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.

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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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Darcy and the Dinosaurs, book review

 

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Title: Darcy and the Dinosaurs
by: Nicole Madigan
illustrated by: Joe M. Ruiz
Publisher: blOOturtle Publishing

While sneaking a cookie from the jar he hears a strange noise coming from his mother’s vegetable garden. What he discovers takes him on a wild adventure that involves, flying, feeling like a giant and coming face to face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Join Darcy as he learns that curiosity can take you places beyond your wildest dreams.

Darcy and the Dinosaurs has all the winning ingredients for an attention capturing book that will have you turning the pages. There’s a boy who can’t sleep, a cookie, a time machine and DINOSAURS!

Author, Nicole Madigan, has created a story that is at the centre of many children’s focused attention, passion, and even obsession at some stage in their lives—the world of dinosaurs. And let’s face it, who isn’t fascinated by those amazing creatures that once roamed the earth?

Darcy is a likeable character who can’t get to sleep. Many parents will to relate to Darcy’s fidgety attempts to grab some slumber. He wriggles and rolls and squirms and turns, but still, sleep escapes him. He even makes shadow puppets on the wall in the hope that sleep would soon come. But it is no use.

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So he tiptoes into the kitchen to the cookie jar. There is only one cookie left. He grabs it, then hears an odd sound coming from the garden.

A little frightened but even more curious, Darcy goes to inspect the noise. There, he discovers a large metal box with big metal door and a small round window. It looks like a rocket, only smaller. A little frightened but even more curious, Darcy heads straight for the machine and enters.

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When the door opens, he finds himself transported to a different time dimension, and nose to nose with a Brontosaurus! From there his exciting adventure continues…

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Illustrator, Joe M Ruiz, has created impressive illustrations that will have reader’s eyes aglow with excitement and anticipation, placing them in a time when the dinosaurs ruled the land.

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I can say with confidence that Darcy and the Dinosaurs will become a favourite, with rereading an absolute necessity. It really is a marvellous, magical, time travel story. I wonder how many children will want a teddy just like Darcy’s?

Oh, and I’ve decided that I want to borrow Darcy’s time machine…

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Title: Darcy and the Dinosaurs
by: Nicole Madigan
illustrated by: Joe M. Ruiz
Publisher: blOOturtle Publishing
ISBN: 9780995410633
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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