Ballerina Monkey, book review

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Title: Ballerina Monkey
by: Nicole Madigan
illustrated by: Joe M Ruiz
Publisher: blOOturtle Publishing

Malik is a typical little monkey – he loves to swing through the jungle trees with his friends. But unlike the other monkeys Malik also wants to dance – if only he knew how! In fact, Malik loves nothing more than watching the beautiful flamingos dance their special ballet dance. But monkeys aren’t supposed to dance – they’re supposed to swing like acrobats through the trees. So when Malik plucks up the courage to ask the flamingos for dancing lessons, the other monkeys laugh and make fun of him. Determined to do what he loves, Malik soon learns the importance of staying true to himself and the joy of following his dreams.

Ballerina Monkey, by author Nicole Madigan, will capture the hearts of children. The story revolves around a monkey named Malik. He loves to roam the jungle on mischievous pursuits like the other monkeys, but he has his heart set on bigger dreams. He wants to dance, just like the flamingos. Malik is ridiculed by the other monkeys who try to break his dream by calling him names and laughing at him. Monkeys just simply don’t dance. But after some imparted wisdom from his mother, Malik doesn’t give up. He digs deep for courage and joins a flamboyance of flamingos to learn to dance with grace and beauty, still to the taunts of the other monkeys.

However, they soon change their tune when the King of the Jungle arrives. The King of the Jungle has never seen a dancing monkey and is most impressed with Malik’s spectacular moves. The troop of monkeys now love Malik’s dancing, and stop teasing him.

Illustrator, Joe Ruiz, has created pictures rich in the colours of the jungle that will have children’s eyes focussed on each of the pages as the story is shared or read independently. Children will easily empathize with Malik’s emotions as they perceive his facial expressions as events occur in the story.

Ballerina Monkey is a wonderful story about never giving up and seeking your dreams, even when your friends don’t support you. It is also a story about the power of the bystander, who, in this story is the King of the Jungle. Just because he approves of Malik’s dancing, the other teasing monkeys then decide that they do too.

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Title: Ballerina Monkey
by: Nicole Madigan
illustrated by: Joe M Ruiz
Publisher: blOOturtle publishing
ISBN: 9780995410640
Category: children 4 – 8
Pages: 32

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Melanie and Me, book review

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Title: Melanie and Me
written by: Shaelie, Emma, Charlotte, Georgia, Oliver, Simon, London & Eve-Anneke, with Dr Tarn McLean & Emma Mactaggart
illustrated by: Shaelie, Emma, Charlotte, Georgia, Oliver, Simon, London & Eve-Anneke
Publisher: Child Writes

Melanie is happily oblivious to the effects of harmful UV rays as she plays outside all day – until it is too late and she gets burnt. Will Melanie spend her waking hours inside, or will she come up with an awesome strategy for playing outside – demonstrating her own resilience, her healthy respect for the sun and how it is her responsibility to be sun safe.

Melanie adores her best friend, the sun. Every day they play outside together.
‘Oh Melanie, Melanie – won’t you come and play with me?’ chants the sun.
But one day, the sun drops UV rays on her and Melanie’s skin is burnt. Her skin is achy and feels as though it is on fire. The sun starts to cry; his tears dripping and turning the sky different shades of grey.

After a while, Melanie is reunited with her best friend, but from now on she has sunscreen and clothing to keep her body protected.

Melanie and Me is a beautiful story where the words flow like a melody. It has been written by a group of talented young authors under the guidance of Dr Tarn McLean and Emma Mactaggart. It is a story you will want to read over again and again. But more importantly, is the message it contains – to keep your skin protected from the sun.

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This book is endorsed by the Melanoma Awareness Foundation, Queensland, Australia, and 100% of sales are donated to them. The foundation is dedicated to saving lives from this potentially deadly disease, a disease that sadly takes the lives of almost twice as many Queenslanders as road fatalities.

