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Spy Dad!

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All Olivia wants (apart from a hamster) is for her parents to be at home more. Dad is always on some mission or another unlike her friend Sophia's mummy who is at home every day. When Olivia confronts her parents, her dad decides to give up work. From that moment, adventure and danger seem to follow them everywhere...

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On the first page we meet Spy Dad who is tied to a chair and using his toes to open his Swiss Army knife whilst the bomb under his seat is ticking away ( 0:07 on the clock!). Like any good action movie, he escapes from the umbrella factory just in the nick of time, dangling from a helicopter as the bomb explodes beneath him. At this point, his phone rings- and it's his daughter! 

It can be hard for working parents to balance the demands of a busy job with family life and 'Spy Dad' takes a humorous look at one parent's attempt to reconcile this. 

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The fabulous  illustrations which are packed with clues to Spy Dad's exciting secret existence as he and his daughter try to go about their new 'normal' life. There is a somewhat 'retro' feel to the artwork which is very appealing. Everyone will enjoy this story!

Spy Dad   by Jukka Laajarinne, illustrated by Timo Manttari

Pikku Publishing      ISBN: 978-9003488450

 

Tasso

I used to love going to Greece! I haven't been for years, but this book reminded me so much of Lindos on Rhodes with its winding streets and white, flat-roofed buildings that I might have to convince the family that a little trip is needed!

Tasso and his sister, Athena, live with their father, a fisherman, in a Greek sideside town. As their father is poor, the children help out by working at the Trocadero, a local taverna, where Athena serves food and Tasso plays his bouzouki.

Everyone loves Tasso's playing and the cafe is full of locals and tourists singing and dancing. When Tasso becomes too tired to play, everyone is disappointed and the cafe owner buys a juke box so he can have music full time. Poor Tasso is without a job, but will the 'Rock-a-Rola' machine really be able to take his place?

First pubished in 1966, 'Tasso' is a story about tradition versus change. Tasso, with his traditional bouzouki playing; Greek village life with its donkeys, its dancing, its characters all come to life on these pages through William Papas' wonderful illustrations that burst with life and energy.

The story offers the perfect starting point for discussions about traditions, changes and their impact on people and their daily lives. Athough the juke box was fun initially, nothing could replace the joy of the live, traditional music offered by young Tasso. The illustrations are full of wonderful details and could easily be used as the starting point for plenty of writing.

A lovely book- something a bit different, a bit special- perfect for sharing and reminding us all that 'new' is not always better!

Tasso   by Papas

Pikku Publishing    ISBN: 978-0993488443

Publication date: 6th April 2017

Daisy, Daisy...

Daisy and Daddy are having lunch together, but Daisy doesn't like carrots! Or mashed potato...or any vegetable!  Does Daddy panic? No- he will find a way to make lunch fun and delicious!

With quirky, humorous illustrations on every page, this book is a real celebration of parenting. Daddy is creative and imaginative, comforting and loving. He comes up with an ingenious way of tempting Daisy to try her mash- a Potato Robot! And what Daisy does, Daddy does too- what a team!

The details in the pictures are wonderful- the endpapers are a real treat! This is just one of Daisy and Daddy's adventures- I look forward to reading their others!

Daisy Darling, Let's Have Lunch! (A Daisy and Daddy Story Book Vol III)

Markus Majaluoma

Pikku Publishing   ISBN: 978- 0992805098