Children’s Book Week reviews

Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson

Banjo the farm dog has an important job – to tell the chooks what to do. But one haughty chicken, Ruby Red, refuses to listen! Then one day she falls ill, and Banjo takes care of her. This is a beautifully illustrated story of friendship, gentleness and patience, and you are guaranteed to fall in love with Banjo! Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

Parachute by Danny Parker

The world can be a bit scary when you’re very small, so Toby takes his parachute everywhere with him. His parachute helps him with all life’s tricky situations, like getting out of bed or seeing an elephant at the zoo. Then one day, someone else needs the parachute more than Toby, and Toby learns to cope alone. A sweet story for young children. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

Granny Grommet and me by Dianne Wolfer and Karen Blair

A little girl loves going to the beach with her surfer granny so long as she can stay away from the water. Gradually, her granny and her granny’s friends help her to overcome her fear of the sea, and show her the beauty of the world beneath the waves. The book also includes helpful tips on staying safe in the water. Rating: 4 out of 5.

Jeremy by Chris Faille and Danny Snell

Based on the true story of a baby kookaburra who fell out of his nest and had to be raised by a human family. This book is a visual treat, with gorgeous illustrations of the growing baby bird and the world around him. For everyone who ever tried to save a baby bird. Rating: 4 out of 5.

Silver Buttons  by Bob Graham

At the exact moment that Jodie draws a silver button on her drawing of a duck, her baby brother takes his very first step. The book shows all the other things happening at that exact moment, some big and some small, from a blackbird finding a worm to a ship on its way to China. The author invites us to stop and look at the wonder of the world around us. Rating: 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5.

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