Review: Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery

Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery (Violet Mackerel, #2)Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery by Anna Branford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery, the second in the Violet Mackerel series, is just as wonderful as the first, Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot.
Violet and her family are beautifully drawn, both in words and pencil, and the feeling and thoughtfulness that is poured onto the page rebounds into your heart.
Recommended as a a great book for parents to read aloud to their young children.

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Review: Fearless

FearlessFearless by Colin Thompson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a lovely book, but the dichotomy between the text and illustrations is quite marked. The illustrations are beautiful, don’t get me wrong, and they add a definite ‘cute’ factor to the book as a whole. What’s not to love about a dog that can smile as widely as Fearless?!

The trouble, for me, comes with the age category that this book was given by the CBCA judges. Listed in Early Childhood, I read this out loud to what I would consider to be the perfect age – kinder kids aged 3 and 4. There were very few laughs from the kids – the humour in the text went right over their heads, and the illustrations were not enough of a scaffold for the students to join in with the humour. On the other hand, the teachers laughed themselves silly. They got all the jokes, both textual and visual.

I do like this book a lot, and I can see why it wouldn’t have sat well in Younger Readers either. Having been a judge, I have to say that I don’t envy the judges that job. Choosing the age category can be fraught with difficulty, and sometimes, texts just don’t quite fit anywhere.

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