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.

 

 

 

 

Post Script: The Recorded Poems of Och Aye The G’nu- Jimmy Barnes

Och Aye the G'Nu

Och Aye The G’nu

written and told by Jimmy Barnes

Illustrated by Kat Chadwick

Five Mile Press

ISBN: 9781760407070

 

Description:


He’s a handsome young calf, he’s a wildebeest, too.

 

But in Scotland they call him young Och Aye the G’Nu…

 

Jimmy Barnes, Aussie rock legend and grandad, has penned this delightful collection of poetry for the young grandson he affectionately calls G’Nu…

 

Read along with Jimmy in this treasured keepsake for sweet g’nus everywhere.

 

 

 

My View:

I think perhaps I enjoy listening to legendary Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes read fanciful children’s poetry more than I enjoy him singing! 🙂

This is such fun – a delight for children – and adults too.  I love the singalong CD of the recorded poems of Och Aye the G’Nu – the words come alive when you hit play – such a wonderful playfulness here.  I am sure your child will love to sing and stomp and dance to this too.

 

Post Script: Real Food for Babies and Toddlers – Vanessa Clarkson

Real Food For Babies and Toddlers

Vanessa Clarkson

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743368091

 

Description:

Practical strategies, nutritional information and over 80 seasonal wholefood recipes to nourish babies and toddlers and feed the whole family

 

Packed with expert advice, practical strategies, nutritional information and over 80 recipes, Real Food for Babies and Toddlers offers a more natural way of introducing wholefoods to children during the all-important first 1,000 days of life. It also rescues parents from the tiresome task of making separate meals for the youngest members of the family. Using a baby-led weaning approach rather than the traditional method of spoon-feeding puree allows parents to observe and respond to their baby’s natural cues and introduce a world of bright, flavourful, nutrient-rich foods from the get-go.

 

Internationally renowned nutrition expert and mother of two Vanessa Clarkson presents predominantly plant-based, seasonal dishes that are delicious and completely adaptable for self-feeding babies, toddlers and their families. This is a modern collection of family-focused, beautiful meals that the whole family will love sitting down to enjoy, together.

 

 

My View:

This is more than a recipe book – it is a valuable resource for all parents and carers of young children. The first chapters talk about the base work for providing nourishing foundations for young children, excellent reading.  The recipes are divided into seasons – seasonally available be foods are cheaper, fresher, tastier and have travelled less food miles.   There is a chapter on stocking the wholefood kitchen, how to make some of the basics- whey, labneh and kefir and a nutritional information guide – again so much useful information here.

 

The author also provides many useful tips along the way – one of the more interesting ones is called How to Begin and stars with this unexpected piece of advice: “This may sound odd, but in the very early days ensure that your baby isn’t hungry at mealtimes. This is because they won’t yet have acquired the self-feeding skills necessary to eat enough to match their appetite, and this could lead to an irritated baby. Instead satisfy their hunger with breast or bottle feeding initially, while they come to grips with developing the skills they need.”  p. 23

 

I found this book easy to read, provided nutritional advice and some great recipe and ideas. The dietary info and preparation time listed for each recipe guarantees you will have an enjoyable cooking experience.  This book is a very useful resource – this grandmamma is devouring the words.

 

 

 

Post Script: Antoinette – Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson

Antoinette

Antoinette

Keely DiPucchio & Christian Robinson

Simon & Schuster Australia

Simon & Schuster Kids

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9781481457835

 

Description:

Raised in a family of talented bulldogs, Antoinette the poodle wonders what makes her special. She gets the chance to prove herself and find what she’s good at when puppy Ooh-la-la goes missing.

 

My View:

This is an adorable book that shouts “Read out loud.”  “Read to a child.”  “Enjoy.” There is such a beautiful sense of fun and innocence here, the illustrations and the words are fun, full of energy and cute.

There are many messages in the book that a child will absorb; about friendships, confidence…about individuals having different talents/abilities.  All have merits. But I think you should just read this book for the simple pleasure and fun of reading a delightful, entertaining book (and for being able to say Ooh- La- La many times).  🙂