Review of ‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’

Title: 'The Tales of Mrs Mancini' Author: Natalie Jane Prior Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: early childhood; cake and/or cat lovers of all ages. Themes: community; friendship; family; cats; cake; pastries; bakery; adventure. From the creators of...

Review of ‘Twig’ by Aura Parker

Title: Twig Author/Illustrator: Aura Parker Publisher: Scholastic Age Range: 3 - 6 years Themes: starting school; friends; loneliness;confidence; making friends; paying attention; teamwork; school; counting; finding. I was so very, very excited when I opened a box of books...

Violet Mackerel: Oh How I Adore Thee

The Violet Mackerel series, written by Anna Branford, illustrated by Sarah Davis and published with care by Walker Books, is without a doubt the series that I will most remember from my children's early...

Book Gifts: ‘Juliet Nearly a Vet’

Look feel free to throw your hands up and wail that I’ve started Christmas posts…but ummm…not that many weeks to go and you’ll thank me later. Maybe… Click on product images or hyperlinks to purchase...

612ABC: ‘Bookworms’

This evening I will be chatting with Sarah Howells on the 612ABC show, Bookworms. Once a month on a Tuesday I am let loose on a radio microphone (me…live…seriously) and allowed to talk books.  Tonight...

Your Kid’s Next Read

If you're looking for the 'next book' for a child, tween or teen, the Your Kids Next Read Facebook group is the place where all the cool kids are hanging out. The lovely Allison...

Author Visit: Matt Stanton

Yesterday I had Matt Stanton come to school as a visiting author/illustrator, thanks to Where the Wild Things Are/Avid Reader.  I bring as many authors to my school library as is possible as it...

Book Party: Thelma the Unicorn

If you follow me on social media, you'll know that ChickPea is a dinosaur loving, roaring, stomping kind of a creature. So it was no surprise that she requested another dinosaur birthday party (see...

Five Years Old and a Literary Unicorn Party

ChickPea turns five tomorrow. Five! It feels like she has always been here and despite her daily stomping, roaring and screaming she makes us laugh everyday with her quirky take on life. She is...

ABC Bookworms: New Children’s and YA Literature

This evening I will be chatting with Sarah Howells on the 612ABC show, Bookworms. Once a month on a Tuesday I am let loose on a radio microphone (me...live...seriously) and allowed to talk books....