#InterviewByBook with Marie Alafaci

Title: Zelda’s Big Adventure Author: Marie Alafaci Illustrator: Shane McG Publisher: Allen & Unwin Genre: Picture book Age Group: 3 and up Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Zelda has a plan – she wants to be the first chook in space, so she knuckles down and plans her experiments, builds her space ship and trains for space walks. There’s a small hitch when her friends aren’t willing to help her, but Zelda is a plucky chook, so goes ahead and does it all on her own...
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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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Sneak Peek: The Video That Gave us Goosebumps

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day1 "Blotches or circles"... the making of goosebumps! Illustrated and animated by Kim Siew. Article by Debra Tidball. I love this little video that Kim made to coincide with the release of  The Scared Book. It's of one of the goosebumps that appear in the book, and it demonstrates Kim's trademark quirky style. It's that style that suited the book so perfectly, turning it into something that is so clever, funny and unique. Kudos to my publisher, S...
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#InterviewByBook with Anne Helen Donnelly

Title: Ori the Octopus Author: Anne Helen Donnelly Illustrator: Anne Helen Donnelly Publisher: Self-published Genre: Children’s Picture Book Age Group: 2 – 5 y.o.   Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Ori the Octopus likes to help his friends. But when he helps his friends all at once, he gets all tangled up. Ori’s friends don’t like to see Ori tangled, so they help him do all the chores. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? Friendshi...
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#InterviewByBook with Devon Sillett

Title: The Leaky Story Author: Devon Sillett Illustrator: Anil Tortop Publisher: EK Books Genre: Picture book Age Group: 4 – 8 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. When a book is ignored for too long, the story starts to leak out into the home of an unsuspecting family! J.J. (the protagonist) sees what’s happening but his parents are oblivious. Not long after, J.J. and his parents come face to face with pirates who have sailed out of the book and into their living room! ...
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#InterviewByBook with Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Title: Friends Author: Teena Raffa-Mulligan Illustrator: Veronica Rooke Publisher: Serenity Press Genre: Picture book Age Group: Early childhood/junior primary Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Koala and a menagerie of Australian creatures celebrate the many ways in which friends brighten our days, from turning our frowns into smiles to caring and sharing. The rhyming text is complemented by lively, colourful illustrations with an element of humour. What kinds of the...
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#InterviewByBook with Renee Price

Title: Digby and the Yodelayhee Who? Author: Renee Price Illustrator: Anil Tortop Publisher: Create It Kids Genre: Picture book Age Group: 2-7 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Digby Fixit and his friends follow their second adventure, in an attempt to solve the mystery of a noisy noise. Could it be the sound of an ant trail? An instrument? An elephant? And why is it so noisy? What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? Digby and the Yodelayhee W...
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