tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10584636522979497812018-12-08T19:38:53.156+11:00Buzz WordsWrite for children, illustrate for children, get published, children's writing tips, writing markets, writing competitions, children's book reviews, write for kids, books for kidsDi Batesnoreply@blogger.comBlogger2690125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-25383365503424376242018-12-05T03:00:00.000+11:002018-12-05T03:00:07.214+11:00Rainforest Feasts<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VPagoKzm6lY/XAXdQG6IHcI/AAAAAAAAEco/I8KPtmrpYU4uEt72srpQDlRHEhZXydYAgCLcBGAs/s1600/Rainforest%2BFeasts.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="499" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VPagoKzm6lY/XAXdQG6IHcI/AAAAAAAAEco/I8KPtmrpYU4uEt72srpQDlRHEhZXydYAgCLcBGAs/s320/Rainforest%2BFeasts.jpg" width="249" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">Rainforest Feasts</span></i><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"> by Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzetti, illustrated by Heather Charlton (Wild Eyed Press) PB RRP $15.50 ISBN 9780648161127<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Nikki M Heath<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">What do the critters of the rainforest get up to when they wake up at night? Feed their hungry bellies, of course! This colourful book of rhyming verse explores the eating habits of a variety of rainforest creatures. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The book comprises a series of vignettes rather than a narrative plot. The unusual selection of animals and insects Eldridge-Alfonzetti has featured, including crayfish, native rats and glow worms, distinguishes the book from comparable titles. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The watercolour illustrations are bright and colourful while still conveying a sense of the night-time forest setting. Each spread shows the featured rainforest creature and its prey, often in the act of capturing or eating the meal. Some critters are rendered with a greater sense of character and likeness than others, and not all are perfectly consistent throughout. Nevertheless, young children will enjoy the double-page spreads. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The final spreads will particularly enthrall young audiences, with a challenge to find all the featured creatures in both a daytime and night time setting. This book would form an engaging yet relaxing part of any young child’s bedtime routine and is particularly suited to 3 to 8 year olds. With its large, bold illustrations and many springboards for discussion, it would also fit well into a junior primary classroom.</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-41268363185501337632018-12-04T05:00:00.000+11:002018-12-04T05:00:11.145+11:00Achievement<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-V6aVn6KRTqQ/XASWWSYYXAI/AAAAAAAAEcc/tmAG1YeM4bMeqZsyjdTT7Dnju1V6tj4jQCLcBGAs/s1600/It%2527s%2BBeginning%2Bto%2BLook%2Ba%2BLot%2Blike%2BChristmas.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="266" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-V6aVn6KRTqQ/XASWWSYYXAI/AAAAAAAAEcc/tmAG1YeM4bMeqZsyjdTT7Dnju1V6tj4jQCLcBGAs/s320/It%2527s%2BBeginning%2Bto%2BLook%2Ba%2BLot%2Blike%2BChristmas.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The release of a Christmas anthology, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas</i> embraces a wonderful collection of festive stories and poems. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Margaret Joy Gibb</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">’s poem ‘The Magical Fairy Wish’ and story, ‘The Musical Christmas Tree’ captures the family and magic that the season brings. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Editor <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Michelle Worthington</b> encouraged and supported all the writers and this book raises money for bicycles for trainee teachers in Tanzania. There was a special book celebration at the Grand View Hotel, Cleveland, USA.<o:p></o:p></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-49658392218200925092018-12-03T14:00:00.000+11:002018-12-03T14:00:14.774+11:00Maximus<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MVF2aHBhIZ4/WyeOzdQiARI/AAAAAAAAEAY/BCzHdDd1OOkYKlhUW2KtSkWEWJka5-ADwCLcBGAs/s1600/Maximus-Cover-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="314" data-original-width="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MVF2aHBhIZ4/WyeOzdQiARI/AAAAAAAAEAY/BCzHdDd1OOkYKlhUW2KtSkWEWJka5-ADwCLcBGAs/s1600/Maximus-Cover-1.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">This is an extract from <i>Maximus</i>, a middle-grade novel written by Steve Heron, released in 2018 by Serenity Press. <i>Maximus </i>is available through <a href="https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.steveheron.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7Ca92c0263e92f4ec2ecd308d5d4f96dbe%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636649090138941797&amp;sdata=vEdxZiqeqKHXND4tYcTlM0dbmYbf%2FLgPgaqFj52RANM%3D&amp;reserved=0">www.steveheron.com</a>, some bookstores, online bookstores etc.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">‘Everyone was laughing, including Maddy. I turned around to see what was so funny and saw my footy boots hanging in the rafters. