Darcy and the Dinosaurs, book review

 

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Title: Darcy and the Dinosaurs
by: Nicole Madigan
illustrated by: Joe M. Ruiz
Publisher: blOOturtle Publishing

While sneaking a cookie from the jar he hears a strange noise coming from his mother’s vegetable garden. What he discovers takes him on a wild adventure that involves, flying, feeling like a giant and coming face to face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Join Darcy as he learns that curiosity can take you places beyond your wildest dreams.

Darcy and the Dinosaurs has all the winning ingredients for an attention capturing book that will have you turning the pages. There’s a boy who can’t sleep, a cookie, a time machine and DINOSAURS!

Author, Nicole Madigan, has created a story that is at the centre of many children’s focused attention, passion, and even obsession at some stage in their lives—the world of dinosaurs. And let’s face it, who isn’t fascinated by those amazing creatures that once roamed the earth?

Darcy is a likeable character who can’t get to sleep. Many parents will to relate to Darcy’s fidgety attempts to grab some slumber. He wriggles and rolls and squirms and turns, but still, sleep escapes him. He even makes shadow puppets on the wall in the hope that sleep would soon come. But it is no use.

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So he tiptoes into the kitchen to the cookie jar. There is only one cookie left. He grabs it, then hears an odd sound coming from the garden.

A little frightened but even more curious, Darcy goes to inspect the noise. There, he discovers a large metal box with big metal door and a small round window. It looks like a rocket, only smaller. A little frightened but even more curious, Darcy heads straight for the machine and enters.

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When the door opens, he finds himself transported to a different time dimension, and nose to nose with a Brontosaurus! From there his exciting adventure continues…

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Illustrator, Joe M Ruiz, has created impressive illustrations that will have reader’s eyes aglow with excitement and anticipation, placing them in a time when the dinosaurs ruled the land.

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I can say with confidence that Darcy and the Dinosaurs will become a favourite, with rereading an absolute necessity. It really is a marvellous, magical, time travel story. I wonder how many children will want a teddy just like Darcy’s?

Oh, and I’ve decided that I want to borrow Darcy’s time machine…

Purchase a copy: buy Darcy and the Dinosaurs

Title: Darcy and the Dinosaurs
by: Nicole Madigan
illustrated by: Joe M. Ruiz
Publisher: blOOturtle Publishing
ISBN: 9780995410633
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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Stripes in the Forest – The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine, book review

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Title: Stripes in the Forest – The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine
by: Aleesah Darlison
illustrated by: Shane McGrath
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

I am the last of my kind. This I know. Once, we roamed the land. We owned the land. We called it Home. But strange creatures came to take it from us…
My story matters. I am the last living female Tasmanian Tiger.

 

 

Stripes in the Forest – The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine, written by Aleesah Darlison is a powerful story, one that will stir deep emotions in the reader.

There are many features I love about this story:

One. It is about Australia’s Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian Tiger, or the Tasmanian Wolf, which was Australia’s largest known carnivorous marsupial. It looked much like a yellowish-brown dog with stripes across its back, and it had a pouch for its young. Imagine that – a dog with a pouch!

Two. The story is written in first person, emotionally drawing the reader into the story. You feel what the Tasmanian Tiger feels – every fear, every happiness, every sadness.

Three. Aleesah has used a clever mix of short and long sentences in the story. The shorter sentences creating critical impact, while the longer sentences keep the plot flowing.

Four. The illustrations by Shane McGrath, recreate the Australian Tasmanian landscape with colours complementing the mood of the text. He has injected action into his illustrations, filling you with a sense of urgency as the Tasmanian Tigers run from death and try to cling on to their last chance at life.

Five. There is a text-less double-page-spread with one powerful illustration. The double-page-spread is voice silent, but mind loud, tearing at your heartstrings. You almost don’t want to turn the page to have your suspicions confirmed.

Six. Aleesah has included a fascinating Thylacine Fact page at the end of the book with eleven interesting points of information.

Stripes in the Forest – The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine, is a book of love and a book of sadness. It is a book of love as you learn about the Tasmanian Tiger, part of Australia’s animal history, and part of the world’s Kingdom Animalia. It is a book of sadness, as we come to the understanding that the Thylacine is most possibly be extinct.

But Aleesah’s final words of her story – I am the last of my kind. Or am I? – help to keep alive that little bit of hope that the Tasmanian Tiger is still living. Imagine if the Tasmanian Tiger was not extinct, but hiding, stripes in the forest. Stealth in the shadows…

Purchase a copy: Stripes in the Forest – The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine

teacher notes: Stripes in the Forest Teacher Notes

Title: Stripes in the Forest – The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine
by: Aleesah Darlison
illustrated by: Shane McGrath
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925275704
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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Glitch, book review

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Title: Glitch
by: Michelle Worthington
illustrated by: Andrew Plant
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing

Glitch spends his life searching through mountains of mouldy mess at the dump. He wants to make the fastest billycart ever. This year, he will be competing in the Big Race! but will his twitch stop him from winning?

