Hi All, I just thought I would share with you what I plan to show our group at our book club this lunchtime. I have been collecting original Kate Greenaway books for a couple of years now because my daughter bought me one for Christmas. I had asked for an old picture book and without realising the significance of Kate Greenaway she bought me my first one. Since then I have been hooked. Whenever I go into a second hand bookshop it is the first thing I ask for. If I find one well I get so excited!
I am taking in my collection to show the group today and thought you might like a look too.
Do any of you have collections that you would like to share with us?
toads on toast
this is a great book for children because the reader is on the edge of there seat and it has a nice twist at the end because every one is safe and it has a recipe at the end for the reader and his /her family. I really enjoyed this book and I think a child would too. the fox changes because he doesn't eat toads any more. gabriella
What`s up bear
What`s up bear is a wonderful rhyming children`s book.I think a small child would enjoy this book, because it is easy to read. The illustrations are nice,colourful and bright.I think that the illustrations do tell the story without having to read the text.I love this book and all the beautiful colours. Victoria
We have been discussing the Chocolate Lily books since Spring Break and will be adding our thoughts to this site very soon! It is interesting how some of the books elicit instant attraction or distinct dislike right from first sight. Our first challenge has been to be inquisitive and open-minded enough to go past the appearance and take into account the story, feel, depth and conclusion of each book. It has been worth the effort. I look forward to reading everyone's reviews!
Good Morning all Book club participants in the Greenaway and Chocolate Lily celebration! Thank you to Mrs Hutchinson for getting the postings up for the Kate Greenaway awards! I have added simple reviews on all the books for the Chocolate Lily awards in the picture book genre. Please can you add your critique via comments on any of the books you manage to read? Here again are the criteria I shared in a previous blog post. Feel free to use these criteria in your comments. Thank you for sharing! I cannot wait to see what you think about these amazing artists! :D Criteria for critique.
1. Does the story have rhythm? Is it a pleasure to read aloud or do you stumble with the words?
2. Did you enjoy the story? Would a small child enjoy the story? Why or why not?
3. Do the images match the theme of the story? Could the images tell the story on their own?
4. Is it a circular story? Does it bring you back to the end or does the ending take you somewhere else?
5. Does the character grow or change in some way by the end of the book?
6. How much of the text is telling you the story? Do you feel like things are being explained to you a lot? Can you see the images in your head when you read?
7. Is the language suited to the story? Does it start off well? Are there any sensory details that add to the text? Are the nouns and verbs strong?
8. If there is a rhyming text does the rhyme add to the story? Is it a strong story without the rhyme? Does the story have substance or is the author relying on the rhyme to get through? Is the rhyme innovative?
9. Is this book unique in some way? What makes it special?
After our blogging all book clubs hope to participate in a collaborative classroom event on Blackboard where we will vote on the winners! We might even post our library staff sharing the books via video to our blog! Join us in our blogging adventure and encourage literacy:)!
This book is available in the Overdrive e library for your convenience!
Vivid writing and luminous art combine to tell a modern story that introduces young readers to the wonders of bees.
For city kids like Sophie and Matthew, growing pumpkins is a big thrill. But they're worried. They know they need bees to make their pumpkins grow. But will the bees find their garden? Are there even bees in the city?
So one day, Grandpa and the children set out to look for bees. They arrive downtown just in time to see something amazing: a buzzing ball of bees hovers from the branch of a nearby tree. And high on the terrace of a towering hotel are four brightly coloured beehives!
For Matthew and Sophie, this is the beginning of an exciting adventure. All summer they tend their plants, eagerly watching as their seeds sprout and turn into shoots, then vines and leaves. But they're still worried. Will the bees come when they're needed? Please add your comments below for this Chocolate Lily picture book using the criteria as shared in the posting above?
This book is available in the Overdrive e library for your convenience.
Poor Maggie struggles to master her chopsticks -- it seems nearly everyone around the dinner table has something to say about the "right" way to hold them! But when Father reminds her not to worry about everyone else, Maggie finally gets a grip on an important lesson. Please add your comments below, on whether you think this is the winning Chocolate Lily book? :D
Mamma Toad does everything she can think of to save her unruly brood from Fox's frying pan, including offering up herself, and eventually persuades Fox to try her own secret recipe for Toad-in-a-Hole, a tasty treat that they all end up enjoying together. The secret? No toads! PLease add your comments using the picture book criteria for critiquing below?
Before two-leggeds walked on Mother Earth there was a great cold. The animals formed a council; someone had to seek help from the Creator.