Purchase a copy: https://www.melanomaawareness.org.au/product/melanie-book/

Title: Melanie and ME
written and illustrated by: Shaelie, Emma, Charlotte, Georgia, Oliver, Simon, London & Eve-Anneke, with Dr Tarn McLean & Emma Mactaggart
Publisher: Child Writes
ISBN: 9780646961620
Category: children’s picture books
Pages: 32

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Where is the True Ewe?, book review

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Title: Where is the True Ewe?
by: Emma Mactaggart
illustrated by: Mary-Kate Khoo
Publisher: Boogie Books

The little green sheep has finally grown up and now she has a family of her own
In a bid to remind us to be fully present as parents, Where is the True Ewe is our collective memoir.

Where is the True Ewe? pays homage to ‘Where is the Green Sheep’ by Mem Fox.
It is a book of busy-ness, a book of motherhood, a book of being lost in the daily chaos that never seems to quieten until…

Author, Emma Mactaggart, has entwined into the story the different roles of motherhood, as well as the person before the hectic lifestyle with children, as well as dreams of what else could be, like an escapism from the stresses of raising children.

At the end of the rush of the story of this crazy, fast-paced life, comes that time of day every parent treasures … the peacefulness of reading a book to their child at bedtime, and the feeling that all is right with the world.

Teaming up with Emma is illustrator, Mary-Kate Khoo, who has captured the everyday stresses of parenthood to a T.

Where is the True Ewe? is a book every mother can relate to. Whether is it a book you read to your kids, or just keep it to yourself as a reminder of how normal you are, is your choice. Whatever you do, it’s a nice memoir of how busy motherhood is, and that day to day, you are a survivor!

Purchase a copy: http://www.boogiebooks.com.au/Store/where-is-the-true-ewe

Title: Where is the True Ewe?
by: Emma Mactaggart
illustrated by: Mary-Kate Khoo
Publisher: Bookgie Books
ISBN: 9781925255966
Category: parody
Pages: 32

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Lizzy’s Dragon, book review

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Title: Lizzy’s Dragon
by: Melissa Gijsbers
illustrated by: Kylie Leane
Publisher: Stone Table Books

When she finds an odd looking egg in the forest behind her house she decides to hide it in her bedroom in the hope that it will hatch into a lizard. What she gets is ‘Bubbles’, the oddest, fastest growing lizard she has ever seen. It doesn’t take long for her annoying little brother to discover her secret pet. It also doesn’t take long for Bubbles to grow out of her room. Lizzy begins to wonder whether Bubbles is a lizard at all, or something even more amazing. But how will Lizzy keep Bubbles a secret? And what will happen to Bubbles if anyone finds out about him?

Children adore stories about dragons, and ‘Lizzy’s Dragon’ by author, Melissa Gijsbers, is one to add to the must read list.

Lizzy is desperate for a pet, but her mother won’t allow one. One day, while she visits her secret hiding place, away from her maddening brother, Lizzy spots a reflective object on the ground. Afraid that it is a piece of glass that will start a bushfire in the dry weather, Lizzy goes to pick it up, only to discover it looks something like an egg.

Intrigued by the colour and shape, Lizzy hides the egg in a box in her room. It must be kept hidden from her nosy brother, who manages to tell on her for everything she does. Readers will enjoy following the journey of the hatching egg to the revealing of the reptile which turns out to be a dragon, but not the type that most people think of first.

When the township is in strife with an out of control fire, Lizzy’s dragon comes into the spotlight. It is here that readers will be delighted by the special gift the dragon has to offer.

Lizzy’s Dragon will keep the reader’s interest in its twenty bite-sized chapters. It will also have the reader wishing for a dragon of their own.

