There is lots of learning in this month’s roundup. We learn that leaders are made, not born (Theodore the Unsure). We learn that not everything that is broken can be fixed (Fly). We learn about the Rights of the Child (Every Child a Song) and about Macquarie Island (One Small Island). We also learn that brotherly unicorns fart glitter (Unicorns Fart Glitter)! This month also brings the next instalments in the Mr Walker series, as well as the tale of the FurFins. Welcome to the August 2019 Children’s Book Roundup!
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Theodore the Unsure – Pip Smith and Beau Wylie
Theodore the lion is the Ruler of the Whole Animal Kingdom because he has a natural gift for ruling. Well, that’s what his parents said, but Theodore was not so sure. Theodore finds it hard to make a decision. Any decision. So when his truly wild mane becomes overgrown, unruly and ever so hot in the heatwave, he outsources the decision about whether he should have it cut. His loyal advisor sets off around the world to poll all the animals on whether they think Theodore should cut his mane. The results are a clear no. But when the heatwave turns in to a cold snap, the leader in Theodore comes to the fore.
A fun story with great illustrations. Theodore the Unsure is a tale about finding the leader in you and earning your place.
You can find Theodore the Unsure here.
Every Child a Song – Nicola Davies and Marc Martin
Every Child a Song is a beautiful introduction for young readers to the universal rights that every child is entitled to under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In this book, with the arrival of each child comes a new, unique song. The story then explores what is needed for each child to thrive – love, protection, a home, a name, the chance to explore and learn. With beautiful watercolour illustrations, this is a book is a delight to explore.
Fly – Jess McGeachin
Lucy had always been good at fixing things, and Dad needed a bit of help. It was just the two of them after all. So when Lucy finds a bird with a broken wing, she’s sure she can fix him too. But not everything that’s broken can be fixed.
Fly is a story of love in the face of loss. There is certainly a depth of sadness and strength in this story that you don’t often find in children’s books.
My Unicorn Farts Glitter – Suzanne Barton and Shannon Horsfall
Her unicorn is and icky, sticky mess. He farts glitter in the bathtub and sneezes on sandcastles with his yucky unicorn nose. But when she feels a little lonely, they gallop and giggle around the lawn. And when she drops her ice-cream cone he saves her his last bite. Brothers…you have to take the good with the bad.
The FurFins: Tiny Tail and the Lost Treasure – Alison Ritchie and Aless Baylis
A FurFin losing their first scale is a momentous occasion, akin to losing your first tooth for us humans. (The similarities are uncanny, with gift-bearing fairies and all.) So when TinyTail’s scale is swept away before she has the chance to leave it out for the Scale Fairy, she is terribly sad. It takes the help and kindness of her ocean friend to get it back.
The FurFins hold a stack of appeal for pre-schoolers interested fairies and imagined worlds.
One Small Island – Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch
One Small Island examines the chequered history of Macquarie Island, a tiny but ecologically important island in the Southern Ocean. It covers from the sealers impact in the 1800s, to explorer inhabitation of the island early in the twentieth century, declaration as a wildlife sanctuary in 1933 and recent efforts to eradicate the deleterious introduced species (introduced two hundred years ago and still there causing harm, of course). The book is filled with large illustrations as well as letters, newspaper clippings and diary entries, maps and climate statistics peppered throughout the main story.
Mr Walker Braves the Night – Jess Black and Sara Acton
Mr Walker and the Perfect Mess – Jess Black and Sara Acton
Our lovable, hotel-dwelling Labrador, Mr Walker, is back in two new adventures.
In Mr Walker Braves the Night, it’s almost Halloween. The hotel can be a spooky place on Halloween. Where has Mr Walker’s toy wombat got to? What are those strange noises at night? It is lucky there is the promise of treats and walks to compensate for these spooky Halloween shenanigans.
In Mr Walker and the Perfect Mess, it is a busy time. Mr Walker is trying to think of the perfect present for Josephine, a beloved staff member, and make her last week at the hotel a memorable one. There is also this summer heatwave to get through and preparations for the Guide Dogs fundraiser keeping Mr Walker busy.