Eva’s Imagination, a book review

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Title: Eva’s Imagination
by: Wenda Shurety
illustrated by: Karen Erasmus
Publisher: New Frontier

Eva is bored. Soooo bored.
‘What’s happened to your imagination, Eva?’ asks her mum.
So Eva and her faithful sidekick, Chops, set out on an adventure to find it …

‘Mum, I’m BORED!’ There isn’t a mother on the planet who hasn’t heard these words. But being bored is a very good thing. It’s a chance to unleash the amazing ability of the mind to imagine anything that’s possible and impossible. Where would we be without the imagination of those who have invented, found cures, explored Earth and beyond, and written stories?

Author, Wenda Shurety, has written an inspiring tale of discovery in her picture book, Eva’s Imagination. Young Eva is bored. Her mum asks, “What’s happened to your imagination?” But Eva doesn’t know what an imagination is, so she goes looking for it with her adorable dog, Chops, tagging behind. On her journey, she encounters fantastical landscapes and creatures amongst the real-life landscapes in her home, as her imagination kicks in without her realising it.

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Illustrator, Karen Erasmus, has captured Eva’s imagination playfully, transforming ordinary household furniture and items into exciting places to explore. Children will enjoy looking for details in the imagination pictures like a game of ‘I spy’.

Wenda Shurety  has added an extra surprise into the story. It’s something found in an imaginary cave that will give children and adults alike a warm fuzzy moment. When you find it, it will make your heart smile.

Eva’s Imagination is a beautiful story that children will adore, while encouraging them to go on an adventure of their own, wherever they may be. This is most certainly a book to treasure.

Purchase a copy: Eva’s Imagination

Title: Eva’s Imagination
by: Wenda Shurety
illustrated by: Karen Erasmus
Publisher: New Frontier
ISBN: 978-1-925594-23-2
Subject: Imagination
Age: 3 – 6 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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Julieann is a published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – fiction novelist, she is working as an editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing.

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Pugs Don’t Wear Pyjamas, a book review

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Title: Pugs Don’t Wear Pyjamas
by: Michelle Worthington
illustrated by: Cecilia Johansson
Publisher: New Frontier

When Tom visits his aunt he meets her pug Ellie.
Ellie is no ordinary pug. Wherever Tom’s aunt goes, her pug must go too. His aunt dresses Ellie up for every outing.
Tom finds Ellie strange but she makes friends wherever she goes. Tom makes no friends. He realises something has to change.

Pugs in books are popular, and Ellie the pug is no exception in Pugs Don’t’ Wear Pyjamas. Young readers will giggle at Ellie’s human antics as she wears pyjamas to bed, drinks out of a straw and rides a skateboard, amongst other crazy activities.

Ellie the pug isn’t the only star of the story. There’s another character who is very likeable—a boy named Tom who meets Ellie at his Aunt Roz’s house when he goes to stay there. Tom marvels at Ellie the pug – the wondrous dog. But jealousy surfaces while Tom watches as Ellie makes a million friends with ease, but Tom doesn’t. And then one day, disaster strikes. Supposedly under Tom’s watchful eye, Ellie goes missing, and Tom is devastated, filled with guilt.

Illustrator, Cecilia Johansson has captured the differing moods of the story with beautiful, colourful, eye-catching pictures that will have eyes looking with excitement as children listen to the story unfold. And while they listen, multi-published author, Michelle Worthington, has cleverly lured her readers into the story with the adorable pug, Ellie, and then in a whisper, Ellie disappears, making hearts beat a little faster with worry. Thankfully, Michelle adds an extra surprise at the end of the story that will have readers buzzing with excitement. Perhaps there could be an Ellie the pug picture book number two?

Purchase a copy: www.newfrontier.com.au/books/pugs-dont-wear-pyjamas

Title: Pugs Don’t Wear Pyjamas
by: Michelle Worthington
Illustrated by: Cecilia Johansson
Publisher: New Frontier
ISBN: 978-1-925594-03-4
Age: 3-6 years
Pages: 24

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

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Title: Baby Band
by: Diane Jackson Hill
illustrated by: Giuseppe Poli
Publisher: New Frontier

On a normal day, a baby creates mayhem in an apartment block.

I can’t help but see the resemblance of today’s society in Baby Band by author, Diane Jackson Hill—people living in close proximity to each other, yet not knowing each other. Until the loud crying baby comes along! The baby’s mother tries everything to stop the baby from crying, to no avail. The baby cries and cries until one day – CLANG! – he crashes a pot and lid together. The baby laughs. He does it again. And again. And again. The clang causes a domino effect of other noises from the people in every apartment on level 8.

Each of the pages in the story cleverly adds a new sound, repeating and building up –

CLANG AHHH
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK STOMP
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK STOMP CHA-CHA-CHA
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK STOMP CHA-CHA-CHA DOO WAH
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK STOMP CHA-CHA-CHA DOO WAH
CLANG AHHH SQEAK, SQUAWK STOMP CHA-CHA-CHA DOO WAH WHOMP

The residents spill onto the rooftop of the apartment building and hoot and hustle … except for the baby, who is finally fast asleep.

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Baby Band is a fun book. I love the way the pace speeds up as you read, building up and up and up until … nothing (when the baby is asleep). This silence makes a very loud statement in such a noisy book.

Illustrator, Giuseppe Poli, has gifted colourful illustrations to the text that add another layer to the story. Right there, on the faces of the characters, you can see the emotions being felt at each stage. Giuseppe’s illustrations also breathe life from the very beginning, with the calmness before the baby is born, to the loudness of the baby band. I love the hilarious final page. It makes me smile every time I think of it!

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Baby Band is a wonderful book. It’s perfect for chorus reading with children, and by adding instruments and actions, this story will be loved by all.

Purchase a copy: https://www.newfrontier.com.au/books/baby-band

Title: Baby Band
by: Diane Jackson Hill
illustrated by: Giuseppe Poli
Publisher: New Frontier 
ISBN: 9781925059779
Category: children
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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