Ribbit, Rabbit, Robot

Jacob P a student from Holy Saviour PS choose to review the storybook Ribbit, Rabbit, Robot which is illustrated by Sofya Karmazina. It is nominated in the New Illustrator category of the Book of the Year Awards.

The book Ribbit, Rabbit, Robot has a lot of colour and detail with the drawings and the pictures. The illustrations have more detail than the texts. I think if this book was in a library a lot of people would pick it up because the characters are very appealing. The robot is my favourite character because even though it is a robot it has real feelings and expressions drawn on his face. I like the story because it looks like the characters are moving in the story, especially the page where the frog takes a book and it looks like the books are falling over. I also liked that at the start and the end there was a map because it shows where the characters were and it looks like it is hand drawn. The cover of the book stands out because the title is written so big with the characters and the title being so big. I think people would buy the characters if they were soft toys.

The pictures are very original; they do look different to what I’ve seen before in the book. This book has more illustrations than text so would appeal to a kinder kid. It was fun reading it in class to see the funny expressions on the characters’ faces. It was clever having the frog and genie reading the book at the end.

This Small Blue Dot 

Charlie W, a student at Holy Saviour PS, reviews This Small Blue Dot which was nominated in the New Illustrator category.

This small blue dot is a very attractive book because of its illustrations. It is so colourful that little kids would love it. It has so many splashes of red, green, blue, purple, pink, yellow and white. But the best thing of all is that Zeno combined so many different colours together like green and blue, yellow and green and red, green and white and red, pink and blue. The images show that the girl is always having a different expression on every page and is so original. I have never ever seen a book as colourful as this one. I think that the best thing is that the girl is grey and everything else is colourful and makes her look so sad. And I can’t wait to read more of Zeno Sworder’s books. 

Balmain Blitz the Best Books

Take the time to appreciate this panel of Shadow Judges from Nicholson Street PS Balmain East in NSW give their final reviews and votes in this year’s Book of the Year Awards. I don’t want to be a spoiler so sit down and listen in as they nominate their winner in the Younger Readers category.

Worse Things

This creative response is another from Belmont High and was created after reading Worse Things which was nominated in the Younger Readers category.. Kanau wrote … My picture is about the 3 main characters, thinking about the ‘worst thing’ to them.

I drew sports equipment that symbolizes what is important to the characters, because the story is based on sport, and what the characters feel playing it.

The characters are sitting on grass because I wanted it to represent a sports field, because again, the characters have a connection to playing sports.

The Lost Soul Atlas

The idea for this recreation came directly from the book The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon. The Lost Soul Atlas is a very important element in the story, and we wanted to recreate how we saw it, physically.

The cardboard exterior gives the illusion of many pages when there is only 3. The page in the middle is bound with string so it can be moved smoothly. Each page has at least 1 reference to the story of the Lost Soul Atlas whether it is a drawing of a character or quote. Paint was used to darken edges, and the worn paper look was created with tea, coffee and burning the edges with a flame.

The map is a detailed copy of the one in the Lost Soul Atlas book and shows all the different places where Twig goes to discover the truth. The real metal key hanging from the side symbolizes the skeleton keys but also everything that twig unlocks in his memory using the Lost Soul Atlas.

Aster’s Good Right Things

Imogen and Annabel, students from Belmont High, joined forces to produce this creative response after reading Aster’s Good Right Things. Here’s the text below …

The fear of being left,
The fear of being unwanted,
It shapes my whole day,
My world is built around others,
Fulfilling their needs and going unnoticed.
Every day is a battle to survive,
I cannot be left again.

Sometimes bed is the only option,
Sometimes life is just not able to continue in my world.
Sometimes it is hard to live up to my own expectations,
Sometimes I make my own life harder, and sometimes I create my own misery.

Until a small rabbit leads to a friend who understands how it feels to struggle,
A friend forced to hide from the black dog, yet never forgot how to live.
He joins my life and shows me it can be better.
Opens up possibilities that I never knew existed,
And helps me create a whole new way of living.
Maybe friendships can exists in my world,
And maybe life can be more than good right things.

Flowers can be codes,
A secret message between loved ones.
A code that can make all the difference of the world,
A way to get through the pain and find beauty.

People who are bullies have hidden personalities,
Broken but unknown to others, just like me.
Friendships can form wherever, if you just look deeper,
You can end up caring for someone you never knew before.
Sometimes, just sometimes, new relationships can give you the confidence to end old ones,
To let those people go, and move on.

Move on from sadness,
Move on from hardship,
Move on to happiness
Move on to love,
And maybe, just maybe, let the light in.

Never let the sadness get you down,
Think of all the good things you have now.
Everyone is broken in a different way,
But together we can heal cracks and create a whole.
Better and brighter than before,
Maybe now all those good right things can be about me too.