Saturday, August 18, 2018

Two for Two

These two sweet titles arrived in our mailbox not long ago.  In case you're wondering, the quickest way to my heart is a beautifully illustrated kids book.  Walker - you have my heart rn.

Dinosaur Day Out - Sara Acton

"Sally and Max love dinosaurs. They can’t wait to see them at the museum, but today the dinosaur exhibition is closed. Where will the dinosaurs go on their day off? A whimsical story with humour and heart from author and award-winning illustrator Sara Acton." - Walker Books Aus

This picture book is bound to have wide appeal.  The illustrations are absolutely beaut, with a gorgeous palette of colours and subtle detail.  The lively, bonny-cheeked children practically leap out of the page.  Such a sweet reminder of how little it really takes to make a kids happy (*hint* take them outside).  Dinosaur facts are gently delivered throughout the story, which is itself soft and simple, leaving plenty for the reader's imagination.  Thumbs up from us.

Available in stores September 1st.

Maddie's First Day - Penny Matthews & Liz Anelli

"First day of school, new experiences and making friends play centre stage for this book for the pre-school age." - Walker Books Aus

Another gorgeously illustrated text, with a splash of mixed media and so. much. detail.  New-to-school kids will relate to all of Maddie's feels and that tricky navigation of implicit school rules.  This would make a great shared book in a New Entrant classroom.  Lots of opportunity for discussing how we can encourage and be inclusive of each other.  If you have a child experiencing anxiety of any kind, Maddie's First Day would be a great title to share.

Available in stores September 1st.

Thank you to Walker Books for providing us these sweet books to review.

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