Holiday Book Review Roundup

If you’re looking for ideas for new books to keep your kids entertained and engaged during the remainder of the school holidays, here are some titles to consider: Tricky’s Bad Day Alison Lester is one of Australia’s most treasured author/illustrators and she is back doing what she does best in her picture book Tricky’s Bad 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

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. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

Picture Book Review: The Catawampus Cat

The Catawampus Cat, Jason Carter Eaton (author), Gus Gordon (illus.), Penguin Random House, 2017 When I first received this delightful picture book I thought the author, Jason Carter Eaton, had made up the word “catawampus” to suit the story’s feline character, and to have some fun. While fun definitely is had in a reading of READ MORE

Top 16 of ’16

  Every year I, together with my two girls, reflect on our year in books – the ones that made us laugh, cry, connect, ponder and encourage affection. I also usually review my statistics on books borrowed, received for review and bought, but this year let’s just say, it’s hugely extensive, and still counting. So, READ MORE