Picture book review: Bubbles and Puddles

Review: Bubbles and Puddles, Michelle Wanasundera (author), Thana-one Yazawa (llustrator.), Lilly Pilly Publishing, 2017 “These are perfect stories to read before I go to sleep.” These were the words my 7-year-old son spoke after I read him the first page-long story in Bubbles and Puddles, a collection of delightfully eclectic rhyming stories, covering a diverse range of subjects. Described by the author as narratives celebrating all the things little ones love, while nurturing a lo...
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Review: Do Not Open This Book Again by Andy Lee

Do Not Open This Book Again, Andy Lee (author), Heath McKenzie (illustrator), Lake Press, 2017 Do Not Open This Book Again is the sequel to the very popular Do Not Open This Book by comedian Andy Lee. Throughout the first book, the main character, Whizz - an appealing mix of gross and cute - begs the reader not to turn the page. Using a hilarious combination of bribing, making threats and pleading, Whiz tries everything but of course, kids become more and more determined to make it to t...
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Review: Dinner on the Doorstep by Elizabeth Cummings

Dinner on the Doorstep, Elizabeth Cummings (author), Bronte Goodieson (illustrator), Coogee (publisher), October, 2017 Having a chronically ill parent is an immensely difficult and confusing time for a young child. From deeper issues like the fear of death, to the simple disappointment of not having mum's home-cooked favourite for dinner, children's emotional experiences are complex. Dinner on the Doorstep uses beautiful, simple language to eloquently tell the story of two young chil...
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Review: It’s OK to feel the way you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be you by Josh Langley

It's OK to feel the way you do, otherwise you wouldn't be you, Josh Langley (author and illustrator), Big Sky Publishing, 2017. "Everyone has feelings... happy, sad, lonely, angry, anxious, proud, scared - and they're all OK! But sometimes we just don't know what to do with them. Until now that is!" There are myriad children's books that strive to teach a life lesson, deliver a message or simply inspire. While an abundance of beautifully written picture books do just that, the messag...
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Review: Ruby Lane by RJ Simon

Ruby Lane: RJ Simon (author), The Word Verve, 2017 Synopsis: Ruby is overexcited again, and her brain is spinning creative ideas so fast it feels like her head could explode! Luckily, it’s school holidays, so she’s allowed to stay up late, reading adventure stories and playing dress-ups with her cat. But when things get out of control, Ruby decides that helping a crazy pirate cat return a malfunctioning book to its rightful owner is the only logical solution… Review: Fun, fantasy and...
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Swinging in Leaps and Bounds – the inspiration behind Ballerina Monkey by Nicole Madigan

Just Write For Kids is thrilled to welcome our very newest contributor to the blog, journalist / news reporter-turned-children's author, Nicole Madigan. It is with pleasure that we will be able to share in her talents and passions in the months to come, as Nicole continues to pursue her own journey with producing wonderful literature for kids. Thanks for joining us, Nicole, and for providing us some insights into your writerly life! This is the story of how I made the leap from journa...
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