Review: The Ultimate Animal Counting Book – Jennifer Cossins

The Ultimate Animal Counting Book

The Ultimate Animal Counting Book

Jennifer Cossins

Hachette Australia

Lothian Children’s Books

ISBN: 9780734418852

RRP $29.99

 

Description:

Join CBCA Award-winning author/illustrator Jennifer Cossins (as praised on The Ellen Show) on an expedition through the animal kingdom in the most amazing animal counting book ever – count one to 100 and collect fascinating animal facts along the way.

 

Can you count one blue whale? Probably.

How about 16 lions? Or 44 penguins? Or 100 fairy flies?

 

Join CBCA Award-winner Jennifer Cossins on an expedition through the animal kingdom, counting one to 100 and collecting fascinating animal facts along the way. Discover the colour of a zebra’s skin under its stripes, how a tapir uses its nose as a snorkel when it swims, and that cranes are famous for their dancing!

 

Beautifully illustrated with full-colour pictures of animals great and small, from all over the world – from the familiar wombat and sea turtle to the unusual gerenuk and caracal – THE ULTIMATE ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK is an utter delight.

 

 

My View:

Jennifer Cossins’ animal kingdom books never fail to disappoint; educational, fun, beautifully illustrated with stunning details, this series of children’s books have encouraged and assisted my grandson to learn to count (he can now count to 100 thanks to this latest book), he also has a great knowledge of Australian and other animals, and most importantly the books have fostered a love of reading and being read to.

 

We look forward to the next delightful book in this series.

 

PS – love all the quirky facts that are scattered throughout this book.

 

More Art- Transformation

Look closely – I dabbled with some fluro colours – loved them wet but not so much when they dried – they dulled. Today I revamped the painting ( that’s what I like about using acrylics – you can paint over if you are not happy with the outcome) – I added a top coat, splattered then used a method called sgraffito to reveal some of the original colours. I love it.

What do you see here? An underwater scene? Flowers? Something under the microscope – bacteria, amoeba? What does your imagination see?

An Insiders Perspective…Book Publishing: (Definitely) The Best Dogs of All Time

The Best Dogs Of all Time

(Definitely the Best Dogs of All Time

Jadan Carroll

Illustrations by Molly Dyson

Scribe Publications

ISBN:  9781925713510

Jadan Explains:

It happened in an all staff meeting in February this year. We were discussing our end of year list when Henry, our publisher, mentioned that he was looking for light-hearted gift books to publish in November for Christmas, and finished by saying ‘So if anyone has any ideas…’

He may have meant that comment to be taken rhetorically, but I took it quite literally.

Dogs are the best. There are, and have been, so many great dogs in this world. I reeled off a list of my favourite dogs from throughout history and suggested that we publish a humorous illustrated gift book about the best dogs of all time and call it (Definitely) The Best Dogs of All Time. I was happy enough just to make the rest of the office laugh, but everyone seemed to be very on board with the idea. I took a couple of nights to write up a proposal and it was jointly commissioned by our Senior Commissioning editor Marika Webb-Pullman and our Art Director Miriam Rosenbloom the following week.

The whole thing was turned around very quickly; I researched and wrote it in about three months at night or on weekends. Miriam Rosenbloom, our art director, suggested approaching Molly Dyson to illustrate it, I already knew Molly and was a huge fan of her work so I was quite thrilled by that happy coincidence and even more so when she said yes. She did such an amazing job working to a very tight schedule and the finished book looks amazing. She has such a unique style, and is fast becoming a highly in-demand designer and illustrator in the music and arts scenes in both Australia and Germany, so I felt very lucky to have her involved.

Our production manager Mick Pilkington described it as ‘shot-gun publishing’ and this seems like an apt description. It was such a fun project to work on and I’m very proud of it.

 

My View:

This is a fun and interesting read, the perfect gift for all dog lovers- however as the English Staffordshire Terrier is not represented on these pages – I have rectified that omission with this image of Bob the Dog – our furbaby and best friend.

Bob the Dog

 

 

An Evening of Fine Wine and Floral Fantasy

A night on the town tonight; we attended the opening night showcase of Laurie Bullied’s floral art celebrated with fine wines and vermouth by Bettenay Wines and Margret River Nougat and a grazing table presented by Gourmet Food Merchant of Cowaramup – what a lovely evening.

