Scholastic New Zealand are publishing some wonderful new picture books in July, including books about birds, dinosaur dads, and a retelling of a piggy tale. The best part is that they’re all by New Zealand authors and illustrators! I’ll be reviewing them here on the blog throughout the month, but here’s your chance to get your hands on them.
Thanks to Scholastic NZ I have a pack of their wonderful new picture books to give away. The pack includes a copy of One Little Fantail by Anne Hunter and Dave Gunson, My Dinosaur Dad by Ruth Paul, and The Three Little Pigs retold and illustrated by Gavin Bishop.
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is Debbe.
Henry is a very particular sort of pig, who believes there’s ‘a place for everything and everything in its place.’ But when he looks out the window, he’s troubled. The farm is a mess! How will anybody find anything? Henry comes up with a plan. He’ll draw a map! Follow Henry and his friends through the farm as he draws the map. Will this sort everything out?
Henry’s Map is a very funny picture book that’s full of surprises. I started reading it thinking it was going to be a pretty straight-forward story, but David Elliot had me laughing out loud as the story took an unexpected turn. It’s so much fun to read aloud, because you naturally speed-up the second part of the story as the animals are all rushing around.
The animals all have quite unique personalities so you can’t help but do different voices for each one. Henry the very organised pig is a cute wee guy who kids will love. He proudly clutches his map and shows it off to the other animals on the farm, but he gets quite flustered when he thinks that it’s all wrong.
David’s illustrations are superb and his characters are very animated. The sheep are bursting with energy, the chickens are all in a flap, and the horse is galloping full-pelt down the hill. One moment they full of delight and the next they’re full of worry.
Grab a copy of Henry’s Map by one of our most talented author/illustrators, David Elliot.
When Rhesus monkeys are brutally massacred on the dusty streets of Kolkata by a troop of power-hungry Langur monkeys, Mico’s life is changed for ever.
As he attempts to help the surviving Rhesus, he becomes increasingly entangled in the secrets that lie at the heart of the corrupt Langur leadership. And, as more blood is spilt, Mico quickly realizes that choosing between right and wrong will not be as easy as he first thought.
Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti is one of my most anticipated reads from Walker Books Australia this month. It sounds really original and exciting. Sounds like a great book for those kids who like Erin Hunter’s books.
Monkey Wars is out now in NZ from Walker Books Australia.