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Busy Betty – Reese Witherspoon. Illustrated by Xindi Yan

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Penguin Australia

October 2022

Imprint: Puffin

ISBN: 9781761047480

RRP: $19.99

Oh, I’m a huge fan of Reese!.. and I can easily imagine her as a little girl just like Busy Betty. This is pure good fun and kids will love the joyousness of it as much as they relate to the getting into scrapes – albeit, with the best of intentions.

Betty has been busy ever since babyhood and her exuberance and spontaneity can often lead her astray. When she realises her much-loved dog, Frank, is smelly and in need of a bath, she just has to get it done before her bestie Mae arrives for their playdate. But the bath plans are de-railed by one problem after another until both Betty and Frank are in a shocking mess. Luckily best friend Mae, is a little more practical and can see the bigger picture and pretty soon the two girls have turned the disaster into a complete success story.

It’s a delightful exploration of enthusiasm, teamwork and accomplishment to which small children will immediately make connections to their own adventures, mishaps and successes.

I think I speak for a lot of people who are a bit sceptical of the plethora of ‘celebrities’ turned authors but Reese’ association with literature, promoting reading and story-telling have established her credentials for now branching into her own writing. The colourful cartoon style illustrations pick up beautifully on the joyful tone throughout the book and kiddos will enjoy discovering the details in these.

Highly recommended for your youngsters from around Prep upwards.

Tulip and Brutus – Liz Ledden/Andrew Plant

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Ford St Publishing

October 2019

9781925804348

$14.99

This is such a perfect book for going back to school time as small children find themselves in a classroom full of disparate personalities and temperaments – many of them for the first time.

Tulip and her ladybird friends live in the flowers and play in the sunshine sipping honeydew while Brutus and the stinkbug gang hang out in the undergrowth and muddy patches.  There is never any combined play with these two bug groups.

But when a storm hits and completely disrupts their patch of garden it’s a case for all mini-beasts on deck when a danger flies overhead. Suddenly it seems that teamwork and cooperation are a much better option for all concerned.

So it is with those little ones who are just navigating new situations and relationships and what better way to demonstrate the value of working together and building friendships than with the power of a delightful picture book?

Ledden has created a simple but effective text and as usual Andrew Plant’s illustrations are stunning and joyous.

Highly recommended for little ones from around 3 year upwards.