The book flows well and has been well crafted by Meredith Costain. Olivia is endearing but with a little mischievousness on the side which adds depth to the character. Her inquisitive nature is what makes her such a fun and likable character.
Ben Faulks has captured my imagination and got me to run with it to discover who I am, just as the boy in the book does. The boy goes on a journey of self discovery and awareness that is portrayed in a way to make you laugh and be at ease with differences.
One thing I have noticed working in a library is that the children always rush to the Non Fiction area, and I think there is something wonderful about that. It is like they have a thirst for knowledge even though they don’t realise just what they are going to be gaining from reading or looking through these books. The Story of Paintings: A History of Art for Children is recommended for children over the age of 7, but this book can be also be used in so many ways for children even younger.
I have been reading Pamela Allen books for as long as I can remember, her picture books are amazing and she is a favourite author of many Australian children and adults. Her books are engaging and sometimes funny, with familiar titles such as Who Sank the Boat? The Mr McGee books, and the popular (and very funny) Belinda. The newest addition to her collection, A Bag and a Bird features familiar places to children who live in Australia or have visited Sydney.
Sometimes I wonder whether picture books are written for us the adults too, or whether something just resonates with us that it just feels that way. This is how this book was for me, first of all I loved it – its hard not to love Aaron Blabey books – and second I think we have all had or have a guff in our lives whether it be a fabric or human friend.
Each time I do a Throwback Thursday post, I am always reminded how very blessed I am to have been exposed to the wonderful world of literacy from such an early age. I am sure most of us have grown up with the Little Golden Books, I know that they were a staple book in our house and we had many. I still have Heidi that was gifted to me from my nanny and poppy just before I turned 1.