Post Script: Monsieur Chat – Jedda Robaard

Monsieur Chat

Monsieur Chat

Jedda Robaard

The Five Mile Press

ISBN: 9781760405007

 

Description:

Once there were two very lonely people who lived in a very old apartment block, in a very busy city.

 

Although they had lived there a very long time, they’d never met.

 

Their names were Josephine and Pierre and each spent their days wistful and alone until… Monsieur Chat arrived! Each feels less lonely with him around, but when he disappears a desperate search unites them and changes their lives forever…

 

Jedda’s delicate illustrations will convert another whole new league of fans.

 

Lovely retro-style pictures with lift-up flaps showing hidden details so children will feel like they are in on a secret.

 

Children love being smarter than adults and they will relish the fact that they can see Monsieur Chat but Josephine and Pierre can’t.

 

Adults will enjoy the subtle reference to Sleepless in Seattle.

 

 

My View:

This book is such a delight to read and to share with your little one – beautiful, divine illustrations, gorgeous prose and the “magic” of lift up flaps – a great device for “sharing the secrets” of this narrative, this device always brings such joy, “surprising” the littlies, it really involves them in the storytelling and there are plenty of opportunities for the adult readers to point out/talk about the many items hidden behind the flaps, to “see” what the adults cannot…such fun.

 

I love a children’s book that “grows” with the child; for younger children I can open the pages and devise my own stories, discuss features on the pages, talk about /point out colours/objects/ and animals for example (this is where the beautiful illustrations are such a valuable resource) and then as the child grows and has a greater ability to concentrate and to follow the narrative I can read the words and discuss the themes with them.

 

A book that grows with your child is a book that will be loved for a long time, this one has a special place on my grandson’s book shelf.

 

 

 

Happy First Birthday Bodhi

We love, love, love our grandson. Happy birthday darling boy – looking forward to seeing you soon.

“Whatever you fear, come close my dear
You’re tucked in safe for always here
And I will never not be near
Because of our love umbrella”

 

This book says it all so perfectly.  Happy birthday beautiful boy.

 

Under the Love Umbrella

Under the Love Umbrella

Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

Scribe

ISBN:  9781925321265

 

 

 

“From this award-winning creative duo comes a stunning celebration of the joy and comfort that love can bring – wherever we roam in the big, wild world. ‘ Scribe Publications.

Post Script: First Baby Days – On the Move & Funny Faces – Pat A Cake

On The Move

First Baby Days – On The Move

Pat a Cake

Hachette Australia

Pat a Cake Co

ISBN: 9781526380012

 

Description:

Bright and bold, high-contrast novelty board books that stimulate a baby’s developing vision.

Stimulate a baby’s developing vision with these bright and bold, high-contrast novelty board books.

 

Babies are able to react and respond to simple patterns and contrasting colours just a few weeks after being born. As their eyes develop, they begin track objects and scan for things to look at.

On the Move aids this development by using high-contrast colours and patterns, striking illustrations and pages that pull out in different directions. Babies will react with delight as they track and scan the pictures and patterns that are revealed as you pull the tabs, while the simple text prompts parent interaction.

The perfect first book to share with your baby!

 

Funny Faces

 

First Baby Days – Funny Faces

Pat a Cake

Hachette Australia

Pat a Cake Co

ISBN: 9781526380005

 

Description:

Bright and bold, high-contrast novelty board books that stimulate a baby’s developing vision.

 

Stimulate a baby’s developing vision with these bright and bold, high-contrast novelty board books.

 

Babies are able to react and respond to simple patterns and contrasting colours just a few weeks after being born. As their eyes develop, high-contrast shapes, patterns and reflective surfaces give newborns something simple to focus on, respond to and interact with.

 

Funny Faces aids this development by using high-contrast colours, patterns with striking illustrations and a mirror to peer in to. Babies will react with delight as they look at the funny animals, play peek-a-boo, and giggle as they see themselves in the mirror. The simple text prompts parent interaction.

 

The perfect first book to share with your baby!

 

My View:

Simply delightful!

 

I “road” tested these two books with my grandson who is now almost one year old. He was immediately attracted to the bright bold colours and the simple storylines, the “pull out” cards and the mirror (at the back of Funny Faces). As the “reader” there are plenty of opportunities for me to create my own narrative based on the simple images, and I am sure as my grandson develops his language skills he will be able to add to and develop his own  the “stories” as we sit and read together.

On a practical level I loved that this is a sturdily made book which is small enough to be held by little hands 🙂

Media Release: The Recorded Poems of OCH AYE THE G’NU -Jimmy Barnes

Check out this exciting news! I am listening to the CD as I read this cute children’s book.

 

Jimmy Barnes and Anthony Field

Jimmy Barnes and Anthony Field

 

 

“Legendary Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes is excited to announce his new venture into the world of children’s entertainment with ‘Och Aye the G’Nu.’ This exciting double release comprises an album featuring the world’s most popular children’s group, The Wiggles, out March 31st via ABC/Universal Music, and children’s books out April 1st via Five Mile Press.
With ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’, Jimmy put pen to paper to create truly unique poems inspired by his grandchildren, especially his cheeky red-haired, blue-eyed grandson, Dylan. The music release also showcases the best of Jimmy teamed up with The Wiggles in an album that will be sure to excite and entertain young audiences all over the world.
Jimmy explains- “It has been such an honour and a pleasure to work with my old friends The Wiggles, on this project. Anthony is the best in the world in this field and he guided me through this project every step of the way. We had a lot of fun doing it too.

