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A House for Zebra and Other Stories

A collection of four stories for pre-school and junior infant children. There are also four pages of ‘picture stories’ where the child can make up stories based on the pictures. Ideally this book is more suited to a one-to-one situation than classroom use. One of the stories ‘A House for Zebra’ could introduce discussion about…

A Strong and Willing Girl

‘When I look back on me young days, I don’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t working’ is the sad opening sentence of this account of a child’s working life at the end of the 19th century. Just after her tenth birthday in 1887, Nan left home for the first time and ‘went out…

Amadans

Jimmy and his friend, Nita Nextdoor, ‘all teeth, curls and ferocity’ are intrigued by badges, bearing the message ‘AmadansAnonymousComingtogetyou’. At the mention of the word ‘Amadan’, Jimmy’s Grandad (a man of few words since his budgie died) becomes agitated and warns Jimmy ‘Beware the Stroke Lads, boy! … They’ll root you to the spot, and…

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales

This is a beautifully illustrated and designed book. Quotations from the text “sweep “over the endpapers. The illustrations, by Kate Leiper, are placed on the pages to enhance the text; there are also delightful, apt illustrations around most of the page numbers. The muted tones of the pictures suit exactly the text. The stories are…

Blood Oath (Gladiator School: Book 1)

A story set in Ancient Rome with many contemporary echoes. Lucius’s world disintegrates when his father, Aquila, disappears having been accused of being a traitor. The family is forced to leave their villa and are helped by Uncle Ravilla. Quintus, Lucius’s elder brother, becomes a trainee gladiator and Lucius becomes a messenger at the Gladiator…

Chameleon’s Crazy Colors

A chameleon is in ‘a colour muddle’. He turns red when he should turn yellow and blue with pink spots when he should turn grey, but what if Lion comes and he cannot blend in with his surroundings? His friends, Monkey and Meercat, are confident they can help him, but their well-intentioned plans are unsuccessful.…

Cleo

Cleo is the Chosen One, chosen by the Goddess Isis to restore her power in Egypt by retrieving an important map. The story, which blends fantasy, horror and a quest adventure, is set in ancient Egypt in the time before Cleopatra becomes pharaoh. The author imagines the early teenage years of Cleopatra, creating a work…

Escape the Twister

A holiday in America turns out to be more exciting than expected for Tom and Kevin. They stay in the area popularly known as Tornado Alley. Afriend invites them to come ‘stormchasing’ with him. They have a great day watching for a twister and marvelling at the electronic ‘gizmos’ and sophisticated equipment. The unplanned adventure…

How Many Sharks in the bath

This is a ‘laugh and learn’ counting book essentially for use, one to one, with a toddler. The child characters invite the reader to ‘Count the animals and put your finger on the number’. The illustrations are ‘banded’ on the left-hand side with questions such as ‘How many octopuses juggling oranges?’ and on the righthand…

Into the Blue

When Ursula receives a blue paper circle in an envelope, the circle becomes her conduit and guide in a night-time adventure with her bear, Oscar. Tension is maintained as Ursula and Oscar travel on land, sea and in the air, the blue circle changing into a sail and then a parachute. The illustrations are full…

Love Like This

A gentle and comforting picturebook slightly reminiscent of I Like It When… by Mary Murphy. A mother and baby elephant spend the day together playing and enjoying one another’s company. The text is in the form of a poem but the illustrations are more memorable. A changing palette reflects the African landscape through a day…

Magical Mischief

Playful magic, in the form of noxious smells, custard stairs, flying birds and unarranged books, has settled into Mr Hardbattle’s bookshop. Customers no longer come in except Arthur and Miss Quint. Mr Hardbattle sets out to find a new home for the magic – somewhere dark and dusty. He leaves Miss Quint in charge –…

Motherland

‘There were so many ways of being and expressing myself that I had to leave behind, and so many ways I had to relearn.’ Maya is poised between two cultures – American and Indian – and, at 15, between adolescence and adulthood as she visits her mother’s wealthy family in southern India. The author vividly…

Run with the Wind

Run with the Wind, the first of the “Fox Sextet”, was published in 1983. It was written, at a time, when foxes were hunted for sport and for their pelts. A strong environmental theme and the author’s observation of wildlife are evident. He also creates a vocabulary by which the foxes describe their world –…

The Ice-Cream Machine

Potts’ ice-cream is not only the most exciting icecream but also the strangest: strawberry with a hint of chilli peppers and cheesy peasmint are just some of the flavours. Add in a goat, an ice-cream van called ‘Macaroni’ with a definite mind of its own, entrepreneurial parents and two children and you have the recipe…

The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth

As five brothers settle down to sleep, in their cramped holiday caravan, the eldest brother, 10-year-old Marty, retells the local legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth ‘with plenty of blood and guts’. The legend centers on a vicious pirate, who is reputed to wander the local rocks, searching for a 9-year-old cabin boy who sunk an…

The Moon in the Man

A collection of happy, modern action rhymes from Australia. As with any collection some are better than others; I particularly liked the exuberance of ‘Bubble Wrap Rap’ and the modern slant of ‘My Computer’. The rhymes range from finger actions to whole body actions. Some of the actions for the rhymes accompany the text, but…

Tiger Boots

This the third story about Danny Wilde and his Gaelic football team, Littlestown Crokes. Danny is a brilliant footballer, showing great leadership qualities as captain. In this story, Danny plays superb football, sets up fundraising for Clara who has cancer and acquires a girlfriend, Trinity. The plot provides a backdrop for the ‘real’ story of…

Two Peculiar Pelicans: A Caribbean Story Poem

Two pelicans arrive to find the Sea Gate closed and the dolphin tells them they are late. The pelicans say that they have been building their nest ‘far beyond the Sea’s rim’. The pelicans enjoy living on the land but the dolphin cannot understand how they can bear not to hear ‘the music of the…
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