I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published May 31st 2021
Fairy tales and frogs with ukeleles
Looking for something new to read to your children, or something for young readers to read for themselves? Here are 5 new fun books for children published in 2021.
1. The Froggies Do Not Want to Sleep by Adam Gustavson
This cute picture book, written and illustrated by Adam Gustavson, is, as the title suggests, about some frogs who do not want to go to sleep. Instead, they come up with increasingly outlandish things they would rather do instead, from practicing playing their accordions to flying to space, something I'm sure many parents will relate to.
The simple story contains some more challenging words (like 'accordion', 'unicycle' and 'joust') which might appeal to adventurous children. The adorable illustrations of frogs are full of life, and set out in a way that draws the eye from one page to the next.
The Froggies Do Not Want to Sleep is a quirky picture book suitable for frog lovers aged about 4 and up.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Charlesbridge, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Published: June 8, 2021
2. Twisted Fairy Tales: Octopus in Boots by Samantha Newman
Octo-Puss in Boots, written by Samantha Newman is the first in the Twisted Fairy Tales series for children to be published in 2021. It is the story of Angus, the unfavoured third child of a knight named Sir Loin. When Sir Loin retires he leaves his eldest son his sword and shield, his daughter his lance and charger, and Angus a talking octopus. Much to his surprise, the octopus is able to help him defeat his father's nemesis, the evil ogre Gutrot, and make his fortune.
The story is a fun, fresh take on the classic Puss in Boots, with brightly coloured illustrations. It makes a change to read a fairy tale in which not all the characters are depicted as white- the king and the princess are dark-skinned.
Octo-Puss in Boots is a fun book for young readers, suitable for ages 6 and up.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Arcturus Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Published: June 1, 2021
3. Cinder-Elephant by Samantha Newman
Like Octopus in Boots, this story offers a fresh take on a classic fairy tale. Due to the fairy godmother's ears being full of fairy dust, she mishears Cinderella's requests. She turns a pumpkin into a giant roach to carry her to the ball, and instead of making her look elegant transforms her into an elephant. In the crazy night that ensues, the prince learns the joy of being silly and spontaneous.
Cinder Elephant is a sweet, funny book suitable for readers aged 6 and up.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Arcturus Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. Published: June 1, 2021
4. ADHD and Me by Chelsea Radojcic-DiCicco
ADHD and Me is about an 8-year-old girl named Malory who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She tells the reader about the ways that ADHD can make life, and particularly school, difficult for her and how other people make fun of her when she can't sit still or her mind wanders during a conversation.
I love the illustrations in this one. They are beautiful and bright, and made with what looks like watercolour or alcohol ink. The story is well written and it makes a nice change to see a book about a girl with ADHD when many people still think it only affects boys. This book might comfort children with ADHD, and their parents, and perhaps help other parents, children and educators to understand the disorder a little better. It would suit readers aged 6 and up.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Lulu Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: February 22, 2021.
5. The Way to Treasure Island by Lizzy Stewart
Matilda and her Dad are very different; he is big and she is small, he is messy and she is neat and tidy, she is quiet and he is noisy. Despite their differences, the two of them always have fun together. When they set out to find treasure, Matilda's Dad doesn't always want to follow the map.
The Way to Treasure Island is a sweet new picture book, written and illustrated by Lizzy Stewart, author of the best-selling children's book There's A Tiger in the Garden. It has full-colour illustrations and a nice simple story about how two people with different personalities can learn to get along. It would be suitable for ages 4 and up (read aloud to younger readers). Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: June 29, 2021