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1. A Crazy Fairy Tale, some Rhythm and Movement, a cute Penguin, and Messy Pasta - all from Scholastic


A Crazy Fairy Tale…

Little Red Riding Hood Not Quite by Yvonne Morrison, illus. Donovan Bixley, Scholastic NZ

If you liked the previous Children’s Choice Award-winning story from this pair – The Three Bears Sort Of – you’ll like this one. 
It’s the same format, with a long-suffering parent trying to read the fairy tale to a precocious child. The interruptions and discussions are very funny – and extremely logical, when you think about it. The old fairy tales certainly weren’t renowned for being logical…Donovan Bixley’s bright and cheeky illustrations are done in mixed media, hand drawn and digitally painted. They convey the two layers of the narration with gusto. Probably best for older children, maybe about 6 to 8, who know the original story and can enjoy the input from the child listener.



ISBN 978 1 77543 263 0 $15.99 Pb

Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

Rustle Up a Rhythmby Rosalind Malam, illus. Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson, Scholastic New Zealand

Packed with action and noise, this will be great fun to read aloud to either a group or an individual child. Written from the point of view of a small boy, the rhyming text zips us through the day with his family, using such verses as: “Bibble, bibble, bubble, hums my egg from the pot, and the bread in the toaster goes click – click – pop!” Onomatopoeia is featured all the way through the story, right up to bedtime. The illustrations are friendly, expansive and colourful, happily integrating the “noise” words into the flow of daily events. Pre-schoolers in particular will love identifying and saying the words, at the same time associating sounds with events or objects familiar to them. I imagine this book will be very useful for reading and language sessions in pre-school centres and early entrant classes.

ISBN 978 1 77543 148 0 $19.00 Pb

Little Hoiho by Stephanie Thatcher, Scholastic NZ

Stephanie’s first picture book The Great Galloping Galoot was published by Scholastic NZ in 2012. It’s a jolly, bouncing story – fans will find this second book is quite different in tone but just as satisfying. On her first foray out of the nest, a little penguin finds that not all birds are the same. Kotuku struts on beautiful long legs, Toroa flies on big wings, Tui can sing. Little Hoihoi can’t do any of these things. Of course, as soon as she falls into the water she finds there is something she can do much better than the other birds… The pencil illustrations are a delight with their gentle watercolours, uncluttered scenes and good use of white space. Little Hoihoi’s expressive face takes centre-stage and delicately conveys her emotions. The book includes a small amount of information about yellow-eyed penguins, but its true value will be as a group read-aloud to children of around 3 to 7.

ISBN 978 1 77543 249 4 RRP $19 Pb

Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

Piggy Pasta and More Food With Attitude by Rebecca Woolfall and Suzi Tait-Bradly with feature photography by Vicki Leopold, Scholastic New Zealand
The picture on the cover is of some extremely pink (ie. beetroot-coloured) pasta which certainly draws the eye to the book… Once you get past the pasta pig face, you’ll find an alphabetically arranged collection of interesting recipes ranging from Dirt Pudding and Incy Wincy Chocolate Spiders to Rowdy Rice Saladand Witchy Poo Fingers. Each recipe is coded to indicate what types of meal it can be - there’s certainly a wide range of dishes covered. The authors are the founders of the Auckland-based LittleCooks cooking classes for kids (www.littlecooks.co.nz), so they know what’s likely to appeal to young appetites.

I studied the recipes and reached a few conclusions. Firstly, kids will love eating most of them and will especially love making them with a (very) patient parent to assist. Secondly, the recipes will probably be more successful with older children than with littlies – some procedures are quite fiddly and time-consuming. Scholastic recommends the book for ages 8+. Thirdly, what you see in the busy, bright illustrations is not necessarily what you get. Toys, props and fancy backgrounds have been used in the photos to create a fabulous picture – so if you want to replicate the presentation of some of the dishes, you’ll have to do a shopping trip to the toy shop first…

ISBN 978 1 77543 216 6 $19.00 Pb

Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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2. New Non-Fiction for Children

New Zealand Bird Calls by Lynnette Moon, Geoff Moon, John Kendrick, and Karen Baird

Listen to the calls of 60 of our native New Zealand birdcalls.  Read about those birds and look at their photographs to find out more about them. Each bird entry includes information about habitat, distribution, appearance and behaviour of the bird, along with a description of its call.

New Zealand Bird Calls is an essential guide for any beginner or bird enthusiast to enjoy in the field or at home.  Schools will find it helpful for native bird studies. Its handy size makes it easy to carry on a bush walk.

This is Lynnette Moon's third book on the subject of birds. Her late husband Geoff Moon, was an outstanding bird photographer with many books to his name.

Notable wildlife sound recordist John Kendrick has been capturing New Zealand birds on film and tape for half a century. His daughter Karen Baird, who prepared his calls for this collection, has worked for both the Department of Conservation and the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society, as well as running private wildlife tours with her husband.

ISBN: 978-1-86966-310-0  RRP $29.99

I Spy NZ Art published by the Auckland Art Gallery


Play 'I spy with your little eye something beginning with... the 26 letters of the alphabet. To complement the letters you'll find artwork from New Zealand's most well-known artists.  For example, in - 'I spy Aa ... You'll see John Pule's oil on canvas 'Take these with you when you leave'. Keen eyes can see that there is an aeroplane, animals and an automobile in the painting.

This book could be used throughout the Primary and Intermediate as a starting point of looking at different types of art.  However, the book is small (slightly bigger than a board book) so not big enough to share with the whole classroom.  Also, the concepts are quite difficult, for example, 'a' for 'abstract' so though the alphabet would appeal to young children they're not going to get those more 'abstract' ideas. 

I love the front cover though, with its cut-out 'NZ' and koru design behind. I also like the answers with small paintings at the back to see what objects you'll find for that alphabet. A book for art teachers and children who have an interest in art. To commemorate the opening of the newly refurbished and expanded Auckland Art Gallery.

Order enquiries to Judy Davies, Retail Manager: judy.davies@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Party Food for Girls by Alessandra Zecchini & Arantxa Secchini Dowling (New Holland)
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