Rainbow Crow, a most colorful bird, was selected because he had a beautiful voice that would surely impress the Creator. He flew into the heavens and won fire from above. But on the way back the fire began to burn his plumage black and destroy his beautiful voice. But Rainbow Crow persevered, bringing the life-saving fire safely back to his friends. Please add your comments below on whether you think this picture book is the winner in the Chocolate Lily promotion?
In Where Are You, Bear?, Sophie and her best friend Bear discovered Canada from A to Z. Now, they're off to explore New York City through nearly twenty pairs of opposites!
Sophie can't wait to see New York, while Bear would much rather they just stay home. Sophie loves speeding around in a taxi cab, but Bear wishes the driver would slow down. Up and down, stop and go, tall and short, and many more opposite pairs are illustrated using iconic New York experiences, buildings, and landmarks.
Then, when Sophie spies a window full of new bears in a toy store, Bear begins to worry he is too plain and old to compete with all the city has to offer. He's proven right temporarily when Sophie forgets him in the toy store, but a helpful young boy and his mother find Bear and return him to Sophie at her hotel. The reunion is a happy one, and Sophie and Bear realize they love each other - no matter where they are! Please comment below using the picture books criteria.
Young Nassali longs to read and write like her brother, but since her mother's death, Nassali is responsible for looking after her younger siblings and running the household. There is no time for books and learning. Then one day, she wakes up to discover that her chores have been taken care of. It is her first gift day. From that day on, once a week, her brother gives Nassali the gift of time so that she can pursue her dream of an education, just as her mother would have wanted. What did you like about this picture book? If you are wanting ideas on how to critique a picture book please read this blog posting. Please share your comments below.
I have set up a post for every Greenaway book, which you will find below. Please find the right book and add your comments to each one. We will then be able to follow the comments for every book. I hope to see some great thoughts in the next few weeks.
A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens. This is a wonderful child-centred celebration of imaginative play, where real physical objects around the child become motifs that are transformed by her imagination or carried through the book to give a real sense of continuity. The floating paper dolls have real rhythm and movement, which evokes a sense of the freedom of childhood and the detail of more modern dress for the second set of dolls, cleverly shows the passing of time.
The gods have created a world - they've built mountains, a sea and a sky - and now their days are filled with long naps in the clouds (and tea and cake). That's until Harry, Sue and Little Ben begin to fill the gaps of the world with: a mousy thing, a chirpy thing, and a twisty legless thing. As the children's ideas take shape, the power of their visions proves to be greater than they, or the gods, could ever have imagined.
From the well designed dust jacket and stunning cover to the highly stylised graphic novel interior, this is a magnificent celebration of the power of the imagination. There is a clever juxtaposition of black and white to reflect the stale imagination of the beautifully languid gods and vivid full colour panels to reflect the power of ideas. This is particularly felt in the intense image of the wolf. Red is used to great effect to signify that dangerous moment of creation.
Oliver is different. He enjoys his solitude. He likes playing with his friends, who are puppets, stuffed animals, and other toys. With his rich imagination, Oliver's day is never dull. There are bridges to cross, sharks to fight, and treasures to find. But maybe toys don't always give a boy everything he needs.
The muted colour palette, strange landscape and the composition of each spread really help to reveal much more of Oliver's difference, isolation and loneliness than the text alone. The quirky humorous details such as conveying his toy's reactions to him and including Olivia ever-present in the background point to the hopefulness of the outcome.
Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo but mostly it spends its time in the basement. It doesn't visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does, and Laszlo embarks on a brave journey to meet the dark.
A terrific Film Noire atmosphere is evoked throughout with a clever choice of font and limited colour palette to create a retro adventure feel. Interesting use of perspective and angles to reflect Lazlo's anxiety and the use of abstract shapes actively guides your eye through the story. Wonderful use of light to give a sense of the passage of time and very creative use of dark space in the same way that one would more traditionally use white space.
Duncan justwants to do some colouring but when he opens his box of crayons all he finds are letters of complaint. Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from colouring all that water. Orange and Yellow aren't speaking to each other and Red is complaining of having to work too hard. They are all saying the same thing: we quit.
Brilliantly simple and wonderfully humorous with each double page vignette characterising that crayon's complaint. Their individual personalities are distinctively and expressively drawn. There is perfect synergy with the witty text and the whole multi-layered, but child- centred, experience projects a positive message about freedom and creativity
When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper, which happens to fit him perfectly, trouble could be following close behind. So it's a good thing that enormous fish won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not like he'll ever know what happened. . .
The format and layout work perfectly to convey the underwater location with the movement of the action flowing with the water from left to right. The colour palette and matte texture is not one which you would normally associate with underwater and yet conveys it beautifully. The juxtaposition of text and image works with perfect comic timing. Amazing expression is conveyed by the eyes and dramatic tension by little bubbles.
