August is our favourite month at Alphabet Soup. August means Children’s Book Week in Australia and that means celebrations of authors, illustrators and children’s books! (And often a Book Week dress-up parade — which our editor really adores.)
Meanwhile, our Top Reads team has been reading as if reading is a new Olympic event — so it’s time for some book recommendations. Go team!
You’ll find a recommended list from our Top Reads Team on the last day of every month (February to November). If you missed last month’s, don’t forget to check out the July Top Reads.
*All our Top Readers are kids aged 13 and under. No grownups allowed!
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by Tanishkaa, 8, NSW
Travelling to different beaches
Eating ice cream and peaches
Renting a holiday house
Finding a new pet mouse
Exploring an enormous cave
Surfing on the largest wave
Flying the most colourful kite
Chasing a lorikeet in its flight
The endless joys of summer
Certainly break the winter slumber.
This is Tanishkaa’s first poem published with Alphabet Soup. If YOU would like to send us a story, drawing, poem, or book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy writing!
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A walk with Nature
by Anishka, 6, QLD
A walk with Nature:
I walked into the meadow. The leaves were flying in the wind as the sun was reflecting on the pond.
I saw a squirrel looking for some nuts for him to eat.
The grass was long like weeds as it covered a flatbed full of flowers.
I saw a rabbit hopping with joy in the long grass, and atthe same time, a bird was dancing in a beautiful green tree.
Soon, it was afternoon and I saw a rainbow appear in the sky due to a little rain. A little lady bird was flying in the wet rain and frogs were hopping out of the pond.
Frogs croaked at me, and I croaked to the frogs.
Soon it stopped raining before the sun settled into the sun’s bed.
I saw the beautiful sunset, it was better than a reddish rose.
I saw the birds going to their nest, full of beautiful eggs.
Soon I saw the twinkling stars in the sky.
I knew it was time to go home and say good night to the beautiful nature.
Anishka has been published on Alphabet Soup previously — you can read her poem, ‘Spring’. If YOU would like to send us a story, drawing, poem, or book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy writing!
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REVIEWED BY MATILDA, 10, WA
Steve Goes to Carnival by Joshua Button and Robyn Wells, Magabala Books, ISBN 9781925360219
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
This is a picture book set in Rio — and that’s one reason I was interested in reading this book, because the Olympics are in Rio this year.
Steve is a gorilla who lives at the zoo and he is lonely when Antonio leaves at the end of the day. (Antonio is the zoo keeper and Steve’s best friend. Antonio is also a jazz band member.) Steve escapes from his cage and catches a tram to the city. He travels ‘past the favelas’ and through the carnival streets until he reaches the Blue Jaguar Jazz Club. I liked that the story includes some words in Portuguese. There’s a mini glossary at the back of the book.
The illustrations are very bright and splotchy, which gives the story an energetic feel. As the story moves from the zoo into the streets, the pages get more busy and more colourful to show the carnival mood. My favourite page is the last page, which shows a new day starting in the zoo grounds. I like the illustration style of the animals, and the details on that page.
When I first read Steve Goes to Carnival I was a bit confused, because could a gorilla really take a bus? And why did no-one notice he was a gorilla? Then I thought the adventure might be in Steve’s imagination. Maybe he was imagining joining Antonio at the jazz club because he was lonely in his cage at the zoo. It’s an interesting book to read whether you believe Steve really goes to carnival, or whether you think it’s just in his imagination.
I recommend this book to readers who like books about places that are different, and to children who want to be artists (because of the style of the illustrations).
Matilda is one of our regular book reviewers. Her most recent review (if you don’t count this one) was of Raymie Nightingale. If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!
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THE MYSTERY OF THE THIEF!
by Joshua, 7, NSW
Tom and Jim could not sleep, because they heard a sucking sound! Jim quietly peeked out the window.
“What are you doing?” asked Tom.
“I am checking what the sound is!” Jim answered. “I can see something, I can see something,” Jim excitedly said.
“What is it?” whispered Tom.
“I don’t know. Just this hairy thing,” said Jim.
“What if we go outside?” suggested Tom.
“Good idea,” said Jim.
Well, when they were at the bottom, they saw a thief! Then they called the police. Before the police came, the thief was already in the house! Tom and Jim ran back to the house and woke up mum, dad and the next door neighbours.
When the police came, someone started a fire. Then one of the neighbours called the fire station.
When the fire had died down the thief was gone! Security and police were all looking for a thief. At last they found him (the thief).
Then they found out his name was James Brodson. And Seven News told the story of James Brodson’s crime. And he was arrested and put to gaol for seventy years.
This is Joshua’s first story published with Alphabet Soup. If YOU would like to send us a story, drawing, poem, or book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy writing!
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By Anishka, 6, QLD
Flowers blooming, birds singing,
What season is that? Spring!
Lives are getting born, the bees are buzzing,
What season is that? Spring!
Spring is beautiful and cheerful,
Spring is the king of all the seasons.
This is Anishka’s first poem published with Alphabet Soup. If YOU would like to send us a story, drawing, poem, or book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy writing!
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REVIEWED BY MATILDA, 10, WA
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, Walker Hardback, ISBN 9781406363135
Matilda borrowed this book from her local library.
Raymie’s father has run away with a dental hygienist. Raymie can think of only one way to get him back … she has to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition so he can see her picture in the paper. She thinks that will make him come home. To win the competition she has to learn to twirl a baton, and she has to do good deeds.
Now she has a problem — how can she complete these good deeds? And her new friends Louisiana Elefante and Beverly Tapinski are also entering the competition. Louisiana really wants to win. And Beverly is planning to sabotage the competition.
Louisiana’s grandma is my favourite character, and I love the part where she yells, ‘Quick, get in the car, Marsha Jean is hot on our trail!’
This is the third book of Kate DiCamillo’s that I have read — I also enjoyed Because of Winn-Dixie, and The Tale of Despereaux. I recommend Raymie Nightingale for ages 8+. It shows that to have a good friendship you need to be a good friend.
Matilda is one of our regular book reviewers. Her most recent review (if you don’t count this one) was of Lily in the Mirror. If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!
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