Top 17 of ’17

It's time for the annual book selections that topped our ‘favourites list’. The ones that had us rip roaring with giggles, the ones that made our hearts stop beating, and the ones that simply took our breath away. It's always tough to choose, especially since we literally turn over hundreds of books in a year. But here they are, picture books as picked between my girls and myself. Which ones were your favourites? A Very Quacky Christmas, Frances Watts (author), Ann James (illus.), ABC Books, ...
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The Scared Book Competitions and Launch Details

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day5 What a fabulous week we've had virtually touring around the globe with Debra Tidball and The Scared Book! Who's had a blast?! We've been fortunate to be able to get to know more about this talented author, where her ideas stemmed, and even got up close and personal with The Scared Book itself! We've had marvellous inclusions from illustrator extraordinaire, Kim Siew, and lots of other fun being creative. All the while there have been several ...
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The Scared Book Kids Craft: Paper Fan

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Paper Fan (For fanning away monster smells!) What's the smelliest smell you've ever smelt? What did you do when you found the smell? What did your face look like? What kinds of things could you use to take the smell away? Why do you think these monsters left such a yucky smell? Help the book fan it away with your very own paper fan! Outcomes Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners. Learning Outcome 5: Children are ...
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The Scared Book Kids Craft: Monster Shaker

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Monster Shaker What do you know about monsters? Do you know any monsters in books or on TV? Do monsters scare you? Can monsters be something else that's scary, like a new place, or a new kind of food? What can we do to try and be brave and not be afraid? Let's try a few methods like in the book; example, taking deep breaths, flicking or fanning away yucky thoughts, or giving yourself a hug or a shake. This rattling Monster Shaker will certainly scar...
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The Scared Book Activities for Kids

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Fabulously Fun Activity Sheets Courtesy and copyright © Kim Siew, Debra Tidball and Lothian Children's Books 2017 Find these downloadable activities, and more, at Debra Tidball's website.           For your chance to WIN a signed copy of The Scared Book comment below or on social media with your response to "What gives you goosebumps, spine tingles or butterflies in your tummy?". PLUS, for a chance to PITCH and SUBMIT your picture book...
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Three Books that Helped Shape My Own

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day3 Today on our tour Debra Tidball is back to share how her story ideas developed from invaluable time and research that centred around books. With her added pieces of advice, I think we can all take a leaf (or a few) from Debra's book! 📖 Three books that influenced the writing of The Scared Book plus bonus three handy hints for writers: Book 1 When I was studying for my MA in Children's literature at Macquarie University, I was int...
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Character Q and A: Interview with The Scared Book

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day2 Today we are thrilled (haha!) to introduce the one and only, The Scared Book to the panel, who will be discussing some highly personal and spine-tingling topics. Thanks for joining us! 😱 😜 👹 Dear Scared Book, I understand you have a fear of monsters. Where and when did this stem? Is this your biggest fear? What else are you scared of? I am very scared of monsters! It comes from watching a scary movie which gave me n...
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Sneak Peek: The Video That Gave us Goosebumps

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day1 "Blotches or circles"... the making of goosebumps! Illustrated and animated by Kim Siew. Article by Debra Tidball. I love this little video that Kim made to coincide with the release of  The Scared Book. It's of one of the goosebumps that appear in the book, and it demonstrates Kim's trademark quirky style. It's that style that suited the book so perfectly, turning it into something that is so clever, funny and unique. Kudos to my publisher, S...
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Review – The Scared Book by Debra Tidball and Kim Siew

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day1 The Scared Book, Debra Tidball (author), Kim Siew (illus.), Lothian Children’s Books, August 2017. Synopsis: This book is too scared to tell you its story because there are MONSTERS! Can you help? It needs you to RUB away its goosebumps. FLICK away the monsters and FAN away the yucky smell they have left behind. A FUNNY and QUIRKY interactive story. Review: Personally tried and tested on a group of 4 and 5 year olds, I can confidently...
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New Book Chores

With a new book coming out at the end of August, there's a tsunami of chores to get ready for the launch.  I feel a bit like Mickey Mouse in Fantasia: I bail out a bucket-load of chores, and as soon as I turn my back, more have swept in from nowhere! Not that I'm complaining - I mean, what a great dilemma to have, right?  So I just need to tick each chore off my list, one by one. Systematic. Methodical. Easy?? One of the chores is updating my website with all things new-book. So I've develope...
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