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">So, that’s what they were laughing at. I could see Jason laughing the most. The hot lava bubbled inside of me as their laughter fuelled the fire. This time I couldn’t hold it in. I erupted like Mount Vesuvius.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">My arms swung around like a mad octopus. Somehow my fist connected with the closest person, Jason. <i>Thwack! </i>I felt the awful impact of flesh on flesh. His head wrenched sideways. He did a half pirouette and crashed to the ground as if someone had pulled a rug out from under his feet. Everyone gasped in shock.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">I didn’t mean it. It just happened.</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Everything seemed to freeze, except me. I took off.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">I ran like a fugitive and hid behind the undercover area where I thought no one could find me. I curled up in a ball, put my arms on my knees and slumped my head on my arms. I was in big trouble. Kids got suspended for hitting other kids, even if they didn’t mean to. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">How was I going to talk my way out of this? Everything officially sucked. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;">Why am I such a loser?</span></i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Dad’s words materialised in my brain: <i>We</i> <i>don't solve problems with our fists, we use our words. </i>Lately his words hit harder than fists’. </span><i style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;"><o:p></o:p></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-90843568121110591562018-12-01T22:40:00.000+11:002018-12-06T22:41:17.986+11:00Issue 286 December 1<div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 13.5pt; line-height: 19.26px;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 13.5pt; line-height: 19.26px;">(Request a&nbsp;free sample of Buzz Words&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 13.5pt; line-height: 19.26px;"><a href="/p/contact-us.html" target="_blank">here</a>)</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 13.5pt; line-height: 19.26px;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n8qHyr4FhHQ/XAkG0M1KCuI/AAAAAAAAAOw/gn2nq4fzhS4jWdemdADGXgrCX6gosd9uwCLcBGAs/s1600/Issue%2B%2B286.png" imageanchor="1"><img border="2" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="800" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n8qHyr4FhHQ/XAkG0M1KCuI/AAAAAAAAAOw/gn2nq4fzhS4jWdemdADGXgrCX6gosd9uwCLcBGAs/s400/Issue%2B%2B286.png" style="border: 2px solid black;" width="400" /></a><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">The latest issue of Buzz Words – 1 December 2018 -- is jam-packed and oozing at the seams with children's literature goodness.<o:p></o:p><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">Here are some of the things you'll find inside the latest issue:<o:p></o:p></div><ul style="margin-top: 0cm;" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">11 children’s and educational <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">book markets</b> to investigate (Australian and overseas) plus a profile of the Australian children’s book publisher, Dirt Lane Press<o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">7<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> Opportunities and Events</b><o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">3 Writers’ <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Festivals and Conferences</b><o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">11 <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">competitions</b> (plus numerous announcements of award winners). We also reminder readers of the inaugural Buzz Words Short Story Prize with prize-money of $1,500, to be judged by Bill Condon, Dianne Bates, Cathie Tasker and Jackie French which closes on 31 December<o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><b>The Inside Scoop</b>&nbsp;with author <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Stefan Nicholson</span></b><o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">A profile in <b>Book Creator</b> of American children’s author, Paula Danziger</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><b>Spotlight on YA </b><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">with YA author Zana Fraillon</span><o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">An&nbsp;<b>interview</b>&nbsp;with award-winning children’s author, Janeen Brian<span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">In <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Who’s Who in children’s books</b>, a profile<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> </b>of <span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Susannah Chambers, Commissioning Editor of books for children and young adults at Allen &amp; Unwin.