 

‘Och Aye the G’Nu was written for my grandchildren, especially my cheeky little red headed Scot. Glasgow holds a
special place in my heart and it was also inspired by my love of Scotland”.
All seven poems within the poetry collection are Illustrated by the inimitable Kat Chadwick, the story follows G’Nu, a
happy young wildebeest who lives in Glasgow Zoo with his very best friend, Kangaroo, as they set off on adventures
far and wide.

Och Aye the G'Nu
A CD of Jimmy reading the poems is included in the back of the book, so kids and loved ones can recite the poems
together, creating a beautiful extension to the storytelling. A limited number of signed copies of The Recorded
Poems of Och Aye the G’Nu (red cover) will be available from ABC Shop (online) and book retailers.
In addition to the deluxe collection, there is a separate book that features the introductory poem “Och Aye the
G’Nu”, beautifully presented with colourful illustrations throughout.
The album of music coinciding with the release of the book was produced by The Wiggles’ creator and Blue Wiggle,
Anthony Field. Anthony and Jimmy formed their dynamic duo through a shared love of infectious melodies and
music that makes children and parents alike want to sing and dance along.

 


Lachy, the Purple Wiggle, sings beautifully on the album, while Jimmy is the voice of his cheeky character Och Aye
the G’Nu. Jackie Barnes and former Purple Wiggle, Jeff Fatt, add to the musical merriment, while Yellow Wiggle,
Emma, and Red Wiggle, Simon, are also joined by most of the Barnes family for star performances that will
captivate children and families everywhere.
After working on the project, Anthony Field said; “The songs on ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’ are absolutely beautiful, they
come from Jimmy’s heart. There’s also a great sense of fun, perfect for the young listener. Every morning we’d come
into the studio and be so excited, we knew we were working on a very special project for children. It was one of the
greatest experiences working with Jimmy.”
Children can join Och Aye and march their energetic little feet to songs including “I’m a G’Nu”, they’ll adore moving
just like a wildebeest dancing to “Shake Your Shaggy, Shaggy Mane”, as well as pursing their lips and playing along
with “My G’Nu Kazoo” and stomping around with “I Got New Shoes”. It’s music that will appeal to both children and
the child in you.
Album ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’ is out March 31st and is available here
Children’s Books ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’ is out April 1st and available here
Preorder now to receive a copy signed by Jimmy Barnes (limited copies available)

MEDIA RELEASE – Jimmy Barnes teams up with The Wiggles to release ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’

 

 

 

Post Script: Agatha and the Dark – Anna Pignataro

Agatha and the Dark

Agatha and the Dark

Anna Pignataro

The Five Mile Press

ISBN: 9781760402075

 

Description:

Agatha is scared of the dark, and George is just making things worse.

When Agatha is accidently locked in a dark room at kindergarten, her body trembles like jelly.

How will she ever sleep in her own bed tonight?

A story about learning to face your fears.

 

My View:

This is an adorable book, beautifully illustrated with a message/lesson for all written between the covers.

Fear- of the dark – seems to be a universal challenge that most young children face at some point in their lives, in this narrative Agatha learns to face her fears by turning her fearful thoughts into a positive experience – Agatha is encouraged to draw something from her imagination… (No spoilers here) J  This is a very creative and positive way to tackle young children’s fears, a great example for parents and caregivers to have in their toolbox of parenting tricks.  And the illustrations are gorgeous!

Add this book to your birthday treat buying list.

In The Mail 20th February 2017

The wonderful people at  Five Mile Press and Bonnier Publishing sent me this delightful assortment of children’s books this week and I cant wait to share my reviews with you.  These books are gorgeous –  the illustrations are award winning, in some the irony and humour will even have some adults smiling as they read to their little ones and the narratives are charming and educational. Look out for these books when thinking of gifts for the 3 + children in your lives.

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Doesn’t Time Fly?

Here it is December 2016 already.  I cant believe it – this year has flown by, life has been busy; a grandson was born and he is now 8 months old.  Recipes have been tried and tested and many books have been read and reviewed – around the one hundred seventy mark thus far.

I am enjoying sharing the joy of reading with my grandson (with  appropriate titles) – it is never too early to encourage a love of reading.

Recently I invited a couple of ardent readers to share some of their favoruite reads on my site – to broaden the type of book reviews available here.  I hope you find some new favourite books and authors.  Thank you Bec and Brenda.

 

The reading year has not yet wound up – there is a blog tour ahead; the launch of Rachel Amphlett’s new police procedural series, Scared to Death. There is a   Q & A with debut Perth writer Anthea Hodgson, a Christmas menu to compile and share and a series of “best of 2016 reads” for you to comment on and…more reviews.

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Seasons greetings to you.

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