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Children’s Book Review: Alexandra Rose and her Icy-Cold Toes by Monique Mulligan

Title: Alexandra Rose and her Icy-Cold Toesalexandra-rose small final

Author: Monique Mulligan

Illustrator: Kat Fox

Published: June 11th 2020

Publisher: Serenity Press

Pages: 32

Genres:  Children (3+)

RRP: $26.99

Alexandra Rose has ice-cold toes and she knows the best way to warm them up. But will her family like her foot-warming, wake-up-fast idea as much as she does?

Fergus the Farting Dragon and My Silly Mum author Monique Mulligan returns with another delightfully mischievous tale for children of all ages. Complemented by vibrant, funny illustrations, this cheeky story is perfect for reading aloud, with or without socks on.

Review:

‘Alexandra Rose, Alexandra Rose. Put some socks on your icy-cold toes!’

Alexandra Rose and her Icy-Cold Toes is the latest picture release from West Australian based writer Monique Mulligan. An expressive and truly delightful children’s book creation, Alexandra Rose and her Icy-Cold Toes offers plenty of lively entertainment, courtesy of a curious and engaging young girl. As the story unfolds, readers will be captivated by the loveable lead and her icy-cold toes!

This colourful book follows the cheeky antics of a young girl named Alexandra Rose. When Alexandra Rose wakes up one morning to find that she is super cold, she searches the house for her family. Along the way, Alexandra develops icy-cold toes and she realises she is very, very hungry. Alexandra takes matters into her own hands and she confronts each member of her family, letting them know about her icy-cold toes, but all they can do is tell her to put some socks on. Even the precious family dog knows Alexandra Rose must put some socks on those terribly cold toes!

What a vibrant and fun book this proved to be! I really enjoyed reading it and I look forward to sharing this one with my kindergarten students.  Alexandra Rose and her Icy-Cold Toes is a well-timed picture book release and it has arrived just in time for winter. We see our loveable lead cope with the cold, which is a common scenario this time of the year.  I think Monique Mulligan’s new picture book creation would work both as a bedtime story in households and in larger settings as an interactive read aloud. There are some great qualities to this book and opportunities to discuss feelings, self care, family relations, pets, weather changes and seasons.

Mulligan’s prose flows well and is perfectly in tune with her target age group (3-8 years). With moments of laughter, realisation and understanding, the narrative supports the animated illustrations of Kat Fox. The illustrations have a beautiful pastel tone that compliments the text. I enjoyed the vibrancy and expressive elements the illustrations offered. Alexandra really is a force to be reckoned with in this text, her presence is full and strong, dominating the direction of this story.

The characters in this book are are fun and inclusive, even the family pets are depicted with a fun loving tone. I loved spying the cat on the pages of this book, I definitely chuckled a few times! Alexandra Rose and her Icy-Cold Toes  reaches a very satisfying end and it will embrace you with its big heart.

It really was a pleasure to follow Alexandra Rose’s cold morning adventures on her mission to find a way to warm her super cold feet.  Alexandra Rose and her Icy-Cold Toes is a humorous read that is destined to be a family favourite!

Alexandra Rose and her Icy-Cold Toes by Monique Mulligan was published on 11th June 2020 by Serenity Press. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Alexandra and her Icy-Cold Toes, Monique Mulligan, visit here.

*I wish to thank Serenity Press/Monique Mulligan for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

Alexandra and her Icy-Cold Toes is book #73 of the 2020 Australian Women Writers Challenge

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