Good Reading : July 2008
word of mouth younger readers REVIEWED BY MERLE MORCOM Little Blue Written & illustrated by Gaye Chapman Little Blue is sad. She’s lost in the woods lying under a pile of leaves and wishing that someone would come and take her home. A boy called Will finds her and tries to help but they can’t find the bridge that would take them back to her palace, her father and her garden of bluebirds. As she describes her home to him he can’t help but feel that his home is quite similar and invites her to his house.To their surprise they find that her home is there as well. This is a gentle story of kindness and generosity with the beautiful illustrations telling the greater part of the tale. Gaye Chapman’s inspiration came from her passion for her gran’s willow patter n plates and her father’s fascination for digging for magical shards of broken china. This book has a timeless beauty which Gaye hopes will spirit children away for a little while. ★★★★ Little Hare $29.99 Age guide 5+ Anna the Goanna and other poems Written by Jill McDougall Illustrated by Jenny Taylor Anna the goanna Is fat and slow. Her belly is like jelly, Wobbling to and fro. Here come the hunters Looking high and low… Go Anna, go Anna, Goanna, go! Anna isn’t the only Aussie animal who features in this collection of lively illustrated poems.There’s Ozzie the Mozzie, a cheeky dog, a slippery snake and a crocodile with a great big smile. Other poems take us into the lives of contemporary Indigenous children as they play softball or footy in their camp grounds, race each other on bikes that go like dynamite or catch the mail plane to town for the weekend. The author, Jill McDougall, wrote these poems to support literacy programs in her classrooms in Northern Australia, so they are ideal for school performances. All children will love their rhythm and beat just as much as her students did, and will laugh at Jenny Taylor’s quirky illustrations. ★★★★ Aboriginal Studies Press $19.95 Age guide 7+ We Belong Together: A book about adoption and families Todd Parr On every page of this bright multicoloured book, happy smiling children are enjoying their families. All of these children have needed something: love, good food, or maybe just the chance to read and learn. Someone else has had love and food and books to share and in this way families are born. This wonderful message is illustrated with Todd’s favourite colours: red, yellow, blue and green with splashes of purple, orange and brown thrown in. Todd has dedicated this book ‘to all the children in the world that need a home and a family’. And as he says ‘it is meant to be read with someone you love’. ★★★★ ABC Books $14.95 Age guide 2+ Baby Bird’s Blankie Written by Margaret Wild Illustrated by Gwyn Perkins Just like so many baby humans, Baby Bird loves his blankie. Also like so many baby humans he loves to drop his blankie time after time, just so Mum or Dad or even Granny has to pick it up. But Baby Bird plays this game one too many times, with disastrous results! This book oozes fun and humour with simple repetition that young children love. Gwyn Perkins’s illustrations are enchanting with Baby Bird’s face so cheeky and innocent all at the same time. I especially love Granny who is stretched out on a branch with a book enjoying ‘some peace and a good lie-down’. A great book for reading aloud. ★★★★ Working Title Press $19.95 Age guide 0+ WIN! This month 5 lucky readers could win a pack containing a copy of Todd Parr’s book We Belong Together and a gorgeous plush toy (as pictured). To enter, tell us one of the colours the author uses in his artwork. Write your answer and your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Todd Parr Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. 2. The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd. 3. Entry is open to all residents of Australia. 4. Entries must be made between 01/07/08 and 31/07/08 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or entries can be made at www.goodreadingmagazine.com 5. The draws will take place on 4/8/08. 6. Prizes cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash. 7. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8. Any change in the value of the prizes between the publishing date and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter. 9 Winning entries will be those that are judged to have the correct or best answers. 10. The winners will be notified by mail and their names will be published in the September issue of Good Reading and on the Good Reading website during August 2008.