InterviewByBook with Our Mum is Fun by Laura Hockley

Title: Our Mum is Fun Author: Laura Hockley Illustrator: Aliosa Tran Phan Publisher: Evie and Gabe Genre: Picture Book Age Range: 0-5 years Dear Our Mum is Fun, It’s an honour to welcome you to our #InterviewByBook questionnaire! Let’s begin with ‘the plug’! Please tell us a bit about yourself in the most enticing way possible. Open my pages and find magic here. With each new scene begins the refrain “Our Mum is fun", as the two children share each special adventure or simple thin...
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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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Picture Book Review: I Can Only Draw Worms

I Can Only Draw Worms, Will Mabbitt (author & illus.), Puffin Books (Penguin Random House) 2017 Synopsis: This book is about worms. I can only draw worms. You might think worms are boring - but you'd be wrong. These worms have incredible adventures! I can't draw those bits, though, so you'll have to imagine them. A hilarious and superbly silly book that will have children in stitches and begging for more.   On the back cover of I Can Only Draw Worms, the following is w...
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InterviewByBook with The Centre of My Everything by Allayne Webster

Title: The Centre of My Everything Author: Allayne L. Webster Publisher: Penguin Random House Genre: Contemporary, realism Age Range: Young Adult ISBN: 978-0-14-378333-6 Book Description: Justin's back and wants to put the past behind him. Corey's a footy hero and high-school dropout who can't even find work picking fruit. Tara wants to be loved. But if her mother doesn't care, why would anyone else? Margo wants out, and she has a plan to get there. Plans change. Life happens. Some...
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Aura Parker – Sprouting Wings Part 1

Aura Parker is an author and illustrator who is certainly going places – and I don’t just say this because I ran into her at the airport recently! Her picture book Twig (her first as author and illustrator) has been published internationally as well as recognized nationally as a Notable book in the CBCA Book of the year awards 2017. She has another picture book due out later this year (Cocoon) and a further two contracted. She has recently signed with Pippa Masson at Curtis Brown literary agency...
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Picture Book Review: The Very Noisy Baby

The Very Noisy Baby, Alison Lester (author/illus.), Affirm Press, Nov 2017 Synopsis: Here is the story of a very noisy baby. She could bellow like a buffalo. And roar like a lion. And howl like a wolf for a very long time. The baby loves to make all kinds of sounds. She’s really very loud. But when some animals in the town go missing, can the very noisy baby help? Find out in this wonderfully boisterous story, full of action, fun (and noise!). If you already have a number of picture bo...
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The Wildly Intrepid Jan Latta – part 2

In Part 2 of finding out how intrepid pioneer Jan Latta carved out for herself a publishing niche, Jan talks about some stories behind her adventures and her marketing and promotion strategies. To recap part one, click here. Jan, how do you walk the fine line between fact and fiction in bringing the animals stories to life? How much do you attribute human emotions/motivations to them?  The True to Life Books are called creative non-fiction because the animals ‘talk’ to children in the text...
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Top 17 of ’17

It's time for the annual book selections that topped our ‘favourites list’. The ones that had us rip roaring with giggles, the ones that made our hearts stop beating, and the ones that simply took our breath away. It's always tough to choose, especially since we literally turn over hundreds of books in a year. But here they are, picture books as picked between my girls and myself. Which ones were your favourites? A Very Quacky Christmas, Frances Watts (author), Ann James (illus.), ABC Books, ...
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12 Days of Christmas – Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our 12 Days of Christmas promotion. It was really hard choosing the winners! The winners and their answers are below. We will contact you for your mailing address so we can send you your prizes. We have also included links to where you can buy a copy of these books. Day 1: Prize: Lizzy's Dragon by Melissa Gijsbers Winner: Jessica Craig She has a Dr Who weeping angel on the top of her tree! Day 2: Prize: The Book of Secrets by A.L. Tait ...
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Writing Community Buzz by Adam Wallace

Guest Post by Adam Wallace As always we thoroughly enjoy the thrill of including funny, Zombie-obsessed author-illustrator, Adam Wallace on the blog. Today he gives us chilling goosebumps - of the good variety - with his 'inspirational' (of the non-zombie kind) and encouraging article about what it means to be involved in such a supportive writing community. Thanks, Adam! 💀 😬 😍 Writing, or creating of any kind, can be amazing and lonely and incredible and lonely. ...
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