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My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee

Friday, October 28, 2022 BookBairn 1 Comments


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The Wee Page Turner could not have been more excited for this book! Jon Agee books are ones that we read over and over.


And this new title is no exception, My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee was immediately read several times and then packed to go on holiday with us (as well as three other Jon Agee books). An instant hit!

But why does he love them so much? Well, because he adores the humour in them; the way the words (i.e. the adult reading them) are saying one thing but the illustrations (i.e. the child reading those) are implying something totally different. It’s like the author lets only the children in on the secret whilst the adults are in the dark. And why wouldn’t a kid love that feeling? A feeling of being more knowledgeable than the grown ups!


This newest release is the story of a main character who decides to get a rhinoceros for a pet. But he’s left feeling a little disappointed when it won’t chase a ball or a stick or a frisbee. In fact, according to the experts, a rhino only does two things: pop balloons and poke holes in kites. But the boy’s rhinoceros doesn’t even seem interested in doing that. What good is a rhino for a pet? Well, I won’t spoil it for you (although the big reveal is in the images below!) But it’s pretty darn cool!


Again this book tickles my bairns’ funnybones. Where again the adults in the story are left looking sheepish and silly when the child reveals the truth about his rhinoceros.

If you haven’t read any Jon Agee books I urge, no compel you to seek them out. The Wall in the Middle of the Book is a perfect one for teachers and could be read to classes of all ages. And his others (Life on Mars is one of my favourites!) will have you sniggering with each read - I've linked some of my previous posts below. The joke and the reveal never seem to lose their appeal! One for kids and adults alike and the stories you won’t tire of reading!



 

Happy reading and giggling!

Kim and the bairns x


Many thanks to Scallywag Press for sending us this new book as well as other Jon Agee books over the years. They’ve made for many happy story times!

Disclaimer: If you click on the image of the book below you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link.  This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from Amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog post please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our For Readers Section.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 BookBairn 1 Comments


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Time to share a very random fact about me: I carry a rock around in my coat pocket. I’ve had it for two years and originally picked it up for skimming stones but as I ran my thumb over it’s smooth surface I knew I’d never skim it. So now it’s a little (although somewhat heavy) treasure I keep in my pocket!

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The Invisible by Tom Percival

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 BookBairn 1 Comments


 This is a hard post to write because this book is so close to the reality for many and a growing number of people as we go deeper into the financial crisis. With families facing food and fuel poverty this winter, I wanted to share this incredibly important story - The Invisible by Tom Percival - about remembering to look and really see those around us.

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📚 judge the reader 📚 Hello to all the newbies who have joined recently- go ahead and judge me by my books! And to all you “oldies” (hehe!)...

Judge the Reader

Monday, September 12, 2022 BookBairn 1 Comments

📚 judge the reader 📚

Hello to all the newbies who have joined recently- go ahead and judge me by my books! And to all you “oldies” (hehe!) you should know well enough by now, but go ahead, judge - do your worst!

I grabbed these off my kitchen bookshelves, popped them in a washing basket and casually plopped them on the blanket on the kitchen floor (aside I may have found a better light spot for flatlays - hooray!)

And yes it took even longer to put them all away again!

Love,
Kim

okay so here's how this tag works:
✨assemble a random assortment of books (no curating an aesthetic - only cheated slightly by putting them on a blanket!)
✨let people make assumptions about you in the comments based on your bookish taste

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It's Tough to Be Tiny by Kim Ryall Woolcock & Stacey Thomas

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 BookBairn 1 Comments

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It’s survival of the fittest in the animal kingdom. So how do the tiniest creatures tough it out?

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Wednesday, August 03, 2022 BookBairn 2 Comments

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Two years ago I discovered a lyrical picture book - Leap Hare Leap - that we adore which beautifully combines nature, poetry and artwork! 

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  Our puppy has moved in! For all those asking he’s a nearly six-month old cockapoo called Bertie and we are smitten!

I am Dog by Peter Bentley & Chris Chatterton

Monday, June 20, 2022 BookBairn 2 Comments

 

Our puppy has moved in! For all those asking he’s a nearly six-month old cockapoo called Bertie and we are smitten!

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Thursday, June 16, 2022 BookBairn 2 Comments

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Which books made you a reader?

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022 BookBairn 3 Comments

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Have you ever thought about how much is going on in a toddler’s mind as they not only learn the sounds of language but also that when put together those sounds make words and those words have meaning? And at the same time their brains are learning how lots of things work? 

As Michael Rosen points out in the introduction to his latest poetry collection Ready for Spaghetti, it’s utterly mind-boggling!


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  There are eight billion of us humans on the planet. All breathing, eating, sleeping, fidgeting, and thinking deep thoughts. An unimaginabl...

The Biggest Footprint by Rob & Tom Sears

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 BookBairn 2 Comments

 


There are eight billion of us humans on the planet. All breathing, eating, sleeping, fidgeting, and thinking deep thoughts. An unimaginably large number.


So in steps The Biggest Footprint by Rob & Tom Sears and its ‘smooshing machine’ to bring all humankind together, quite literally, into one spectacular giant human to represent all eight billion of us.

And then the smooshing machine starts sucking in animal species to show just how we compare to them - the use of scale images in this book is just genius but I’ll come back to that. And suddenly the mega human looks even more huge. Throw in the animal species we breed for food production and a little history comparison and you start to realise just how out of proportion things have become.
 

