Time Off Wet Weekend: Book Worm.Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly by Sue Heap and Nick Sharratt, Puffin (pounds 10.99)
YOU often get people saying they could write a children's book, so simple a task does it seem.
And yet,it's a rare talent to be able to take a simplistic sim·plism
The tendency to oversimplify an issue or a problem by ignoring complexities or complications.
[French simplisme, from simple, simple, from Old French; see simple look at life and write about it in a way that will educate,entertain and enliven children. But that's what NickSharratt and Sue Heap are able to do -with bells on!
Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly is basically a book about what Nick and Sue -two children to whom we are introduced - like. Nick likes red apples. Sue likes green pears. Nick likes yellow socks. Sue likes yellow ducks.
Its charm is in its naivety na·ive·ty or na·ïve·ty
Artlessness or credulity; naiveté.
naivety or naïveté
the state or quality of being naive
Noun 1. . And what would children really like about it?
Where do I begin? Its fantastically detailed and col ourful pictures,its humour,its introduction to colours or the writing which curves around corners of the page.
Can anyone write a children's book? No.
Can these two?
Without a doubt. Lilac Peabody and Sam Sparks by Annie Dalton,Collins (pounds 3.99)
EVERYBODY knows Annie Dalton -an expert in creating fascinating kids'characters -but nobody knows Lilac Peabody.
This is the first book in a brand new series for younger,but fairly confident readers.
As small,quickand shimmery shim·mer
intr.v. shim·mered, shim·mer·ing, shim·mers
1. To shine with a subdued flickering light. See Synonyms at flash.
2. as a dragonfly dragonfly, any insect of the order Odonata, which also includes the damselfly. Members of this order are generally large predatory insects and characteristically have chewing mouthparts and four membranous, net-veined wings; they undergo complete metamorphosis. , Lilac is a friend indeed to children in need,empowering them to solve their own problems and disappearing as soon as her services are no longer required.
In this,Sam Sparks is the new kid in school.It's not anew position for him,he seems to spend his life following his adoring but scatty mum's idea of a better life.
As his birthday approaches,Sam realises he has no friends. Enter Lilac, who persuades him to invite a forlorn waif of a girl,Bella Bright, who turns out to be from a travelling circus family, thus leading to Sam having more friends than he's ever had.