Code 7 had me guessing from the very beginning, as I read each story I was trying to work out just what each code was. When I got to the end of the book and realised what the concept of Code 7 was, it made me love the book so much.
Heartwood Hotel, is just as endearing as it sounds, taking me back to my childhood where you imagine animals such as Mona scurrying about, leading lives just like us humans, making friendships and finding “home”.
When you take the time to open a book, you never know just what you might get. It seems like a simple story on friendship but then you’re delighted to discover it is more than that. It’s about middle graders who put others ahead of themselves, it’s about reaching out to the community to give back, and dynamics between people. It’s also about the journey of self and discovering all that you have to give is so much more than you ever imagined.
If you haven’t met Ruby Wishfingers before, you wouldn’t know that she gets 12 wishes a year, these make her fingers tingle and need to be used thoughtfully. You also wouldn’t know that her parent’s don’t believe these wishes exist, that her brother Jellybean can make things appear and disappear, and that grandma has wishes too. These wishes were inherited from Ruby’s great great great great grandfather Wishfingers.
The rainbow fish books have been around for a while now and Marcus Pfister has been consistent in creating books with beautiful illustrations, usually with illuminated pinks, blues, purples and oranges. The beautiful underwater pictures are familiar to children and are one of the reasons why we love the Rainbow Fish stories so much.
I know so many boys and girls (and adults too) that will love this book, and it is sure to become a cookbook and party favourite. Liza Gardener Walsh has put together a Fairy House Cooking book that has recipes and party fun that will delight the palette and have your child pouring over the pages for hours, deciding what to cook and how to put their fairy picnic or party together.