 

 

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

 

I Think I Am Being Sent A Message

Over the past few weeks I have read 3 books; A Place to Remember, True Blue and the Book of Colours, (4 if you include the The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart with its gorgeous cover and flower art between the covers) that have spoken to me about art, painting, creativity and the therapeutic value of creativity. The universe feels like it is sending me a message, to say I have been inspired is an understatement – I cannot stop painting! And I am loving the process.

 

A Place to Remember True BlueThe Book of Colours

 

 

 

Unicorn Rice Paper Rolls: Unicorn Food – Sandra Mahut

 

Unicorn Food

 

‘Unicorn Food by Sandra Mahut (Murdoch Books RRP $19.99)

Unicorn rice paper rolls

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Makes 6 small rice paper rolls

 

 

½ packet bean thread vermicelli

1–2 drops natural blue food colouring or blue spirulina

1 carrot

1 cucumber

½ red cabbage

A few pink radishes

½ avocado

6 rice paper wrappers

A few green lettuce leaves

A few black and white sesame seeds

½ mango for decoration

 

Lemon coconut tahini sauce

1 tablespoon tahini

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Juice of ½ lime

1 tablespoon coconut cream

1 teaspoon light soy sauce

1 drop natural blue food colouring

 

Cook the vermicelli according to the instructions on the packet, adding a little blue food colouring

to the cooking water. Once the vermicelli is coloured, set aside in a bowl of cold water. Cut the carrot and

half the cucumber into thin matchsticks. Thinly slice the red cabbage. Slice the radishes into rounds and

thinly slice the avocado.

 

Moisten a sheet of rice paper and place it on a slightly damp, clean tea towel. Cut off the top

edge of the wrapper (to give a straight side for an open-ended roll). Arrange the lettuce leaves

and vegetables in the middle, starting with the ingredients that will show through. Wrap up the roll,

using your fingertips to tightly close the lower part.

 

Place the rolls in the refrigerator. At serving time, sprinkle with black and white sesame seeds, then

decorate with stars cut out of the mango or the rest of the cucumber.

 

Blend the sauce ingredients, except the food colouring, in a food processor. Add the drop of blue food colouring and swirl once with the tip of a knife to make a pretty spiral, then sprinkle with a few sesame seeds. Serve the rolls with the sauce.

Unicorn Rice Paper Rolls

 

Post Script: Unicorn Food – Sandra Mahut

Unicorn Food

Unicorn Food: Natural Recipes for Edible Rainbows

Sandra Mahut

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781760634414

 

Description:

No unicorns were harmed in the making of this food! But unicorns have magically inspired all the recipes in this book adding technicolor sparkle to your sushi and fairy tale magic to your mocktails. Why eat boring when you can enjoy a rainbow-coloured noodle bowl for dinner? And it’s all deliciously natural – no nasty e-numbers or preservatives, just beautiful food colourings made from berry juices and vegetables. From the show-stopping Unicorn Cake and Cosmic Donuts to Rainbow Veggie Sandwiches and Celestial Swirl Soup, these brightly coloured edibles can be naughty and nice. Create the most unbelievably Instagrammable dishes ever seen. Cook, post and enjoy and the likes will multiple. Move over mug cakes. This is internet explosion unites the zeitgeist for all things magical, pastel, and unicorn-esque. Brightly coloured, and not too serious, Unicorn Food is shared experience – how could you not want to share such amazing and magical delights created in your own kitchen – and all natural and vegetarian.

 

My View:

This must be the most colourful and spectacularly designed recipe book I have come across – the photography is amazing, (the writer is also a photographer and food stylist – that is evident on each and every page). You will find yourself racing to the kitchen to prepare some of these wonderful, healthy  treats–“no artificial food colourings are used in this book; they are all plant based.” P4

The colourful, joyous creations will put a smile on anyone’s face. If your best friend needs to be cheered up – a plate of Unicorn macarons will do the trick, need a unique gift for that arty friend? Unicorn white chocolate bars look divine and are easy to create in the home kitchen. (p.50)  And there are so many choices for party/birthday treats you want know where to begin. But don’t stop there – there are recipes to add sparkle and glitz to breakfasts (Mermaid toast, Rainbow smoothies, Blue latte, Starlight smoothie bowl ), lunch (Unicorn dips, Rainbow veggie sandwiches…) and dinner – Unicorn rice paper rolls, maki rolls, veggie noodle bowls….YUM I want to eat it all !