Taking into account not just our effect on other animal species but also earth’s resources and our massive amount of waste, this book is a startling read. But it’s also sprinkled with hope showing that a mega human can cause a lot of destruction but it also (collectively) has great power to plant new trees, clear plastic from the ocean, build wind turbines, clean up and give back to the places were have plundered providing habitats for our fellow earth-dwellers.


This book really is ingenious. I just love it. It reads like a fable but is packed full of facts and statistics. It’s bleak but packed full of humour and ends with a message of hope. The illustrations really make the statistics come to life in a way that I could not have visualised without them. And it empowers us to realise that we, as a collective, have damaged the planet but also that we, as a collective are a powerful force that can fix it.

I implore you to buy a copy of this. It’s so important.
Kim x


Disclaimer: If you click on the image of the book below you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link.  This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from Amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog post please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our For Readers Section.


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What a joyful read The Flower Garden by Renee Kurilla has proven to be ! I just want more books in this graphic novel or comic book style f...

The Flower Garden by Renee Kurilla

Monday, May 16, 2022 BookBairn 1 Comments


What a joyful read The Flower Garden by Renee Kurilla has proven to be! I just want more books in this graphic novel or comic book style for young readers like this! BookBairn and I loved reading this together - she could have read it all by herself, and I’m sure she will pick it up to do so, but reading together is such a joy!

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What to do when your husband is planning a work trip to Paris that coincides with your birthday*? I’m going to give him a list of books to b...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022 BookBairn 1 Comments

What to do when your husband is planning a work trip to Paris that coincides with your birthday*?

I’m going to give him a list of books to buy in a French bookshop obviously and insist on my favourite French truffles.

Did you know I used to live in Paris? I studied French at University and spent my year abroad teaching in a school there and it’s been in my heart ever since.

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Apparently I now peddle books to friends children through car windows. Yes. Genuinely sold a book - Grimwood by Nadia Shireen - to  @hellof...

Grimwood by Nadia Shireen

Monday, May 09, 2022 BookBairn 2 Comments

Apparently I now peddle books to friends children through car windows. Yes. Genuinely sold a book - Grimwood by Nadia Shireen - to @helloflorrie daughter through the car window whilst we were isolating! You know I love an early chapter book - especially an illustrated one - but this is a new book peddling best for me!

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Friday, April 29, 2022 BookBairn 3 Comments

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Professor Astro Cat is without a doubt the world’s smartest (and most stylish) feline scientist explorer and we have loved joining the gang on many adventures. 

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    AD: Sponsored Post Bandoola: The Great Elephant Rescue by William Grill is just further proof to my firmly held believe that picture bo...

Bandoola by William Gril

Monday, March 21, 2022 BookBairn 1 Comments

 

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Bandoola: The Great Elephant Rescue by William Grill is just further proof to my firmly held believe that picture books are for grown ups too. The importance on the ‘too’ because kids and adults alike will be enchanted by this one! But I thoroughly enjoyed sitting down and reading this with a cup of tea and no children around.

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Many of you will know that Jo Clarke (aka BookLoverJo ) and I have been friends since I first started writing about books on the internet ov...

Libby and the Parisian Puzzle

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 BookBairn 2 Comments

Many of you will know that Jo Clarke (aka BookLoverJo) and I have been friends since I first started writing about books on the internet over 6 years ago. I have been in awe of her passion for books but even more so her dedication to making her dream of being a published author a reality. And this week her dream came true. 

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The Comet by Joe Todd-Stanton

Monday, March 07, 2022 BookBairn 2 Comments

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Often writing a book review poses a conundrum: how to do the most beautiful ones justice? And I have been anticipating this release for some time which always puts the fear that it won't live up to expectations. But this one really has surpassed all my book geek dreams!

The Comet by Joe Todd-Stanton really is a beautiful book. In both it’s glorious evocative artwork but also in it’s storytelling.

Nyla loves her home: she can count a hundred stars and even saw a comet once. But when she has to leave her home in the countryside to start a new life in the city, all she can think about is what she missed from before. Until one night she sees a comet fall to earth and a magical tree sprouts. Nyla finds an escape from her new life. But in doing so she finds a way to connect her old and her new.



This book is truly exquisite. With pared-back text, every single word counts but it also makes each visual spread more poignant. And those spreads really are wonder to behold. They literally took my breath away as I gasped with each page turn. The imagery of both the comet and the trees throughout evoke magic for young readers but also allow them to connect deeply with Nyla and her story.


And although this isn’t specifically about displaced persons, and is more about moving house and finding ‘home’ in new surroundings, it seems all the more poignant at the moment. And I hope that even in harsh circumstances, people can find a sense of belonging like Nyla.


Every inch of this book as been carefully thought out and considered from the textured cover with foil writing, to the endpapers and the spread of the city apartment block which features detailing the insides of all the apartments. I would love to live in the apartment on the top floor - pictured below. It’s truly a wonder.


Hope you enjoy the wonders of this book, and do remember to look up from it's pages in case you spot a comet! Happy reading,

Kim x

Disclaimer: This is a paid AD from Flying Eye Books and I was sent this book and print for review in collaboration. (Though I would have quite likely shared this one anyway because it's so gloriously beautiful isn't it?!)

If you click on the image of the book below you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link.  This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from Amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog post please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our For Readers Section.

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