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.

A Unique Children’s Book

The Rabbit Hole Golf Course

The Rabbit-Hole Golf Course

Ella Mulvey and Karen Briggs

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781925266290

 

Description:

In the big old ute, on the long red road, in the desert of my home, we all set off for the rabbit-hole golf course. It’s the best place around here to find rabbits. We sit by the holes, we dig, we wait . . . Thump tick, thump tick, thump tick. Where are all the rabbits? A warm and funny Australian story.

 

 

My View:

Uniquely Australian children’s books do not often cross my desk, in fact I cannot think of any others that are so Australian in language and setting…there are references to damper, utes, billy tea, wattle trees, maku and honey ants (bush tucker).  This is a must purchase for the school and home libraries.

 

Poppy and the Orchestra, Poppy and the Brass Band – Illustrated by Magali Le Huche

 

Poppy and the Orchestra

Poppy and the Orchestra

Waler Foster Jnr, Illustrated by Magali Le Huche

Allen & Unwin Australia

Quarto Group USA

ISBN: 9781633224018

 

Description:

Go on a musical adventure to the symphony with the adorable dog, Poppy, and see as she meets new friends who introduce her to the sounds of musical instruments.

 

With 16 buttons to push and hear, kids will love listening to the sounds of the different instruments as they follow along with the story. With colorful illustrations and a new sound to discover on each page, both kids and parents will be entertained and engaged for hours.

 

Poppy and the Orchestra offers an opportunity to teach kids about classical music and the instruments of the orchestra. Now that is truly unique!

 

 

Poppy and the Brass Band

Poppy and the Brass Band

Waler Foster Jnr, Illustrated by Magali Le Huche

Allen & Unwin Australia

Quarto Group USA

ISBN: 9781633224025

 

Description:

There really is no better way to introduce young children to the full-bodied sound of a brass band than with the story of an excited puppy and 16 sound effects. Poppy and the Brass Band has it all.

 

Go on a musical adventure to the circus with an adorable pup named Poppy. Poppy and the Brass Band takes kids on an adventure with Poppy she meets new friends who introduce her to the sounds of the musical instruments of a brass band. With 16 buttons to push and hear, children will be whisked to a different world while listening to the sounds of the different instruments and follow along with the story.

 

With colorful illustrations and a new sound to discover on each page, both kids and parents will be entertained and engaged from cover to cover. Poppy and the Brass Band offers an opportunity to teach kids about classical music and the instruments in a brass band.

 

My View:

These books have been a lifesaver! This week our grandson has been sick with a virus, he has not been his usual happy self and it has taken a lot of effort to keep him entertained – then these two books arrived in the mail! Allen & Unwin Australia you could not have known how perfectly timed their arrival was.  Our grandson is intrigued with these books; he sat quietly and focused on the sounds and the “pushing” to control the “sounds” himself, he listened, he giggled and jiggled to the music as he sat on our laps, or next to us as we read him the story and played the tunes.  He has enjoyed this book, over and over and overJ  These are unique musical books that entertain and educate.