Welcome Back To The Kid Lit Blog Hop #31
We are excited to bring you two Australian books today for review, by Aaron Blabey
Stanley is a very small person and he hates it. He thinks he is all alone in the world until Eleanor Cabbage arrives new to his school. Eleanor is the tallest person Stanley has ever met. Eleanor hates being tall and teased, and she too feels alone. Each one wishes they had the others problem, and the two odd balls become kindred spirits. They can both face the day, with a friend at their side, and life for Stanley and Eleanor was never the same, but better than ever.
Gigi chose this one from the Library, and I was quite surprised as I expected that the colours of the illustrations would not normally capture a 2 year olds attention. Of course I was wrong. She loved it from the get go. With a really sweet message, lovably odd characters and uniquely glum looking illustrations, this has become a huge hit in our house, which made us search out more by this author.
The next one we read was
Description From Amazon:
A delightfully uplifting tale about self-belief, courage, and—above all—the power of friendship. Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are the best of friends. But they are different in almost every way: Pearl loves solving mysteries and moves rather fast in the world, and Charlie likes taking leisurely baths and watching his flowers grow. So how can Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley be such good friends?
This one also captured Gigi's attention from the first read. She loves hearing how different the two characters are. And of course, you can't go wrong with characters that have foods as names, I am partial to the odd food name myself in a story as you may well know.
The illustrations are brighter than Stanley Paste, but still in that unique Aaron Blabey style.
We loved this one too, so we are planning our next read....
Description from Amazon: Sunday Chutney is not your ordinary every-day girl. Sunday has lived everywhere and been everywhere. The only problem is this means she is always the new girl at school and she never really has a place to call come. But Sunday doesn't mind, not really. After all, she doesn't care what people think, she loves her own company, she has heaps of imaginary friends, so many important interests that keep her very busy . . . and traveling is so glamorous. What more could Sunday Chutney want?
Another quirky read, that the toddler loved. So far we haven't found a Blabey book we didn't love, so we will keep you posted on our adventures.
If you are after engaging books with quiet themes to encourage your child contemplate the universe, these are your books.
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