Bookmark Monday: 2011 releases

I love when we find new releases in the library that still have that crisp new look and feel, and the new book smell still lingers when you thumb the pages.  Below are some new ones we’ve found. 

With double the borrowing allowance for the school holiday period (19 Nov 2011 to 31 Jan 2012), it’s an even better time than ever to stop by your local branch of the National Library to check out its latest offerings.  For our family of four, that means 48 new and old favourites we can potentially cart back home and enjoy for 21 days!


“AGAIN!” – by Emily Gravett.

About a little dragon named Cedric, who, as all little ones go, has a favourite bedtime book that he wants read again…and again…and again…and AGAIN!
A hole right through the last page and back hardcover and sleeve provides a foretaste of the very funny incendiary story that lies within. 

It appears simple at first look, but from our personal experience, turned out to be a useful tool for teaching early readers what exclamation marks are – (not uppercase “I”s or lowercase “l”s), how they are different from question marks, and the expression each lends to a word or sentence.


“The Highway Rat” – written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. 

The Highway Rat is a ‘baddie’ and a ‘beast’ – he robs all the animals of their food – a leaf from the ants, clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel, hay from his own horse – all foods that he himself hasn’t much appreciation for, but just wants it for the sake of being the rogue that must have it all.

Eventually, the animals grow thin and hungry while he grows ‘horribly fat’. One day, when he tries to rob a duck that has nothing, he states that he will eat her instead. Thankfully the clever duck outwits him and rides away with his loot to return it to all the animals. 

Scheffler always embeds humorous little references to his other book collaborations with Donaldson.  Don’t forget to spend some time treasure-hunting the last page illustration. 🙂

Inspired by the poem “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes,  a deeper appreciation and enjoyment of this book can be gained for both parent and child if the parent first familiarizes himself or herself with the tempo and metre of the original poem.

Note to parents: Click here for more details on school holiday programmes run by NLB Singapore.


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