Good Reading : August 2018
WOM word of mouth P K I Puddle Hunters Kirsty Murray Illustrated by Karen Blair R d t g So the moment the su AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR story time and hoping for more big rain clouds tomorrow. uby and her little brother, Banjo, are desperate for the rain to stop. They want to go puddle hunting. So the moment the sun comes out they find their rubber boots and run out to the garden. But where are the puddles? The garden has soaked them up! No puddles in the park or under the trees either. But over the bridge and near the river they find lots of them all waiting to be jumped in. The children splash and spin and whirl and even make a rainbow with their sploshing. But when Mum gets splashed and Ruby falls into her puddle, it’s time to go home. Now it’s a warm bath with bubbles and Sonam and the Silence Eddie Ayres Illustrated by Ronak Taher T AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR dark and silent again. d a The author, his is the story of a little girl who lives with her mum and her brothers in a tiny house in Kabul. In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan there is no music allowed, not even the sound of children singing as they play on the streets. Then, one day as she runs through the market place, she hears a magical sound and follows it to a garden where mulberry and pomegranate trees grow. There she finds an old man and he’s making the most beautiful sound she has ever heard. He is making music. Sonam sneaks away and visits the old man’s garden many times until, one day, he gives her one of his own instruments which he played as a child, a rubab. But these are dangerous times with rockets and planes overhead and strange soldiers in the street. Sonam’s world becomes 60 GOOD READING AUGUST 2018 Eddie Ayres, spent one year in Afghanistan teaching music. He tells us that, while writing E s i t H w t this book, his thoughts were with the children in Kabul, especially a young musician called Soman. She was saved from selling gum on the streets by coming to the music school and learning to play the viola. This beautifully touching story is perfectly complemented by Ronak Taher’s magical illustrations displaying the colours of a land where life is so different. Eddie Ayres says, ‘Music shows us love. And we cannot survive without it. No matter how noisy our world is, without music it is silent.’ ★★★★★ Allen & Unwin $24.99 Age Guide 7+ GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU The absolute joy of being a child is on every page of this happ little book. ★★★★ Allen & Unwin $24.99 Age Guide 3+ When the rain stops, it’s time to go puddle hunting.