</span><o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">A <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">profile</b> of children’s author <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-CA; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Catherine Bauer</span></b><o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">Our new section titled<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> Resources</b> offers <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">10 ways to improve your writing <o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">A new section called <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">‘The Secret’</b> which shows the secret to <span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">finishing a book<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"><o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">and then there’s the usual segments of industry news, useful websites, have your say, and classifieds.<o:p></o:p></li></ul><br /></div>Sandy Fussellhttps://plus.google.com/108319267771152196551noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-15924047560129203422018-12-01T05:30:00.000+11:002018-12-01T05:30:03.310+11:00Princess Hayley’s Comet<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zPmbXM30lEM/XADr7iptKNI/AAAAAAAAEcQ/KUF-U-Hs6CUGQyIrKH-f07itDAIJEpXogCLcBGAs/s1600/Princess%2BHayley%2527s%2BComet.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="295" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zPmbXM30lEM/XADr7iptKNI/AAAAAAAAEcQ/KUF-U-Hs6CUGQyIrKH-f07itDAIJEpXogCLcBGAs/s320/Princess%2BHayley%2527s%2BComet.jpg" width="236" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Princess Hayley’s Comet</span></i><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></b><span style="font-size: 14pt;">by Rebecca Fung; illustrations by Kathy Creamer.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">(Christmas Press) RRP $13.99<span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp; </span>ISBN 978 0994 528 070<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;">Reviewed by Julie Thorndyke</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Debut author Rebecca Fung has taken a fun idea, punning on the name of the famous Halley’s comet,<span style="background: white; color: #222222; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">and produced an enjoyable and original story for young readers.<o:p></o:p></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;">Princess Hayley’s Comet</span></i><b><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"> </span></b><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;">is a slim little book with an engaging cover and the promise of an active storyline. The cover illustration by Kathy Creamer is attractive in bold primary colours and the dynamic swirling path of the golden comet looks appropriately regal. The expressions on the faces of the king and the princess give a hint of the plot. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The first page plunges straight in to the crux of the story: “Dearest Hayley,” asked the King. “What would you like for your birthday?”<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">A princess with everything she could ever wish for, the soon-to-be-ten-year-old Princess Hayley asks for a comet.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Although set in a traditional, generic fairy-tale castle, this story does introduce elements of science fiction as the narrative unfolds. Some basic information about real comets is embedded at the beginning of the story. The princess obtains information about comets from her book <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Simple Astronomy</i>. She wonders about the personality of a comet:<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">“<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Hayley was sure the comet was independent, exciting and adventurous, and the more she felt that, the more she adored it.”</i> <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The comet symbolises Princess Hayley’s own personality, and her desire for adventure and exploration.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The idea of capturing and riding a comet (without being burned to ashes) is unrealistic. However, Fung manages to pull this absurd situation off, the reader suspending disbelief and going along with the story. Afterall, the fairy-tale genre does not set up an expectation of realism.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">In eleven chapters liberally sprinkled with black and white drawings, the book is accessible, dynamic and inviting to primary school children, and offers both visual and textual surprises on each page. The size of the book is appropriate for child hands and the text is well-spaced and not at all daunting.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Princesses are standard fare in children’s literature. How does Hayley compare with the stereotype? She has a benevolent father, the king, ready to grant her every wish. (The Queen is not mentioned.) Princess Hayley has a collection of exotic birthday presents including polar bears, golden treehouses and diamond tiaras. She has servants to assist her in everyday life at the palace. But unlike many princesses, she isn’t isolated or lonely. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">With two “equal best” friends, Ned and Cara, Princess Hayley is a well socialised and resourceful character. When the King’s Advisors say that a birthday comet is impossible, she actively devises strategies to catch her own comet.