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Friday 11 January 2019

Review: Mannie and the Long Brave Day

Originally published in 2009, Mannie and the Long Brave Day is a heart-warming picture book about a girl named Mannie, her doll, Strawberry Luca, and her elephant, Lilliput.

The three best friends set off on an adventure with a pink box full of adventuring goodies, and they travel and explore together until the sky turns grey and scary. 

But it’s hard to stay afraid when you have your best friends by your side. Particularly when they do amazing and special things to help you feel brave again. 

This is a story about childhood, imagination and friendship. It’s a magical adventure that will delight children in a very special way because it perfectly captures the essence of what it means to be a kid.

With beautiful repetitive phrases throughout and exquisite illustrations to explore, the story is a joy to read to an audience and super engaging for kids.

Mannie and the Long Brave Day will make you smile. It will make you remember your childhood. It’s like a big warm hug.

If you haven’t already enjoyed this magical picture book, I highly recommend that you do! 

And for other beautiful books by Martine Murray, check out Henrietta the Greatest Go-Getter and Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars. Sally Rippin books you'll fall in love with include Polly and Buster and Billie B Brown. You can find out more about Sally Rippin over here where she answers our 12 Curly Questions.

Title: Mannie and the Long Brave Day
Author: Martine Murray
Illustrator: Sally Rippin
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $14.99
Publication Date: January 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760527136
For ages: 3 - 5 
Type: Picture Book