Saturday, May 5, 2018

Walker Books Lucky Dip pt. 2

Julian is a Mermaid - Jessica Love


"A glimpse of three women dressed as mermaids leaves one boy filled with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.  Mesmerizing and full of heart, this is a picture book about self-confidence and love, and a radiant celebration of individuality." 

Ding ding ding, this is a com.plete winner.  I couldn't possibly love it more.  The illustrations are stunning. The colours are luminous, the characterisations (via illustration) are perfect. I wanted to crawl into Julian's world and see it all for myself.   There's a sprinkle of magic and careful detail that makes each page a treasure to uncover.  The fabric patterns for instance?!  Oh.Em.Gee.  So good.  Best of all, this story celebrates childhood and imagination, completely free of gender conformity.  🙌🙌🙌

Due out June 1st

The Penguins Are Coming! - Meg McKinlay & Mark Jackson


"What's a penguin? Award-winning picture book creators Meg McKinlay and Mark Jackson explain all in this hilarious picture book."

Fun and light-hearted.  Perfect for fans of the Penguins of Madagascar, The Penguins Are Coming! features exuberant illustrations and a cute and quirky story.  My kids love searching out the details in each image and correcting the assumptions of all the animals.  It's a cute way to present some penguin-y facts by first asserting some wild ideas, before Expert Zookeeper sets everyone straight.  Popular in our house.

Due out June 1st

Waves - Donna Rawlins, Heather Potter and Mark Jackson


"Every journey is perilous, every situation heartbreaking. Every refugee is a person forced by famine or war or fear to leave their home, their families, their friends and all they know. Children have travelled on the waves of migration to the shores of Australia for tens of thousands of years. This book tells some of their stories. Waves is a narrative non-fiction book about the waves of migration to the shores of Australia."

Waves is beautifully written, with equally stunning illustrations.  The cover alone is worthy of framing!  While each story is stand-alone, the characters are connected by their hopes, fears and losses. There are also historical summaries found in the back of the book.   Waves is a must have for school libraries and sure to become an award winner. 

I feel somewhat conflicted about when  I will share this with my kids.  On one hand I always try to teach them to be socially conscious, and what better way than sharing stories such as these?  On the other hand, some of the stories are so sad and will raise many questions.  I think Eleanor is probably ready.  Garland not so much. 

Due out June 1st.

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