Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Two new picture books

Cindy and the Lost Jandal by Chris Gurney, pictures by Ross Kinnaird, Scholastic NZ
The Tuatara and the Skink by Yvonne Morrison, pictures by Donovan Bixley, Scholastic NZ
Representing excellent value, and handsomely produced on quality paper in hardback format, these two titles are part of a series called Kiwi Corkers: Great New Zealand Yarns. The first is a humorous modern version of the Cinderella story, made into a New Zealand tale by the use of a jandal instead of a glass slipper. The second is a version of the hare and the tortoise fable, with the wrinkly old tuatara taking the place of the tortoise. Both stories are told in lively rhyming prose, with plenty of modern phraseology - which would make them fun to read aloud in a classroom. The illustrations in both books make heavy use of Photoshop, which gives them a bright, glossy style that should go down well with today’s youngsters. These are definitely not picture books for preschoolers – they are aimed at primary-aged readers who will enjoy the glitzy presentation and appreciate the echoes of the original stories.
ISBN 978 1 86943 888 3 RRP $17
ISBN 978 1 86943 878 4 RRP $17
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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