#InterviewByBook with Ann-Marie Finn

Title: Eric Finds a Way Author: Robert Vescio Illustrator: Ann-Marie Finn Publisher: Wombat Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 5 - 8 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. The book is a story about a little boy called Eric who longs to be creative, but doesn’t know how to express it. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The story gives a message of not giving up, that if you keep trying you will achieve your goals. Does the story reso...
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Review: Eric Finds a Way by Robert Vescio and Ann-Marie Finn

Eric Finds A Way, Robert Vescio (author), Ann-Marie Finn (illus.), Wombat Books, July 2017. When the process is just as much of an achievement than the outcome. When the power of imagination and innovation leads to far more creative pursuits than expected. When design and technology is of the good old fashioned paper variety. These are some of the take home messages found in this endearing story of persistence and building your own adventures. Many children typically face challenges whilst...
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Zanni Louise – Walking on Sunshine

Zanni Louise is author of picture books Too Busy Sleeping and Archie and the Bear published by Little Hare. She also has a deal for four early readers with publisher Five Mile Press and another picture book with Scholastic coming out next year. I've run into Zanni in cyberspace groups, shared in her enthusiasm for the release of her new book and listened rapt to her interview with Allison Tait on the Australian Writers Centre So You Want To Be a Writer podcast. She is a very generous member of ...
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#InterviewByBook with Michelle Worthington

Title: The World’s Worst Pirate Author: Michelle Worthington Illustrator: Katrin Dreiling Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: Age 4 to 8   Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. William was born to be a pirate captain. There is just one problem. He’s the world’s worst pirate. His mother doesn’t understand that what he really wants to be is the world’s best chef. When the ship and its crew are attacked far out at sea, can William ...
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#InterviewByBook with Tamsin Janu

Title: Blossom Author: Tamsin Janu Illustrator: N/A Publisher: Scholastic Omnibus Genre: Children’s Fiction Age Group: 8-12 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. The book follows 10 year old Lottie, who is excited when a lost little girl arrives on her doorstep. Lottie, who only has Uncle Bobby in the world, has always wanted a sister. But Blossom isn't like other kids. She doesn't speak and is obsessed with her flower, refusing to go anywhere without it. But everythin...
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A New Eco-Fantasy Adventure from Karen Tyrrell

Just Write a For Kids are thrilled to welcome back resilience and anti-bullying author expert, Karen Tyrrell! Her current blog tour includes the sequel to the fabulous Song Bird Superhero; introducing the 'un-bee-lieveable' The Battle of Bug World! REVIEW: Song Bird: The Battle of Bug World, Karen Tyrrell (author), Digital Future Press, 2017 Synopsis: A superstorm destroys Rosella Ava Bird’s flower garden. All the bees are disappearing. A giant sinkhole cracks open beneath Rosie’s schoo...
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#InterviewByBook with June Perkins

Title: Magic Fish Dreaming Author: June Perkins Illustrator: Helene Magisson Publisher: Gumbootspearlz Press Genre: Poetry ISBN: ISBN 9780980731187 DETAILS ON BOOK: Paper back. 17 poems, 48 pages in total, title index, 2 sections, 210mm X 284mm, extensive educational notes and suggested activities available. Age Group: 4 and up, for independent readers 8 and up Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. It is a poetry quest set in Far North Queensland; encouraging readers to g...
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Review of the the Latest in the Ottoline Series by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell

Ottoline and the Purple Fox, Chris Riddell (author/illustrator), Pan Macmillan, 2016 Synopsis: Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who offers to take them on a night-time urban safari. The fox shows them all the hidden animals of the city and Ottoline makes notes on them in her field notebook. Mr Munroe is making notes too - on the anonymous poems he finds stuck to lampposts on their journey. Who is the secretive poet, and h...
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#InterviewByBook with Allayne Webster

Title: A Cardboard Palace Author: Allayne L. Webster Illustrator: none Publisher: MidnightSun Publishing Genre: Children’s Fiction Age Group: 8-14 What kinds of themes/issues are raised in this story? A Cardboard Palace is told by Jorge, a boy who has been trafficked to Paris, and forced to steal for a controller, Bill, a selfish man who coordinates a gang of child thieves. Jorge lives in a shanty town in unthinkable poverty. Each day is a struggle. But he has a good heart and...
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Shelly Unwin – Launched!

Shelly was my very first interviewee on this blog two years ago (see here, here and here) and now here she is – finally – with her series of no less than five books! And they are so gorgeous too!  It’s an absolute delight to welcome Shelly Unwin back to the JWFK blog! Thanks Debra! It’s lovely to be chatting with you again, and at such an exciting time. Shelly, last time on this blog, you had just signed the contract with Allen and Unwin but couldn’t tell us much about the books at all, b...
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