#InterviewByBook with Marie Alafaci

Title: Zelda’s Big Adventure Author: Marie Alafaci Illustrator: Shane McG Publisher: Allen & Unwin Genre: Picture book Age Group: 3 and up Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Zelda has a plan – she wants to be the first chook in space, so she knuckles down and plans her experiments, builds her space ship and trains for space walks. There’s a small hitch when her friends aren’t willing to help her, but Zelda is a plucky chook, so goes ahead and does it all on her own...
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Book Review: Ella Saw the Tree by Robert Vescio and Cheri Hughes

Ella Saw the Tree, Robert Vescio (author), Cheri Hughes (illus.), Big Sky Publishing, 2017. Synopsis:  One windy day, as Ella plays in her backyard, she is showered by leaves. When she looks up, Ella sees a tree in her backyard ... has it always been there? And why is it crying? It’s not until Ella carefully and attentively takes the time to - smell, listen, feel and look - that she discovers the tree in her backyard, as if for the very first time. By slowing down and experiencing new sensati...
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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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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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Review and Giveaway – Baby Band

Baby Band, Diane Jackson Hill (author), Giuseppe Poli (illus.), New Frontier Publishing, 2017. With a lively, orchestral celebration of clangs, squeaks, stomps and Cha-Cha-chas, here is a joyous book that is set to get your hearts racing, feet pacing, and instruments hooting and hustling in your own little world. Baby Band is a harmonious arrangement of a musical transformation from solidarity to togetherness. Upon careful observation of the illustrations we see that despite the people in ...
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#InterviewByBook with Michelle Dennise

Title: Where’s My Sandwich? Author: Michelle Dennise Illustrator: Michelle Dennise Publisher: Self Published via Createspace Genre: Children Age Group: 2 years + Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Where’s My Sandwich? is about a girl and her dog who go on a picnic. When Nellie’s sandwich goes missing, she sets out through the Australian Bush to find the one who took it. Along the way she meets some Australian animals and learns a little about what they eat. However, ...
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Robert Vescio’s Story on Mindfulness Opens our Hearts

It's always a pleasure including Robert Vescio on the blog. His passion, voice and expertise are nothing short of inspiring. Robert, author of numerous children's books such as Marlo Can Fly, Eric Finds a Way, Jack and Mia, and Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville, most recently brings us an important story of 'being happy in the moment', of mindfulness and appreciating the world around us. Today, Robert talks about the inspiration behind his newest release, Ella Saw The Tree. Thank you! ...
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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 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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