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.

Christmas pavlova

 

 

Post Script: I Don’t Know What To Call My Cat – Simon Philip and Ella Bailey

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I Don’t Know What to Call My Cat

Simon Philip and Ella Bailey

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781471124129

 

Description:

When a cat unexpectedly arrives at her house, a little girl takes him in and tries to find the perfect name. Kitty? Rambo? Mr. Maestro? None of these is quite right. Cat owning is harder than she imagined, and then the cat disappears! Good thing her next pet arrives so unexpectedly—and he’s easy to name, even if he is a bit naughty. But when Steve the Gorilla proves to be much too mischievous to be a pet, the missing, nameless cat just might turn out to be a hero!

 

 

My View:

A really fun read that children will love (and adults will smile as they read it too).

 

Cute, colourful and laugh out loud funny this little story and the images that accompany it are delightful.  This book has a lot to offer the early reader – plenty of locations to spark discussions eg the Vet, the zoo, home, cafes, and activities to discuss. Colour and more colour floods the pages with plenty of opportunities for caregiver/reader and child to enjoy the silliness. A delight to read and share.

 

Post Script: I Love You, Good Night – Jon Buller, Susan Schade

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I Love You, Good Night

Jon Buller & Susan Schade

Illustrated by Bernadette Pons

Simon and Schuster

Little Simon

ISBN: 9781442485396

 

Description:

There are so many ways to say I love you—discover them all in this oversize edition of a bedtime favourite.

 

I love you like I love blueberry pancakes!

I love you like I love strawberry milk shakes!

I love you like frogs love flies!

I love you like pigs love pies!

 

In this sweet and simple board book, a mother mouse tells her wee one just how much she loves her…in twelve different ways! Some ways are silly, some are heartfelt, but all of them evoke unconditional affection. This oversize edition of a classic story is ideal for bedtime or naptime.

 

My View:

Gorgeous! Perfect for this grandmama to read to her grandson!

I just love everything about this book – the images are simple, cute and colourful, the sentiment is divine and it is cardboard book – our favourite type of book.  I love reading this to my grandson – sometimes silly, always fun, happy rhyming prose – great aid for language development and a wonderful way to tell your child you love them each day (probably more like several times a day – this book is sure to become a favourite) . Parent, grandparent, aunty or the like…this book is for you.

 

Post Script: Mulga’s Magical Musical Creatures – Mulga

Mulga's Magical Musical Creatures

Mulga’s Magical Musical Creatures

Mulga

Hachette Australia

Lothian Children’s Books

ISBN: 9780734416704

 

Description:

Guitar-playing fishes? Gorillas on drums? Fluting kangaroos? Join Mulga in his dreamy jungle jam session, where magical animals play sweet tunes from night till day.

 

MULGA’S MAGICAL MUSICAL CREATURES is a rhyming picture book for children that answers the question where does music come from? It tells the story of a musician who finds musical inspiration in his dreams. While he’s sleeping he dreams of banjo-playing owls, jazz-fluting kangaroos, trumpeting elephants and whistling toucans, and when he wakes up he’s inspired to write a song.

 

With a style that is entirely and unmistakably Mulga, this fun and colourful story will delight readers of all ages with its fantastically quirky creatures.

 

Biographical Notes

 

Mulga is Joel Moore, a Sydney-based artist, freelance illustrator and poet who paints murals, designs t-shirts and runs the Mulga clothing label. He draws beards, animals, zombies and wacky characters and has a unique style combining crazy colours overlaid by intricate line work. Mulga runs weekly market stalls across Sydney is regularly involved in live-painting events, group shows, private commissions and shop-front murals. His first book, MULGA’S MAGICAL COLOURING BOOK, was an instant bestseller.

 

My View:

Fun!

Colourful!

Silly rhyming prose!

 

You will adore the art, the detailed drawings and your child will love the bright candy coloured images and hearing you read out loud this happy and fun rhyming story.