Review of ‘Engibear’s Dream’

Review of 'Engibear's Dream' Written by Andrew King and illustrated by Benjamin Johnston Website: http://www.engibear.com/ Publisher: Little Steps Publishing Age Range: Early Childhood - Lower Primary (+ adult engineers!) Themes: maths, engineering, dreams, perseverance, robots When 'Engibear's Dream' landed on my desk...

Review of Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle

Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Honey Publisher: Allen and Unwin Themes: Counting, Australiana, visual literacy Age Range: Early Childhood Awards: Notable book, 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia...

Review of ‘The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade’

Review of 'The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade' Written by Davina Bell. Illustrated by Allison Colpoys Publisher: Scribe Age Range: Early Childhood - Middle Primary Themes: anxiety; fears; social situations; school; family; underwater; empathy; feelings; bravery. Scribe has produced some of...

Review of ‘The Treasure Box’

Review of ‘The Treasure Box’ Written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Freya Blackwood Publisher: Penguin Age Range: Middle Primary - adult Themes:  war, peace, lifetimes, resilience, hope, survival, literature, libraries, story. With a writer of the calibre of Margaret...

Book People: Lance Balchin

So many, many books come across my desk that it takes something pretty special to wow me these days. 'Mechanica' has wowed me and more. It is innovative in a way I have not...

Review of ‘My First Day at School’

Review of ‘My First Day at School’ Written by Meredith Costain and illustrated by Michelle Macintosh Publisher: Windy Hollow Books Age Range: Early childhood – lower primary Themes: starting school, excitement, nerves, new experiences, verse, poetry, visual literacy. We...

For All Creatures by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool

I recently discovered that my library copy of 'For All Creatures' was missing in action and I rather scrambled to find a replacement as it is one of my all time favourite picture books...

Review of ‘Amazing Babes’

Review of ‘Amazing Babes’ Written by Eliza Sarlos and illustrated by Grace Lee Publisher: Scribe Publications Age Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primary, secondary school, young adult, adult Themes:  women, inspiration, influential women, current affairs, history, gender, biographies. To add...

‘The Song From Somewhere Else’ and the Imaginary Worlds of A.F. Harrold

It is always a great privilege to receive a review from Joy Lawn*...always.  A.F. Harrold has a special kind of imagination. Many readers of children’s books will know his work from his CILIP Kate Greenaway and Carnegie...

The ‘Meet…’ Series: ‘Welcome to the World ‘Meet…Sidney Nolan’

The 'Meet...' Series: Welcome to the World 'Meet... Sidney Nolan' Random House has done a simply brilliant job with the 'Meet...' series; a picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's...