Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Children's Book Review, A Year with Marmalade

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson,

Here's a newly published children's picture book to add to your must-have pile! A Year with Marmalade was written by Alison Reynolds, illustrated by Heath McKenzie and published by The Five Mile Press, Australia (2012).

Ella and Maddy are best friends who love spending time together. But one day everything changes when Maddy has to go away. She entrusts her cat Marmalade to Ella's care, but Marmalade and Ella are not best friends - or even friends at all - and they definitely don't like each other's company.

Then one cold winter's morning, Ella wakes to find Marmalade sleeping at the bottom of her bed. And so begins a tentative friendship that blossoms like the tree in Ella's garden…

I loved Reynold's choice of creative, active language in this charming children's picture book. The impact of certain words is highlighted by special font. McKenzie's use of colour in a limited palette, plus the vivacity of his drawings, adds to the charm.

To a child, the prospect of a friend going away can be devastating. Such a loss can be mitigated by knowing that others share it. I think A Year with Marmalade would be an excellent choice for those who want kids to understand that change is inevitable, and not necessarily bad. Or buy it if you too understand the bliss of having a furry purring friend to warm your toes on a frosty winter's morning!

***If you have a cat with personality, why not enter the A Year with Marmalade competition? And if you'd like to find out more about the book and its creators, link to follow the blog tour.

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  1. Anne Vickery22 August, 2012

    love this book, it has so many positive messages :)

  2. Lovely review of a gorgeous book.
    Thank you, Book Chook and, of course, the wonderful writer, Alison Reynolds and talented illustrator, Heath McKenzie.
    Chris Bell

  3. This looks gorgeous, will hunt it down. Thanks for the heads up about the cat competition- the cherubs were completely euphoric this week when their cat stuck its tongue out at them!


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