Poor Oscar. Not only does he get teased by his friends in obedience school for his shape and size — “Wiener Dog!” — but his mom makes him the most embarrassing Halloween costume a sausage dog can wear: a hotdog bun.
In Five Little Fiends, five creatures live in their own little statues on a faraway plain, but they would often come out to marvel at their beautiful surroundings.
‘Eating a rainbow’ is a concept that helps kids to identify fresh produce and encourages healthy eating habits.
Mmm Let’s Eat! is thus a deliciously colourful book that reinforces this fundamental idea with its simple but enjoyable narrative involving a cast of friendly animal characters who make good food choices as the day progresses from morning to night.
It’s night-time and Cat the Cat is rounding up her friends for bed. It’s a good thing, then, that they already seem to be in various stages of their bedtime routine that will also be familiar to kids — Sheep the Sheep is reading, Pig the Pig is taking a bath, Giraffe the Giraffe is brushing his teeth, etc. — and are all quite agreeable to the idea. Well, that is, all except Owl the Owl…
The arrival of a new baby often heralds many changes in the household, and the impact is arguably the greatest on the newly promoted big sister/brother who has no choice but to adjust to these sudden and life-altering upheavals.
A sad little penguin longs to “soar above the clouds” — somewhat tough to achieve since penguins can’t fly. But, as it turns out, nothing is impossible with the help of some friends — and you, the reader.
There’s something about the text from certain vintage children’s books that is refreshingly quirky; it probably helps that they were not edited to death like how some of the contemporary children’s books can be, such that every word sounds overly polished — and predictably dull, politically correct and uninspired. Hence, it is nice to see some of these out-of-print gems being given a new lease of life by publishers who are remastering the old books or refreshing the text with new illustrations.
Which brings us to It Is Night, a 1953 classic by Phyllis Rowand that has been updated with the winsome paintings of Laura Dronzek.