Good Reading : March 2017
PICTURE BOOKS REVIEWED BY MERLE MORCOM 71 Sheep Try Soccer Pablo Albo 7 Il Illustrated by Guridi W T wn for their hy would 71 sheep want to play soccer? These animals aren’t really well-known for their ball skills. Well, there are 35 on each side and one left over to be the ref. Good enough reason? The match starts well, but it doesn’t last very long, as the ball gets stuck up a tree! How will 71 sheep organise themselves to get it down? And later, when real danger appears in the shape of a wolf, how can they use all their imaginative powers to trick the wolf and still finish their game of soccer? This is one of those quirky, way-out books that gets the children’s minds working. They’ll love the illustrations by renowned Spanish illustrator Guridi, as they are so clever and comical. They’ll want to turn the pages of this book again and again – and then again – just like I have. r ★★★★★ Berbay $26.95 Age guide 4+ Piggy Pi revor Lai T na he in here once was a little pig who ved to read. His name was Piggy, and he read day and night in his library. Piggy read so much that he didn’t ever have time to make friends. But one day, when he was out flying his kite, he saw a cat who was reading alone. Perhaps she could be his friend. He knew just how to catch her attention. He blew the biggest bubbles that floated right A J Il WOM word of mouth A Dog Like That! Janene Cooper Illustrated by Evie Kemp Uncle’s dog is clever. He does what he’s told. ‘Dogs should be like that,’ they said. My dog’s not like that. He does what he likes. S o what should dogs be lik s be like? Grandad says his dog is a good watchdog at night and that dogs should be like that. But this little girl’s dog sleeps on her bed all night. The dog down the road has a coat all smooth and shiny, and they say dogs should be like that. The girl’s dog always looks rumpled, even after he’s been brushed. But does that matter? He loves her and is her best friend. Lovely big, doggy illustrations and just a few lines of text on each page make this a perfect book for the littlies – especially if they have a four-legged friend at home. ★★★★ Starfish Bay $29.95 Age guide 3+ four-legged over her head and twirled his little red plane high above where she was sitting. But no reaction. She just kept turning the pages. He even brought her flowers, but she didn’t even notice them. is What could Piggy do to mak her his friend? k You’ll love Piggy and his ove rsized red glasses. And the big, bright and happy illustrations filling every page must surely make for a happy ending. ★★★★ Bloomsbury $19.99 Age guide 4+ GOOD READING MARCH 2017 61 My dog loves me. He eats my dinner when no one’s looking. Uncle’s dog is clever. He does what he’s told. ‘Dogs should be like that,’ they said. The dog down the road is bouncy. He runs and leaps and jumps. ‘Dogs should be like that,’ they said.