Penny Reeve – Breaking boundaries Part 2

As the second part of this interview goes live, I’m so excited to be able to congratulate Penny Reeve on her recent win with the Caleb Prize for her junior fiction, Camp Max – the third book in her Tania Abbey junior fiction series. It’s illustrated by Leigh Hedstrom and published by Wombat Books (the READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Shortlist

Coming to a consensus between different judges with differing opinions isn’t always an easy feat. But there are certain aspects of quality storytelling that are undeniable. Yes, writing a pitch is like writing a story. It needs to be engaging, evoke an emotion, and concise with each word carefully put into place. You have limited READ MORE

BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book

Disney Ideas Book, Elizabeth Dowsett (author), Lynne Moulding (illus.), DK Books, 2018 Synopsis: Bring your love of Disney to life with more than 100 amazing and creative projects and activities. Let your imagination run wild with Disney inspired arts and crafts, party games, puzzles, papercraft, and many more fun and practical activities.   Many of READ MORE

Penny Reeve – Breaking Boundaries

Penny Reeve, is an established children’s author with more than 20 books for children in print. The latest in her Tania Abbey chapter book series, Camp Max, (published by Wombat Books) was launched earlier in the year. Penny says on her website that her books are ‘fun, real and empower kids to engage with – READ MORE

BOOK REVIEW: The All New Must Have Orange 430

The All New Must Have Orange 430, Michael Speechley (author/illus.), Penguin Random House, 2018 Synopsis: Harvey owned a heap of stuff, but could always use more. The ORANGE 430 was the latest and the greatest. Harvey wasn’t sure what it did, but he had to have it! A cheeky picture book for anyone who’s bought READ MORE

Catherine Pelosi – The Perfect Formula Part 3

Congratulations to Catherine Pelosi who launched her new picture book, Something for Fleur in August! Judging by the social media pics, it looks like such fun, complete with with Fleur and Bo cupcakes! Yum! Wish I was there! This is part three of my interview with Catherine, and we look at the author’s role in promoting READ MORE

Book Review: The Greatest Magician in the World

The Greatest Magician in the World, Matt Edmondson (author), Garry Parsons (illus.), Pan Macmillan, 2017 Synopsis: A showstopping quirky gift book for budding magicians, filled with mind-blowing removable magic tricks. Prepare to be amazed! Elliot is mad about magic. Completely and utterly mad. It’s all he talks about, all he thinks about, and even all READ MORE

Catherine Pelosi – The Perfect Formula Part 2

In part 1 of my interview with children’s mid-grade and picture book author, Catherine Pelosi, we heard about what got Catherine writing and how she developed her skills, so that her work was picked up for publication.  There was so much to learn from the steps she took to refine her work and get feedback. In part READ MORE

Book Review: Brothers from a Different Mother

Brothers from a Different Mother, Phillip Gwynne (author), Marjorie Crosby-Fairall (illus.), Penguin Books, 2017 Synopsis: From a master storyteller comes this heartfelt tale of friendship . . . and seeing past our differences. Tapir lives in the jungle. Pig lives in the village. But when they meet at the waterhole, they discover they are the READ MORE

Book Review: The Pyramid Puzzle, Starring Olive Black

The Pyramid Puzzle, Starring Olive Black, Alex Miles (author), Maude Guesne (illus.), Affirm Press, 2018 Synopsis: Olive jet-sets all the way to Egypt for her latest blockbuster. She’s starring as a junior archaeologist who uncovers ancient secrets. But it’s the mystery she’s digging up at school that’s truly puzzling. With the help of the naughtiest READ MORE