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The Duke of Hinklewinkle PB

Authors: John Phillips Illustrator: John Phillips
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)
01/Feb/2018
Children, Family
32
Paperback
230mm x 260mm
9781925675153
$14.99

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards

“This is a delightful story that is just fun to read. While the theme of chooks in books is not new, this one is full of family love and humour and accompanied by bright, cartoon-like pictures that will attract the reluctant reader immediately. Something to share just for the fun of it – is there a better reason?” – Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf

Bridget lives in the sleepy, seaside town of Hinklewinkle. She spends a lot of time with her Grandpa. Her mother often has to work late
and her father lives in another town. Luckily, her caring Grandpa is always close at hand to help out.

Grandpa breeds show chickens and Bridget loves to help out. One day when Bridget is feeling a little lonely, Grandpa decides to let Bridget pick a chicken of her own.

Far from picking the most beautiful chicken, she picks a strange looking roster she names the “Duke of Hinklewinkle”. The two become inseparable.
When Grandpa’s cranky old neighbour, Mr Borewater’s chickens are under threat, The Duke of Hinklewinkle surprises everyone.

 

John Phillips

John Phillips

The Duke of Hinklewinkle, Johns first book with Bigskypublishing has been shortlisted for the 2018 Book of the Year, Australian Speech Pathology Awards. John Phillips  is a talented and versatile author/illustrator who loves to create bright, lively illustrations full of movement and fun. John has combined his passion for entertaining story telling with his eclectic […]

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5 reviews for The Duke of Hinklewinkle PB

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Irina Goundortseva’s colourful picture book explores the messages of self-acceptance and belief in your own abilities. A little mosquito loves to watch the beautiful butterflies fluttering their pretty wings. When the mozzie finally gathers the courage and asks to join the butterfly group, it is rejected. The butterflies even call the mozzie names. When the butterflies become caught in a collector’s net, they need the skills of the little insect to rescue them. Disguised as a butterfly with petal wings, the mosquito bites the human’s hand and the butterflies all escape. The moral of the story is to be comfortable with who you are. Different use of font sizes and easy to read text placed on a white background make this picture book suited to young readers. The soft watercolour and ink illustrations are bright and lively. This gender-neutral story is appealing to read to kindergarten and preschool children.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mosquitoes, Butterflies, Self perception. The mosquito who lives in the pond hankers after being a butterfly. He sees them flying around the pond, beautiful creatures, colourful, light and attractive. He asks if he can join them but is laughed at. When he asks them why they do not want him, they tell him that he is ugly and not fit to be seen with them. Dejected he walks away, not willing to use his flimsy wings. He spies a beautiful flower, equally as attractive as a butterfly, and using it as a cloak, approaches the butterflies once again. Life is now just what he wants, but then the unexpected happens and the group is captured and taken to a laboratory. Here he is able to use his special skill to advantage and free them all. A story of being satisfied with what you have, of celebrating your skills, of not always wanting to be like everyone else will have resonance in the classroom as this is an issue which besets younger children. This story opens that discussion admirably. Fran Knight

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Mozzie with the Sharp Snozzie is a book about looking inside of yourself to discover your true identity. It’s about accepting yourself, and being okay with it. It may be easy to overlook the significance of the species of minibeasts chosen to star in this picture book that Irina Goundortseva has illustrated with flair. But the author has chosen the characters with precision. The contrast between the two species with their colour and demeanour are at opposite ends of the spectrum, emphasizing the desperate need Mozzie has to feel acceptance …

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a delightful story that is just fun to read. While the theme of chooks in books is not new, this one is full of family love and humour and accompanied by bright, cartoon-like pictures that will attract the reluctant reader immediately. Something to share just for the fun of it – is there a better reason?

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Duke of Hinklewinkle is a picture book narrative for primary aged children, written in third person, by author and illustrator, John Phillips.As an artist, John Phillips has created colourful and quirky illustrations to accompany his story. The illustrated chickens are guaranteed to keep the reader entertained. The Duke of Hinklewinkle is a story with a diverse family – Bridget’s grandfather helps with her upbringing as well as her mother, while her father works in a different town. The big theme of the book is friendships, not only Bridget and her chicken, but neighbourly friendship as well.

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