Review of the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series

Review of the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series Written by Anna Branford. Illustrated by Sarah Davis Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: Lower -  Middle Primary Themes: family, blended families, siblings, ideas, collections. Awards: 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Shortlisted Book...

Review of ‘Eric Vale, Epic Fail’

Review of 'Eric Vale, Epic Fail' Written by Michael Gerard Bauer, Illustrated by Joe Bauer Age Range: Middle Primary Themes: school, nicknames, friendships, resilience, journal writing, writing, humour Many years ago I was a bridesmaid for Rebecca, someone...

Review of ‘Different Like Coco’

Review of ‘Different Like Coco’ Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Matthews Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: 7 years+ - 70 years+ Themes:  daring to be different, biography, poverty, resilieance, fashion, fashion design, designers, France I just love a book that encourages difference!...

Top Thirty Australiana Books

Top Thirty Australiana Books (+ one app!) To date I have resisted creating a list of books about Australia because our country is so many different things to so many different people and I don’t think any...

Choose Your Own Adventure for a New Generation of Readers!

Choose Your Own Adventure for a New Generation of Readers! Review of the ‘You Choose’ series Written by George Ivanoff. Illustrated by James Hart. Publisher: Random House Australia Age Range: Middle Primary Themes: adventure, action, magic, mystery, choose...

Graphic Novels and Comic Books

Graphic Novels and Comic Books One of the first blogs I ever read was Picklebums, written by the lovely Kate Pickle. It's a quirky, gentle, soul soothing collection of family tales, educational ideas, printables, food, gardening...

Christmas Books for Children

Christmas Books for Children The time has come. There is no escaping Christmas anymore. If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years now you’ll be aware that I’m not a massive fan of...

Top 20 Picture Books for ANZAC Day

Top 20 Picture Books for ANZAC Day plus ANZAC Biscuit Recipe 25th April is ANZAC Day, a day to honour Australian and New Zealanders who have served their countries with such bravery. One of the most...

Five Reasons Children Should Read Humour

Five Reasons Children Should Read Humour (Notes from Andy Griffith’s session at CBCA Conference, Canberra, 2014) Books by Andy Griffiths are madness and brilliance personified and I’m yet to find a reader who has not enjoyed...

Review of the ‘Our Australian Girl’ Series

Review of the ‘Our Australian Girl’ Series Various authors (listed below). Illustrated by Lucia Mascuillo. Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Age Range: 8 -12 years. Each volume is slim, making them suitable for younger readers as well as...