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Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep

By: David Melling

Douglas is ever so excited, he is going to Rabbit’s for a sleepover. He is all packed. Along the way a few others are invited, Rabbit doesn’t mind, but how will everyone fit into Rabbit’s place? They push, they pull and they dig. It is not looking too good, how will Douglas and everyone else ever get to sleep?

An adorable addition to the Hugless Douglas series of picture books. Douglas is a wonderfully innocent and open character. The illustrations are instantly recognisable and warmly appealing. The stories are fun and entertaining. Every child’s bookshelf should have at least one Hugless Dougless book on it. Who wouldn’t want to spend time with Douglas?

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Published: 05 April 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Characters, Animal Stories

ISBN 13: 9781444901481

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Comic Books

So this is a blog about books, sort of, mostly though it is about reading and although I know plenty of adults that read comic books, manga or graphic novels there are plenty of younger folk who do to. While I am not about to start reviewing that format on here, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a post about them.

My favourites : well I always liked Wolverine and Nightcrawler was pretty cool.

I also loved Sandman written by Neil Gaiman.

I read pretty much whatever my boyfriend at the time, had in his collection (and it was a big collection). Needless to say I get a little excited when a comic based movie comes out, though I am also wary, sometimes they do them very badly. I happen to know so people who are very passionate about this topic though and if they say a film is good I will absolutely take their word for it.

I guess really what I want to say is that just because there are lots of pictures doesn’t mean it is an invalid form of reading and absolutely can be used to encourage literacy. If you have or are a reluctant reader it could just be because you haven’t found the right book or format. Comic book stores are not scary places, the people in there are passionate about their format, go on in you might be pleasantly surprised.

Of course it is entirely possible I just wanted to post a few clips for movie adaptions.

Sister Madge’s Book of Nuns

By: Doug MacLeod

Illustrations By: Craig Smith

Convents are religious places

Peaceful and sublime

Unless of course you happen to know any of the nuns contained within the poetry of Sister Madge’s book. Sister Bossy likes to tell people off, Sister Isobel is a little careless with children in her care, Sister Stephanie rides with a motorcycle gang and Sister Laurel has a bad habit involving snuff.

This is a wonderful collection of poetry by Doug MacLeod and to be honest I have a fondness for them, especially Sister Ginger who met the cannibals. I first came across these when studying speech and drama and Sister Ginger was one of the poems I had to learn. They are so much fun, who doesn’t like to read about bikie nuns and plants that talk back. The illustrations amusing and perfectly suit the tones of of the pieces. If you are looking for something really fun and just a little different then definitely give this a shot, it is bound to brighten up your day.

Publisher: Working Title Press

Published: 21 March 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Humour, Poetry

ISBN 13: 9781921504433

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

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

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

The New Jumper

By: Oliver Jeffers

Meet the Hueys. There are lots of them and the thing about the Hueys is that they are all the same. They look the same, they all do the same things. Until the day Rupert knitted himself a nice new jumper. The Hueys thought this ‘being different’ was terrible until Gillespie decided he wanted to be different too.

This is a funny little story about conformity and being yourself. The story is very simple, the illustrations very basic – predominantly black and white with just a few splotches of colour. This is suitable for the very young listeners, but to be honest not my favourite Jeffers picture book.

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Published: 01 May 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Conformity, Picture Books

ISBN 13: 9780007420650

Some Thing Different

Just for a little fun I thought I’d post these.

I found audio versions of the first chapters of The Kane Chronicles

The Red Pyramid

The Throne of Fire

The Serpent’s Shadow

And here are the same for The Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero

Son of Neptune

The Serpent’s Shadow – Book Trailer

The final book in the Kane Chronicles.

Rapture – Book Trailer

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a book trailer and one came out today for a book I know some people are really looking forward to. So with nothing else to say here is the trailer for the final instalment of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series.

What Makes My Mum Happy

By: Tania Cox and Lorette Broekstra

Let’s think about things that make mum happy. Breakfast on a tray, cuddle and play. This is a wonderful picture book that gives expression to the things that can make a mother happy. The list is varied, sometimes a little unintentionally tongue in cheek, (I understand the combination of pride, joy and exasperation when kids do things like decorate your clothes).

This is a joyful book that is perfect for anytime but perhaps especially for Mother’s Day.

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Published: 01 April 2012

Format: Hardback 24 pages

Categories: Mothers, Humour

ISBN 13: 9781742378374

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Pros and Cons of Being a Frog


By: Sue deGennaro

A little girl likes dressing up and pretending to be an animal. At first she was a cat but her dog would chase her all the time. Then Camille suggested maybe a different animal would be better. So these two new friends, who really are very different, set out to find our heroine the perfect animal to be.

This is a wonderful and slightly whimsical book about friendship. Two very little girls are at the heart of this story. One likes to dress up and imagine and the other loves maths and numbers (even to the point of singing her times tables – which as a parent I think is great behaviour to model). Together they have success and sadly a disagreement but it all works out in the end. An adorable story accompanied by illustrations that are fun and a little quirky.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 April 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Friendship, Imagination

ISBN 13: 9781742830636

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page


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