Hope you are all reading some brilliant books over the holidays and adding to your Holiday Reading Logs. Remember, all reading and listening to stories count - so if you're reading the cereal box in the morning totally engrossed in the stories, or listening to your brother or sister reading, or if you're reading to someone (or something) it all counts - make sure you note it on your log. AWESOME.....
Today's reviews are a mix of wonders - picture books, poetry, novels, and non-fiction. Enjoy! Oh yes, to free up space on this page, the Extra comments trialled a couple of posts back has been replaced by the Read more link. Genius!
Drawing you deep into snowy, ‘once upon a time’ lands, this wonderful story is perfect for sharing with whānau. It tells of an elderly storyteller who sprinkles kindness as she does stories. As each villager is warmed by the tales of Babba Zarrah, they are also warmed by her gifts. These gifts are spun from the ‘story blanket’, the very patchwork that gathers everyone together to listen to the wonder of words. But what happens when there is no story blanket left? Read more...
A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children edited by Paula Green, Illustrated by Jenny Cooper.I really love this book of poetry, this anthology, because the poems included bring magic to the ordinary, shining the sun on the everyday and making it astonishing. Among the many things written about in this awesome collection are things that may vex us, make us smile or even laugh out loud, cause us to ponder, make us stop, inspire dreams, prompt invention, or simply just help us to see things more clearly or for the first time (even though we’ve passed these things every day like forever). This treasury celebrates words, wonders and cool stuff like Mars, puffins, rain, sneezes, spiders, aliens and outrageous pets! And the illustrations just seem to lift the poems right off the page. It’s a joy to read and can be dipped into or read cover to cover. Imagine suddenly springing up and reading a poem out loud to your parents then just quietly sitting back down again as though nothing happened. Brilliant!
Gangsta Granny by David WalliamsThis is just too funny. What more can I say about a book by one of the funniest and creative children’s authors. A young boy dreads going to his Granny’s, she loves cabbage soup and nothing ever happens. Then one day he finds out something about her that just turns his (and her) life upside down. Jewellery heists, mobility scooters, the Tower of London, the Queen, smelly cabbage soup and much more create an hilarious adventure that will have you laughing one minute and squirming in your seat the next.
The Big Green Book written by Mary Hoffman and illustrated by Ros AsquithThis is an awesome book on conservation that will have you thinking of the many ways you can help protect our wonderful world. It will spark some amazing conversations and ideas.
Often, the problem of, for example, pollution, seems huge and unmanageable. Though we think about these problems, we may feel helpless and ask “I’m just one person, what can I do?” This book empathizes with this thought and very cleverly demonstrates how a huge problem, idea or thought can be broken down into smaller, more manageable pieces. The book begins by exploring how earth is a small dot in a ginormous universe then zooms in for a much closer look at Planet Earth. It looks at the different environments, what inhabits earth, and some of the things that are negatively impacting on life. The Big Green Book not only suggests many ways in which we can all help, but also encourages us to challenge, to critically think about the way we live, the way we so often take things for granted or don’t really think about why we do things or where things come from, or what they’re made of, or even if they are necessary. Equally inspiring and exciting is that it encourages us to think about and actually create solutions to some of the problems. This book empowers us to realize and use our voice to help in both established and innovative ways.