The Duke of Hinklewinkle, a book review

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Title: The Duke of Hinklewinkle
Written and illustrated by: John Phillips
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Bridget lives in the sleepy, seaside town of Hinklewinkle. She spends a lot of time with her Grandpa. Her mother often has to work late and her father lives in another town. Luckily, her caring Grandpa is always close at hand to help out. Grandpa breeds show chickens and Bridget loves to help out. One day when Bridget is feeling a little lonely, Grandpa decides to let Bridget pick a chicken of her own. Far from picking the most beautiful chicken, she picks a strange looking rooster she names the “Duke of Hinklewinkle”. The two become inseparable. When Grandpa’s cranky old neighbour, Mr Borewater’s chickens are under threat, The Duke of Hinklewinkle surprises everyone.

If you like chickens, then The Duke of Hinklewinkle is for you. It’s a picture book narrative for primary aged children, written in third person, by author and illustrator, John Phillips.

In the story we meet Bridget, who lives in a sleepy, seaside town. Her grandpa breeds show chickens and lets her choose her very own chicken. After carefully considering the Long Beaked Australorp, the Stilt Legged Sussex, the Giant Combed Old English Bantam and the Headless Brahma, Bridget chooses a very unusual and slightly odd-looking rooster—a Big Beaked Pencilled Hortner—and names him, “The Duke of Hinklewinkle”. They become best friends in no time. But trouble is looming in the form of the next-door neighbour, Mr Borewater, who tells Bridget that Big Beaked Pencilled Hortners are silly birds. Little does he know that something is about to happen in the dark night to prove him wrong.

As an artist, John Phillips has created colourful and quirky illustrations to accompany his story. The illustrated chickens are guaranteed to keep the reader entertained.

The Duke of Hinklewinkle is a story with a diverse family – Bridget’s grandfather helps with her upbringing as well as her mother, while her father works in a different town. The big theme of the book is friendships, not only Bridget and her chicken, but neighbourly friendship as well.

Purchase a copy: The Duke of Hinklewinkle

Title: The Duke of Hinklewinkle
Written and illustrated by: John Phillips
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925675191
Category: primary
Pages: 32

Julieann received this book from Big Sky Publishing for review.

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Published Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse, book review

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Title: Parmesan, the Reluctant Racehorse
by: Jacqui Halpin
illustrated by: John Phillips
Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books

Parmesan, the racehorse, thinks he’s a dog. Instead of training with other horses, he’s off with his doggy friends, playing doggy games. Will he be ready to run like a racehorse in the Spring Carnival? A humorous light-hearted tale that celebrates the joy of being yourself and running your own race.

Parmesan is the type of horse every child would like to own. He’s adorable, endearing and interactive, like a dog. In fact, he thinks he’s a dog!

Children will love this light-hearted story about a horse who doesn’t fit into the expected mould of his racehorse family.

Author, Jacqui Halpin, has woven a wonderful tale with some repetition throughout the story that will have children happily joining in with the reading, and sharpening their skill of prediction, which is vitally important for children learning to read between 3-7 years of age.

The illustrator, John Phillips, has beautifully portrayed the character of Parmesan with heart, connecting the reader on a deeper level through humour, adding that lovely extra dimension that illustrators give to picture books.

Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse, isn’t just a feel-good story. It’s also about thinking outside of the box to solve a problem. Jacqui Halpin has succeeded not only in telling an enjoyable story, but also in creating an entertaining story where I can imagine the giggles of children as they sit and listen in shared story time, or where they use the book as an independent reader.

I look forward to Jacqui’s second picture book, “Where’s Lucky?” to be released in 2019, by Little Pink Dog Books.

Purchase a copy: https://littlepinkdogbooks.com/our-publication-list/parmesan-the-reluctant-racehorse/

Title: Parmesan, the Reluctant Racehorse
by: Jacqui Halpin
illustrated by: John Phillips
Publisher:  Little Pink Dog Books
ISBN: 978-0-9946269-2-9
Category: children 3-7 years
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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