Up to Something – by Katrina McKelvey 

Up to Something – by Katrina McKelvey 

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 7th June 2019

Up to Something – Hardcover picture book by Katrina McKelvey  (Author) & Kirrili Lonergan (Illustrator)

Now listen up, 10 days from now it will be Father’s Day, and with Father’s Day in mind this is the perfect book:  “Up to Something – Hardcover picture book by Katrina McKelvey  (Author) & Kirrili Lonergan (Illustrator)”

A wonderful picture book about one aspect of a father son relationship and although the two featured characters are father and son it could be father and daughter or mother and son/daughter.

 

The fact that it is father and son is very meaningful at the moment as Father’s Day beckons around the corner, creeping up fast and is on Sunday 16th June 2019. This book will make a good present to buy dad for him and his children to enjoy together.

 

The book runs through the relationship between child and father and reflects on what the child, Billy, learns from his dad and his determination to help his dad in a big meaningful way and along the way there’s a lot of recycling going on. A good lesson in today’s wasteful world.

 

The official book description is:

“One day, Dad invites Billy into his shed to build something, but Billy soon finds out that he is only allowed to watch. As Dad becomes engrossed in his project, Billy takes Dad’s off-cuts and other items from around the yard and shed and starts to copy what his Dad is building. Dad remains blissfully unaware! At the end of the day, they reveal their creations — two very different racing carts — and Dad discovers that Billy has more skills and abilities than his dad had ever imagined! Joining forces, Dad and Billy set out as a team to build a cart together — the best one yet — and enter the upcoming local cart race. Up to Something beautifully explores the father–son relationship, and how they can bond while doing things together that they both love, as well as touching on the power of imagination and creativity, and the satisfaction to be gained from recycling and making things ourselves.”

 

The 32 pages of the book are adorned with detailed artistic pictures by Kirrili Lonergan  giving  an additional dimension to the tale. I love the pictures for being simply drawn but with detail and special beauty all at the same time.

 

About The Author:

Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author, mother of two, and a former primary school teacher. Her first picture book, Dandelions, was released in 2015. There will be more picture books appearing in 2019 and 2020 titled, No Baths Week, Up To Something, Chasing Rainbows, and Isla’s Family Tree. Katrina loves doing school presentations, hosting children’s literature events, attending festivals and discovering stories in her imagination. At other times she can be found on most social media platforms – just ask Google! Katrina is a past President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW Branch Inc. Newcastle Sub-branch, is an advisor for the Schools Program of the Newcastle Writers Festival, a Books In Homes Volunteer Role Model, and facilitates the Hunter Writers Centre Children’s Writing Group. She loves chocolate, but doesn’t like chocolate cake. She is left-handed but plays sport right-handed. She loves tea, but dislikes the smell of coffee. She loves cats, but now owns a puppy!

 

WEBSITE: www.katrinamckelvey.com

 

This is an ideal book for DAD’S to read with children on Father’s Day, it tops my list of book’s for dads on Father’s Day.

 

1              Up To Something                                by Katrina McKelvey  (Author), Kirrili Lonergan (Illustrator)

Hardcover: 32 pages          Age Range: 4 – 8 years                       Publisher: EK Books

2              Mr Men: My Daddy (Mr. Men and Little Miss Picture Books)                  by Roger Hargreaves          Paperback: 32 pages          Age Range: 3 – 5 years                               Publisher: Egmon

3              The Dinosaur That Pooped Daddy!                 by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter

Board book: 18 pages        Age Range: 2 – 5 years                       Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books

4              Daddy is My Hero               by Dawn Richards and Jane Massey

Board book: 18 pages        Age Range: 2 – 5 years                       Publisher: Doubleday Childrens

5              I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar                by Eric Carle  (Author, Illustrator)                    Hardcover: 32 pages          Age Range: 3 – 5 years                               Publisher: Puffin

6              I Love You, Daddy             by Jilliam Harker (Author), Kristina Stephenson (Illustrator)                     Hardcover: 32 pages          Age Range: 5 – 6 years                               Publisher: Parragon Books;

7              Why I Love My Daddy      by Daniel Howarth  (Illustrator)

Paperback: 32 pages          Age Range: 3 – 5 years                    Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks

8              Peppa Pig: My Daddy        by Peppa Pig (Author)

Hardcover: 16 pages          Age Range: 2 – 4 years                       Publisher: Ladybird

 

9              Peppa Pig: Daddy Pig’s Words of Wisdom     by Peppa Pig (Author)

Hardcover: 32 pages          Age Range: 2 – 5 years                       Publisher: Ladybird

10           Spot Loves His Daddy       by Eric Hill

Board book: 14 pages        Age Range: 1 – 3 years       Publisher: Warne Frederick & Co

11           Because Your Daddy Loves You     by Andrew Clements  (Author), R W Alley (Illustrator)               Paperback: 32 pages          Age Range: 4 – 7 years                               Publisher: Clarion Books

12           Dad By My Side  by Soosh  (Author)

Hardcover: 40 pages          Age Range: 4 – 8 years                       Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers

13           My Dad                 by Anthony Browne  (Author)

Paperback: 32 pages          Age Range: 3 – 5 years                       Publisher: Corgi Childrens

14           My Dad Is Brilliant (My Family Is…)              by Nick Butterworth  (Author, Illustrator)

Paperback: 32 pages          Age Range: 2 – 3 years                       Publisher: Walker Books

15           My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh               by Nick Sharratt  (Author)

Paperback: 28 pages          Age Range: 3 – 5 years                       Publisher: Walker Book

               

 

 

 

I Love My Daddy Because…            by Laurel Porter Gaylord (Author), Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)    Paperback             Age Range: 2 – 5 years                Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Always think: Will this matter a year from now?

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…getting a special book on Father’s Day whether you are a dad or not

 GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Borrow money from a pessimist, they don’t expect it back.

LOVE IS…

Love is… wild and romantic

WHAT DAY IS IT?

Friday 7th June 2019

Doughnut Day

VCR Day

Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Fish & Chip Day

JUNE is Care For Your Grandparents Month

 

 

 

 

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