Poor Glitch. He has either got anxiety with low self-esteem, or has been affected by the toxic rubbish at the dump. He is a trembly, twittery, twitchy kind of bug. It doesn’t matter though, as Glitch is rather clever. Where we see rubbish to be buried in all its ugliness, Glitch sees potential and treasure to use in his grand billycart designs. And he is the best in the business!

Except … he has never finished a race.

This year, Glitch’s billycart is very fast. But on the test run, disaster strikes. The driver, his friend June, is hurt and can no longer be the driver. It’s now up to Glitch to take over driving his billycart.

He really doesn’t want to do it. He gives June all sorts of excuses. Underneath it all he’s scared. June listens carefully to Glitch and shares some wisdom with him, ‘Don’t let being scared stop you. It means you’re about to do something brave!’

‘Ready, set, go!’ The race is on…

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Illustrator, Andrew Plant has pictured the dump with all its smells, rubbish, gloom and doom with precision. So well in fact that he pulls you into the story like you are there at the dump with Glitch and June, feeling every emotion with the characters.

Glitch is a wonderful book written by Michelle Worthington, to inspire and encourage children to step out of their comfort zone and to be brave. It is also a book about recycling and imagining other uses for things we throw away. Most of all, Glitch is a story of friendship, even when the going gets tough. Everyone needs a friend who believes in them.

Purchase a copy: http://www.michelleworthington.com/bookstore.html

Title: Glitch
by: Michelle Worthington
illustrated by: Andrew Plant
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
ISBN: 9781925272710 (paperback)
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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The World’s Worst Pirate, book review

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Title: The World’s Worst Pirate
by: Michelle Worthington
illustrated by: Katrin Dreiling
Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books

Will was the World’s Worst Pirate.
He didn’t want to be a swashbuckling, treasure hunting buccaneer.
He couldn’t even stand on deck without being seasick.
But when the ship is attacked by a terrible sea monster, a surprising hero saves the day.

Everyone loves stories about pirates, and everyone has a favourite pirate story. Somehow, I think The World’s Worst Pirate, written by Michelle Worthington and illustrated by Katrin Dreiling will become the mostest favouritest piratey-est story on everyone’s bookshelf.

This picture book is a treasure chest of surprises. There’s Will. There’s a Kraken. And there is a never ending game of chase with a cat and bird.

Will’s mother is the Captain of the Jolly Fishcake. Will tries really hard to be everything a pirate is meant to be, except … he is walking chaos. But there is one place where Will shines—the galley—it’s his happy place where he is the Masterchef of pirate foods.

Will’s mum isn’t happy though. She wants him to be a fearsome pirate on the seven seas, and one day captain the ship. What makes Will’s mum happy, makes Will miserable.

One particular day while sailing the seven seas, disaster strikes. A terrifying Kraken sticks its thick tentacles through the portholes of the ship searching for sailors. Will has to help. But what can a pirate chef do? Will that delicious cupcake in his hand save the day?

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Illustrator, Katrin Dreiling has created fun, quirky piratey pictures for The World’s Worst Pirate. She has added movement with her skilled artistry so if feels like you are on the Jolly Fishcake with Will and the crew. Children will love the character expressions, and the cat and bird interaction going on in each page spread is a story in itself!

I highly recommend The World’s Worst Pirate as a shared picture book and for independent readers. It has something for everyone, with the underlying message to follow your passion, and it’s okay to be different to the rest of your crew.

Purchase a copy: https://littlepinkdogbooks.com/our-publication-list/the-worlds-worst-pirate-2/

Title: The World’s Worst Pirate
by: Michelle Worthington
illustrated by: Katrin Dreiling
Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books 
ISBN: 9780994626912
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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There’s a Koala in My Kitchen, book review

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Title: There’s a Koala in My Kitchen
by: Sean Farrar
illustrated by: Pat Kan
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Have you ever found a furry Koala kidding around in your kitchen?
Or been hassled by a great white shark at your park?
Giggled at a Kookaburra causing chaos with Dad’s cooking?

Author, Sean Farrar, has written a rhyming picture book about creatures in and around an Aussie home. Is he fair dinkum that these creatures could be found there? Judge for yourself to see if they are believable, or not, possible, or not, likely, or not. As you turn the pages of the book, you will discover there is a character line up of popular and not so popular animals (including a great white shark with the loveliest teeth!) plus a little human (maybe, maybe not).

Artist, Pat Kan has created captivating illustrations that add another story to Sean’s story, and are sure to get a reaction from the reader, anywhere from Eeeeew! to Aaaaaah! to He he heeee!

Educationally, There’s a Koala in My Kitchen would be a fabulous book to innovate on, with students creating their own rhymes for the book characters, and re-reading to check the rhyme, rhythm and beat of their word combinations. I can imagine children out and about with their magnifying glasses spying creatures in and around their own home or school.

Purchase a copy: There’s a Koala in My Kitchen – Big Sky Publishing

Title: There’s a Koala in My Kitchen
by: Sean Farrar
illustrator: Pat Kan
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520262
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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