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The Magical Life of Mr Penny

9781877467899By: Leo Timmers

Mr Penny loves to paint. In fact he is quite a good artist. His pictures look very life like. no-one wants to buy his paintings though and he is very hungry. One day a man comes along who says he can make Mr Penny’s pictures come to life. Mr Penny can eat and his dreams can now come true, but sometimes that is not the best thing.

A thoughtful and enjoyable story about dreams and abilities and how you use what gifts you are given. If you don’t want to  look deeper then just enjoy the story and the bold and quirky illustrations.

Publisher: Gecko Press

Published: 03 August 2012

Format: Paperback 40 pages

Categories: Creativity, Dreams

ISBN 13: 9781877467899

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Ish…

9781844282968By: Peter H Reynolds

Ramon loves to draw, anywhere, anytime and anything. One day his brother laughs at him and Ramon tries harder but eventually, when it doesn’t go the way he plans he decides to give up. That is until his sister shows him a different way to see things. Ramon learns that ‘ish’ is a powerful concept, a wonderful thing.

This is a beautiful book on creativity, perspective and encouragement. Totally adorable, with simple language, simple but incredibly appealing illustrations. I totally love Reynold’s books.

Highly Recommended.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 05 September 2005

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Creativity

ISBN 13: 9781844282968

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Luke’s Way of Looking

By: Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley

Luke sees things a little differently to the rest of the boys in his class. They are happy to see and do as they are told but Luke sees different colours and different shapes. He sees things a little off centre. Because of this Luke feels as though he doesn’t fit in and his teacher is always shouting at him. Then one day he discovers a place full of things that show him others see the world like he does. Things there make him happy, finally he feels as though he is home.

This CBCA Honour Book is a story about being different and celebrates that. The story perfectly tells of Luke’s frustration and the illustrations wonderfully depict how it is to be creative and see more than what those around you see, from the flatness of most of life to the colourful explosion of things Luke imagines.

An interesting book and definitely one to share especially with a creative child.

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Published: 01 June 2012

Format: Paperback 40 pages

Categories: Creativity, Fitting In

ISBN 13: 9781921977725

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The Jellybeans and the Big Art Adventure

By: Laura Numeroff & Nate Evans

Illustrated By: Lynn Munsinger

Bitsy is an artist, painting is her favourite thing to do. her friends all have different passions but they are a tight group of friends and love to support each other. When Bitsy is asked to paint a mural for their favourite store ‘Petunia’s’, where they buy their much loved jelly beans from, Bisty decides to get all her friends to help. Once the others have painted their parts Bitsy goes to add her bit, but she can’t think of what to paint.

A really delightful story about differences, friendship and encouraging one another. The illustrations have a delightfully light hearted charm about them and the text is easy to understand. Together these components blend to give us a book that celebrates friendship and diversity. Truly delightful.

Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

Published: 01 March 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Friendship, Animal Stories

ISBN 13: 9781419701719

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Cave Baby

By: Julia Donaldson

Illustrated By: Emily Gravett

Cave Baby’s daddy is brave, his mummy is good at painting but Cave Baby is bored. Then he finds a paintbrush but his work is not appreciated and he is told to behave or the mammoth will throw him to the big brown bear. Then at night the mammoth comes and Cave Baby is afraid but it is not what he thinks and he finally gets to have fun.

This is a wonderful tale of imagination and allowing children to express their creativity. Donaldson’s rhyming text, as always, is wonderfully expressive and is paired this time with Gravatt’s beautifully appealing illustrations. This has less text than some of her books but is a great addition to the bookshelf for your younger readers.

You can’t really go wrong with a Donaldson book.

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Published: 01 June 2011

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Imagination, Cave People, Creativity

ISBN 13: 9780330522762

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