Review: The Howling Sands by Karen Hughes

#TheHowlingSands #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #Day1 We’re thrilled to run this blog blast with Karen Hughes and her exciting middle-grade novel, The Howling Sands! We hope you get swept up in the magic with us! :) Kalika Magic: The Howling Sands, Karen Hughes (author), November 2017. Synopsis: One hundred years ago, the mysterious Veladin vanished into the earth. Now Kai, Indie, Nima and Jabar must find them, or they'll never see Shaman Yanti again. The desert sands are shifting. Time i...
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#InterviewByBook with Nicole Madigan

Title: Darcy and the Dinosaurs Author: Nicole Madigan Illustrator: Joe M Ruiz Publisher: BlOOturtle Publishing Genre: Picture book Age Group: 4 - 7 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Darcy and the Dinosaurs tells the story of Darcy, a little boy who just can't sleep. After making shadow puppets dance on his bedroom wall and counting sheep, he decides to sneak into the kitchen to find a snack, where hears a strange noise coming from his mother's vegetable garden. A little...
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#InterviewByBook with Ann-Marie Finn

Title: Eric Finds a Way Author: Robert Vescio Illustrator: Ann-Marie Finn Publisher: Wombat Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 5 - 8 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. The book is a story about a little boy called Eric who longs to be creative, but doesn’t know how to express it. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The story gives a message of not giving up, that if you keep trying you will achieve your goals. Does the story reso...
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Review: Eric Finds a Way by Robert Vescio and Ann-Marie Finn

Eric Finds A Way, Robert Vescio (author), Ann-Marie Finn (illus.), Wombat Books, July 2017. When the process is just as much of an achievement than the outcome. When the power of imagination and innovation leads to far more creative pursuits than expected. When design and technology is of the good old fashioned paper variety. These are some of the take home messages found in this endearing story of persistence and building your own adventures. Many children typically face challenges whilst...
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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 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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#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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#InterviewByBook with Kris Sheather

Title: The Green Goggles Author: Kris Sheather Illustrator: Kris Sheather Publisher: Ormiston Press Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 2-6 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Pete wakes up excited because it’s his birthday. He’s disappointed with his presents until he receives a pair of green goggles. Wearing the goggles ignites his imagination and his backyard is transformed. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The first theme is on emotional rea...
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#InterviewByBook with Mary Anastasiou

Title: I want to be a Rock Star Author: Mary Anastasiou Illustrator: Anil Tortop Publisher: Lil'Rebel Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 5-10 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. 'I want to be a Rock Star' is a discovery of the many genres of music through imagination and play. Join Luke (and Ralphie) as they imagine their way through the magic of music. From country, rap and punk to disco, jazz and rock, you'll discover that all little Rock Stars' dreams begin wi...
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