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Title: Lizzy’s Dragon
by: Melissa Gijsbers
illustrated by: Kylie Leane
Publisher: Stone Table Books
ISBN: 9780648118626
Category: primary aged chapter books
Pages: 74

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Imagine, book review

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Title: Imagine
by: Emma Mactaggart
illustrated by: Ester De Boer
Publisher: Boogie Books

The gloriously creative indulgence of simply sitting and day-dreaming has given rise to the greatest creations in human history! We have to give ourselves permission to do so, and to Imagine what will be. Of course, sometimes, ‘what will be’ may be very silly indeed!

Imagination. Where would the world be if we couldn’t imagine?

Author, Emma Mactaggart, has written a wonderfully inspiring picture book encouraging children to use their imagination.

The rhyming tale will have children in laughter as the story topsy-turvies common household objects with animals.

Imagine is filled will brilliant illustrations by Ester De Boer. Her use of colour and action propels the story along with energy.

I love the words at the ending of the story –

Now promise me, open you mind and let your thoughts soar.
It’s your imagination, let it rip, let it roar!

What a wonderful challenge for children, and a perfect book for use in the school setting to introduce a creative writing lesson.

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Title: Imagine
by: Emma Mactaggart
illustrated by: Ester De Boer
Publisher: Boogie Books
ISBN: 9781922224040
Category: childrens
Pages: 32

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Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice, book review

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Title: Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice
by: Belinda Meredith
illustrated by: Lauren E Tarrant
Publisher: Mini Rhino Books

Toby is a fairly ordinary nine-year-old, but he has an extraordinary secret—he is the proud new owner of a time-traveling rocket! There’s just one problem. Toby needs some kind of special fuel to get his rocket moving. What’s a boy to do? Toby will have to use some quick thinking and a surprising secret ingredient to make his time machine finally fly, and that’s just the start of the adventure!

How do you describe the sound of a fart with words? According to author, Belinda Meredith, it’s pppplurrbbbhhhhh!!!!!!!! Say it out loud – it’s perfect for that bodily function that causes side splitting laughter the world over.

Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice is a book that is going places. It all starts with a wobbly tooth and an ‘outside of the box thinking’ nine year old boy named Toby. He is a likeable and lively character who loves adventure. However, his curiosity and quest of making his life colourful, often places him in unusual predicaments, which he then has to find a solution to escape.

Toby is smart. He manages to trade items no longer of use to him for something he really wants. He is also persuasive, with the ability to talk anyone into a deal creating a win-win situation. But by far, he has a much bigger win.

Back to the wobbly tooth that started Toby’s greatest adventure – he manages to trade the tooth (once it has fallen out) for a ‘World’s Greatest Mathematician’ medal, which then is traded for a bmx bike, and traded again for a time traveling rocket.

Every child who reads this book will want to be in Toby’s shoes!

But here is the problem. Toby needs to find the fuel for the rocket. After witnessing the powerful effects of a brussel sprout fart from his brother, Sam, Toby ingeniously puts a call out for brussel sprouts to be sent to his address. And it works a treat.

Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice has all the ingredients for a winning book with children. Belinda Meredith has included farts, a time travelling rocket, dinosaurs, a school incident that kids will love, and Smelly Nelly’s Super Stinky Pongy & Putrid Stink Bomb – a smell so rotten it is guaranteed to get rid of even your biggest enemies! She has also gone 500 years into the future with the time traveling rocket. The scene she paints with her words is fascinating and will make you think.

I love that this chapter book has pictures here and there. Artist, Lauren E Tarrant, has created fabulous illustrations to complement the story throughout the book that readers will appreciate.

Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice is an action packed story that primary school aged children will love. Belinda Meredith has woven humour into every page of her story filled with Toby’s hilarious antics.

Children need laughter in our now fast paced world, and this book is guaranteed to make that happen. Expect to hear giggles of laughter when someone reads this book, a very welcome sound in everyone’s lives.

Toby’s Time Travel Adventures: Book 2 will be available soon.

