Dance and sing with The Moon and Farmer McPhee

To celebrate the release of Margaret Mahy and David Elliot’s beautiful new book,  The Moon and Farmer McPhee, we are having a special farm themed Storytime this Thursday, 25 November at Central Library from 10:30-11am.

Come along for stories, rhymes, music and a chance to win a copy of the book.

Canterbury’s finest exports – Mahy and Elliot

We have some great authors and illustrators that live in Canterbury; Gavin Bishop, Jenny Cooper, Bill Nagelkerke, Joanna Orwin and Helen Taylor, just to name a few.  By far, two of our most famous Canterbury authors and illustrators are Margaret Mahy and David Elliot.  Margaret lives over in Governors Bay and David is originally from Ashburton, but now lives in Dunedin.

Random House have just published a beautiful picture book written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by David Elliot, called The Moon and Farmer McPhee.   Farmer McPhee wants nothing more than to take off his boots and get into bed after a long day of work, but the farm animals want to dance and sing in the moonlight.  He decides to shut all the animals in the barn, but when he gazes at the moon he finds “his crossness melting away” and realises that it’s time to stop frowning and start frisking.

David Elliot’s  illustrations are stunning and the pages seem to be lit up by moonlight, and Margaret Mahy’s amusing wordplay dances across the page with the animals.  The cut-out pages and fold-outs also add another dimension to the book.

To celebrate the release of The Moon and Farmer McPhee, we will be having a special farm themed Storytime on Thursday, 25 November at Central Library from 10:30-11am.  Come along for stories, rhymes, music and a chance to win a copy of the book.

Curiously good new books from Gecko Press

Everybody has a friend or family member like Hamster.  He loves being the center of attention, he’s selfish, and greedy.  His friends Rabbit, Snail, Squirrel, Mole and Hedgehog all know what he’s like but love him no matter what.  Reflections of a Solitary Hamster is Gecko Press’ first graphic novel, written by Astrid Desbordes and illustrated by Pauline Martin.  Through each quirky episode Hamster and his friends learn some important lessons about friendship, sharing, and that it is the thought that counts.  Gecko Press’ ‘curiously good books’ are always presented so beautifully and Reflections of a Solitary Hamster is no exception.  Great for children and teens but particularly adults as they will get the often subtle sense of humour.

Good for You, Good for Me by Lorenz Pauli and illustrated by Kathrin Scharer is one of my favourite Gecko Press books so far.  Dormouse meets Bear one day while he is walking along playing his flute.  Bear gives Dormouse his favourite red cushion so that he can have a play of his flute.  This deal is good for them both; Bear has the flute and Dormouse has a cushion to sit on.  It turns out that Bear can’t play the flute very well and so they swap back and decide to travel together.  They make a good pair and discover that if they work together things will be ‘good for you, good for me.’  The illustrations are delightful and show Bear and Dormouse playing together in the sun and the rain.  I especially like the black and white line illustrations of Bear dancing while Dormouse plays his flute.  This is a great books for sharing with young children and is a perfect bedtime story.