The Book Chook book reviews, articles and interesting stuff…

the book chook logoI’ve been archiving my e-newsletters and thoroughly enjoying reconnecting with the great articles and reviews. The Book Chook newsletter is clearly aimed at educators, teachers, parents and anyone wanting to encourage literacy in children.

This is an example of one of her great book reviews. As I am now a Grandmother of two beautiful girls, I enjoy her reviews and adding some of these books to my bookshelf to read to the girls in Granma cuddle time.

Children’s Book Review, Look, a Book!Posted: 01 Nov 2011 11:34 AM PDT

Children's Book Review
Children’s Book Review by Susan Stephenson,

Look, A Book! is a prime example of what happens when you put two brilliant and creative people together, in this case author, Libby Gleeson, and illustrator, Freya Blackwood. This children’s picture book was published by Little Hare Books, (an imprint of Hardie Grant Egmont) 2011.

Look, A Book! You never know where it might take you. When two ragamuffins stumble across a book in the dust their world begins to change. The familiar becomes fantastical, the mundane becomes magical, and a fractured community finds a focus. Set in a dreary, underprivileged, contemporary world, Look, A Book! is an exhilarating whirl through the magic of imagination that leaves the reader in an vertiginous trance. 

Gleeson’s message here is a wonderful one: books truly can transform lives. Isn’t it heartening to realise that, regardless of children’s birth circumstances, learning to read can open so many doors for them? No wonder the author wants us to:
hold (books) close, 
free from all
the dust and the dog and the rain.

Gleeson’s writing in this book is spare, leaving lots of room for Blackwood’s interpretation and our own imaginations. For instance, when the narrator warns the children to take care the rain doesn’t fall on the book they find, we see the kids sheltering under a tea-cup, then paddling away in it. Elements we see on one page are magically transformed on the next. Blackwood’s watercolours retain pencil sketch lines, giving the illustrations not only detail but life and movement. You will gain an idea of the range of Kate Greenaway winner, Freya Blackwood’s work onher website.

I love that Look, a Book! celebrates what reading can do for us, and believe kids will too.

Find more Children’s Book Reviews on The Book Chook by clicking Reviews in the right sidebar.


About jillswrites

I am a writer of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world'. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. Several of my short stories appear in a collaborative book for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales written in conjunction with my fellow members of The Ten Penners, this was a follow-up book to 'Shock, Horror, Gasp'. Fan-tas-tic-al Tales was released in 2009, now available in hard copy and on Amazon. We are currently in the completing our next adventure based anthology called 'Mystery, Mayhem & Magic' scheduled for release later in 2017. As a member of BookCoasters the Gold Coast Library blog, complementing my own blog, I enjoy blog being able to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon. I work part time and lead a busy life.
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