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Bad Nana #1: Older but Not Wiser – Sophy Henn



Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780008268053

ISBN 10: 0008268053

Imprint: HarperCollins – GB

June 2018

RRP $17.99

Newly independent readers who love a giggle are bound to fall in love with Bad Nana and her granddaughter, Jeanie. Of course Bad Nana isn’t really bad – but she is cheeky and unconventional, most definitely mischievous, and certainly the type of granny that any kid would want to claim.

Jeanie and her baby brother spend a lot of time with Bad Nana as both their parents work full time and that suits Jeanie just fine. Of course there are times when Bad Nana can be a little embarrassing and she’s very good at getting Jeanie involved in her madcap antics. You know, like the time she accompanies Jeanie’s class to the local museum which is the most boring excursion ever and made worse by the grumpy curator. The angry man is almost beside himself with criticising the children and even humiliating them but Bad Nana doesn’t stand for such nonsense and when she slips herself into Henry VIII’s seat at the mock medieval feast, replacing the mannequin, she ensures her aim with a chicken drumstick and more is spot on.

Bad Nana’s no-nonsense attitude and her rather unique appearance are very endearing. Young readers will really feel attracted to her and the stories are wildly funny without being nasty or mean (well, except for the rather horrid class show off, Lydia). Bad Nana’s exquisite timing in giving bullies their come-uppance will definitely appeal to youngsters who will giggle all the way.

Apart from the hilarious story line the eye-popping fluoro colour scheme of lime, hot pink and black of the illustrations will really give a shot of excitement.

Highly recommended for readers from around seven years upwards.

Where Bear? – Sophy Henn




Format:Hardback, 32 pages


price:AUD $24.99



Publisher:Penguin UK


Origin:United Kingdom

This delightful picture book from a new talent in the industry was a great hit when Small and I read it together on Saturday night. A little boy and a little bear lived together and all was wonderful until they both started to grow and as one might expect the bear was suddenly MUCH bigger than the boy. So much bigger in fact that living in a house no longer seemed the best option for him.

So they begin their quest to find Bear a suitable and happy home. Young readers will love the delightful refrain as the pair explore each possibility – the zoo, the jungle, the pet shop and more – in turn and each is rejected because Bear finds them unsuitable. But ‘Where Bear?’ asks the boy…until finally they find the very perfect place for a very large Bear to settle down and raise a family of his own.

Like so many enduring friendships, just because the boy and the bear now live in separate places does not mean they no longer enjoy their same close relationship. Chatty phone calls and even shared ‘holiday’ expeditions ensure their closeness remains.

This is a gorgeous book with simple resonant themes – the skilful illustrations are typical of Sophy’s artistic style after exploring her website.  Children will enjoy the tenderness between the two and the opportunity to share their own stories of friendships – including those where friends may have moved away.

Sophy has also been appointed the official illustrator for World Book Day 2015.

Sophy has a new picture book being released next year and I look forward to seeing that one – as I’m sure does Small.