There are great books in the September 2019 Children’s Book Roundup! Enjoy!
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Ravi’s Roar – Tom Percival
Most of the time being small is great, but sometimes it isn’t. Most of the time Ravi can control his temper, but one day he can’t and he unleashes the tiger within. Being a tiger is fun at first. Tigers can do whatever they want. But who wants to play with a growling, roaring, wild tiger that won’t share or play nicely? Suddenly tiger felt sad and nowhere near as cross. How will Ravi make it better?
Ravi’s Roar is a wonderful book about temper tantrums and learning to express and understand your feelings. Hannah loves exploring these concepts through books and this one had her at “boy turning in to a tiger”.
Boo! – Margaret Wild and Andrew Joyner
The babies are playing ‘boo’ with their favourite toy animals, but pretty soon the toy animals come to life and are playing too! Boo! Is a charming, brightly illustrated, rhyming story. Our little baby loved it, and big sister loved joining in: “Boo!”
Liarbird – Laura and Phillip Bunting
Another clever story in the distinctive style of Laura and Phillip Bunting.
Lyrebirds, the ultimate mimics of the Australian bush fauna, learn to lie from the moment they are born. We all know they can mimic a chainsaw, camera shutter and any number of other sounds. Did you know they are not averse to telling tall tales too? There’s nothing wrong with that, is there? Fibbing is fun, and it never gets you in to trouble, does it? But when this lyrebirds learns his lesson and resolves to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, no matter what, things don’t go so smoothly either! What’s a lyrebird to do?!
Macca’s Makeover – Matt Cosgrove
Macca is back, but he is feeling a little drab. Sure he is gentle and sharing and thoughtful and caring, but he just feels he doesn’t look as cool as his friends. So Macca adventures though hairstyles, accessories and workouts, only to find he is cool just as he is, of course!
Macca’s Makeover is another fun, light-hearted, rhyming tale in the style we have come to know and love from the Macca the Alpaca series.
The Bookworm – Debi Gliori
In the age old tradition of childhood, Max wants a pet. “Not a puppy”, says mum. “Not a kitten”, says dad. Not a penguin or a shark and dragons don’t exist. When mum suggests a goldfish, “no, thank you” says Max! Then Max found a pet that was just right for him: a worm. His worm loved books. A book worm. But there was a few other things unusual about Max’s worm. Dragons don’t exist, do they?
Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Sue Degennaro
I must admit that when I think back to my favourite books from my childhood, classic fairy tales don’t really make the list. My recollection of my views towards fairy tales is from about late primary school, when I thought they were predictable and formulaic. They were predictable for me by that age. However, watching Hannah devour this book repeatedly over the last week has shown me the great enjoyment that these classic fairy tales bring. I’m not sure if Goldilocks was new to her, but it was new enough. What I thought to be formulaic actually makes it really accessible to Hannah; able to hypothesize what will happen next and delight in whether her predictions are correct. I guess they are classic children’s books for a reason!
We’ve read several of the Classic Fairytales series from Scholastic series now and they are yet to disappoint. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is boldly and captivatingly illustrated. With particular words in the text highlighted in bold, Hannah is intrigued to identify these words, which is supporting her early literacy development. The word art used for “Knock! Knock! Knock!” Is like a magnet for her eyes, and she reads it herself each time she sees it.
We’ve had a lot of fun with this one.
The Gift – Michael Speechley
The house across the street looks abandoned, but Rosie knows someone lives there. She often wonders who. Perhaps a cranky old woman? Maybe, maybe not. Rosie decides to leave her neighbour a gift. Something unusual. Something her mum would have been proud of. What will her neighbour think?
The Gift is a remarkable book subtly exploring loss and grief, healing and resilience, challenging our assumptions and the positive impact each person can have on their community.
True to Michael Speechley’s style, this book explores complex and deep themes in an accessible and enjoyable way, touching upon sombre topics in a genuine manner, without dwelling too long.
Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion – Valanga Khoza and Matt Ottley
Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion has the flavour of a classic tale. With an empty calabash balanced on her head, Dumazi set out for the waterhole to fetch water. On her way she comes across a lion caught in a trap made of rope. He begs her to free him and promises not to eat her. Alas, once freed, he changes his mind. “My tummy speaks the language of hunger, not promises…” Dumazi convinces the lion to see what the other animals say first. Well, in the interest of self preservation both the giraffe and the elephant feed Dumazi to the provibial and literal lion. Luckily a cunning little monkey has her back.
This magnificently illustrated story also comes with a CD of narration and music.