Teddy’s Midnight Adventure

Yoko Mori, trans. Cathy Hinaro. Pushkin Press. (32p) ISBN 9781782694014

Teddy’s Midnight Adventure

Teddy’s Midnight Adventure

Received this from Immy at Bounce Marketing and I’m so glad I asked for it.

From start to finish it is entrancing, such a sweet little story about a young girl and teddy’s adventure to find his missing eye.

Such a simple little story but portrayed so well.

The palette the artist uses is simple but works with the rhythm of the story, using greyscale pencil work throughout the story with a red accent, but as they near the end of the quest the whole scene takes on a brighter tone with far more red in it.

This may be due to the cultural tradition of red being a colour of hope, strength, and peace. Also being a colour associated with scaring away evil spirits.

I love how each page is absolutely full and your eye can travel around the pictures finding lovely details and it is a beautiful story of friendship overcoming difficulties.

One of my favourite details was the bracket fungus on the tree!


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Shoo!

Susie Bower, Francesca Gambatesa. Pushkin Press. (32p) ISBN 9781782693154

Shoo!

Shoo!

Just received Shoo! this morning from Pushkin Press, I had asked for a copy to review as I loved the cover art and the idea of a grumpy person being surrounded by animals they didn’t want there.

The cover for some reason gave me very Enda Mode vibes and I think that’s what made it visually catching for me.

The story is about a person who really doesn’t like animals, doesn’t like disruption, doesn’t like MESS who gets overrun by the animals from the new zoo that moves in next door…

A lovely simple rhyming scheme keeps us moving through the story at a good pace, and I’m looking forward to using it as a story time book at the shop, doing all the noises and tone changes that it implies, there is a nice little bit of toilet humour for kids of all ages to enjoy.

It reminds me a bit of the Oi! rhyming scheme and a bit of Alone! but is a beautiful story in its own right, showing we can all change and that change isn’t bad.


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