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...

Review of ‘Derek Danger Dale’

Not to be outdone by his older brother, Lucas, aged 9, has come on board with some reviews for Children's Books Daily. You can see all reviews by young people here. I absolutely love...

Easter Gift Book Giving

Easter Gift Book Giving I adore chocolate eggs. However in the interests of basic human health I attempt to limit the chocolate. I have to avert my eyes as my grandmother hands it out left...

612ABC: Bookworms

They invited me back! He of the lovely voice, Mr David Curnow, emailed me recently to invite me back for another year of monthly chats about all things children's and YA books. I really...

Children’s Books About Separation and Divorce

Children's Books About Separation and Divorce Families come in all forms and, over the years, I’ve shared so many books which encompass all sorts of family’s experiences including; adoption; same-sex parents and grief. Today I’m...

Review of ‘Today we Have no Plans’

Review of ‘Today we Have no Plans’ Written by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker Age Range: Early childhood-middle primary Publisher: Penguin Books Themes: family, togetherness, time, passing of time, days of the week, relaxation, slowing down. “A busy week, a slower...

Review of ‘Dear Scarlett’

Review of 'Dear Scarlett' Written by Fleur Hitchcock Publisher: Noisy Crow Age Range: middle primary Themes: mystery, adventure It is Children's Book Week here in Australia so it seemed fitting that I should have one my favourite child reviewers...

Book People: Pat Flynn

Book People: Pat Flynn Pat Flynn grew up running around an old dairy farm in Queensland before moving to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on a tennis scholarship. After playing and coaching on...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

This evening I will be on ABC Radio (612ABC) at 8:30pm talking with Trevor Jackson about my favourite books of the past month or so. It's coming up to *that time of year* when...

612ABC Bookworms Show: The Qld Literary Awards 2015

612ABC Bookworms Show: The Qld Literary Awards 2015 Last night on 612ABC Brisbane I chatted with David Curnow on the 8pm 'Bookworms' show about the Qld Literary Awards (QLA) for 2015 - to listen to the...