My Review: Once again another Millie Marotta book does not disappoint! I’ve bought every Millie Marotta book I can since I first discovered them and this book is just as great as the rest but with lots of new creatures to colour in. ‘Curious Creatures’ is all about animals, be they fish, birds, insects or mammals, and each page or double page spread contains lots of intricate designs which I just love to colour in.
The book is the same size and thickness as her other books (or Johanna Basford’s books),wider than A4 but shorter, and contains so many pages that even for full price you are getting a bargain in terms of how much there is to colour! Each page is crisp white and nice and thick enough to colour using pens although being double sided I’d always be careful not overdoing the amount of felt pens or gel pens you use in one spot. I’ve only use pencils in my book.
Every picture in the book is a realistic outline of the real animal with lots of fun and detailed shapes inside it to colour in. Some of the images just have random shapes, while other animals are made from lots of leaves which just looks amazing! The animals really vary in this book and there’s plenty I’ve never seen before. My favourites include the weed sea dragons, narwhal and the kiwi. Some of the images have extra details in them such as leaves while others have blank around them. I love the blank spaces as it gives me the chance to doodle in my own drawings and there’s also a few pages at the back of the book for creating your own images which some people who enjoy drawing as well as colouring, like me, will love!
One thing I’ve noticed which I think is an improvement on the first Millie Marotta book, Animal Kingdom, is the slight increase in the size of the shapes that make up the animals. It’s not a drastic increase and there’s still as much detail to colour in but the first book had such small shapes you couldn’t always colour individual ones in easily with pencils (you’d need incredibly sharp pencils all the time).
The start of the book features an introduction by Marotta which as always is nice to read and the back of the book has list of all the animals that feature in the book which is great as I didn’t know what some of the birds were especially the mandarin duck.
I really love this book. I’ve barely coloured in anything and I’ve already spent hours on this and I just love it! I can’t say a bad thing about this book. Maybe it’s a little tricky to get into the centre of the book especially when colouring in a double page spread, but the book’s spine opens easily (might want to push/crack it open) and lies quite flat on a surface. It doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve included some pictures including my own colouring in with pencils. This book is just great, I can’t wait for the next one!
Here’s a coloured in picture. Tell me what you think of my colouring 🙂 …
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A very funny children’s picture book that’s great for teaching kids too.
Title: The Greedy Goat
Author/Illustrator: Petr Horáček
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Description: Goat is greedy. She’s had enough of eating grass. But when she decides to try something different, she gets more than she bargained for.
A hilarious, cautionary farmyard tale that teaches colours and days of the week.
My Review: This is such a funny book it really made me laugh aloud! ‘The Greedy Goat’ has such a simple story but it’s so silly, kids will definitely enjoy reading it again and again. The paperback is wider but shorter than A4 in size and is filled with colourful images on thick glossy paper. The story is simple, Goat is greedy and having had enough grass she tries a variety of different foods, including typical goat things such as eating a shoe! I won’t spoil the rest of the tale but it’s very funny and there are some great images throughout.
The illustrations really make this story so funny. I do like Horáček’s style, each picture looks like a combination of pencil, crayon and paint. Each illustration has a lot of humour in it especially when Goat starts to feel strange after eating so many odd foods. I don’t think this book would be so funny if it wasn’t for the images!
The ending is really great and has a funny twist on the last page that really made me laugh out loud! The story isn’t just fun to read but at the same time kids will learn the days of the week as well as several colours and some animals. And the simple repetitive sentences make this even more enjoyable. I can’t say a bad word about this book and love looking at it over and over again. I think adults will find it fun too. It’s definitely a book I would have loved as a child and would recommend it to everyone, it’s one of my favourites I’ve read this year!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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A poem commemorating the loss of Humpty the Hippo ❤
A few days ago I found out about the sad news of a beautiful creature who sadly died. In care of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a wonderful charity that rescues and raises orphaned elephants and other animals in Africa before returning them to a free and natural life in the wild, a beautiful baby hippo called ‘Humpty’ captured everyone’s hearts. Humpty was rescued after being found alone stuck in a drying mud pool. Alone and without her mother she would have died had it not been for the wonderful people at the Trust who rescued her and then tried to raise her. It was the first baby hippo they had every tried to raise and she was doing very well until she became suddenly ill and died shortly after. As a deep animal lover I was touched by Humpty’s rescue and have felt so saddened by her sudden death. She did, however, have several beautiful months of happiness which she wouldn’t have without being rescued.
Humpty’s death, like the death of so many of our beloved creatures and loved ones can be very hard to cope with, but we must focus on the happy times and the love we have for them. I’ve written a poem which I hope many may relate to. It was my poem for Humpty, but it’s also what I felt when a close individual died.
Goodbye Dear Soul
A beautiful soul, now have passed,
You left this world, all too fast.
A void now where you did depart,
An empty space in my heart.
Your time was not meant so soon,
If only you, I could cocoon.
Protect and save from life askew,
Now empty space, I have in lieu.
Your stay was not meant to be, Tether to world, now set free.
Your beauty, light, will shine always,
Love in heart, a burning blaze.
Remember you for evermore,
Your soul now free, at peace to soar.
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A beautiful and detailed picture book with a powerful message.
Title: Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Emily Sutton
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s Picture book/Non-fiction
Description: How many different kinds of living things are there on Earth? LOTS and LOTS and LOTS! And the more you look, the more you discover.
Find out in this brilliant book how all the living things – including us – are part of a big, beautiful pattern and depend on each other for survival.
My Review: I really do like this book and was charmed by just the cover! ‘Lots’ is a hardback book which is a little larger than A4 in size. The book begins by asking the question ‘How many different kinds of living things are on our planet?’ with a little girl pictured at the start who will feature throughout the book. We are then introduced to the many different types of living things such as mammals, marine life, mushrooms, etc and the different places they exist such as deserts, etc.
Along with the basic message that there are lots and lots of different living things out there, there are interesting facts spread throughout the book about some of the different animals or exactly how many species of mushrooms there are (to give a couple of examples). This is interesting enough but what really makes this book stand out for me is the images spread throughout the pages. Every page is just like the front cover, filled with gorgeous and detailed drawings. It’s these illustrations that I really adore not only because there’s a lot of detail in them but they are cute too.
I love the smiling faces of many of the animals and the overall old fashioned feel of the images, it really is very appealing to look at. Not only do the illustrations have that old-fashioned feel to them but they are printed on thick but matt paper making it feel even more like an old fashioned book.
The ending of the book has a powerful message about how humans are causing so many things to become extinct, it’s a message that I see in a lot of Nicola Davies’ books. I’ve not always been keen on this message being put into every book as it sometimes doesn’t fit and feels like forcing children to understand conservation but with this book I feel different. Although the message might seem an upsetting one to put in a book it really does fit here and I don’t think it would upset too many kids as the message is sort of positive, about humans needing to look after all the species as we are one of the many species on the planet.
I really like this book and think many kids and even adults might enjoy reading this and studying the images. If nothing else the book is a joy to look at and there’s many different creatures you may not notice from first glance, and if the message of looking after our planet is taught to kids along the way then that’s a positive move too.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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