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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Granny’s Place, book review

 

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Title: Granny’s Place
by: Allison Paterson
illustrated by: Shane McGrath
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Granny and Pa’s farm was the best place in the world, brimming with treasures of the past and endless adventures to be had … but time brings change.

I have a confession. I never read the book blurb on the back cover. I like to read a story without pre-conceived ideas. The title ‘Granny’s Place’ had me dreaming of what visiting a grandmother at her home would be like, as I never had that privilege. As I read the story out loud, I joined in the lovely memories of the main character. But this story has an unexpected turn. I was sure it was going to be about all things wonderful at Granny’s and Pa’s place, and the magical yesteryear memories of uncomplicated times. Until Pa gets sick. Then the story takes a different path.

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Author, Allison Paterson, has captured the era of the grandparents well, with descriptive words of what the main character could see, feel and hear that made you feel like you are right there at Granny’s place too. The author’s words read with a calm fluency, impressing upon the reader that Granny’s place was filled with love, as well as the exciting adventures that come with farm life.

Illustrator, Shane McGrath, has nailed all the details of the grandparents’ era in his illustrations, from the style of the house on the farm and the interior design with all the knick-knacks, to the colour schemes used at the time. He then changes the colour scheme and architectural elements in the new house in keeping with the era when Granny moves from the farm to town, showing the stark contrast in ways of life.

Granny’s Place is a beautiful story showing three generations of family and the love that binds them. It is also a story about loss, dealt with in a caring and sensitive manner, reminding us of the preciousness of family and memories that live on.

Purchase a copy of Granny’s Place:
http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/Books/Children/Granny-s-Place-PB/1142/productview.aspx

Title: Granny’s Place
by: Allison Paterson
illustrated by: Shane McGrath
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925275636
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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Lily Fabourama Glamourama, book review

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Title: Lily Fabourama Glamourama
by: Emma Mactaggart
illustrated by: Ester De Boer
Publisher: Boogie Books

Lily efforts to look gorgeously glamourama are foiled
by a whole array of messy farmyard animals…
all in the search for that one silly shoe!
Will she ever get to Grandma’s?

Have you ever lost a shoe? The shoe that you want to wear RIGHT NOW! Well, that is Lily. She is off to visit Grandma for cake, tea and cuddles and wants to look fabulous. Except one silly shoe is missing. Lily searches for it. Firstly in her bedroom – up, down and all around, before she ventures outside. It has to be somewhere! In her grand search for that one silly shoe, Lily encounters farm animals that need her attention. And in her quest of tending to the farm animals, she has a series of mishaps that become an unfabulous fashion statement. How can she visit Grandma now?

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Author, Emma Mactaggart, has built the tale of Lily with delight. It is the type of story that will have children heading to their dress up box to play, and the story will take grown-ups back into their own memories of carefree childhood days.

Illustrator, Ester De Boer, has created illustrations that make you want to jump into the pictures to live where Lily lives. The illustrations radiate happiness and fun, and Ester’s use of colour to create the mood of the story is highly effective.6507065_orig

Lily Fabourama Glamourama is a wonderful, feel good book to read to children. It is about kindness, acceptance and the love of three generations of women. It is the perfect book to read for dress-up days, and a go to book to read for Grandparents’ Day.

Purchase a copy: http://www.childwrites.com.au/Store/lily-fabourama-glamourama

Title: Lily Fabourama Glamourama
by: Emma Mactaggart
illustrated by: Ester De Boer
Publisher: Boogie Books
ISBN: 9781925255942
Category: children’s

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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