Friday, June 29, 2018

Walker Books - The Moral of the Story is...

Tropical Terry - Jarvis

"Terry wants to stand out. But, in Coral Reef City, it's sometimes better to blend in... Coral Reef City is home to the most dazzling shoals of tropical fish in ALL the ocean. And then there is Terry. Terry looks grey. Terry feels dull. And although he is the best at playing "Hide A Fish", he can't help but wonder: Just what would it feel like to be part of that dashing, flashing crew?"  - Walker Books AUS
Tropical Terry has pretty eye-catching, multi-media illustrations that immediately appealed to our kids.  Under the ocean adventures are always fun (big time Nemo & Sammy fans in our household).  I can't help but imagine how fun it would be to do some Jarvis/TropicalTerry-esque paintings with a classroom of kids...  

The story has equal vibrancy, as well as some light humour.  Terry learns an important lesson about friendship and loyalty.  Well suited to children finding it difficult to navigate childhood friendships (so, um, all children), and a good prep for those about to begin school.

Tropical Terry is due out 1st July

"A playful and visually engaging book about the joys of sport and team playing. In the end, it’s the taking part that counts!" - Walker Books Aus

Another story centred around friendship (two best friends taking the ping pong world by storm).  This time the emphasis is on good sportsmanship, and I must say I really love the message.  In Ping vs Pong, competition is friendly and fun.  Ping and Pong don't lose sight of their friendship but enjoy testing the limits of their sporting ability, whether together or in competition with each other.  How cool!

I love the quirky illustrations for this one.  Simple, punchy and expressive.

Ping vs Pong is due out 1st July

"What happens when things don’t go the way you plan? Can you try and try again? Spirit is a beautiful picture book about hope." - Walker Books Aus

An allegorical story about perseverance, endurance and hope.  On the surface this is a relatively simple story about a girl and her toy boat, but conveys a lovely message about the resilience of the human spirit.  Spirit has a dreamy quality, with evocative illustrations and simple, undemanding text that leaves the message in plain sight.  This book would make a nice gift for an adult visiting on hard times.  It also serves to encourage little ones in finding their inner courage and confidence.  Very sweet.

Spirit is due out 1st July

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