Rudi Hooper’s Super Pooper-Scooper, a book review

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Title: Rudi Hooper’s Super Pooper-Scooper
by: Alan Horsfield
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Despite their best attempts to be noticed, Morris and Rudi Hooper have never received much acclaim. But this is all about to change when big brother Rudi grabs the spotlight for his rather dubious involvement in the local “Tidy Towns” scheme. Much to little brother Morris’s embarrassment, Rudi is now Sandbar’s official doggie droppings ranger! As the Hooper parents’ pride grows, so does Morris’s trepidation. Will Rudi’s gross new pursuit end in disaster as Morris suspects just when fame is finally within reach? Or can Morris get to the bottom of the rather messy problem before everything hits the fan?

I must admit, with the title of Alan Horsfield’s chapter book, ‘Rudi Hooper’s Super Pooper-Scooper’, I was expecting a book full of corny toilet humour story-lines. However, as I settled into the book, I discovered it was a well-written story about family, siblings and town pride, plus dog poop, and I became a fan of Rudi Hooper, who cleaned up the mess that nobody else would.

Rudi Hooper’s Super Pooper-Scooper is a book full of everything—problems, conflict, cheating, inventions, sibling rivalry then support, all tied in very nicely with a large dose of humour. Every child, person and dog will relate to this story. Everyone has seen that person walking a dog, who, as the dog goes down into the poop squat, looks away, then charges off immediately afterward, not caring to scoop up the offending deposit left by the dog. Thankfully, Rudi has a solution for the problem, and gains fans and fame—almost in a good way, and totally in a dramatic way that will have kids in fits of giggles.

Rudi Hooper’s Super Pooper-Scooper is guaranteed to capture the attention of children. They’ll be struggling to hold in bellies full of laughter from the opening pages of this action-packed book. Their curiosity as to finding out what happens next will become like an unquenchable thirst. There is no doubt this book will be a go to for a second read.

Purchase a copy: buy Rudi Hooper’s Super Pooper-Scooper

Title: Rudi Hooper’s Super Pooper-Scooper
By: Alan Horsfield
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925675160
Category: Children
Pages: 62

This book was given to Julieann by Big Sky Publishing for review

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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Slowly! Slowly! a book review

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Title: Slowly! Slowly!
by: T. M. Clark
illustrated by: Helene Magisson
Publisher: Wombat Books

Slowly, slowly, you catch a monkey …

Bongani wants to go to school but he is too young. To prove to his family that he is big and strong just like his cousins, he tries to catch a monkey.
Slowly, slowly, he must go.
Luckily his family is there to school him in the lessons of patience and compassion.

I love the very first sentence of Slowly! Slowly! written by author, T. M. Clark:

Bongani stood tall.

It is brimming with anticipation. And as you read on, you can feel the blanket of peace and love that surrounds the main character. The words of the story also whisper that same blanket to you, gently, gently, like the singing of a lullaby.

Slowly! Slowly! is a clever story. Imbued into the tale is the unfolding guidance of how to catch a monkey with the kind encouragement of the father, the calm teaching of the grandfather, and the insightful way of looking at a problem from a different point of view, which is a way of teaching resilience.

Inside the story, we follow a young child named Bongani, while he tries to catch a monkey. His failed attempts are followed by guidance from his grandfather, revealed layer by layer, teaching Bongani patience; a virtue that is sometimes lost in the busy-ness of our lives today.

I particularly enjoyed the way Bongani’s family would work out whether he was ready for school …

‘Dad, am I big enough?
Am I higher than the hyena?
Can I go to school?’

Mathematically, the act of measuring your height against an animal to see if you are tall enough to go to school is full of imagination and excitement. This comparison would make an interesting discussion in families and schools.

Illustrator, Helene Magisson, has once again shown her extraordinary artistic talent in the pages of Slowly! Slowly! and has created a visual space where a variety of thoughts and ideas coexist in addition to the text, telling a story where the words don’t, or where the words imply particular ideas or feelings. Helene’s choice of gentle tones wraps around the mind of the reader, encouraging a connection and deep understanding of the character of Bongani.

