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.

 

 

Post Script: Olivia The Spy

Olivia The Spy

Olivia The Spy

Ian Falconer

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471164224

 

 Description:

Everyone’s favourite pig is about to have a surprise trip to the ballet! But when Olivia overhears her mother complaining about her recent naughty behaviour, her imagination runs wild and she decides to find out everything being said about her . . . until her eavesdropping leads her to believe she is being carted off to prison!

 

 

My View:

I love this feisty little character called Olivia – she is inquisitive, she has imagination and the writer and illustrator, Ian Falconer, has a great sense of humour that is evident throughout the narrative (and the drawings). This is part of a number of “Olivia” books – I think young children would enjoy to follow this fun character on her adventures.

 

There is a moral to the story – so this could be a useful tool for school librarians, teachers, budding young artists (the drawings are so much fun) and care givers alike.

 

This is a very fun read.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Script: Pachyderm – Hugh McGinlay

Pachyderm

Pachyderm

Hugh McGinlay

Threekookaburras

ISBN: 9780995369245

 

 

Description:

A night at the Melbourne Zoo drinking champagne seems a fine idea, until an animal’s death throws milliner and sleuth Catherine Kint into another mystery. Before you can say ‘monkey business’ Catherine and her trusted barman Boris are annoying everyone from zoologists to police. The investigation would challenge the best detectives, but this is Catherine and Boris on the case. Secrets, accidents, rivalries, egos and lust all set the dung flying. By the time this is finished, reputations will be tarnished, gin will be drunk and someone’s gonna get fed to the lions … or some other carnivore.

 

Pachyderm is the second Catherine Kint mystery written by Hugh McGinlay.

 

 

My View

I can visualise this book in the show-reel in my mind; such quintessential Australian humour, larger than life charters – Catherine and Boris are fantastic protagonists that you will cheer on as they try and solve this mystery. The settings are pure Australian – from the Melbourne Zoo to the local pubs, taxis and streetscapes.

 

I loved being privy to the protagonists’ thoughts as they navigate their way through their action packed days. Interestingly each chapter starts with a characters witty observation, eg  p. 165 chapter ten – “I’m cheerful, it’s the most subtle form of rebellion can think of,” Boris  Shakhovskoy. There is a lot to love about this clever, addictive read.

 

I predict that this series would make great television viewing with its quirky yet loveable characters, with a narrative that has a wonderful sense of fun and adventure and moments of almost slapstick humour.  I did enjoy this quirky read!