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Mozzie and Midgie by Doug MacLeod and Sandy Okalyi
Mozzie and Midgie are a pair of sibling Spoonbills who live on a tropical Queensland island. Everything in their world is happy until they come across a boastful parrot who teases them for being too plain. From then on, Mozzie is determined to find something which will make them beautiful – even if it means wearing crabs on their heads! Will Mozzie find the perfect decoration? Will Midgie be convinced that they look beautiful?
This is a lovely picture book about finding out who you really are and not listening to the nay-sayers around you. Mozzie’s schemes keep coming, and poor old Midgie gets dragged along from one scheme to another. The repeating nature of the book is really enjoyable and opens the book up to reader participation – you’re left wondering what Mozzie will come up with while knowing how Midgie is likely to respond. The illustrations are simply done, but often hilarious (I love the two spoonbills wearing flying fish scales as masks) and they introduce a lot of different animals. This was a really enjoyable read which I’m eager to read again.
Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy and Polly Dunbar
Mabel never thought blowing bubbles at the table could cause so much trouble. She never imagined that one of those bubbles would capture up her baby brother and take him bobbling and joggling through the town. She never considered that it would lead to an adventure involving all her neighbours, half the town, and a gaggle of choir boys. And how on earth will they get her brother down?
This was a rollicking poem of a story, which (luckily) rolled fairly easily off the tongue as you race through the adventures. There was some absolutely splendid use of words in the story, and I was really left admiring the beautiful writing, even after reading it several times. The story also lends itself beautifully to using different voices, always something which I really enjoy. The illustrations are relatively simple, but there are a few nice little things to look at and point out. This was a really, really enjoyable read which has kept Squirm captivated and wanting me to read again