Friday, November 20, 2015

More for Little Readers

These new titles have landed on our bookshelf recently.

Reindeer's Christmas Surprise by Ursula Dubosarsky and Sue deGennaro

A sweet and gentle tale that follows Reindeer as he delivers presents to his friends. Then heading home Reindeer is blessed with a special surprise of his own. A perfect little book to share with reindeer and present lovers alike. Some nice repetition of language to engage the younger reader on retellings/readings.
Details - Allen & Unwin October 2015, RRP $19.99 HB

Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab by Cornelia Funke and Monica Armino

The mice of Raven Castle are under attack from the Terrible Tab. Their lives and livelihoods in ruins they are rescued by the fearless Gawain Greytail who teaches them all how to fight with a needle. The illustrations in this book have a collage meets animation feel to them. Great action and a wonderful adventure tale, unless you are one of the humans or cats that dares to try and get ride of the mice at Raven Castle.
Details - Faber Factory Plus October 2015, RRP $22.99 HB

Adelaide's Secret World by Elise Hurst

This book has a gentle and dreamlike quality. The words and images are soft and other-worldly. The story is about being an observer, a dreamer, a watcher and about the wonderful things that can happen when we step outside of the expected. It is a story about finding our voice. The paintings are particularly wonderful.
Details - Allen & Unwin October 2015, RRP $24.99 HB

We also got The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood from the library the other day.

This is a really delightful adaptation of the Hey Diddle, Diddle Rhyme. Bounce picked this up and we laughed our way through its gorgeous rhyme scheme and all of cow's attempts and failures to get over  the moon. Very sweet for sharing together but I think it would also be interesting to use as a writing inspiration with older children and challenging them to adapt/expand a well known fairy tale.
Details - Scholastic RRP $24.99 HB