Pippa loves staying with her Aunty Peggy. She loves going for walks, whether it's in sunshine or cold - long, wandering walks where her wellies take her. Pippa walks through beautiful countryside and as her day unfolds, she encounters the wildlife, animals and people it contains.
Clever use of different media, typography, paper engineering and a varied composition on each page recreates and validates a child's attempt to capture her own experiences very well. Pippa is drawn with a real sense of independence and character and there is a clever use of colour throughout, with lovely, earthy, seasonal tones.
It all starts here. Have a look at the above link to the Greenaway shortlist and let us know what you think about these books. We are looking at them for their pictures mainly but do the illustrations help tell the story?
Hunter, a wild cat, an only kitten, died from poisoning when he was still a kitten. All his life, the events in his life told him that humans are to be hated, that they are evil. Now his only chance for survival, and for the survival of his family, is to put all his trust in Tyler, a human. Every fiber of he being, every instinct, tells Hunter not to trust the boy‹but the junkyard he calls home. The junkyard is slowly being overtaken by humans, who are planning to build condominiums,, leaving him no choice, aside from the cold embrace of death. If Hunter is wrong about Tyler, if he is like all other humans, then there is no hope.
Hunter, by Eric Walters, is an exiting companion to his earlier book, Cat Boy. It follows the same plot line, this time told from the perspective of Hunter, a cat. The plot is simple: there is a feral cat colony in Toronto, Canada, where Hunter and many other cats live. Tyler, who has newly moved to the city, starts to feed the cats, and is fascinated by Hunter. But then the junkyard begins to change,a tall fence is built, posters are put out, and cars are being removed. Only Tyler can help.
Reading Hunter takes you on an amazing journey through the cat colony. You wont see wild cats the same after this, that's a promise!
Hunter is a feral cat. All of his first cat colony was poisoned to death by people. He is the best hunter in his colony. Hunter does not like humans but, when the junkyard where the cat colony lives is being developed into condominiums, Hunter must choose if he can trust Taylor, a human boy.
Hunter was a pretty good book. It was interesting to read the book and hear what the animals had to say, especially the raccoon. This book was written from Hunter’s point of view. If you want to read about the same story from Taylor’s point of view, you should read Catboy, which is also by Eric Walters.
Racing Home by Adele Dueck (Red Cedar Book Nominee) Book review by Rebekah Stokes.
Racing Home is about a boy, Erick, who with his family and new stepfather, travel all the way to Canada to make a life out of very little. This move, however, creates new problems for Erick and further strains his already distant relationship with his stepfather. Will Erick find a way to like this new harsh and difficult land? When he meets a Norwegian named horse, Tapper, though, the tables might just begin to turn.
Angus, one of our book club students wrote this book review after reading the book below. Although it is not on our book club list I thought some of you might want to read as well. Thanks Angus!
Book Review by Angus Trombley How to Train your Dragon by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
Also by Cressida Cowell
For all those who have watched the movie
version of “How to Train Your Dragon,” remember that this is not the movie,
this book is WAY better.
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is the son of
the great Viking leader, Stoick the Vast. He may be the Hope and Heir to the
great Viking tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, but the other Viking boys in the
tribe call him Hiccup the Useless. His only friend is Fishlegs, who is even
worse at being a Viking than Hiccup is. Hiccup does not look like a Viking hero;
he is kind of small, rather scrawny and not exactly athletic. He does not do
well at most Viking lessons. Can he pass the Dragon Initiation Programme and
become a dragon trainer and not get cast out of his tribe? All he has to do to
pass Dragon Initiation is capture a baby dragon, preferably of a large, fierce
and dangerous variety, then train that dragon to catch fish and be obedient by
Thors’day Thursday. Failure to succeed at this is not an option. If you fail,
you are cast out of the tribe. Can Hiccup actually get and train a dragon? Can
he also save his tribe from a terrible threat? Well, I guess you will just have
to read the book and find out.
I thought this was a great book. It is
extremely funny, has funny pictures in it and is a really good story. My
favourite thing is Hiccup’s dragon, whose name is Toothless. Toothless is the
most disobedient dragon ever.
I have been very interested to read your reviews on Catboy, it sounds like a great book and we will be looking to see if we can get hold of a copy.
We had a great discussion today at bookclub about a David Walliams book called Gangster Granny. Quite a few of our students had read it and seen the film and we wondered if you had come across this book?
We are going to post some reviews on it soon so hopefully you will be inspired to get yourselves a copy.
We will hopefully be more active in the coming weeks :)