Sorry I’ve been away for so long. Life has a habit of getting busy sometimes… Anyway I intend to visit a bit more often in the future. Thanks to anyone who has managed to stay around. And I want to tell you about a great book that has just been published by a very talented Kiwi, so here it is…
Children’s non-fiction is an extremely difficult genre, requiring the ability to present facts in an engaging and enjoyable way. My experience has mainly been with fiction picture books, and reviewing ‘Kea’ has stretched my thinking.
At first I thought that Annemarie had been unrealistic in aiming at an upper primary audience, as some of the terminology used struck me as being more adult in its focus. However, on further reading I was able to see that the book was cleverly written in three layers, which would in turn engage, intrigue and then inform. At the most basic level, the illustrations by Alistair Hughes are delightful and engage well with the text at all times, then we have the narrative of the Kea themselves, which younger children will be able to relate to. Finally, we have a wealth of more scientific information that is well written and able to stretch the minds of the readers in many different ways. It will be a great teaching tool in both English and the sciences, and I can see older children enjoying the challenge of learning new words as they read.
I would like to see more of these books from such a talented writer.
…and hopefully I will see you all again next week!