Category Archives: Picture Book Review

“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

TIGER WALK Written by:  Dianne Hofmeyr  Illustrated by:  Jesse Hodgson  Published by:    Otter-Barry Books  UK 2018 and in USA 2019 Ages:    4- 8 years Theme:   Art, Fear. Animals, reassurance Opening Lines:  At the art gallery, Tom watches the tiger.  And … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

THE BLUE PEBBLE Written by:  Anne-Gaelle Balpe  and Translated by Kathryn Bishop  Illustrated by:  Eve Tharlet  Published by:    This edition published in 2011 by Michael Neugebauer Publishing Ltd Hong Kong.  Amazon has it published in May 2019. Ages:    5 – … Continue reading

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A FATHER’S LOVE: Nine Different Openings

  Most countries follow the United States tradition and celebrate Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday in June, however New Zealand and Australia celebrate Father’s Day on the 1st Sunday in September. …   So what better time than now to … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

Winter has arrived in all it’s gusty wind, rain and hail.  A tornado did quite a bit of damage up north and our Sky Tower was struck by lightning. Temperatures have dropped drastically and so it’s no surprise that this … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

The Sleeping Gypsy Written by and Illustrated by: Mordicai Gerstein Published by:  Holiday House September 2016 Ages:   4 – 8 years Theme: Wonder, Dreams, Art Opening Lines: One night, Henri Rousseau dreamed of a girl walking alone across a desert. … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

First to the Top Written by:   David Hill Illustrated by: Phoebe Morris Published by:  Puffin Books of Penguin Random House New Zealand 2015 Ages:   3 – 10 years Theme: Courage, skill, determination Opening Lines: When Edmund Hillary was a boy … Continue reading

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“PERFECT PICTURE BOOK” – FRIDAY

A Home Full of Friends Written by : Peter Bently Illustrated by: Charles Fuge Published by:  Hodder Children’s Books (10 Aug. 2017) Ages:   5 – 11 years Theme: Friendship, Compassion, Kindness Opening Lines: Bramble was looking for nuts by the … Continue reading

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The Diamond and The Boy – by Hannah Holt – Book Review

  Written by:   Hannah Holt Illustrated by: Jay Fleck Published by:  Balzer + Bray (October 2, 2018 Ages:   4 – 8 years Theme: Pressure, Perseverance Synopsis:  Told in a unique dual-narrative format, The Diamond and the Boy follows the stories … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

I’ve been slipping a bit lately in keeping up with book reviews.  However I have been busy looking through picture books at my local library and sometimes it just takes awhile to find the right story, something that connects, makes … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

FUZZY DOODLE Written by: Melinda Szymanik Illustrated by: Donovan Bixley Published by: Scholastic, New Zealand June 2016 Ages:   3 – 7 years (but could be for any age) Theme: Birth, Growth, Imagination Opening Lines: Fuzzy started as a scribble, just … Continue reading

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