Monday, 1 September 2014

Chapter Books for Early Readers

NZ Writer and Illustrator

Christine Hurst, illustrated by Alicja Ignakzac

Symphony Smythe and the Baked Bean Birthday Party

Prickly Cat Publishing 2014  $12.00pb 46pp

ISBN 978 0 4732 5585 5

Themes: Birthday parties/ Difficult parents/ Healthy foods/ Series

Symphony, the child of very difficult parents who are interested in healthy foods, saving the planet and recycling amongst many other things in the same vein, is about to have a birthday. Her mum has agreed to a birthday party but to Symphony’s horror the menu will include baked beans and broccoli dip. Then, on the day of the party, there is a not unpleasant surprise…This is just the sort of story small girls (and maybe some small boys) who have recently become independent readers will really enjoy with its large font and sympathetic and cheerful images.

Another title, Symphony Smythe wants a pet ISBN 978 0 4732 6322 5 is also available and coming soon is Symphony Smythe and the Family History Mystery.

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Google Christine’s name to find other books she has written. Up until now she has been published commercially but now she is stepping out in self-publishing with her Prickly Cat Publishing venture. Great name for a publisher!

Year 2 up/ Age 6 up

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