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 26, 2015

The cloudspotter

Tom McLaughlin
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
ISBN: 9781408854969
RRP: $22.99

Franklin spots clouds. Though it’s lonely Franklin brightens up his day by imagining shapes in the clouds and making up adventures. Young readers will identify effortlessly with Franklin’s vivid imagination. Enter an observer that seems fascinated by Franklin’s behaviour and ultimately by Franklin himself. Not used to such attention, Franklin loads the intruder into a balloon basket, to float him away; but balloons have a habit of returning to ground. Franklin realises that things done together are often more enjoyable. The softly coloured, spare illustrations have a dramatic impact on readers through the shapes defining Franklin’s adventures.