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Review of ‘Star’

Review of ‘Star’ Let me introduce the overly energetic Jackie. Jackie is my partner in crime (aka my teaching partner). She was hired as I thought she and I were SO similar. In fact we...

Book People: Illustrator Terry Whidborne

Book People: Illustrator Terry Whidborne ‘Book People’ is a newish series for Children’s Books Daily. I’ve contacted some of my favourite authors, illustrators and publishers and invited them to tell us a little about themselves. ...

Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series

Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series The ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series for newly independent readers are unashamedly Australian and would be perfect for a unit of work on Australian identity,...

Children’s Books about Gardening

Children’s Books about Gardening I adore gardening but am a very chaotic and sporadic gardener. Photos of my garden on this blog are of teeny tiny sections of my garden as mostly my garden is a disaster...

Inspired by a Book: Worm Towers!

Inspired by a Book: Worm Towers! Over the summer holidays I went through all the children’s gardening books we have at home and PudStar became very keen on one in particular, ‘Yucky Worms’. I’m always on...

Review of the ‘That’s Not My…’ Series

 Review of the ‘That’s Not My…’ Series I’m sure there is not a parent who does not know these books. I resisted them for so long as I’m usually not a fan of books which...

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...

Review of ‘Gracie and Josh’

Review of 'Gracie and Josh' Written by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Serena Geddes Publisher: Ford Street Publishing Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary Themes:  siblings, family, illness, childhood, hospitals, cancer, resiliance Click on cover image or title links...

Review of ‘Bea’

Review of 'Bea' I’m supposed to be concentrating on my Masters. However this evening I left the tall pile of qualitative and quantitative dissertations on the future of children’s reading and went out to what...

Book People: Nick Earls

Book People: Nick Earls Some people idolise movie stars. Me? I idolise the creators of children’s and YA books. I stalk them online (in a nice way) and I attend too many book launches and literature festivals....