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The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

The only thing tougher than creating a critically acclaimed bestseller, is writing its sequel, since the fans’ expectations are predictably sky high. So when it was announced that the dynamic duo of Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt were releasing the followup to The Day the Crayons Quit, the question on everyone’s mind was: will it be as good as the original? And now that we’ve finally gotten our hands on The Day the Crayons Came Home, the answer is no — it’s BETTER.

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Blue on Blue by Dianne White and Beth Krommes

When I was in school, we were taught how to make simple scratchboards using only crayons and art paper, whereupon we had fun drawing on them with toothpicks and watching the riot of colours peer through the black layer. But never in my wildest dreams did I expect that this technique could be elevated to produce bona fide art (as opposed to our, ahem, chicken scratchings) — particularly that created by Beth Krommes, who combines scratchboard etchings with watercolours to produce drop-dead beautiful, unique illustrations that also tell a story. Continue reading

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Mmm… Let’s Eat! by Libby Koponen and Betsy Thompson

‘Eating a rainbow’ is a concept that helps kids to identify fresh produce and encourages healthy eating habits.

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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.

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