Friday, February 25, 2022

Jez Alborough: Discoveries & Updates

Now and then, I update a post. Usually this happens when there is a sequel to a book I have here at PBT. I discovered that Jez Alborough's book about Bobo needing a hug has several sequels. Their beauty is evident, and their very limited vocabulary allows you to have some young children reading along. I have updated that post here. 

Here's another book from him that has obvious connections to scripture!

Picture Book: Duck's Key Where Can it Be?

Author/Illustrator: Jez Alborough

Summary: The story of this fun and simple book is in the title - something we can all relate to! Duck has a friend who is watching the search and making it more difficult, but Frog also brings in the humor. Lift the flaps to meet Frog!

Hanna’s Comments: This book is most appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers. but that's not what I write below in the Age Appropriateness line. Why? I never want to limit the use of picture books here at PBT. You know your audiences better than I do. You may have an older child, teen, or adult with cognitive delays or an elderly person with dementia. Those with dementia struggle with losing things often so this book would be very relatable. Keep the theology short and simple with these populations, such as saying, "God doesn't need to find you. God is always with you."

Original Publisher: Worthy Media, Inc.

Age Appropriateness: 2 and up

Formats other than Book: Like so many books since the pandemic, this book is read aloud in several YouTube videos. But do preview these. Quality can be quite bad! And don't forget to offer the theological connections. 

Scripture Connections: The Lost Parables of Luke 15

Here's my favorite book about being lost. It is by a favorite author/illustrator!

Baby Bear

For other fabulous PBT books by this favorite author/illustrator, simply go to the search box at the upper right and type in "Kadir". Such beautiful books!

Now back to Jez Alborough who has many books! Here are a couple more that are very fun! They are not a series, but they are both big books, an advantage for group reading!

Nat the Cat's Sunny Smile could be connected to the joy of the early church or joy found in many Psalms (like "the fullness of joy" referred to in Psalm 16:11).

Some Dogs Do is such an intriguing and mysterious story. It reminded me of a fabulous movie from 2013 - About Time. I hope you've seen it! Tie this book to the mysteries of God and the concept of faith. Your audience will be challenged and they will enjoy the story!

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