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Description - Two Peas in a Pod by Chris McKimmie

Violet calls me Marvellous.

My real name is Marvin.

Mum reckons me and Violet are like two peas in a pod. It's true. We go together like fish and chips, hops and skips, the OO in Moo.

We lived next door to each other until, one day, Violet left and went to the moon.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781742373041
ISBN-10: 1742373046
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 230mm x mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-May-2010
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Two Peas in a Pod by Chris McKimmie - Reviewed by (15 Oct 2010)

Violet and "Marvellous" Marvin are best friends;two peas in a pod to be exact. "They go together like the oo in moo." They've lived next door to each other since dinosaur time, until one day Violet packs up her belongings and goes to visit the moon!!! Oh, to be six again and get away with exaggerating stories to make them sound more interesting than the real thing.

Two Peas in a Pod, is a quirky story about best friends, losing each other and then finding themselves again. It will capture children’s and adults’ hearts alike. The language used is very child friendly,imaginative and includes some Australian slang;such as "reckon", "oi" and "come on". The pictures are also simplistically drawn in a child like manner, yet they are very detailed and on closer inspection marry with the words. See if you can find the three gnomes, chicken and dog almost on every page.

My favourite part of this story was when Violet and Marvin stared at the clouds and imagined what shapes they could see. I loved doing this when I was young so I decided to take my nephews outside with a large sheet of paper and oil pastels.They drew amazing cloud pictures and I scribed their sentences for them.

This book takes the reader on a journey but also through a rollercoaster of emotions from happiness, sadness, loneliness and then joy. It makes the reader question how he or she would feel to lose their best friend. What lengths would they go to to find them again? It inspires people to keep the faith, never lose hope and always look at the positive side of life. Bloomin’ Marvellous!


Author Biography - Chris McKimmie

Chris McKimmie is a writer, illustrator, artist. He is the creator of Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow (2006), shortlisted for the 2007 CBCA Awards, Maisie Moo and Invisible Lucy (2007) and Special Kev (2008), shortlisted for the 2009 CBCA Awards. Chris was for many years the convenor and originator of the illustration program at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He wrote, illustrated and designed a series of 8 children's books in the 70s, and has designed many covers for the University of Queensland Press. Represented in the Graphis Annual, he has worked as a graphic designer and publications designer for the ABC, the National Parks and Wildlife Services and the University of WA Press. He was production designer for the award-winning short film Stations and the feature-length film Australian Dream, and wrote the lyrics for the songs in both films. He regularly exhibits his paintings and drawings.

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