Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Python by Christopher Cheng & Mark Jackson

This beautiful picture book has deservedly been shortlisted for this year's Children's Book Week awards. A story with a difference, the life of a jeweled python in the Australian bush is presented as a picture book story with additional snippets of factual information curled around the illustrations. 

The illustrations are vibrant, emotive and with just the right amount of hidden details to spark wonderful discussions. 

Python is sure to be a favourite with children who love learning about animals, but also reads beautifully as a story to share during story times. A real delight!

Category: Junior non-fiction/picture book

Suitable for:  3-8 years

Publisher: Walker Books 2012

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French

Jackie French's latest offering is heart wrenching. With characters that you just want to meet, there's young English/German Georg, smuggled out of Germany in 1938 and later evacuated with a boat load of other children to Australia. Mr & Mrs Peaslake, Georg's Australian foster parents who provide a glimpse of war resilience in the face of hardship and uncertainty, and Georg's best friend 'Spud' with her fierce desire to succeed now that her brothers are away fighting.

I loved this book. Not only is the story captivating, but it also provides glimpses at a little known part of Australia's wartime effort. Pennies for Hitler is shortlisted in this year's Children's Book Council of Australia awards.

Category: Junior Fiction

Who'll want to read it?  Perfect for 12-15 year olds.

Publisher: Harper Collins 2012

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