A picture book every day

Monthly Archives: February 2013

thestoryofthelittlemole-200I discovered this book at a time when my kids were fascinated by poo… The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was None of his Business by Werner Holzwarth/Wolk Erlbruch is a charming story of a mole who pops his head out of his hole to see if the sun rises, only to have a surprise land on his head.

The mole goes looking at different animals and they all show off their poo, much to the delight of my boys! In many ways, this book is like Who Flung Dung? however the ending is quite different.

If you have kids who are fascinated by poo, they will love this story. When I was looking at the affiliate links, I discovered it even had a pop up book!!

Buy this book:

Amazon.com – Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Busines

Amazon.com – The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business: Plop-up Edition!

bigbrotherlittlebrother-200I bought Big Brother, Little Brother by Penny Dale when my kids were about 4 and 2. I loved the picture on the front cover that looked a lot like a photo I have of my boys when they were about 3 and 1.

This is the story of two brothers and the bond they have. The illustrations are lifelike and complement the story well. I especially like the mischief the little brother gets up to. I don’t want to give away too much of the story, so you’ll have to read it for yourself.

When Mr N was in Prep, my boys dressed up at the characters from this story for the Book Week parade, complete with clothes that were similar to the picture and with a red truck! It was a book that they read often and I’ve loved rediscovering. My sister has two boys, I’ll need to keep my eyes out for another copy of this book to give to my nephews…

Buy this book:

Amazon.com – Big Brother, Little Brother

redlightgreenlight-200Today’s book is one I had completely forgotten about but enjoyed rediscovering when I raided the boys bookshelf. Red Light, Green Light by Anastasia Suen is a simple story with gorgeous pictures.

This book brought back memories of how much my kids loved to build car tracks around the house. Little boys especially will love this book as they will be able to play the car track just like the pictures in the story. I can’t speak for little girls as I’ve only read this book to boys, but I’m sure they’ll love it too.

The simple words in the story are well chosen and have a good rhythm to them, especially when reading it out loud.

Buy this book:

Amazon.com – Red Light, Green Light

Amazon Kindle – Red Light, Green Light

Baby Wombat's WeekLast week, I enjoyed reading Baby Wombat’s Week by Jackie French as a bedtime story to my nephew. This copy was a board book, however it is also available as a soft cover book. Wombats are my favourite Australian animal, so of course I chose this one to read – after we had read the monkey book I gave him a few times!

This is a delightful story about a baby wombat and his new friend and all the things they get up to during the week. The illustrations are gorgeous and I love the baby wombat, so cute.

The words themselves are simple with the illustrations telling much of the story. My nephew and I enjoyed looking at the things baby wombat got up to. Many illustrations were of objects my nephew recognised so the story held his attention.

This is a gorgeous book that will be enjoyed by everyone. Oh, and I spotted my nephew taking this book to my son for him to read after I’d finished it!!

This book is also called “Diary of a Baby Wombat”.

Buy the book:

Amazon.com – Diary of a BABY Wombat

dinosaursloveunderpants-200When I read Alien’s Love Underpants, I knew it sounded familiar… that was because, when I raided the boys bookshelfs, I discovered Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort. This is another book purchased during my boys dinosaur obsession phase. The combination of dinosaurs and underpants, how could a Mum of boys go past this book?

This book explores why the dinosaurs were really wiped out, and it has something to do with underpants. If you want to find out more, you’ll have to read the book.

The underpants in the illustrations are great fun, every time I read this book with my kids, they would discover a new pair and would often end up in stitches at the different undies in the book, especially the ones on the dinosaurs.

Dinosaur mad kids will love this book, and kids who love underpants. Be prepared for lots of giggles.

Buy this book:

Amazon.com – Dinosaurs Love Underpants

possummagic-200Today’s book is another Australian classic, and one that I forgot we owned.  Possum Magic by Mem Fox is one of those books that most Aussie kids grow up reading.

It’s the story about a baby possum named Hush who lives with Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss has special bush magic and turns Hush invisible. The story is all about Hush and Grandma Poss travelling around Australia to find the antidote to the invisibility spell.

This is a gorgeous book with wonderful illustrations by Julie Vivas and it’s full of Australian animals and images. I really enjoyed reading this book again, and so did my kids.

Buy this book:

Amazon.com – Possum Magic (Voyager Books)

thebestgameever-200Today’s book is one from Mr N, The Best Game Ever by Brendan Fevola. This book is all about Aussie Rules Football, and it’s a story I didn’treally get in to, mostly because I’m not interested in football! I purchased this book for Mr N as a Christmas gift a few years ago as he has dreams of becoming a footballer when he grows up.

This book tells the story of a junior footy match between the Reds and the Blues. It explains the match, and at the end it has a glossary of the footy terms used.

One of the things I like about this book is how it explains what is happening on the field. It’s a good book for kids who are interested in finding out more about AFL and who want to play the game. It also has great tension at the end, before saying “Imagine this was the last Saturday in September”, referring to the Grand Final.

If you are a family with kids who are interested in AFL, or even who like finding out about sport, this is a great book to read.

Buy this book:

Amazon.com – Best Game Ever

peggy-200Inspired by a Hills Hoist and normal events in the backyard, Peggy by Heather Monro is a delightful book that parents and kids will enjoy.

It’s a normal day for Peggy the Clothesline when Mum hangs out the washing, only to have pesky birds descend and cause mayhem. The illustrations also tell a story, with Bob, the nosy neighbour popping in from time to time. Kids will love this aspect of the story, I know my kids did. There is something on every page for them to find.

Another wonderful thing about this book is the accompanying CD. My kids have started listening to audio books at bed time, and this is one that started them off!

This book was also a favourite of my kids for a long time, with Mr Z even going as the scarecrow to school for a Book Week dress up day!

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illfollowthemoon-200Today, I bring you another eBook, I’ll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara. This was one of the first Kindle books that I downloaded. Reading on the Kindle app on my iPad is much easier than trying to read an eBook on my laptop!

This is a gorgeous book about a baby turtle who hatches and follow’s the moon to find his Mum. The illustrations are life like showing the journey of the baby turtles. The repetition of the phrase “I’m coming, Mama, I’ll see you soon, I know just how… I’ll follow the moon,” through the story is beautiful and by about half way through, my nephew was saying it with me. This helped keep him engaged in the story when he’s used to reading stories from physical books rather than on the iPad.

I really enjoyed this book too, which is always a plus. Check it out on Amazon as either an eBook or physical book, it’s an enjoyable book.

Buy this Book:

Amazon.com – I’ll Follow the Moon

Amazon.com Kindle edition – I’ll Follow the Moon

theresawombat-200Today’s book is my first attempt at reading an eBook as a picture book. There’s a Wombat in my Bed by Tony Harris was a free eBook I was able to download from Tony’s website – Wombat Stories.

To be honest, I much prefer reading physical picture books as I find them a lot easier to read to my kids and my nephews.

I enjoyed this book, it’s full of fun rhymes and hand drawn pictures of Australian animals. I also love wombats, they are my favourite Australian animal… The rhymes are full of nonsense that kids love. Mr Z loved the page about the goanna as he loves lizards, and the idea of having a goanna in the garage is one that he loves.

This book is available as an online ebook, PDF and a printed book. Having all these different formats means you can choose the format that suits you.

Buy this book:

Wombat Stories – Online Shop