Friendship, Imagination, Adventure: Review of the Evie and Pog Series by Tania McCartney

Friendship, Imagination, Adventure: Review of the Evie and Pog Series by Tania McCartney

‘High in a tree house live two very best friends. One is a girl and one is a dog. And everyone knows them as Evie and Pog.’

Evie is a spirited and curious six-year-old who likes nothing better than knitting and jumping. She also likes books (of course!) and cake. Her best friend is the delightfully eccentric dog Pog who is two and curiously likes to drink tea and read the paper.

They are lucky enough to be living the dream in a wonderfully equipped tree house located in Granny’s backyard. Set amongst the branches of a beautiful silver ash with pink leaves, there is a slide, a reading nook and, just below, very soft daisy-spot grass.

There is also Granny Gladys who lives in the big house and similar to Evie, likes knitting, baking, books and cakes but her favourite thing to do is cleaning – dusting, mopping, sweeping and often she is a bit over zealous in this department!

In Evie and Pog Take Off! Pog has his first taste of puppy school and he isn’t impressed; Granny ends up with a cake on her head and Evie’s friend Noah takes flight.

Continuing the fun in Evie and Pog Puppy Time! Evie, Pog, Granny and Noah knit all manner of things to keep the treehouse warm. Noah’s socks save the day, Granny lets loose with the scissors and they build an interesting contraption.

As you can see there is action right from the very first page along with laughs and a few challenges to the imagination that will get kids thinking.

This series is perfect for beginner readers, those who have a good grasp of the basics and are looking for chapter books that will take them to the next level. While coming in at over 100 pages the books are divided into smaller chapters making it less overwhelming and easy to read in instalments.

The series has been compared to Ella and Olivia and the illustrations are delightful. There is a wonderful floor plan of the treehouse at the start of the book to set the scene for young readers that could also inspire would-be architects to sit down and plan out their own dream tree house. Teachers notes are to come, so no doubt there will be many activities that kids can follow up with after devouring the stories.

Author Tania McCartney is perfectly placed to know what kids love reading as she’s not only an author and illustrator (with currently 50 books in print or production) but also the founder of Kid’s Book Review and The Happy Book children’s podcast.

These two books will soon be followed by Evie and Pog Party Perfect in May so watch this space!

You can find out more about Tania McCartney here.

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Publisher details

Evie and Pog: Puppy Playtime!
Author
Tania McCartney
Publisher
HarperCollins
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
20 January, 2020

Synopsis

In the bestselling tradition of Ella and Olivia, comes another book in this new series for early readers about best friends, Evie and Pog.Evie and Pog are very best friends. They live in a tree house over a daisy-spot lawn.Evie is six years old. She likes books and cake and playing with her friend Noah.Pog is a pug. He is two and likes to drink tea and read the newspaper. He also likes vegetables.But most of all, Evie and Pog love to have fun. Join them, and some very cute puppies, on three more adventures - Reno Rumble, Classroom Contraption and Puppy Park!

Publisher details

Evie and Pog: Take Off!
Author
Tania McCartney
Publisher
HarperCollins
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
20 January, 2020

Synopsis

In the bestselling tradition of Ella and Olivia, comes the first book in a new series for early readers about best friends, Evie and Pog.High in a tree house live two very best friends. One is a girl and one is a dog. And everyone knows them as Evie and Pog.Evie is six years old. She likes knitting and jumping and books and cake.Pog is a pug. He is two and likes to drink tea and read the newspaper.Evie and Pog also love to have fun! Join them as they take off on three happy adventures - Puppy School Mess, School Play Drama and Cake Stall Chaos.
Tania McCartney
About the author

Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author, illustrator and editor with experience in magazines and book publishing. Her first author-illustrated book, Australia Illustrated, was released in November 2016 and she has gone on to illustrate two maps and five books, including a collaboration with Jackie French for the National Library of Australia.The founder of Kids' Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, Tania is a past ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012) and a current ambassador for the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge (ACT). She is also an experienced speaker and presenter, running workshops for schools and organisations such as the ACT Writers Centre, the ASA, CBCA and SCBWI.Tania's books have won awards and shortlistings, and have been released in Australia, NZ, the UK, the US, Canada and China. Recent awards include several CBCA Notable books, the Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature 2017, and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017 for Smile Cry.Now a HarperCollins author, Tania's picture book, Mamie, was released in December 2018. Tania has lived in France, England and China, and currently lives in Canberra with her family.Photo credit: Christine Pobke

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