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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

The Last King of Angkor Wat

I was sent this book by the publisher
By: Graeme Base
Tiger, Gibbon, Water Buffalo and Geeko are sitting around talking about who would be the best king. They each think they are the best for the role. An Elephant appears and sets them a task, if they truly believe they are worthy of being king. Each set off to the temple convinced they are the best. Throughout the journey each discovers more about themselves and about what it takes to be a king.
This is a beautifully illustrated (as always) picture book. The story can be as simple as a challenge between friends or a deeper lesson of working together and learning that it takes a collection of traits working together to make someone a good leader.
Highly Recommended.
Publisher: Viking Australia
Published: 24 September 2014
Format: Hardback 32 pages
Categories: Storybooks Fiction
ISBN 13: 9780670077151
Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

I was sent this by the publisher.
By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated By: Jon Klassen
Sam and Dave are on a mission. This mission involves a hole. They decide they are not going to stop until they find something spectacular. They keep stopping and changing direction. They dig for a very long time. In the end they agree they had a very spectacular adventure.
This is a simple, fun little story. Easy to understand text accompanied by illustrations of muted autumn colours. The illustrations though, somehow highlight the simplicity of how easy it is to have an adventure. A wonderful picture book.
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Published: 02 October 2014
Format: Hardback 40 pages
Categories: Storybooks Fiction
ISBN 13: 9781406357769
Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of page

Simpson and his Donkey – Book Trailer

West Australian author Mark Greewood and illustrator Frane Lessac have produced a few informative picture books suitable for younger children, including one on Ned Kelly and this one on war hero Simpson and his donkey.

Don’t Wake Mr Bear!

By: Jill Newton

Summer is turning to autumn in the forest. A golden leaf floats to the ground. Dormouse strikes his triangle and announces it is time for the lullaby of the forest to begin. Play quietly everyone for you don’t want to wake Mr Bear. Then crash, bang, a car load of noisy wolves appear and they want to party. They don’t care about waking Mr Bear. The party starts and they do wake Mr Bear with surprising results, but if that isn’t bad enough they also wake Mr Dormouse…oops, also not the result they were expecting.

This is just a wonderful, fun story. It is hard not to feel happy as you read it, the smile just appears. The illustrations are simple, colourful and beautifully convey the tone of the text as the animals go from lullaby to party to being told off. A good little read.

Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

Published: 30 September 2011

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Seasons, Animal Stories

ISBN 13: 9781405249669

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Cuddle Bear

By: Claire Freedman

Illustrated By: Gavin Scott

Do you need a cuddle. Panda has fallen and she does. Penguin is lonely and she does. Lion has never, ever had a hug. We all have times we need a snuggle or a hug. Cuddle Bear is there for all these occasions. Cuddle Bear is a hug-you-happy bear.

Not much needs to be said. The story follows different characters, all in need of a hug for different reasons. The text simple, with easy rhymes. The illustrations are big, warm and friendly.

All in all an appealing book.

Publisher: Koala Book Company

Published: 01 February 2012

Format: Paperback 28 pages

Categories: Friendship

ISBN 13: 9781742760223

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Bug and Bear

By: Ann Bonwill

Illustrated By: Layn Marlow

Bear is grumpy and tired, she just wants a nap, but her best friend Bug really wants to play. Every time Bear tries to get to her bed Bug thinks she is trying to play a new game. Then when Bear finally gets to her bed and lies down she discovers something is wrong.

This is a cute story of friendship and how it doesn’t always run smoothly. There is quite a bit of text making it suitable for kindy and pre-primary readers. The illustrations are stylised and simple, using muted colours they are appealing. Its subtitle is ‘A Story of True Friendship’, is apt as it portrays a moment when friends want different things, something children all need to learn to deal with.

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 04 August 2011

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Friendship

ISBN 13: 9780192729866

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Mind Your Gramma!

By: Yvonne Morrison and Nikki Slade Robinson

Gramma asks me about my day, and I say, ‘Me and my friend played soccer.’

She says ‘My friend and I played soccer.

I say ‘At your age?’

This excerpt is one of the easiest ways to describe this book. At it’s simplest it is a story of a young girl visiting her grandmother. Through the story Gramma corrects the child’s grammar and the child, in return, misunderstands everything.

This is a very funny little book that will appeal to young and old though probably on different levels. It may even do very well in a class room situation. The easy and fun text combined with the simple yet appealing illustrations, make this a wonderful way to introduce the idea of grammar to a young reader.

Publisher: Scholastic New Zealand

Published: 01 November 2011

Format: Hardback 24 pages

Categories: Fiction, Family, Humour

ISBN 13: 9781775430414

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Mouse’s Christmas Wish

By: Judi Abbot

Mouse wishes to spend christmas with his friends, so when the invitation arrives, he is very excited. He has so much to do before he can go though and somehow things keep going wrong. While his friends travel from all over and arrive at Rabbit’s Mouse experiences one disaster after another. Will he ever get his christmas wish?

This is a beautiful little story about christmas and friendship. Mouse is an adorable little character whom you can’t help but like and feel sorry for. The illustrations are simple, bold and appealing. For a nice christmas story with the focus away from presents and santa this is a choice well worth looking at.

Publisher: Picture Corgi

Published: 29 September 2011

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Animal Stories, Christmas

ISBN 13: 9780552563246

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

Just Right

By: Birdie Black

Illustrations: Rosalind Beardshaw

Christmas is a time of sharing and giving and this story is more about one piece of cloth than any particular character. The story is the journey of the cloth from a large piece and the gift commissioned for a princess by a king, down to the smallest of left over pieces used to make something for a little mouse. These gifts are made from the heart and this is a beautiful tale about the spirit of giving. The illustrations are simple, subdued in tone and really work. Reading this made me feel like going and hugging my kids. A lovely simple tale with heart.

Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd

Published: 28 September 2011

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Christmas, Animals, Gifts

ISBN 13: 9780857630308

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

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