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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad by Liz Climo

Liz Climo is well known for her cute art and funny little one page comics. Just take a look at her Facebook profile and she has over 137 Thousand likes! Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad is her first story book and I would say it is one of the cutest, most adorable and "awww" books, of the year.

Rory is a little dinosaur (I'm not sure which kind of Theropod) and he likes to spent time with his dad. They go fishing and find seashells together. One naughty moment has Rory drawing all over the walls and dad's books. So after a big clean up, dad needs some quiet time.

Rory decides he doesn't want to disturb his dad so he goes on an adventure all by himself. He starts off smartly by packing what he needs. Yet, as his adventure goes on, he notices he's missing things like his drink bottle, or he encounters a wild pig and doesn't know what to do. Dad however, has sneakily followed Rory and helps him solve some problems without letting hint he was ever there.

One thing is certain to Rory though. As he delves deeper into his adventure, the more he misses his dad.

If you want a book that is cute, funny and has lots about being a family, then quickly get a copy! I know there will be more just like this awesome book in the future. Too good not to.

* This book is release on the 28th July in New Zealand.


Thursday, 9 April 2015

It's a Book by Lane Smith

We now live in a world where technology dominates our lives. In our houses, cars and work place, devices like phones, tablets, computers and kindles are ubiquitous. Our children know how to swipe by the time they are 2, and get confused why it doesn't work on the TV.

I've had conversations with people that once were totally against Kindles and e-Readers are now only using them. However, do you think children will love reading as much if there were no more physical books, no libraries? How will they explore? How will they flip through pages and then suddenly be immersed by the words or the pictures?

It's a Book is a funny tale of a Jackass (I'm not kidding) and a Monkey sitting together. The Jackass asks what Monkey has in his hand. He then goes on and asks lots of questions like, does it swipe, does it play games and make lots of noises? I think you know how this story goes.

It's a Book by Lane Smith is quietly funny and has an in joke for us adults right at the end. While not a book you'd want to read over and over again, it is a great chuckle if you bring it out occasionally, and to remind one self that the simpler things in life are often great (if not the best!)


Monday, 6 April 2015

Big Bouncy Bed by Julia Jarman & Adrian Renoylds

Ben and Bella are bouncing on their bed, higher and higher they go. Then other animals start to join in on the fun, but as more and more animals appear, how many will fit?

Who hasn't as a kid bounced on their bed, maybe even on their mum and dad's bed! This book will be something that all kids can relate to and it will be a good giggle when they are reading it. However, it might also encourage bed bouncing!

There is a lot of rhyming in Big Bouncy Bed, lots of animals and a bit about outer space too! So besides relating to the book, there will be some learning to go along with your bed time stories. The pictures are big and vivid and will be a hit with kids. As I write this, a little girl next to me at a cafe is peeking at the book!