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Title: Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice
by: Belinda Meredith
illustrated by: Lauren E Tarrant
Publisher: Mini Rhino Books
ISBN: 9780648090007
Category: Children’s Chapter Book
Pages: 132

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The Kids’ Survival Guide “When I was Young…” and other brain-exploding lectures! book review

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Title: The Kids’ Survival Guide “When I was young…” and other brain-exploding lectures!
by: Susan Berran
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Ever notice how adults have a gazillion annoying,
brain-exploding lectures that they repeat over and over and over!?

Like when you ask for pocket-money and you hear those five
terrifying little words… “When I was your age…”

Yeah, yeah I know. When you were my age – six hundred and
ninety-eight years ago when you had a dinosaur for a pet!

Well, get ready to strike back. No more boring lectures,
dumb sayings or annoying rules. I’m going to teach you how to
twist them, flip them, turn them and slam them right back!

Sam lives in the city and loves surfing and hanging out with his mates. Everything is totally awesome until along comes Miss Smelly Melly Poop Pants. And to make matters worse – BOOM – the family moves to the countryside, surrounded by dead-boring hills, dead grass, dead trees and dead sheep! Sam is really peeved, until Jared turns up.

As new best mates, Sam and Jared hang out and get creative with a secret dung-flunger and a Super Charged Cow Crapper Attacker which happens to get them into deep trouble. But then Sam finds the book of all books hidden amongst the toilet cleaning products in the cupboard – ‘Boring Useless Lectures, Lessons, Childrens’ Rules And Punishments’ – BULLCRAP for short.

From here, Sam’s story takes a turn explaining rules of the book in five parts –
Part 1 – Boring Lectures that Explode Your Brain and How to Get Out of Them
Part 2 – Awesome Excuses and Uses
Part 3 – Bending the Rules
Part 4 – Dumb Things Parents Say!
Part 5 – Getting Out of Things with Games That You Never Lose

Author, Susan Berran, has written a fast-paced, action-packed story that will have children sniggering at the events, and some will be nodding their heads at the familiarity of words seemingly used by parents, the world over. Susan has listed an instruction for kids on page 6 – But whatever you do – Don’t let an adult get hold of this book, or you and every other kid on the planet are doomed. After reading the book, I understand the need for the instruction, clearly.

Purchase a copy: Big Sky Publishing – The Kids Survival Guide

Title: The Kids’ Survival Guide “When I was young…” and other brain-exploding lectures!
by: Susan Berran
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520071
Category: primary school age
Pages: 102

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Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts, book review

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Title: Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts
by: John Townsend
illustrated by: David Antram
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

This hilarious, fact-packed joke book will have young readers laughing as they’re learning. It features dozens of gut-busting gags that children can share with their friends, themed around the gross and gruesome aspects of the human body, along with bite-sized information about the topics covered. Hold onto your sides and dive in!

Q: What does a brain do when it sees a friend across the street?
A: It has a quick brain wave!

Author, John Townsend, makes a statement at the beginning of ‘Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts’: Our body is totally, amazingly, incredibly, mind-bogglingly, astoundingly, BRILLIANT, and also revolting. After reading his book, I whole heartedly agree.

John has organised the ‘Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts’ book by body bits and pieces:

Body Secrets
Bacteria
Body Visitors
Sneezes
Stomach
Gooey Innards
You Are What You Eat
Record Breakers
A Whiff Of Trouble
Foul, Cheesy And Breezy
Tales of the Heart
Hairy, Scary, Icky & Sticky
Yucky, Mucky & Unlucky
Warts and All
Skin and Bones
Did You Know…
Dead Bodies
Dead Gruesome Facts
Live Gruesome Stuff
Brainy Stuff
Sleepy Slumbers & Neurotic Nightmares

In each of these body bit and pieces ‘chapters’ are interesting facts before some jokes emerge. A churning of your stomach is almost guaranteed with each page turn. There are also limericks and Cheesy Doctor Sketches to keep you rolling your eyes and giggling.

