#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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Review: A fun-filled junior fiction sports series suitable for kids of all abilities

Ball Stars: The Bench Warmers, David Lawrence (author), James Hart (illus.), Random House, 2017 Synopsis:  Meet the Bench Warmers – Danny, Crystal, Angie, Omyr, Leanne and Cody. They're the new basketball players at Robdale Primary and according to hot shot Greg 'The Goat' McGriffin, they don't have a chance of winning a lunchtime game. But when the gang are picked as part of the school squad things start to look up. SWISH! Can the newbies shake off their name in the upcoming interschool comp...
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#InterviewByBook with Kaye Baillie

Title: Archie Appleby: The Terrible Case of the Creeps Author: Kaye Baillie​ Illustrator: Krista Brennan Publisher: Wombat Books Genre: Fiction, humor, mystery. Age Group: 6+ Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Archie Appleby is a regular boy who finds himself in a weird situation. When his parents go out of town, Archie is left for two nights with his Great Aunt Ruth whose scary old house happens to be on the way. Archie is highly imaginative and is often accused of exag...
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Review: A New Series Perfect for Fans of Horrible Histories

How to Beat Genghis Khan in an Arm Wrestle, Nick Falk (author), Tony Flowers (illus.), Random House, 2016 Brief Synopsis: Join three friends as they use their imagination, settle playground scores and alter the entire course of history in the process! Author Nick Falk and illustrator Tony Flowers have created a number of books together in the past, including the popular Samurai vs. Ninja series. Like those books, How to Beat Genghis Khan in an Arm Wrestle is loads of fun and a guaranteed p...
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Review – Zombie Inspiration by Adam Wallace

There are some books that really stick in your mind long after you've read them. They grip your heart and delve deep to the core. They lift you up and make you realise that those inner most desires are attainable, no matter what challenges are in your way. Just believe in yourself. Here is a book that aims to inspire, empower and encourage a kind of greatness that comes from within. Once you get past the gore, guts, violence and terror (which young readers seem to love), you'll find a humorou...
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#InterviewByBook with Rhonda Brown

Title: ​​Hello Rainbow Author:​ Rhonda Brown Illustrator:​ Trevor Salter Publisher: ​Oombee Woombee Books Genre: ​Children’s Picture Book Age Group:​ 3 – 8 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Hello Rainbow is a funny, rhyming story that teaches young children about colours and colour mixing. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? English (language and rhyme), art (colours and colour mixing), numeracy (seven colours in a rainbow) and humour. ...
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#InterviewByBook with Brydie Wright

Title: Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo Author: Brydie Wright Illustrator: In-house Illustrating team Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services Genre: children’s picture book Age Group: preschool and early primary Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. It’s about a little boy who worships his daddy but can’t work out where he disappears to for hours on end. He makes it his mission to find out the answer to this great mystery and what his mummy thinks of it all. What kinds of t...
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Karen Tyrrell’s Top Teaching Tips for Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Meet Karen Tyrrell Just Write For Kids is thrilled to have award-winning children's resilience author, Karen Tyrrell, joining us once again (see our previous meeting here) to delve further into the benefits and learning possibilities of her second illustrated novel in the Super Space Kids series. Fantastically illustrated by Trevor Salter, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra is an action-packed comedy space adventure for children between 7-12. Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Description Blast off with gadgets,...
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#InterviewByTheme with Susan Day

Get set for a zany, laugh-out-loud experience as Susan Day joins Just Write For Kids for a fun, 'Comedy' themed interview! Thanks, Susan! 😂 What is the funniest book you've ever read? Last year, I read “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson and I laughed so much I snorted and nearly fell out of bed! However, I just purchased “Gutsy Girl” by Caroline Paul. What an amazing, funny, warm book. Every ‘gutsy girl’ should get a copy; it’s inspirational. What is it about w...
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#InterviewByTheme with Karen Tyrrell

Prepare to be taken on an epic adventure because Karen Tyrrell is here to ignite our imaginations as she reveals all in our 'Sci-Fi' themed interview! We cannot wait! 👽💫 WHY & HOW I Write Sci-Fi by Karen Tyrrell Which Science Fiction literary character best represents you? Why? Jo-Kin, aka Joshua Atkins, Super Space Kid zooming across the galaxy to save Captain Astra and Planet Earth. He battles scary monsters and incredible robots all before Breakfast. He’s such an...
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