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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....

Preparing Children for a Dental Visit

Preparing Children for a Dental Visit I really should have written this post BEFORE I took PudStar to the dentist. The dentist and I felt somewhat traumatised after the examination...and unfortunately for the dentist she is also...

Review of ‘When You Reach Me’

Review of 'When You Reach Me' Author: Rebecca Stead Publisher: Random House Age Range: Upper Primary - Adult Awards: 2010 Newberry Medal Winner Boston Globe-Hornbook Award for Fiction 2009 Indies Choice Award ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book CCBC Choices Book Horn Book Magazine Book...

Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Fashion, Flowers, Gardens

Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Flowers, Gardens I do so love it when I find PudStar doing something that has been inspired by a book: happy parent/teacher/librarian moment! Much better than when I find her...

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...

Children’s Literature Quotes

Children's Literature Quotes You'd never believe it I know...but I adore all things children literature and I am particularly in awe of the authors, illustrators and publishers who create such amazing works. This is one of...