Review of ‘Bird Builds a Nest’

Another review by my ever obliging ecologist neighbour, Dr Sam Lloyd. I pass on to her titles that I know will be RIGHT up her alley. Sam is an ecologist and manager for South...

Review: The Incredible Freedom Machines

Title: The Incredible Freedom Machines Author: Kirli Saunders Illustrator: Matt Ottley Publisher: Scholastic Press Themes: freedom; boundaries; persistence; imagination; wonder; freedom; hope; machinery; tinkering; motors; cogs; motorbikes; third person narrative; visual literacy. I’m long overdue on my review...

Book People: Kirli Saunders

'The Incredible Freedom Machines' is Kirli Saunders debut children's book and you can read my full review of of this exceptional book here. I came across Kirli Saunders on the website of a motorcycle shop...

Young Reader and Reviews

A ten year-old family friend of ours is an avid reader and churns through books in paper form and on her Kindle at a great rate. Her mother told me recently that Miss Ten...

Girl Zone Book Club

Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or...

On ‘Monsters’ by Anna Fienberg

I have long loved the writing of Anna Fienberg. It's hard to not fall head first into the Tashi series, and 'Horrendo's Curse' (and its companion book 'Wicked's Way') will also always sit on...

On ‘Monsters’ by Stephen Axelsen

This is Part Two of the story behind the story of 'Monsters'. Part One is here. In Part Two, my very dear friend and talented illustrator, Stephen Axelsen, shares with us how on earth...

Doing the Tween Years Right

Biome and CBD have had an ongoing relationship for many years now, and they kindly gifted PudStar her first skincare pack. All opinions, as always, are my own and I shop online at Biome...

Raising a Reader: The Kindergarten and Home Connection in Early Literacy

This evening I am talking to parents at Red Hill Kindergarten about the important role they play in creating a sense of wonder around reading. Enquiries regarding education and/or parent talks can be made...

Review of ‘Gecko’

This review is another by Dr Sam Lloyd AKA one of my neighbours, and also an ecologist and manager for South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium. Sam is also a former dance teacher...

Review of ‘Finn’s Feather’

I feel like I've been waiting for this book for a long time, having read it in manuscript form some time ago and having followed Rachel Noble's own journey with grief since the loss...

Review of ‘The Wonder of Us’

'The Wonder of Us' by Kim Culbertson appeals to me as I love and adore realistic fiction and YA is my happy place. I've got this one to read on my girls weekend away...

Girl Zone Book Club

Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or...

Review of ‘The Last Peach’

Written and illustrated by Gus Gordon. Age Range: early childhood – adult lovers of illustration. Themes: sharing, friendship, friends, bugs, nature. One fine summer's day two bugs discover the most beautiful peach of the season and are...

Review of ‘How to Hang a Witch’

Jazzy is an incredibly astute reader and reviewer, and very rarely gives a book 5 book bolts, so I admit that I am intrigued by this book, despite it being 'not my genre' of choice! I've ordered...

Review of ‘Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables’

The class in room 12B has a new teacher, and nothing is ever going to be the same . . .  The very best school based stories resonate with children and teachers alike and the...

Book People: Sue Whiting

What do you hope for when there is no hope? In search of this answer, award-winning Australian author Sue Whiting delivers a confronting mystery for younger readers. Mackenzie da Luca’s mother is missing – she’s...

Jazzy Reviews: Missing by Sue Whiting

I'm buckling under the weight of a million questions. Did she walk along here? Did the people in the shops and on the street see her? Speak to her on her last day here?...

Review of ‘A Boat of Stars’

Title: A Boat of Stars: New Poems to Inspire and Enchant Editors: Margaret Connolly and Natalie Jane Prior Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: babies – middle primary Themes: poetry, rhyme, language, anthology, family, feelings, Indigenous, animals, food, identity,...

Book Club: When You Reach Me

Tonight is my first Girl Zone Book Club for the year! This is a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister,...