It’s getting towards that time of year when we have to start thinking about gifts for all the little people in our lives, and what better thing to find under the tree than… a book!
We’ve been reading early chapter books to my bigger little scallywag at bedtime for a while now, and while he’s not quite up to the attention span of Harry Potter or The Hobbit (he’s only four after all), there are a few that he has enjoyed recently.
The Secret Rescuers: The Storm Dragon by Paula Harrison, illustrated by Sophy Williams
Published May 2015 by Nosy Crow
This may well be the cutest cover ever, but the little pictures inside this book are just as cute! Sophy is a maid in a castle. One day she finds a baby dragon crash-landed in the orchard, and finds she is able to talk to it. She must keep the little creature safe from the bad knights who wish to destroy magical creatures, and return the dragon to his family.
This story isn’t as girly as you might think. My four-year-old son loved hearing about Sophy and the little dragon. For someone who told me he didn’t like dragon stories because dragons are scary, I think this book helped me convince him that dragons are awesome and our friends. The two-year-old loves looking at the pictures as well, so it’s a winner in our house!
The Zac Power series, by H I Larry
Published over the last 10 years by Hardie Grant Egmont and Feiwel and Friends
With around 50 books in various series by this group of Aussie authors, the books about the twelve-year-old super-spy Zac Power are a firm favourite with my four-year-old and we generally bring home at least one (or three or four) from each trip to the library. There are different reading levels here, with the Spy Camp series for very early readers, up to more advanced and sophisticated stories.
Yes, Zac can be a bit of an insufferable know-it-all, not to mention that he flies himself off on dangerous missions around the world when he’s twelve, but that basically elevates him to god-like status in the eyes of a young reader (or listener). The action is non-stop and the little illustrations and gadget schematics break up each story.
Tashi – 20th Anniversary Edition by Anna Fienberg and Barbara Fienberg
Published June 2015 by Allen & Unwin
When I read that Tashi had been loved by children all over the world for 20 years, I wondered how I had not heard of this Aussie childrens book before. This twentieth anniversary edition contains three stories, in which Tashi tells his friend Jack about various adventures.
I was a little confused by the first story in which Tashi is a baby and loved and cherished by his family, and then in the next he is sold to a nasty warlord so his parents could move countries. Odd story aside, there are some gorgeous little illustrations in this book. Unfortunately not even they have been enough to hold my family’s interest, but there are a lot of Tashi stories out there so perhaps we’ll keep trying.
Like to hear about some more kids books we’ve enjoyed? You can read our other Kids Corner posts here!