Book Review: The Curious Ar-Chew, by Sarah Grundy

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cv_the_curious_ar_chewThis is a hilarious romp through the jungle which encourages children to engage with and challenge the story as it is told.

The animals in the forest have found a strange creature in a tree and nobody knows what it might be. A hedgehog, goose and rabbit work together to solve this mystery. Each page gives a new clue about what the ‘ar-chew’ might and children can be encouraged to guess.  Of course, each time the woodland animals guess wrong and the crowd gets bigger as they think about what the ‘ar-chew’ might be.  The story asks children to come along on the adventure, taking them into the world of the book.

Eventually the ‘ar-chew’ leaves the tree, and while it is never said, we see a young child head home from the forest.  The ending cleverly allows the reader to be left in the imaginative world the author has woven through her deft story-telling.

It is a delightful story which young children find funny as they begin to wonder, along with the animals in the story, just what an Ar-Chew might be.  It has become a favourite at group time at my kindy, and the rhyming prose is enjoyed by the reader and listener. The clean pictures accompany the story beautifully.

Reviewed by Sara Croft

The Curious Ar-Chew
by Sarah Grundy, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly
Scholastic NZ
ISBN 9781775434375


Book Review: Chick’s Sick, by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly

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This latest offering from Scholastic will not disappoint. As usual this book is of a very high standard with wonderful illustrations. Kyle Mewburn was born in Brisbane but has lived in New Zealand for a number of years. One of his previous books, Duck’s Stuck is a firm favourite with all of my grandchildren and one that I have read to all of them, many times over the years.

Abby my 2 ½ year old granddaughter was very interested in this latest offering. She laughed her way through the story making comments right throughout. This is a story of a chicken who could not lay an egg, with helpful advice from a from a variety of animals trying to help solve the problem. The ending is just delightful with Abby saying “read it again Grandma”, which to me is always an indication of how much she has enjoyed the story.

With Christmas fast approaching this book would make a wonderful gift or a great addition to any small person’s library. Highly Recommended.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

Chick’s Sick
written by Kyle Mewburn
illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly
published by Scholastic NZ
ISBN 9781775431220