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: 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).  🙂

 

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.