Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014 – Shortlisted

Next week is Children’s Book Week (yay!) and to celebrate the occasion the people who bring you our kids blog posts will be writing a few reviews of books on the shortlist for Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014. My first contribution is to review a book that has been shortlisted for both the Children’s Book Council Awards 2014 and the Crichton Award for New Illustrators CBCA 2014.

I’ve an Uncle Ivan by Ben Sanders


The first thing that strikes you about this book is the art design; it has a retro 50s look that recalls the print art styles and fashions of the time. Très chic!

I've An Uncle Ivan


The story itself is about “Uncle Ivan, who’s drivin’ a pie van.” As you might be able to tell, just from the opening line of the book, it is cleverly written in a rhyming style that should make for some tongue-twisting out load reading. With each successive page we meet a new relative of Ivan’s who likes to travel by a different type of transport. There’s a niece on one roller skate; a cousin who “thinks he’s super on his scooter”; a “sister Winnie, [who] looks too tall to drive a mini”; and many more zany rellies and their wacky modes of moving around!

If you look closely at the illustrations, each action packed page has a little clue or hint as to what might be coming up in the next few pages. This book is both a visual and aural treat – that means you’ll get the best out of it reading out loud together while you explore the great illustrations.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading I’ve an Uncle Ivan with your youngsters.