By Sharon Giltrow
It’s beginning to look a lot like the festive season... and what better way to celebrate than with a fun and hilarious festive-theme book. JINGLE BELLY, written by Jacinta Froud is a perfect festive book, to read now and the whole year through
Written by: Jacinta Froud
Illustrated by: Gabriella Petruso
Published by: Larrikin House , November 2021
Eddie is a Wonder Dog - this is absolutely true, but Eddie likes to make a mess and he’s pretty naughty too! When Eddie gets loose on Christmas Eve, there’s no telling what kind of mischief he’ll get up to. Can he be caught before he ruins everyone’s Christmas or will he surprise everyone with a very special Christmas treat?
Let’s take a sneak peek inside JINGLE BELLY at some of Jacinta’s favourite funny pages and what make them so funny…
– “Miss Pritchard getting bumped in the rear is funny to me because I had a very lovely teacher called Miss Pritchard and the likeness to her in the illustration is uncanny, a complete coincidence by the illustrator Gabriella Petruso as she was not aware of this anecdote! A Corgi wearing a silly hat is funny!”
Miss Pritchard, and the reader, are surprised when Eddie bumps into her. The illustrations are super funny too. Look at that festive jumper Miss Pritchard is wearing.
J- “I love the element of surprise or intrigue that this spread elicits. There are some visual clues for the readers to decipher. What is in that bag? Why is Dad wearing a peg on his nose? What is going to happen next?”
Here Jacinta is pushing the joke of what is going to happen as far as she can, without telling the reader exactly what it is. This spread is also a great example of using the power of a page turn… The reader will want to find out what happens.
These are just two funny spreads from JINGLE BELLY there are many more laughs inside.
Remember books make great gifts for the festive season. The sharing of those books with your loved ones is an even better gift.
What are some of your favourite festive season books?
Well, that’s it from me this month. Jacinta’s book has put me in the festive mood, so I’m off to put up some decorations.
See you in December with another great Aussie book.
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Sharon Giltrow grew up in South Australia, the youngest of eight children, surrounded by pet sheep and fields of barley. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, two children and a tiny dog. Sharon has taught for all of her career. Previously a teacher of children who are hearing impaired and Deaf-Blind, she now teaches young children with Developmental Language Disorder. Her humorous debut PB, BEDTIME DADDY! released May 2020 through EK books. Sharon’s even funnier follow up PB, GET READY, MAMA! Is due to be released through EK books in April, 2022. Her third PB, LET’S GO SHOPPING, GRANDMA! is due to be released through Dixi Books in 2022. SAMARA RUBIN AND THE UTILITY BELT, book one in Sharon’s early MG series – THE UTILITY BELT, will be released in 2022 through Clear Fork Publishing. With book two TOBY KING AND THE UTILITY BELT to follow.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with editor/art director, & CBA Director Mira Reisberg PhD who is handing her Mondays over to awesome former now tradtionally pubbed students to widen their audience.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays feature funny Aussie author Sharon Giltrow sharing awesome Aussie books.
And 5th Mondays will feature Libyan American author Koloud Tarapolsi sharing wonderful diverse books.