Picture books are tricky to write a whole review about - but they are such as valuable addition to any home or class library, no matter how old you are. So I'll be doing them in batches. I'd love to say there's some order or method to the ones I've chosen, but realistically, it's just any random group I happen to have that I've read recently!!
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World - Kate Pankhurst
Content: There are a few similar style texts on the market at the moment, and I absolutely love them. Whether you consider yourself a feminist or not, I'm sure no one could argue the value of young girls being able to read about the amazing feats that women have performed despite intense opposition.
Illustrations: The illustrations are really beautifully done, although I would have loved to see actual photos of the women where possible!
Overall thoughts: Definitely worth a read! I'd recommend it for older primary students or for parents/teachers to read aloud.
Content: This is amazing for so many different reasons. There is nothing overly complex about the language, but it's perfect to complement the incredible illustrations and message.
Illustrations: If you haven't read a Graeme Base book before, you absolutely have to! His illustrations are so complex and beautiful - no matter how many times you look at the pictures, you notice something new every time!
Overall thoughts: An Australian classic! It should have pride of place on everyone's bookshelves.
Commotion in the Ocean - Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz
Content: This text contains lots of information about various sea creatures in rhyming form. The rhythm and structure of some of the poems seemed a bit clunky to read though. There are a few limericks though, which would be great for modelling if you're teaching poetry.
Illustrations: The illustrations are very bright and colourful. I'm no marine biologist though, so not sure how accurate each creature is!
Overall thoughts: Certainly not my favourite picture book, but it'd be a great choice if you've got small children who enjoy bright pictures and sea creatures!