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Written by Mac Burnett and Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Published 2017 by Walker Books.
Mac Burnett tells a wonderful story which, due to the traditional characters who feature, has a fairy-tale feel about it that is reinforced by the traditional language used. The fable explains why the wolf howls at the moon but also teaches the reader that those of us who have a positive and flexible outlook on life will flourish – just like the duck.
Klassen’s artwork complements the story perfectly, he leaves behind the minimalism of ‘Triangle’ and ‘Square’ and adopts a more ‘painterly’ style. The wolf has a look of Klassen’s fox in ‘Pax’ by Sarah Pennypacker but he seems to be a little less refined.
There is little doubt in my mind that this book is worthy of its place on the shortlist on the Klaus Flugge Prize.
An adventure told through pencil sketches. This beautifully illustrated almost wordless book tells a rip roaring adventure of one brother and sister in search of a giant whale. Newspaper cut-outs set the story and the children set out to prove that the whale exists. The two children build their own boat but sadly all is not plain sailing.
Will the two adventurers find the giant whale? If they do then be assured that The Murrows monotone drawings will bring it to life majestically. A stunning read for ages 8+
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'A child of books can venture to many lands.'
I’ve just finished ‘Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets’ courtesy of @chroniclebooks.
It is a great book which ties together elements and symbols of Islam with mathematical shapes. For example, octagon is the pool in which to wash for Wudu, circle is a daff and hexagon is a tile painted with an ayah.
his would be a great book to share with younger children who are learning about shapes in maths and/or about Islam in RE. Applause to the ingenuity of its author Hena Khan.
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Ethel Leatherhead is a 12 year old girl with acne. She has tried everything to get rid of her zits but nothing has worked, until a combination of Chinese medicine and some time in a second hand sunbed make them disappear. In fact they make everything disappear.... Ethel Leatherhead becomes invisible.
Being invisible can be fun but when Ethel’s secret is discovered by, the deliciously named twins Jesmond and Jarrow Knight, then being invisible becomes infinitely more onerous.
Read the book to find out how Ethel unravels the mystery of a dog-napping epidemic and discovers some truths about her parents and why she lives with her grandmother. Recommended for ages 9-13.#strongfemalecharacter
@rossswelford has produced another corker! Find this book on Amazon here.