A walk through Walker Books

I first heard Linsay Knight at a CBCA conference speaking about poetry, before she became the publisher at Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. Then, earlier this year, I had the good fortune to pitch a manuscript to her at a literary speed dating event where I found her to be engaging and responsive. Recently, I heard her speak about Walker Books at the recent SCBWI Christmas Party. I wasn’t quick enough to secure one of the manuscript assessments that Linsay was giving that day, but I heard...
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Picture Book Review: Wolfie, an Unlikely Hero

Wolfie: An Unlikely Hero, Deborah Abela (author), Connah Brecon (illus.), Random House Australia, 2017 Synopsis: I, The Wolf, am sick of being the bad guy. I’m taking over this book. Dear Readers, Fairytales are nonsense. They’re full of wolves pestering pigs and picking on sweet little girls in red hoods. But I would never do those things. I knit! I bake blueberry pie! You know what I really want to do? I WANT TO RESCUE A PRINCESS! And if I can’t? I QUIT! Yours sincerely, Wo...
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Brave and Strong Craft: Lifeguard on a Surfboard

#BraveAndStrongAllDayLong #BooksOnTour #BlogDash #Day5 How to Make a Paper Roll Lifeguard Fiona on a Surfboard...that floats! What do you know about the role of lifeguards? What kind of person can be a lifeguard? What kind of rescues do you think they can do? What uniform might they wear? What kinds of equipment / clothing do they need for their job? What is a rip? Do you know how to stay away from rips? What can you do if you're stuck in one? How else can you stay safe at the beach? Can f...
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Author Article: About Brave and Strong by Elizabeth Cummings

#BraveAndStrongAllDayLong #BooksOnTour #BlogDash #Day1 Welcome to the blog tour for Elizabeth Cummings' latest release, Brave and Strong All Day Long! We will certainly make a splash with all the sunny goodness we have in store. So come along and have some fun in the sun! Here's what you want to know about the heroine behind the story - article written by Elizabeth. :) Brave and Strong All Day Long is based on real-life lifeguard Fiona. She is an inspiring female role model and a true ch...
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Review: Dinner on the Doorstep by Elizabeth Cummings

Dinner on the Doorstep, Elizabeth Cummings (author), Bronte Goodieson (illustrator), Coogee (publisher), October, 2017 Having a chronically ill parent is an immensely difficult and confusing time for a young child. From deeper issues like the fear of death, to the simple disappointment of not having mum's home-cooked favourite for dinner, children's emotional experiences are complex. Dinner on the Doorstep uses beautiful, simple language to eloquently tell the story of two young chil...
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A Little Taste of Magic – Interview with Suzanne Barton

Zimbabwean-born, West Australian-raised, Melbourne-resident, Suzanne Barton , author of the deliciously magical picture book, 'Meeka', has certainly had her own little taste of culture. Besides her love of writing for children, Suzanne is also the editor of the City of Melbourne's 'Melbourne Magazine' and the creator of the radio drama, Neo Radio; inspired by 1940s cabaret. It is a delight to be able to chat with Suzanne Barton about her debut book. You can read my review here. Today I ask her a...
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Review: Ori’s Christmas by Anne Helen Donnelly

#OrisChristmas #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #Day1 Welcome to the blog blast for Ori's Christmas and its author, Anne Helen Donnelly! Thanks for coming along for the ride! It's sure to be a 'jolly' good tour! Enjoy! 😊 Ori’s Christmas, Anne Helen Donnelly (author, illus., publisher), October, 2017. Facing the conundrum of how to please each friend’s wishes, Ori the octopus navigates his way through an armful of demands during what should be the most festive time of the year. But here...
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#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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