Review

Book Review – In Blossom

In Blossom by Cheon Yooju This is a very simple picture book, but very charming nonetheless. Cat finds the perfect spot to eat her lunch under a cherry tree in full blossom, who is shortly joined by dog who wants to read his book. In truth there is not much of a story but that is not the point of …

Book Review – Wishing for a Dragon

Wishing for a Dragon by Becky Cameron What do children wish for? Fantasy, adventure and a special friend? Well here you get all three as we are whisked away on a hot-air balloon journey of discovery, taking in pirates, jungles and maybe even a dragon. Becky is a highly qualified illustrator and pictures she creates are very accomplished. A treat …

Book Review – Tidy

Tidy by Emily Gravett Is it possible to be too tidy? Are we obsessed with neatness and everything in it’s proper place? Pete the badger certainly is in this tale of order being taken a step too far.  It nicely rhymes and skips along very easily. A pleasure to read out loud. The illustrations are super with fun characters and …

Book Review – Grumpy Duck

Grumpy Duck by Joyce Dunbar and Petr Horacek This a fun story set in a farmyard. Duck is a bit grumpy because her pond has dried up. Bored she goes off to find a friend to play with, however she doesn’t want to do the things the other animals do. Meanwhile a small cloud is getting bigger so guess what …

Book Review – A Child of Books

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston This book is an intriguing and thought provoking exploration of the imagination that can come from reading. Of course you can’t really go wrong with Oliver Jeffers who always manages to touch on something deep within us. Here he explores various genres of stories we have all loved and brings …

Book Review – A Bit Lost

A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton This was the debut picture book by the author illustrator and has won multiple award across numerous countries. What makes it so good? Well it’s simplicity really. It’s a tale of an owl who falls out of the tree and goes in search of his mummy and gets introduced to various potential mummies. It’s …

Book Review – Jemmy Button

Jemmy Button by Valerio Vidali This book is slightly different to most in that it follows a true story that even involved Charles Darwin. That name should give you an idea of when this story is set, as colonials, missionaries and explorers of the Victorian era went around ‘discovering’ the unknown world. The story is about a native boy brought …

Book Review – The Mist Monster

The Mist Monster by Kirsti Beautyman A little girl called Penny has just moved house and after running after the dog who has ran off with her mother’s hat, she bumps into a mist monster she calls Morris. Morris of course is a friendly monster and they head off in search of the dog. It’s a nice friendship story and …