Hotham Street Ladies: A Book for Kids! takes its inspiration from Australian domestic traditions, home life and baking for friends and family. This is an exciting book for children aged 5 years and above and is produced in close collaboration with the Hotham Street Ladies (HSL), a group of five women who make food-related art, including cake sculptures, recipe books and street art. Each of the ladies has lived at one time in a crooked share house in Hotham Street, Collingwood. Richly illustrated with images of works of art and photography, each chapter focuses on an aspect of the HSL's practice and concludes with original activities for young readers to try out at home, or at school with family and friends. Make 'street art' using icing sugar and piped icing, create a kitchen garden using old pots and containers, or realise your very own cake of doom and gloom! Hotham Street Ladies: A Book for Kids captures the creative spirit of the artists' share-house in Collingwood, and indeed Melbourne as a whole, through lively, humorous text and striking imagery. Young readers are invited to reinvent some of the more familiar domestic rituals - this book presents a chance to bend the rules, play with food and get creative! This publication has been generously supported by the Dewhurst family.
Clarion Review JUVENILE FICTION Essie's Kids and the Rolling Calf---3 Luke Brown CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 978-1-4565-7696-7 Mystery stories for kids have changed dramatically in the last few decades. Characters like Encyclopedia Brown and The Boxcar Children have been replaced by wizards, vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Innocent sleuthing of creepy houses has been replaced by elaborate battles with powerful supernatural figures. That's what makes a ghost series like Essie's Kids & The Rolling Calf stand apart from other children's series. Husband and wife authors Luke Brown and Berthalicia Fonseca-Brown have created a collection of books that lets kids be ... well ... kids facing ghostly circumstances. In this, the third installment, Essie's children-Gena, Betty, Myrtle, Junior, Leonard, and Karl-are enjoying a wonderful vacation and making friends with neighboring kids in the countryside around Clear Mount, Jamaica. But behind the idyllic background, a ghost roams the land-something called a "rolling calf," an unnerving, clanking ghost with red eyes. Karl can't shake the feeling that the rolling calf is after him in particular. After a terrible nightmare, he knows nothing will change until he faces that ghost himself. Essie's Kids is refreshing in that it has a spooky premise, but feels more like The Hardy Boys than Harry Potter. Even while Karl knows he must face an unknown and possibly dangerous adversary, he is surrounded by a family that cares for him. This is a world where kids go five miles to the perfect place to swim or girls spend the day jumping rope. When the adventure does get going, the characters never lose the camaraderie of friends, the touchstone of solid parents, or the importance of a lesson learned. Karl's world is such a pleasant one that many readers may long to see more. While we read about squeaky floors as Karl walks and girls playing hopscotch on squares drawn in dirt roads, the Browns do not provide enough description of the setting. Essie's Kids has many opportunities to show us Jamaica from a child's eyes-the homey bungalow where the family stays, the green and rolling countryside, or the clear, sun-freckled waters of the nearby river. These opportunities to give readers vivid images are longingly missed. The lack of description may be by design. The text is laid out with no illustrations and includes an area at the back for children to cultivate their imagination by drawing their own images. It's a nice touch in a book that's written with a simplicity that will appeal to younger readers, but that has the length to attract older kids. Essie's Kids is personal and heartfelt, and each book in the series contains a moral. In this installment, Essie tells her kids to be positive in the face of adversity. This kind of message shows that it doesn't matter if you're facing down a rolling calf, He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, or a bully in a school yard. Being positive is a universal lesson that can improve the lives of children-and maybe even that of some adults. Katerie Prior
"The Kids Only" guide to the Natural History Museum, London has been designed especially for kids to enjoy at the Museum and at home.
Meet the Smiths: a happy family composed of two dogs, one cat, and two humans. But when the humans decide to adopt a dog named Trevor from the humane society, the other pets become sad, clingy, jealous, and afraid. Will Trevor get all the humans’ time and attention? Who will play with the other pets, or snuggle them when they’re lonely and blue? This comforting story about the arrival of a new family member reassures soon-to-be big brothers and sisters that sharing love means more love for everyone, not less love for them.
You can count on horse-crazy kids to be doing something horse-related, thinking about something horse-related, or planning something horse-related 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's why Cindy A. Littlefield created the Kids' Book of Horse Games & Puzzles. If kids are going to spend their time horsing around, they might as well jump-start their creativity and boost their problem-solving skills at the same time.<br><br> The book is divided into five sections: Word Play, Picture Puzzles, Drawing, Fun and Games, and Brain Teasers. (All the answers are included.)<br><br> Take the "Horse and Pony Stall of Fame" challenge by matching up famous equines with their human or television character companions. Snuffle through the "Hungry as a Horse" quiz and see if you can find the names of 14 things horses like to eat hidden in a block of letters. Then break out your best drawing pencils and learn how to draw a horse's portrait in six easy steps.<br><br> Fun, horsey cartoons and illustrations adorn every page. And scattered throughout the book are horse riddles, bits of horse trivia, and quotes about horses.<br><br> Here, at last, is the perfect book for kids who love puzzles almost as much as they love horses.