The Pup’s Tale by Darrel and Sally Odgers, ill. Janine Dawson, Scholastic Press ISBN 9781741697254
A review copy of this book was sent to us by the publisher.
Trump is an animal liaison officer at Pet Vet clinic. (He’s a Jack Russell terrier.) This is book 6 in the Pet Vet series.
When Dr Jeanie (the vet) checks on a mother labrador and her 15 newborn puppies, she discovers that the mother dog isn’t able to look after the smallest puppy, Tiny. Trump and Dr Jeanie have to try to find a foster-mother for Tiny, and keep an eye on him.
Before you get into the story, there are some sketches of the important people in the book. Throughout the book there are grey info boxes to help with interesting words (like ‘Runt—the smallest pup or piglet in a litter.’)
If you like books about animals (and especially dogs!), you’ll love The Pup’s Tale.
28/6/2011 notice: We have been advised that this event has been cancelled.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (WA branch) runs an annual book-based quiz in the style of ABC TV show, Spicks ‘n’ Specks. It’s called BOOKWIZ! Bring your family and friends along for a fun afternoon and meet local authors and illustrators.
Sunday 3 July, 2-4 pm
MC:MEG MCKINLAY (author of Duck for a Day and The Truth About Penguins Where:Boulevard Centre, Floreat [beneath Cambridge Library], Western Australia Cost: $12 adults $6 school students [includes refreshments] Bookings: Chloe Mauger –firstname.lastname@example.org– phone: 9295 1328
You’ve probably heard that The Lost Thing—a 15 minute animated short film based on the book by Shaun Tan—has been shortlisted for an Oscar. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you’ll find it at The Lost Thing website.
Totally Twins is a new series for girls. The first book in the series, Musical Mayhem, was released in September 2010. The author, Aleesah Darlison, is taking Musical Mayhem on a blog tour to celebrate the launch of the book, and she arranged for us to interview a character from the series—Portia. You can get to know Portia’s twin, Persephone, on another stop on the tour.
But now, let’s meet Portia.
Your twin sister, Persephone, keeps a diary. Do you keep a diary too?
No. Not yet, but seeing Perse have so much fun with her diary sure makes me want one too! I’m usually kept pretty busy with school and ballet practice but maybe I’ll ask Mum to splurge on a new diary for me. I can’t let Perse have all the fun!
What’s the best thing about having a twin sister?
Having someone you can always, always rely on.
What’s the worst thing about having a twin sister?
Having to share a birthday—every year. But at least Mum lets us have our own cakes.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Fun, friendly, fabulous, fashionable and … FUNKY!
Perse is a sensible, sensitive, shy, serious and super sister! But don’t tell her I said that, it might go to her head.
If you found $20 lying on the ground, how would you spend it?
I’d buy some pink-iced cupcakes for Perse and me (chocolate for her, vanilla for me)—but don’t tell Mum because she’s dead against high sugar food. I’d also buy some new jewellery and magazines.
Next week is Book Week in Australia and today the winners of the CBCA Book of the Year were announced. Visit the Children’s Book Council of Australia website to see the winners and honour books for 2010. I’ll be posting about this again over the weekend.
In the meantime … how many of the winners have you read?
If you’re looking for a free family outing on Sunday, why not visit the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre for their Open Day?
You can admire or purchase books and artwork, attend free storytelling sessions and meet Alison Lester (and hear her talk about the techniques she used in the illustrations of her latest picture book, Running with the Horses. She’ll also be answering questions).