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!
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…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… wild and romantic
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Friday 7th June 2019
Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Fish & Chip Day
JUNE is Care For Your Grandparents Month
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