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