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The Book Chook's Top Children's Picture Books 2018

Here is a list of my top children's picture books from 2018. I will be field-testing, then adding and subtracting during the year until I come up with my ten favourites. Why not share some (or all!) of these with your kids?

Children’s Book Review, Moth

What is the children's picture book, Moth, all about? Read my review at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Children’s Book Review, Puffin the Architect

What is the children's picture book, Puffin the Architect, all about? Read the review at The Book Chook.

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Baby's First Bank Heist

Baby's First Bank Heist

"Both writer and illustrator contribute so much humour. Whalley gives us a thief who is also a baby. But that doesn’t matter a bit. We cheerfully accept that Baby Frank is able to plan and execute a bank robbery. We also chortle as he stuffs his baby clothes with bank notes and exits the bank looking like a blimp - but still undetected." Read more at The Book Chook!

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Want to Play Trucks?

Want to Play Trucks?

Review at The Book Chook.

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Drought by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

Drought by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

From my review: "I loved Cyclone so I expected Drought to be special. It is! There’s the front cover - gouged by cracked earth lines that kids can run fingertips along. Then there’s the rhyme - not the rollicking kind, but couplets that enhance the story with gentle echoes. The word pictures - carefully chosen to convey perspectives and scenes kids will remember and relate to. The illustrations - graphite pencil and acrylic wash one minute conveying scorched earth and dust, and at last scattered thunderstorms and weeping skies. The whole adding to our understanding of drought - our fear and dread, our bewilderment, our Australian acceptance." _emphasized text_Read more at The Book Chook.

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The Penguins are Coming

The Penguins are Coming

From my review at The Book Chook: "Right from the first double page spread, the excitement is palpable: the penguins are coming! There’s a banner announcing it, signs directing to the penguin enclosure and the animals are all discussing penguins. But…what are they exactly? Different animal groups give a penguin description and McKinlay’s writerly skill is evident in their “voices”! "

Square - Books - Welcome to Walker Books Australia

Square by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, 2018. From the dynamic, dream team of Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett comes the second instalment in the exciting new shape trilogy. Read my review at The Book Chook:

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Kookaburras Love to Laugh

Kookaburras Love to Laugh

It is no laughing matter when you are the most serious bird in the borough! Read about this hilarious picture book in my review at The Book Chook.

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Go Go and the Silver Shoes

Go Go and the Silver Shoes

"Go Go is understandable and believable, but is also an admirable character. Like all of us, things can get her down, but she is a real go-getter, and comes up with excellent positive solutions to problems." Read more at The Book Chook.

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Excuse Me!

Excuse Me!

"Martha May is one polite little character, always ready with her marvellous manners. She is dainty and never makes any “rude” noises. (Fascinating discussion to have with kids as to why some noises are said to be “rude”, and where manners come from.) The authors make the most of alliteration, the shock value of a story that is basically about passing wind and a simple though attention-grabbing story structure." Read more at The Book Chook.