The Lost Library, Dinosaurs In Love, The March Of The Ants, and Poo! And Other Words That Make Me Laugh
Title: The Lost Library Author: Jess McGeachin Genre/ issues: Picture book. Fantasy. Stories.
Title: Dinosaurs In Love Author: Fenn Rosenthal Illustrator: Hannah Jacobs Genre/ issues: Picture book. Libraries and why they matter.
Title: The March Of The Ants Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Illustrator: Tohby Riddle Genre/ issues: Picture book. Stories.
Title: Poo! And Other Words That Make Me Laugh Author: Felice Arena Illustrator: Tom Jellet Genre/ issues: Picture book. Word fun.
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Can you guess what I’ve been reading this week? More picture books!
I’m a sucker for a book about a library – even moreso when the narrative focuses on the journeys that stories can take you on. This one reminded me of a children’s version of The Starless Sea – which I’m sure I don’t need to tell you is a HUGE compliment. The Lost Library by @jessmcgeachin is a delightful trip through a secret library, showing all the things you can learn from the stories around you. And the illustrations inside are as gorgeous as you’d expect from that cover!!!
If you’ve not seen the music clip of Dinosaurs In Love, stop reading right now and go and search for it on YouTube. Written by 3 year old Fenn Rosenthal, it is such a joy, and this picture book version of it is super sweet.
March of the Ants was written by @ursuladubosarsky as part of her tenure as Australian Children’s Laureate, and has been available online since then, but I love this picture book version of it by @booktrailpress. A fantastic story about an ant who brings a book on a long journey. Initially he’s mocked by his fellow ants, but they soon realise the importance of stories to sustain them on the long march ahead.
I love books that give you opportunities to play with words. Poo! And Other Words That Make Me Laugh is an excellent example – lots of words that are fun to wrap your mouth around, and are fun and funny to say. I also love the glossary at the end that gives you the definitions of all those hilarious words. A fab fun book from @fleech and Tom Jellett.
All of these are going straight to the study and into my collection. Super cute and fun to read!
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NSWPRC Officer, Teacher Librarian, English teacher and social media advocate. I've been teaching in Western Sydney for my entire teaching career, and love my job more than I love Neil Gaiman. (That's a lot, in case you're wondering!) I stalk authors (but always politely), fangirl over books, and drink coffee. And one of my guilty prides about my children is that they all have favourite authors.
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