and Resources Centre making them available to schools and special programs.” He said.
Head of Big Sky Publishing Children’s division, Diane Evans who worked with author Josh Langley across his much-loved little books with big messages series could not be happier, “As a publisher I love how fresh and unique Josh’s book is. As a parent, I know how powerful his simple messages and illustrations can be in connecting with kids and building self-esteem”.

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) is an annual celebration that celebrates the connection between Australian readers and the ‘book makers’ – authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers, who unite to create the must-read books of the year.

Josh’s new book for Find Your Creative Mojo: How to overcome fear, procrastination and self-doubt to express your true self will be available in September 2018. (Big Sky Publishing).

 

My View:

Josh Langley is a remarkable human being – full of life, supportive, encouraging and talented  (artist, writer, speaker…) and generous. I met Josh at a writers festival a few years ago and have kept in touch by social media (http://www.joshlangley.com.au ) and over the odd cup of coffee.

 

I was thrilled when Josh’s inspirational children book (life lessons here can be applied to humans of all ages) won this ABIA award – the book is gorgeously illustrated, easy to read and brilliantly observed. To say I am a fan is an understatement. I cant wait to read Josh’s new book Finding Your Creative Mojo  (another timely message from the universe I think). Go Josh!

 

Post Script: Look Out, Pink Piglet – Paul Cummings & Sarah Davis

Look Out Pink Piglet

Look Out, Pink Piglet

Phil Cummings and Sarah Davis

Hachette Children’s Books

ISBN: 9780734417299

 

Description:

Tiny-yet-courageous Pink Piglet helps his friends and faces up to a monster – that turns out to not be scary at all.

Pink Piglet may be the littlest animal in the barn, but his friends know that he is also the bravest. So when a strange new sound frightens Cow, Rooster and Dog, it’s up to Pink Piglet to find out what kind of creature it’s coming from. A beautifully simple text, with great repetition and rhythm that make it an ideal read-aloud story.

 

 

My View:

This book has the cutest illustrations, with simple text presented in short sentences, repetitive and rhyming, your toddler and pre- schooler will love you to read this book to them.  I would like to see this book brought as a board book, so that the younger child can explore this book by themselves.