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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


Maurice Sendak

Okay so many are saying how Where the Wild Things Are was their favourite children’s book, that is not how it is or was for me. I have to say though it is a wonderful book, and has certainly stood the test of time. Sendak was notoriously passionate, opinionated and quite frankly fascinating.

Here are a selection of wonderful Sendak quotes:

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”

“I believe there is no part of our lives, our adult as well as child life, when we’re not fantasizing, but we prefer to relegate fantasy to children, as though it were some tomfoolery only fit for the immature minds of the young. Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.”

“I don’t believe in children. I don’t believe in childhood. I don’t believe that there’s a demarcation. ‘Oh you mustn’t tell them that. You mustn’t tell them that.’ You tell them anything you want. Just tell them if it’s true. If it’s true you tell them.”

“I think it is unnatural to think that there is such a thing as a blue-sky, white-clouded happy childhood for anybody. Childhood is a very, very tricky business of surviving it. Because if one thing goes wrong or anything goes wrong, and usually something goes wrong, then you are compromised as a human being. You’re going to trip over that for a good part of your life.”

“Live your Life. Live your Life. Live your Life.”

“Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy. We sentimentalize children, but they know what’s real and what’s not. They understand metaphor and symbol. If children are different from us, they are more spontaneous. Grown-up lives have become overlaid with dross.”

He has also been censored – heaven forbid you see a naked boy romping through the pages of a children’s picture book, you know the one I’m talking about (In The Night Garden), the one where dots had been strategically added, or holes had been cut in pages.

Here is a fantastic interview with Maurice Sendak from PBS Now.

‘And now,’ cried Max ‘let the wild rumpus start!’

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