Clover’s BIG Ideas, book review

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Title: Clover’s BIG Ideas
by: Georgie Donaghey
illustrated by: Emma Middleton
Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books

Being the smallest in the paddock isn’t easy. Clover is always being teased. When three naughty lambs go too far, Clover and her big ideas step in. Discover how Clover shows being little makes her more determined and clever than they could ever imagine.

Spring is an exciting time of the year. Particularly on farms where spring means babies. And that is where the adorable Clover comes into the story, written by author, Georgie Donaghey. Clover is clearly loved by her mother, who tells her to stay on this side of the fence where it is safer. When Clover sees the bull in the next paddock and giggles, it is a clear indicator of her positive outlook on life and her sweet disposition. But you also get that bumbly feeling in your tummy that something is going to happen … so you turn the page with caution …

Enter Duncan, Stu and Shadow, the villains of the story. They tease Clover about being small and you instantly want to protect her from them. Clover bravely speaks up, ‘I may be small, but I have BIG ideas,’ before she turns her head away so they can’t see her tears.

Duncan, Stu and Shadow don’t just tease Clover. It seems anyone can be a target of their bullying. So they approach the bull and tease him (the bullies bully the bull…), Angus the bull is justifiably angry, and will have the readers cheering him on.

When Shadow gets stuck in the fence, there is only one small lamb who can help. Enter the heroine of the story, Clover, who also cleverly plans a stunt with Angus the bull for a little bit of light hearted revenge that will have kids sniggering and smiling.

Illustrator (and author), Emma Middleton, has gifted the readers will spectacular pictures using oil paints. You will fall in love with her painting technique that creates a visual softness for the wool and fur of the animals, that will make you want to reach out and touch the pages. Sometimes I have a favourite illustration or two in books, but with Clover’s BIG Ideas, I have twelve favourite double page spreads that draw my eyes, due to the variety and use of colour, or the love visually pouring from the pages.

Clover’s BIG Ideas is a beautiful, heartfelt story, written by author, Georgie Donaghey,  that has all the ingredients to make it a successful and popular story, and it certainly makes a positive impact with its message. There is no doubt that Clover’s BIG Ideas will become an ‘anytime’ favourite story to be read and reread, not just for bedtime.

Purchase a copy: https://littlepinkdogbooks.com/our-publication-list/clovers-big-ideas/

Title: Clover’s BIG Ideas
by: Georgie Donaghey
illustrated by: Emma Middleton
Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books 
ISBN: 978-0-9946269-6-7
Category: 4 to 9 years
Pages: 32

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