Friday, 5 August 2011

Top 5 for Friday - New Picture books

Sally and I have been busy chuckling our way through the unpacking of new picture books which have been arriving at the library this week. Here are five of our favourites, some of which may find their way to our Libraries Roadshow at Warkworth Primary school next week.

  1. The Naughty Corner (Colin Thompson). An irreverant look at the people who get sent to the Naughty Corner and if they deserved it or not. It gets quite busy in the naughty corner of this particular house and many of the readers will identify with the situations. Wonderful illustrations with great facial expressions bring life to the text. Although irreverant it is not to the scale of Go the **** to Sleep (which is not and was never meant to be a picture book for children). A similar humour can be found in Dog did it (Lynne Garner and Mike Brownlee) but The Naughty Corner is our favourite book of the week.

  2. When I woke up I was a Hippopotamus (Tom MacRae and Ross Collins). Easy to read aloud, rhyming text tells the story of a small boy who fantasises he is different creatures, mainly to get out of things he doesn't want to do. At the end of the day his parents convince him that it can be a positive game and join in with the fun.

  3. No Bears (Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge). On one level this is simply a little girl who wants to read a story without any bears in it... and she does. However with very clever illustrations, a bear appears in every page of the book and even saves the day. If you examine the pages closely you can search for many different fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters. A multi-layered success.

  4. Get Well Friends (Kes Gray and Mary McQuillan) contains simple text but plays on words in relation to the pictures. For instance, Cynthia the centipede is poorly as she sprained 98 ankles playing hockey. Similarly Thank you for looking after our pets (Tim Hopgood) plays on the characteristics of all the different animals while the author is away. Both are simple and good fun.

  5. Clem always Could (Sarah Watt). Facing your fears is something we all have to do. Learning to swim if you are scared of water (or being made fun of) is just one of them. With our coastlines and waterways in New Zealand, it is a hurdle that needs to be overcome. This is a book that will help you introduce the subject to reluctant swimmers, addresses the fears with a mixture of light humour and sensitivity and concludes with a positive outcome. Well worth a look.

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