Sunday, November 8, 2009

Three new books from Scholastic

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and Illustrated by Katz Crowley.
Scholastic ISBN 978-1-86943-926-2 RRP $25.00 includes CD

The Wonky Donkey only has three legs, and he only has one eye, and that makes him a winky wonky donkey. By the time you get to the part where the wonky donky was quite good looking you have a serious amount of tongue twisting to cope with.

But fear not – there is a music CD to help you, and the children, have fun with this delightful book. The illustrations are great. They complement the story perfectly.

The song, by the way, was awarded the APRA Children’s Song of the Year 2008.

Great to buy for the grandchildren, and for the classroom.

Watch Craig Smith perform the song on You Tube (google Wonky Donkey).
Singer/songwriter Craig Smith performs at gigs around the South Island. He has lived in Australia for 4 years and Vietnam for 6 years, and says Spike Milligan and his Mum are his greatest influences. British-born Katz Cowley has a degree in Illustration from the
University of Northumbria. She spent a year and a half travelling around SE Asia and living in Australia before arriving in NZ in 2000, where she has been ever since.
Reviewed by Jenni Francis

The 12 Days of Holidays by Yvonne Morrison and Illustrated by Jenny Cooper.
Scholastic ISBN 978-1-86943-916-3

On the first days of holidays my mother said to me: Please will you turn off that TV!

So begins a twist on an old classic. The main character in the story gets more annoying by the day, Mother gets more and more exasperated, the family is in disarray, until on the thirteenth day, Mum hits on the perfect solution. For her that is.

A great Christmas book, with wonderful colourful illustrations that show an increasing frenetic household.

Yvonne Morrison has written a number of books in a similar vein, including Brian the Big Brained Romney; Kiwi Dads; and The Tuatara and the Skink.

Jenny Cooper has illustrated for Yvonne Morrison in the past, and for Sarah Johnson, Frances Adlam and many others.

Reviewed by Jenni Francis

A Right Royal Christmas by Lucy Davey and Illustrated by Donovan Bixley.
Scholastic ISBN 978-1-86943-844-9

One look at the cover and you are transported back to the days of nursery rhymes and fairy stories. However, Princess Claire is not the kind and loving sort of princess. In fact she likes that she has no brothers and sisters and relatives to share her feast with at Christmas. It’s just her and the King and Queen.

Until a rat-a-tat-tat at the door spoils all her plans. Eventually, the castle is filled to overflowing with people and still comes a rat-a-tat-tat. The last visitors bring a surprise even to Princess Claire.

Delightful story for little children, for Christmas of course.

Reviewed by Jenni Francis

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