Parents and teachers will love Slowly! Slowly! as author, T.M. Clark, deploys with sparkling effect, the use of alliteration, repetition, word rhythm and story building. The tale naturally lends itself to variance of voice as you read, from gentle words to the shouting of “GO AWAY!”

Slowly! Slowly! is an engaging and heart-warming story that is a must for children to read. Patience, compassion and resilience speak a gentle heart-song through the story, gifting children with mind tools to use through their lifetime.

(Slowly! Slowly! is adapted as a South African story, this variation of ‘Softly, softly, catchee monkey’ was originally an Ashanti (Ghana) proverb quoted by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scouts)

Purchase a copy: Slowly! Slowly!

Title: Slowly! Slowly!
Author: T. M. Clark
Illustrator: Helene Magisson
Publisher: Wombat Books
Format: 9781925563221
ISBN: Hard cover
For ages: 3+

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Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice, book review

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Title: Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice
by: Belinda Meredith
illustrated by: Lauren E Tarrant
Publisher: Mini Rhino Books

Toby is a fairly ordinary nine-year-old, but he has an extraordinary secret—he is the proud new owner of a time-traveling rocket! There’s just one problem. Toby needs some kind of special fuel to get his rocket moving. What’s a boy to do? Toby will have to use some quick thinking and a surprising secret ingredient to make his time machine finally fly, and that’s just the start of the adventure!

How do you describe the sound of a fart with words? According to author, Belinda Meredith, it’s pppplurrbbbhhhhh!!!!!!!! Say it out loud – it’s perfect for that bodily function that causes side splitting laughter the world over.

Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice is a book that is going places. It all starts with a wobbly tooth and an ‘outside of the box thinking’ nine year old boy named Toby. He is a likeable and lively character who loves adventure. However, his curiosity and quest of making his life colourful, often places him in unusual predicaments, which he then has to find a solution to escape.

Toby is smart. He manages to trade items no longer of use to him for something he really wants. He is also persuasive, with the ability to talk anyone into a deal creating a win-win situation. But by far, he has a much bigger win.

Back to the wobbly tooth that started Toby’s greatest adventure – he manages to trade the tooth (once it has fallen out) for a ‘World’s Greatest Mathematician’ medal, which then is traded for a bmx bike, and traded again for a time traveling rocket.

Every child who reads this book will want to be in Toby’s shoes!

But here is the problem. Toby needs to find the fuel for the rocket. After witnessing the powerful effects of a brussel sprout fart from his brother, Sam, Toby ingeniously puts a call out for brussel sprouts to be sent to his address. And it works a treat.

Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice has all the ingredients for a winning book with children. Belinda Meredith has included farts, a time travelling rocket, dinosaurs, a school incident that kids will love, and Smelly Nelly’s Super Stinky Pongy & Putrid Stink Bomb – a smell so rotten it is guaranteed to get rid of even your biggest enemies! She has also gone 500 years into the future with the time traveling rocket. The scene she paints with her words is fascinating and will make you think.

I love that this chapter book has pictures here and there. Artist, Lauren E Tarrant, has created fabulous illustrations to complement the story throughout the book that readers will appreciate.

Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice is an action packed story that primary school aged children will love. Belinda Meredith has woven humour into every page of her story filled with Toby’s hilarious antics.

Children need laughter in our now fast paced world, and this book is guaranteed to make that happen. Expect to hear giggles of laughter when someone reads this book, a very welcome sound in everyone’s lives.

Toby’s Time Travel Adventures: Book 2 will be available soon.

Purchase a copy of Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice: https://www.belindameredith.com/shop.html

Title: Toby’s Tremendously Awesome Blow Off Juice
by: Belinda Meredith
illustrated by: Lauren E Tarrant
Publisher: Mini Rhino Books
ISBN: 9780648090007
Category: Children’s Chapter Book
Pages: 132

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