You can't go past books for entertaining children of all ages. Come to think of it, you can't go past books for all kinds of reasons, no matter how old you are. Children's books are educational, imaginative, thrilling, funny and an absolute pleasure to delve into, when it comes to a combined quiet-time activity to enjoy with your child. We love books around here and I am sure it's pretty much the same at your own home too.
We're always eager to check out the latest from our friends over at HarperCollins book publishers, who on occasion, provide us with a tantalising book bundle that the kids truly enjoy receiving. There's so much fun to be had with a good book, and as usual, HarperCollins have delivered us a few of their latest release titles which are, in two words, both captivating and adorable. Oh, throw in a third descriptive term too - hilarious as well!
First up, our Missy, (the little aspiring ballerina in our lives) was immediately drawn to the book Josephine Wants to Dance by the award winning duo who created the bestselling Diary of a Wombat. (Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.)
Josephine Wants to Dance tells the tale of a kangaroo (Josephine), who dreams of one day dancing in a tutu, satin ballet shoes and on a stage, despite her little brother Joey's constant reminders that "kangaroos don't dance - they hop!" Josephine persists and practises until amazingly, her dreams do eventuate after a delightful twist. My little daughter loved this tale about the importance of believing in yourself.
Jackie French is one of Australia's most popular children's authors and we were thrilled to receive this signed copy. This newest release is a special 10th anniversary edition and is out this month (July 2016). ISBN: 9781460752524. RRP: $14.99. Ages: 4-9.
Our next book for review was definitely written with my children in mind - most probably yours too. Was Not Me! by Shannon Horsfall is a giggle-inducing tale which attracted my curious kids in droves, when I read this aloud to my younger two.
"I have a naughty twin brother, who only I can see.
A cheeky twin brother. His name is Not Me."
Can you see where this tale is headed already?!
We all loved this read, about a playful little boy who doesn't like claiming responsibility for the never-ending stream of oopsies he causes, which bewilder his mother. This book is so very relatable and my kids smiled to themselves knowingly (and even looked a little guilty too), as they each recognised some well-rehearsed patterns of behaviour that tend to go on around here!
This is a top read all about mischief and kids love it. ISBN: 9781460752463. RRP: $24.99. Suitable for ages 4-7 (though generally applicable to, and true of, kids aged 2 to 20!).
Which brings us to our third and final book which made me roar with laughter right alongside my giggling, wriggling, writhing, squirmy, wormy kids who could not sit still as we progressed through this one. The Nose Pixies, A Cautionary Tale by David Hunt and Lucia Masciullo, is a guffaw-inducing read with equally humorous illustrations.
This clever tale is all about... you guessed it - nose picking and boogers - habits us grown-ups are generally revolted by, in our charming young kiddos.
...Oliver likes to pick his nose and it's a big problem for the nose pixies who rely on mining for 'nose gold' (AKA: boogers), to keep their cities running. If the nose pixies can't successfully mine for Oliver's nose gold, the threat of worse times ahead is looming...
This book tells a very, very funny and engaging story for both children and adults. Seek it out, it's bound become a family classic!
The Nose Pixies is recommended for ages 4-8 and is on sale from the 25th of July, 2016. ISBN: 9780733334870. RRP $24.99.
Find these new release reads for kids at all good bookstores.