Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Sep 24, 2014

Boa’s bad birthday

Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross
Koala Books [Scholastic Australia]
ISBN: 9781742760957           RRP: $14.99

Boa’s friends bring along excellent birthday presents - in their view - but have they thought it through? What can Boa do with sunglasses, mittens, a hairbrush, even a grand piano? Think about it. Then Dung Beetle rolls in his gift and it proves to be perfect. The illustrations are slap-dash watercolour with ink outlines, colourful, deceptively spontaneous and filled with vitality and humour. There’s a surprise twist in the tail which readers will find amusing.