Thursday, July 15, 2010

Quin Majik and the Tidy Street Catastrophe by Fleur Beale, illus. Philip Webb, Penguin

This is the third title in an informal series, with the previous two titles published by Mallinson Rendel. Obviously aimed at young readers of about eight or nine, these slim paperback books are very inviting, with their handy size, easy layout, and friendly cartoon pictures on almost every page. They should work well at attracting the intended readership, particularly boys. The stories follow the same theme of Quin Majik and his offbeat family upsetting the tightly-controlled environment of Tidy Street. In this book, Quin and his friend Fred work hard to rescue the children of Tidy Street from their oppressive parents. With a series of zany inventions they prove that the real bad guy on the street is Mr Spick-And-Span. Light, funny, full of action, and focusing on parents v children, this is bound to be a successful formula.
ISBN 978 0 14 330553 8 RRP $14.99
Lorraine Orman

Swimming With Dishes by Alan Palmer, illus. Scott Pearson, Penguin
It’s good to see a picture book by a new author, particularly a Kiwi Write4Kidz member. Lucy likes swimming in her pool. She doesn’t like washing the dishes. But she hates tidying her room! Add to the mix a very crabby mother and a younger brother who keeps on breaking dishes – and something right over the top is bound to happen. Lucy’s mother threatens to hang her clothes on the tree in the front yard, but Lucy gets in first – she washes the dishes in the swimming pool and hangs them on the tree to dry... The quirky story is enlivened by the colourful cartoon pictures which are full of action and movement. I’m not particularly fond of the emphatic coloured words scattered throughout the text – I would find them quite difficult if I was reading the book aloud, because I think they’d upset my own reading rhythm.
ISBN 978 0143504290 RRP $19.99
Lorraine Orman

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

'Swimming with dishes' is a delightful story from a talented up-coming NZ author. I read it to my 6 yr old daughter and 4 yr old son who absolutely loved it. Personally I find that the coloured words throughout help to bring the pages to life. They are a nice addition to the story and tie in well with the quirky illustrations.