And for those who love to test their knowledge, there’s a quiz at the back of the book, as well as an index. So if you want to look up snot (kids love these parts), you will find it is mentioned on three pages, and poo (the top kid magnet) is found on four pages.

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Artist, David Antram, has created illustrations that will have children vocalising an ‘Eeeew!’ in some parts. The illustrations are totally suitable for the text and help create impact.

If your child is intrigued by the human body, and most of them are, I can assure you that John Townsend’s book, ‘Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts’ will make them groan or feel sick out loud. I would gift my children the book for entertainment value, just to watch them pull an assortment of different faces as they read.

Purchase a copy: Big Sky Publishing – Truly Foul & Cheesy Animal Jokes & Facts

Title: Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes & Facts
by: John Townsend
illustrated by: David Antram
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520477
Category: children’s
Pages: 128

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Truly Foul & Cheesy Animal Jokes & Facts, book review

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Title: Truly Foul & Cheesy Animal Jokes & Facts
by: John Townsend
illustrated by: David Antram
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

This hilarious, fact-packed joke book will have young readers laughing as they’re learning. It features dozens of gut-busting gags that children can share with their friends, themed around the gross and gruesome aspects of the animal kingdom, along with bite-sized information about the topics covered. Hold onto your sides and dive in!

Q: What do you call an elephant that never washes?
A: A smellyphant!

You have probably heard that laughter is the best medicine. Laughter gets those happy juices flowing through your body retuning you to some kind of normal (we hope). After teaching for twenty-five years, I can tell you there is nothing better than the sound of children’s laughter, and watching those smiles on the kid’s faces.

Author, John Townsend, has created a hybrid book of serious and funny at the same time – something truly unique, and catering for both children’s thirst for knowledge as well as the need for light heartedness. He has logically organised the ‘Truly Foul & Cheesy Animal Jokes & Facts’ book by animals:

Elephants
Hippopotamuses
Poolicious
Skunks
Birds
Bears
Sloths
Big Cats
Reptiles
Monkeys
Giraffes
Camels
Cows
Frogs
Bats
Kangaroos
Rats

 

In each of these animal ‘chapters’ are intriguing facts before the jokes begin. A rumble of laughter will be bubbling inside you with each page turn. There are even limericks splashed here and there to keep you giggling. And for those who love to test their knowledge, there is a quiz at the back of the book.

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Artist, David Antram, has created exceptionally cool illustrations with humour that adds another level of fun to this book.

I can guarantee you that John Townsend’s book, ‘Truly Foul & Cheesy Animal Jokes & Facts’ will have the sound of your child’s laughter echoing on the walls of your house.

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Title: The Truly Foul & Cheesy Animal Jokes & Facts
by: John Townsend
illustrated by: David Antram
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520484
Category: children’s
Pages: 128

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Shiver Me Timbers!, book review

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Title: Shiver Me Timbers!
by: Oakley Graham
illustrated by: Nina Caniac
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

This is the tale of a fearsome pirate crew,
They’ll shiver your timbers with the things they do!

Join Captain Black and his pirate crew as they go looking for treasure in a swashbuckling, sea shanty adventure on the high seas.

Pirates never go out of favour. Oakley Graham has written Shiver Me Timbers! in rhyme, telling the tale of Captain Black and his fierce pirate crew. The story has all the lashings of the pirate life—a typhoon, treasure, sail mending, scrubbing the deck, walking the plank, sharks, mermaids, the poop deck, surfing and an angry octopus.

Illustrator, Nina Caniac has used a world of colour depicting the ongoing story of the captain and the pirate crew, drawing eager eyes to the pages of the story.

Children will enjoy chanting along to the repeated four line chorus, which appears on each double spread throughout the book. An added bonus to the story are the pirate facts, which can be found at the back of the book.

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Title: Shiver Me Timbers!
by: Oakley Graham
illustrated by: Nina Caniac
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520002
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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