There Once Was a Boy Called Tashi by Anna and Barbara Fienberg Monday, Feb 13 2012 

Title: There Once Was A boy Called Tashi
Author: Anna and Barbara Fienberg
ISBN: 1741141982
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
First Published: 2006

Rating: 4/5

When Gloomin the ogre tramples the village, Tashi must find what he’s looking for, or else the village will have years of the Gloomin winter. There once was a boy called Tashi, who had a way with witches and warlords. He wasn’t afraid of giants, or ghosts, or the wicked baron by the river, but never, ever, had he dreamed of an ogre such as Gloomin. When the ogre tramples into the village, the Magic Warning Bell screams out, and the people all hurry into their houses. Only Tashi is brave enough to face the Gloomin…Step into the magical world of Tashi.

Tashi is an inquisitive fellow who will delight both toddlers and young readers. The bold print is clear and easily read and the accompanying pictures are delightful. This fable of a courageous young boy imparts a lovely lesson – that with a little bravery and understanding, we can find the best in others. Highly recommended.


Happy Birthday, Jamela! by Niki Daly Monday, Feb 13 2012 

Title: Happy Birthday, Jamela!
Author: Niki Daly
ISBN: 1845074025
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
First published: 2006

Rating: 4/5

It’s Jamela’s birthday, and she and Mama are off to buy some new shoes. As soon as Jamela sees the Princess Shoes with their sparkly buckles and little satin bows, she falls in love with them, but Mama points out that she’ll have to wear the shoes for school too, so a sad Jamela ends up with sensible black shoes. Alone in her room, Jamela tries her best to make the shoes look princessy with beads, glitter and glue – and only succeeds in making Mama very angry indeed. But a lady called Lilly thinks Jamela’s decorated shoes are fabulous.

This beautifully illustrated story is bursting with life and excitement. Very young children will love having it read to them whilst looking at the brightly coloured pictures and young readers will enjoy the fun tale of Jamelia, who takes matters into her own hands when she is disappointed by her boring school shoes. Here, a child with a bright idea discovers self-worth with the help of a friendly and artistic adult and finds that a little hard work can have the nicest results!