Category Archives: Picture Book Review

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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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Snow Lion Written: Jim Helmore Illustrated by: Richard Jones Published by: Simon & Schuster, London, Uk. September 2017 Ages:   2 years and over. Theme: Friendship, courage. Opening Lines: Caro and her mum went to live in a new house … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

I’ve missed a few weeks of PPBF due to visitors and life getting in the way, but I’m glad to be back and sharing this wonderful find…. PERFECTLY NORMAN Written and illustrated by: Tom Percival Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc … Continue reading

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