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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Post Script: The Bad Bunnies Magic Show – Mini Grey

The Bad Bunnies Magic Show

The Bad Bunnies Magic Show

Mini Grey

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471157592

 

Description:

When the great magician, Hypno, goes missing just before a show, his rabbits Abra and Cadabra step in to save the day.

 

But are they all that they seem? Or is there more to their sleight of paw than meets the eye?

 

An exciting new novelty book from British author and illustrator Mini Grey that will have children and parents laughing out loud.

 

 

My View:

A delightful children story (suggested for about the ages 2+) , there is magic, rhyme, cut aways/fold back pages with reveals, naughty behaviours to giggle at and a lesson that demonstrates crime does not pay. What more could you want?

 

 

Post Script: Imagine – John Lennon, Illustrated by Jean Jullien

Imagine

Imagine

John Lennon

Illustrated by Jean Jullien

Allen and Unwin Australia

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books In Assoc with Amnesty International UK

ISBN: 9781847808967

 

Description:

Imagine all the people living life in peace.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

I hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.

 

Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a journey to spread a message of tolerance around the world. Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon’s iconic song and illustrations by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, this poignant and timely picture book dares to imagine a world at peace. Imagine will be published in partnership with human rights organization, Amnesty International.

 

 

My View:

5 big stars for this beautifully imagined and illustrated book – this really is art with heart!  Call me sentimental, I will agree with you that I am, this book just strikes so many chords with me. A book for those who can remember John Lennon’s important song of love and peace (and for those who still sing his inspiring relevant message even if just in their own heads) and for the next generation – who will love the prose, the illustrations and the optimism.

 

Buy this for someone you love – young or old.

 

Post Script: Duck Gets A Job – Sonny Ross

Duck Gets A Job

Duck Gets a Job

Sonny Ross

Five Mile Press

ISBN: 9781760405359

 

Description:

Duck wants a job. All his friends work in big city banks, and they never stop going on about how much they love it. Duck doesn’t think a job in a big city bank sounds very exciting, but he picks one out of the paper, gets an interview, and gets the job. It’s not long before he realises that the job is NOT for him. He needs to follow his heart and his dream of being an artist. He quits his job at the bank and makes a decision. He is going to be an artist! He puts all the pictures he has drawn into a portfolio and goes off for another interview. He gets the job! He loves the job!

 

 

My View:

The book will delight both child and the adult reader – the child ( recommended for 4 + years)  will delight in the fabulous illustrations and Duck’s adventure in the big city; Duck wondering what he should wear, getting lost, feeling nervous…finding happiness.  The adult reader will find it hard to contain their laughter as they discover the irony and the humour hidden in plain sight in this read. (See posters on the office walls, thought bubbles, Duck sleeping at his desk…) Duck’s journey of self-awareness and self-discovery will resonate with many adults, young children, will for now, just enjoy this unique narrative and the fun illustrations. For the older child, Duck’s adventures provide plenty of opportunities for the reader to initiate conversations about following your dreams…being yourself.

 

I enjoyed this book 🙂

 

 

 

Post Script: Where’s My Jumper? Nicola Slater

Where's My Jumper

Where’s My Jumper

Nicola Slater

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781471146213

 

Description:

Rudy is looking for his jumper. He’s searched everywhere – indoors, outdoors, upstairs and down. In the kitchen, in the bathroom—round and round and round. Wherever can it be?

A super-cute, super-fun book with flaps, die-cut pages, and a counting element too.

 

Ages  2+

 

My View:

Bright, bold colours, peek-a – boo cut outs/flaps, cute animal illustrations and a theme that most young children can relate to – a favourite piece of clothing, this book makes for enjoyable reading.  Add to this the opportunity to practice counting – “…TWO queuing crocs… TWO passing foxes…SEVEN ski –dogs” etc and you have a perfect gift that will give hours of enjoyment to the toddler in your life.

 

 

 

 

Post Script: Supertato – Run, Veggies, Run – Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

Supertato

SuperTato –  Run, Veggies, Run!

Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781471121036

 

Description:

It’s Sports Day in the supermarket and all the veggies are in training. Everyone has been practising hard and is ready and raring to go. However, a new competitor joins the event, accompanied by The Evil Pea, and is determined to win all the prizes. Things don’t seem quite right… but will Supertato be able to foil his nemesis’ plan in time?

Another laugh-out-loud story from the bestselling, award-winning Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

 

(For Ages 2 +)

 

My View:

This one is already a hit with my grandson. He loves the eye catching bright colours, the metallic finishes, the fun illustrations and recognising the fruits and vegetables he eats (broccoli is one of his favourite foods). Add a simple and fun script; when I read this to my grandson I can’t help adding “to toot to do” – (me trumpeting) each time the caped Supertato makes an entry J

This is a fun and engaging book!

 

 

Post Script: If I Had A Little Dream – Nina Laden & Melissa Castrillon

If I Had A Little Dream

If I had A Little Dream

Nina Laden & Melissa Castrillon

Simon & Schuster Australia

Paula Wiseman Books

ISBN: 9781481439244

 

Description:

See and appreciate through a child’s eyes how fortunate we are to live in the world we do. Celebrate the wonder of the world – the joy, love, and beauty that is part of each and every day. Our world is full of possibilities if you look for them.

 

 

My View:

Utterly delightful, beautifully illustrated and narrated.

 

This books speaks to young children and the child within the adult – it is full of optimism, wonder and joy. The rhyming prose can be simply taken literally – or the older reader can explore the meanings/associations of the words, of phrases – such as:

If I had a little bed, I would name it Nest…”

 

If I had a little pond, I would name if Wonder. Wonder would show me…”

 

And my very favourite: “If I had a little book, I would name it Friend. Friend would go wherever I went, our story would never end.”

 

There are so many ways a child can interact with the language, the words in this book.  And the art…stunning, detailed, and glorious. If reading this book doesn’t bring a smile to your face you need to go back and read it again, out loud.