Title: Every Day is Malala Day.
Author: Rosemary McCarney with Plan International.
Publisher: Allen and Unwin.
Publish Date: 1st April, 2014.
While I had anticipated a very different book- one full of letters individually written by girls across the globe, each affected by Malala Yousafzai's story was the impression the synopsis I read had given me, and this is a book, as far as I can tell, written by one woman for these girls- it was still a heartwarming, inspiring book. I felt moved by the strong words, especially by the excerpt from Malala's speech at the United Nations Youth Assembly, which I here read in fuller detail than I previously had.
I did, none the less, have a few issues with the book: some of the pictures felt overly framed, particularly one I now know was part of a campaign by Plan to end child marriage, and it felt, overall, a lot less personal than I had believed it would be.
I wanted to hear, as best I could, from the girls themselves. I wanted this to be a stepping stone for them to speak up, not just someone speaking up on their behalf.
Image Credit: Allen and Unwin.
Image Credit: Bloomsbury.
Title: Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth.Author: Paula Bowles.
Publish Date: May 2014.
RRP: $14.99 (PB)
The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. One peek inside shows you that amply, and despite the rhyming way of the text, a thing I've never been able to grow entirely fond of in regards to childrens books- indeed, it has always left me disinclined- the story is sweet (though perhaps a few levels down from the illustrations, which are so very lovely. Did I say that?), but it wasn't quite enough all round. The illustrations were, as tends to happen for me, my favourite part of this book, particularly those of the woolly mammoth made of strong, who is a very nice mix of colours.
It's a fun, colourful, charming book, but a part of me couldn't help but wonder: if a giant woolly mammoth has been chasing you (intentions unknown) and through incidence it grows smaller, don't you still have a small mammoth that has possibly evil intentions?
Thank you to Allen and Unwin for the review copy of Every Day is Malala Day!
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for the review copy of Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth!