I’ve just been introduced to Lulu – or, more specifically, http://www.lulu.com. I’d almost forgotten there are other online bookshops, besides Amazon! Anita Kovacevic has two books published on there in two contrasting genres.
The first, is Winky’s Colours.
A beautifully illustrated story, which follows Winky, the adorable penguin, on his quest for colour. Along the way he discovers danger, friendship and oodles of cuteness! Younger children will love this book, the illustrations are so appealing – forget Pingu, Winky should have his own TV station!
As a teacher and a parent (albeit of a 17 year old teenager!) this book had several elements I really appreciated. Anita Kovacevic is an educator who really understands how to engage children. The book is punctuated with questions and little tasks that raise this above a basic storybook, for example: Can you describe Winky’s family? Can you draw them? Who is your favourite?
I can imagine a parent and child on a rainy weekend, sat at their dining room table, reading this story and working through the various activities, questioning and exploring together.
This will help children develop reading skills that older children are often lacking. I cannot recommend it enough to parents.
Buy Winky’s Colours here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/anita-kovacevic/winkys-colours/paperback/product-22000468.html
The second book was ‘The Threshold.’
Original and gripping from the first page. I wish I’d waited till the next day to start this, I couldn’t really afford the late night! I defy anyone to stop reading, ‘The Threshold’ once they start.
The mysteriously tantalising opening chapter introduces the legend of ‘The House’ and captivates the reader from that point on.
The main character in the first part, Josephus Clarence Thibedeaux III, is elegantly created in a style reminiscent of Charles Dickens: ‘and proceeded to hide his falsehood and ego under smooth eloquence, well-mannered posture and gentlemanly elegance.’ He is responsible for both the building of the house and the mystery that surrounds it. Years later, and a host of fascinating individuals take on the legend.
The story is filled with twists and turns, which culminates in an ultimately satisfying ending.
Anita Kovacevic is a skilled writer with a well-paced plot and beautifully crafted phrases: ‘Mrs Poole’s pride was her most precious possession, and she wasn’t going to roll it out like a rug for ruthless people to walk all over.’
Recommended to anyone who likes mysteries, thrillers, suspense and wonderfully written prose.
Buy The Threshold here: