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Rules of Summer

rules-of-summerBy: Shaun Tan

Summer is a time of fun, of holidays and of adventure. As this book is a Shaun Tan book there isn’t an intricate plot but honestly there doesn’t need to be. Tan’s books have an appeal all of their own which can be attributed to the flexibility of the story told mostly in pictures with limited text, thus leaving a whole lot up to the imagination. I think I’d say the plot revolves around using your imagination to while away the days, having an older brother make up the rules and be the one to save you when the days turn dark. The illustrations are, as always whimsical and amazing, conveying the width and breadth of what can be achieved when you walk away from technology and allow yourself free reign. An amazing book that left me wanting to explore it again.

Publisher: Arthur A Levine Books
Published: 29th April 2014
Key Words: Adventure, Family, Imagination
Format: Hard cover or paperback picture book
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9780545639125


I received this from the publisher.

9781406342307By: Aaron Becker

This story is sort of what you make it. A young girl draws herself into a world of adventure and things she doesn’t see every day. She uses her red crayon to create things to help her on her way. There are no words to help you take this journey. In part it is the story you tell. She sees great and amazing things and meets someone with an imagination as powerful as hers.

This is a wonderful book to encourage a child’s imagination. They can make up their own interpretations of the story and in the process see what the power of the imagination can achieve. It is a delightful journey to take a child on, filled with quiet wonder. If you like books that are a little different then definitely pick this up.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 07 November 2013

Format: Hardback 40 pages

Categories: Imagination

ISBN 13: 9781406342307

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9781741696431By: Nick Bland

Penny Pasketti likes to look into space and stare at the stars. She likes to pretend they are friends. One night the most amazing thing happens, something crashed into her backyard and when Penny gets there she finds a new friend, Little Star. Together they have a wonderful night but soon Little Star wants to go home, they try to come up with a way to make this happen. They have no luck until Penny thinks of a most wonderful thing.

This is a gorgeous story of imagination and friendship. The text is simple and somehow gentle, perfect for bedtime. The illustrations are fun and wondrous. It’s no surprise I like this book I am a huge Nick Bland fan. A great bedtime story to add to the collection.


Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 July 2010

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books, Imagination, Friendship

ISBN 13: 9781741696431

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Too Many Elephants in This House

By: Ursula Dubosarsky

Illustrated by: Andrew Joyner

Eric lives in a house with way too many elephants. They are in the kitchen, the living room and his bedroom. He loves elephants but they are starting to take up too much space and his mum has put her foot down, the elephants have to go. What is Eric going to do? Eric has to come up with a clever solution if he is going to keep his elephants.

A story about problem solving and imagination. Eric is a very creative little boy who uses his imagination to come up with a wonderful solution to his problem. It shows children that they sometimes do have the answers. Joyner’s illustrations are fun and have a real feeling of joy about them. A delightful read.

Publisher: Viking Australia

Published: 02 July 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Imagination, Problem Solving

ISBN 13: 9780670075461

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Lighty Faust The Lion

By: Anna Hymas

Lighty Faust the Lion is one of Ru’s favourite friends. They have so much fun together, including doing things like flying to the moon. Lighty Faust even goes to school with Ru. Then the day comes when Ru must say good bye to Lighty Faust.

This is a story that is about having an imaginary friend. It is silly fun and embraces the wildness and scope of a child’s imagination, in the process it touches on the idea of growing up. The illustrations are distinct and very simple, mostly in dark tones yet they somehow convey the playfulness of the experience.

Publisher: The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd

Published: 01 March 2012

Format: Hardback

Categories: Imaginary Friends

ISBN 13: 9781743004128

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One of Those Days

By: John Heffernan and Gwyn Perkins

Most days are filled with moments that drag and are dull but sometimes Samantha wakes to a different kind of day. On one of those days her imagination carries her through wonderful moments and enjoyable times. Those days are the days she loves, the days she throws herself into. It is on those days that anything can happen. Samantha really looks forward to those days.

Imagination and expression are at the core of this fun book. The illustrations may be muted in colour but they still manage to be filled with wonder and joy. There is less text than some picture books so it would be better suited to younger listeners but it is definitely a good way to encourage a child’s imagination.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 April 2012

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books, Imagination

ISBN 13: 9781741693355

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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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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

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Hunting For Dragons

By: Bruce Whatley

Every weekend the main character hunts for dragons. It is something fun to do. I’ll bet you didn’t know that dragons can be anywhere, you just need to know how to look for them. They can be in bedrooms, dining rooms, outside and even in workshops.

This is a fun little story with simple text and clever illustrations. It is a great book to encourage the imagination as dragons are to be discovered in the shapes all around us. How many dragons can you find in a day?

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 December 2010

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Imagination

ISBN 13: 9781741693300

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I’m Here

This book was sent to me by the publisher.

By: Peter Reynolds

This book is beautiful in concept and presentation. It is not a picture book that lends itself to a story synopsis as the boy is alone and the story is about his perceptions of the moment, how he sees things differently to those around him. It does however touch on topics such as isolation, difference and imagination.

The media release states ‘I’m Here is an extraordinary picture book that gives voice to the often silent world of a child struggling to connect with his peers and speaks to the universal need to be loved and heard’. I don’t usually use quotes from press release but in this case I think it explains it best.

This is a stunning book, simple in it’s scope and presentation, both text wise and illustratively. One of the very few books that families living with autism will be able to relate to.

Publisher: Atheneum

Published: 01 September 2011

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Fiction, School Stories, Disability, Relationships

ISBN 13: 9781416996491

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