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.

Purchase a copy: http://blooturtle.com/product/ballerina-monkey/ 

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

Purchase a copy: big sky publishing Truly Foul & Cheesy Animal Jokes & Facts

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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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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Awesome Animals – Cats, Dogs & Horses, three book reviews

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Title: Awesome Animals – Cats – Fun Facts and Amazing Stories
by: Dianne Bates
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

 

Cats are loyal, smart, fun and totally AWESOME!

This fun and informative book is a mix of incredible true stories, amazing acts and packed with joke and illustrations to show you the wonderful world of cats.

From stories about cats in history, celebrity cats and spoilt bats to bizarre facts, jokes and verse, this beautiful illustrated book is full of information and fun.

Featuring images of the adorable cats and kittens from Little Legs Cat Rescue, Queensland.

Purchase a copy: Awesome Animals – Cats

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Title: Awesome Animals – Horses – Fun Facts and Amazing Stories
by: Dianne Bates
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Horses are powerful, intelligent, spirited and totally awesome!
This great mix of interesting facts, true stories and fun stuff will help you discover just how amazing these magnificent creature really are.

From stories about record-breaking race horses, cheeky ponies and brave war horses to bizarre facts and wacky jokes, this beautiful book is packed full of information and fun.

Featuring the gorgeous horses form Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary.

Purchase a copy: Awesome Animals – Horses

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Title: Awesome Animals – Dogs – Fun Facts and Amazing Stories
by: Dianne Bates
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Dogs are loyal, smart, fun and totally awesome!
This fun and informative book is a mix of remarkable true stories, interesting facts and lots of fun stuff to help you discover just how incredible out canine friends really are.

From stories about heroic dogs, doggie adventurers and famous dogs to bizarre facts and wacky dog jokes, this delightful book is packed full of information and fun.

Featuring adorable dogs from Best Friends Pet Rescue, Queensland.

Purchase a copy: Awesome Animals – Dogs

Author, Dianne Bates has written three animal books that will keep readers turning the pages. These books aren’t just for children who are animals lovers, they will have adults devouring the information and stories inside them as well. Awesome Animals – Dogs, Cats and Horses are each jam packed with interesting information and fascinating facts, reminding us all about how amazing cats, dogs and horses are.

Title: Awesome Animals – Cats – Fun Facts and Amazing Stories
ISBN: 9781925275407
Pages: 136
Title: Awesome Animals – Dogs – Fun Facts and Amazing Stories
ISBN: 9781925275384
Pages: 152
Title: Awesome Animals – Horses – Fun Facts and Amazing Stories
ISBN: 9781925275858
Pages: 150
written by: Dianne Bates
illustrated by: Sophie Scahill
Published by: Big Sky Publishing
Category: children’s

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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