A hug So Tight by Holly Melville-Bell. Pub. Twig 2024.
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by bobsbooksnz
1d ago
Lenny the Loris announces at the start of this excellent picture book for primary and intermediate kids that he is “Here to teach you something new! how to talk to other people using only your hands”. He is not a very well behaved young loris and other animals in the forest are “scared stiff of his crazy mischief”. he drops an old meatball on Benny the bear cub, he sticks Riley raccoon to a tree with blue gum, he throws sally the Spider at Elly the Elephant but comes unstuck when he throws a rotten plum at a baby monkey. Read it and see what happens. How will Lenny’s bad behaviour be rewarded ..read more
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Bubbles the Zooting Tooting Manatee by Minky Stapleton. Pub Scholastic 2024.
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by bobsbooksnz
4d ago
A manatee is an aquatic mammal that was once mistaken by sailors as a mermaid. It inhabits tropical areas especially around Florida and it eats the sea grass which unfortunately creates gas in their intestines and makes them fart. Hence Bubbles. Most young lady manatees control their farting so that they have Elegance, Finesse and Serenite and they can glide , sashay and pirouette but not Bubbles. She wants to be different. She wants to use her farts to make he speed. She wants to zoot and squee much to the chagrin of her mother and the aunties. Then she hits an old turtle and enough is enoug ..read more
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This is the Ship That Jack Built by Peter Millett, Illus. Sam Caldwell. Pub. Buster Books 2024.
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by bobsbooksnz
3w ago
Jack wants to get the gold back that the rat stole on the ship he built then in turn is nabbed by the cat, the squid, the whale the seal and the crab before being taken ashore by the turtle. Of course there is more to it than that and it is told in rhyming text as a parody of the old English nursery rhyme The House that Jack Built. The question is will Jack get his loot back? Cleverly told by Peter Millett whose other books are reviewed on this blog and superbly illustrated by Sam Caldwell who captures all the action and the characters as the loot changes hands. Released on 11 April this woul ..read more
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Take Me To Your Leader by Leone Agnew. Illus. Paul Beavis. Pub. Puffin, 2024.
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by bobsbooksnz
3w ago
Ashton Hill primary school has 17 students of which Lucas, his sister Ellie and friend Harriet are students. The Minister of Education Mrs carter decides to close the school down and the children want to protest. Their teacher Mr Ngata tells them protest will fall on deaf ears and any petition will be put on the scrap heap. Lucas wants to persist and so does his friend Harriet. While flying a kite marked with high-viz tape in the evening causes a fuss when a local chicken farmer Mrs Jones reports a UFO in the area and it is printed in the national newspapers. Tourists start clambering into th ..read more
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Koro’s Star by Claire Aramakutu. Pub. Scholastic, 2024.
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by bobsbooksnz
1M ago
Good old fashioned story telling from the winner of the 2023 Tom Fitzgibbon Award. Set in the 1960’s when there were no cell phones, no computers, no online games and kids played outside and made fun by themselves and their friends. Marbles was a competitive sport and kids did jobs to get pocket money. Atama is 10 years old and his sister Maia is 6yrs. They live in Burnham army camp as their father is sent to Vietnam. he is good father and close to his son in particular. When he leaves he gives Atama a gold Star medal that his grandfather Koro, was presented with after the battle of Crete dur ..read more
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Avis and the Call of the Kraken by Heather McQuillan. Pub. Cuba Press, 2024.
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by bobsbooksnz
1M ago
This very good fantasy novel about dragons and the mythical undersea beast the kraken is a sequel to Avis and the promise of dragons. In the previous book Avis became the nursemaid for two dragons owned by the far out Malinda Childe. The two dragons named Humber and Princess have grown and want to stretch their wings and Malinda decides they need somewhere safe to stay where they will not be found by humans. Avis and Malinda stay in contact with the dragons by means of a dragon teardrop which they wear around their necks like a cell phone. When that communication is hacked by something else t ..read more
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Nova’s Missing Masterpiece by Brooke Graham, illus. Robin Tatlow-Lord. Pub. Exisle Publishing, Imprint EK Books, 2024.
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by bobsbooksnz
1M ago
This is a picture book about handling oneself when circumstances make you frustrated, you can’t regain calmness and you lose it. Toys out of the cot, temper tantrums and behaviour that is upsetting to everyone particularly your self. Nova has created a masterpiece for her father’s birthday and misplaced it somewhere in her house. She rips the place apart trying to find it before her father gets home and completely loses it. Meanwhile her dog Harley is taking it in his stride and when Nova loses it on the couch he lets out a howl. Nova sees Harley’s reactions and copies him so that she assumes ..read more
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Big Little Blue bk3: DoubleDippers, by Raymond McGrath. Pub. Scholastic, 2024
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by bobsbooksnz
1M ago
This is the third part of my favourite New Zealand graphic novels for primary and Intermediate students and reluctant readers of any age. They all look at relationships and help navigate children through emotional responses and at the same time being true to yourself. After helping a few of their friends out and getting a variety of responses Little Blue says to Big Blue “I mean. Why be helpful if there is no reward?”. I guess a lot of people ask themselves that question. You will have to read this book to see what the answer is. You will not regret it. Three stories – Help, Reward, and Kindn ..read more
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Lulu La Rus Steps up as a Step-Mum by Gina Bartlett. Pub Moxie Press, 2024
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by bobsbooksnz
1M ago
A delightful short rhyming text novel about a glamorous wealthy young woman with a big house and no worries who suddenly becomes a Step-mum – a Super Terrific Extra parent. There is no preparation for being a parent you just have to get in there and do it and this is what Lulu has to do when her new man Hugh comes around “as cute as before but wait there was more. behind his legs…one with straight, one with curls, big eyes staring at her – were two little girls”. Rosa and Coco. Lulu is not prepared. They mess up the house, barge in when she is having a shower exposing her wobbly bits, test he ..read more
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Henry Appleton, Boy Hero and the Burgess Gang. An Adventure Story from Johnny Slick by John Evan Harris. Pub. Roiall Emerald 12 Feb 2024.
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by bobsbooksnz
2M ago
This very readable adventure story of New Zealand in the goldrush days of the 1860’s is told in the style of Dime western novels popularised by Johnny Slick and is the prequel to The Physician’s Gun which is reviewed elsewhere on this blog. The main character is Henry Appleton who becomes a hero in Nelson after he helps capture bank robber “Deadeye Dick”. The book tells of episodes in the life of Henry aged between 10 and 15, his horse Duke, his father before his death in the gold fields and his mother who is trying to settle in the Nelson province. It is written in an era when small towns we ..read more
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