Good Reading : February 2011
FEBRUARY 2011 ı goodreading 41 The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies Tom Niland Champion & Kilmeny Niland Illustrated by Deborah Niland In a big, big city, in a tiny, tiny apartment lived a tall, tall man ... and twelve babies. And to make this story even more delightfully bizarre, all the boys are called Alistair and all the girls, Charlene. The tall man loves his babies even when they are all angry and yelling at the same time. But one afternoon things get a little out of hand and the tall man decides some time-out is necessary. He scoops up the cat and the Charlenes and steps outside. Then the door slams shut! There is a cat flap but will the tall man be skinny enough to fit through or will he get stuck in the middle? This serious problem culminates in an hilarious ending with Deborah Niland's cheeky illustrations making it even funnier. ★★★★ Allen & Unwin $24.99 Age guide 4+ Dinosaurs Galore Masayuki Sebe If you want a puzzle book with difference then ook no further. nside this book there are puzzles and games galore with multicoloured dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. Identical twin dinosaurs are hiding, secret dinosaur codes have to be solved and a scaredy-cat caveman needs to find his way through a maze without running into too many big beasties. It's a splendid mishmash of colour -- and note that some of the puzzles are a little more complex for any smartypants out there. This book was first published in Japan where Masayuki Sebe is well known for his activity books. It's a great way to develop cognitive and problem-solving skills and while having lots of fun. ★★★ Gecko Press $14.99 Age guide 5+ The Snake and the Boy Azmen Sebastian This is such a simple story.The scene is a schoolyard in the outback where some boys are playing football on the dirt oval. A green tree snake comes sliding down from the old paperbark tree and across to the playground, where one of the boys is hanging from the monkey bars. His apple is on the sand beneath him. When the boy isn't looking the cunning green snake sneaks in and steals it. The author and illustrator of this book is just 12 years old and lives in Broome,Western Australia. His illustrations are amazing: the beautiful vibrant colours he uses depict those around his home in the remote Kimberley region.The green snake, the villain in the story, is big and bold against the deep brown earth and it all takes place beneath a sky of azure blue. The publisher, Magabala Books, is a not-for-profit Aboriginal Corporation that aims to promote, preserve and publish Indigenous Australian culture. Let's hope they publish many more of this young man's stories as he is certainly a very gifted artist. ★★★★ Magabala Books $12.95 Age guide 4+ Monkey Red Monkey Blue Nicki Greenberg Monkey Red and Monkey Blue do not feel like going to bed. When their friend, the chameleon, suggests a midnight feast instead, the cheeky monkeys shout 'Yes! Yes!' and start piling up a most deliciously mad snack: popcorn, spaghetti, fruit salad, hotdogs with sauce and mustard, pancakes and milk, all together with a cher ry on top. All very well for those monkeys, but poor little Chameleon is finding it very difficult to keep changing his colours. And when the whole lot crashes and splatters and splotters and clatters, what colour will Chameleon be then? This is such a fun book. Every page is packed full of wonderful colours, abulous food and the best mess you can ever imagine. Those cheeky monkeys have enjoyed every moment of it and so will their little readers. ★★★★ Allen & Unwin $19.99 Age guide 3+ REVIEWED BY MERLE MORCOM younger readers word of mouth Cutting throughthe dirt, the green tree snake slitheredquickly ba ck a cross the schoolyard.
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