#InterviewByBook with Jenny Woolsey

Title: Land of Britannica Author: Jenny Woolsey Publisher: Pearls of Wisdom Press Genre: Junior Fiction/Allegory/Fantasy Age Group: 9-12 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Twelve-year-old Brittney is upset her parents have split up and she wants them back together. After Dad introduces his girlfriend to Brittney and her brothers, she is plunged into a strange world... the Land of Britannica. This kingdom is ruled by the evil Storm Queen and it is Brittney’s mission,...
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Picture Book Review: The Catawampus Cat

The Catawampus Cat, Jason Carter Eaton (author), Gus Gordon (illus.), Penguin Random House, 2017 When I first received this delightful picture book I thought the author, Jason Carter Eaton, had made up the word “catawampus” to suit the story’s feline character, and to have some fun. While fun definitely is had in a reading of this book, it turns out that catawampus actually means askew, awry, or positioned diagonally; and the characters in the tale certainly have the angles of their world cha...
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#InterviewByBook with Jessica Spencer

Title: The Enchanting ABC Author: Jessica Spencer Illustrators: Amanda Esho, Lauren Hakavalu, Renee McGrath, Natalie Muscatello and Kylee Gilbank Publisher: Adored Illustrations/Captain Honey Genre: ABC Picture Book Age Group: 0-6 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. The Enchanting ABC is a collection of whimsical inspired words and illustrations. The book was created to help Children learn the ABC (using alliteration) while being enchanted by beautiful illustrations...
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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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The Scared Book Competitions and Launch Details

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day5 What a fabulous week we've had virtually touring around the globe with Debra Tidball and The Scared Book! Who's had a blast?! We've been fortunate to be able to get to know more about this talented author, where her ideas stemmed, and even got up close and personal with The Scared Book itself! We've had marvellous inclusions from illustrator extraordinaire, Kim Siew, and lots of other fun being creative. All the while there have been several ...
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The Scared Book Kids Craft: Paper Fan

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Paper Fan (For fanning away monster smells!) What's the smelliest smell you've ever smelt? What did you do when you found the smell? What did your face look like? What kinds of things could you use to take the smell away? Why do you think these monsters left such a yucky smell? Help the book fan it away with your very own paper fan! Outcomes Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners. Learning Outcome 5: Children are ...
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The Scared Book Kids Craft: Monster Shaker

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Monster Shaker What do you know about monsters? Do you know any monsters in books or on TV? Do monsters scare you? Can monsters be something else that's scary, like a new place, or a new kind of food? What can we do to try and be brave and not be afraid? Let's try a few methods like in the book; example, taking deep breaths, flicking or fanning away yucky thoughts, or giving yourself a hug or a shake. This rattling Monster Shaker will certainly scar...
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The Scared Book Activities for Kids

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Fabulously Fun Activity Sheets Courtesy and copyright © Kim Siew, Debra Tidball and Lothian Children's Books 2017 Find these downloadable activities, and more, at Debra Tidball's website.           For your chance to WIN a signed copy of The Scared Book comment below or on social media with your response to "What gives you goosebumps, spine tingles or butterflies in your tummy?". PLUS, for a chance to PITCH and SUBMIT your picture book...
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Three Books that Helped Shape My Own

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day3 Today on our tour Debra Tidball is back to share how her story ideas developed from invaluable time and research that centred around books. With her added pieces of advice, I think we can all take a leaf (or a few) from Debra's book! 📖 Three books that influenced the writing of The Scared Book plus bonus three handy hints for writers: Book 1 When I was studying for my MA in Children's literature at Macquarie University, I was int...
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Character Q and A: Interview with The Scared Book

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day2 Today we are thrilled (haha!) to introduce the one and only, The Scared Book to the panel, who will be discussing some highly personal and spine-tingling topics. Thanks for joining us! 😱 😜 👹 Dear Scared Book, I understand you have a fear of monsters. Where and when did this stem? Is this your biggest fear? What else are you scared of? I am very scared of monsters! It comes from watching a scary movie which gave me n...
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