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Kathy Creamer’s illustrations reveal a princess who wears plaits with her crown, and boots with her regal robes, that are a sensible calf-length for active movement.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">If there is a moral to this enjoyable tale, it is that girls are capable, interested in science and don’t need the help of male authority figures to achieve their goals. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="background: white; color: #222222; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">A great addition to every little princess’s book collection.</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 180.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm; text-indent: 36.0pt;"><br /></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-21223382682399372182018-11-30T02:30:00.000+11:002018-11-30T02:30:08.795+11:00Ara the Star Engineer <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nbsgecSPpso/W_466PS4GsI/AAAAAAAAEcE/8kGN4pSoNJ4bZvbFi2u4eWP1nN5teT7UgCLcBGAs/s1600/Ara%2Bthe%2BStar%2BEngineer.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="399" data-original-width="400" height="318" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nbsgecSPpso/W_466PS4GsI/AAAAAAAAEcE/8kGN4pSoNJ4bZvbFi2u4eWP1nN5teT7UgCLcBGAs/s320/Ara%2Bthe%2BStar%2BEngineer.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;">Ara the Star Engineer</span></i><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;"> by </span><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><a href="https://www.bookdepository.com/author/Komal-Singh"><span style="color: #333333; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">Komal Singh, illustrated&nbsp;</span></a>by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bookdepository.com/author/Ipek-Konak"><span style="color: #333333; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">Ipek Konak</span></a> (Page Two Books, distributed by Newsouth Books) HB RRP AU$24.99<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;">Reviewed by Dianne Bates</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This book has two important features going for it: one is that is shows numerous females and people of colour in positive working roles and the other is that it is about computers and numbers.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The author is a woman in technology who was challenged to write this book when her four-year-old daughter proclaimed, ‘Engineers are boys.’ Singh, in an author’s note at the front of the book, says research shows that girls start doubting their STEM intelligence (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by the age of six. Hence this picture book hopes to redress this. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;">The story begins with Ara, and her robotic assistant Dee Dee who explore the STEM world. Ara starts with telling the reader that the word ‘googol’ (meaning a number with a hundred zeros in it), was name by a nine-year-old. To figure out how many googols of stars there are in the sky, Ara and Dee Dee, travel to Innovation Plex, where they meet Kripa in the Data Centre who shows them now to use a computer to solve problems. Another woman tech whizz the two meet is Parisa who uses algorithms to solve problems. And so, the story moves on – to </span><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;">Coding Pods, and X-Space – as more interesting information is revealed<span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;">.<o:p></o:p></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This is a an inspiring, inclusive, whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life trailblazers. The women at the centre tinker-and-tailor, build-and-fail, launch-and-iterate, and in the end discover an amazing algorithm of success -- coding, courage, creativity, and collaboration. The women mentioned in the book, by the way, are real: their biographies appear at the end. And, too, there’s a notebook with activities and information about women trail-blazers (like programmers Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, and NASA’s space investigator Katherine Johnson).<br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /><!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">If you would like to inspire your budding computer, maths or science child, this is certainly a book which should do the trick! The book is filled with colourful illustrations to pour over which show workers in coding pods and other interesting work spaces. </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-16518284568001315292018-11-29T06:30:00.000+11:002018-11-29T06:30:08.100+11:00Stories for kids who dare to be different<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RmctuKBTuoM/W_41qqvYFOI/AAAAAAAAEb4/ioZLwqgqtfcsKtxXasgssKYSpipseR44ACLcBGAs/s1600/Stories%2Bfor%2BKids%2BWho%2BDare%2Bto%2BBe%2BDifferent.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="307" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RmctuKBTuoM/W_41qqvYFOI/AAAAAAAAEb4/ioZLwqgqtfcsKtxXasgssKYSpipseR44ACLcBGAs/s320/Stories%2Bfor%2BKids%2BWho%2BDare%2Bto%2BBe%2BDifferent.jpg" width="245" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Stories for kids who dare to be different</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> by Ben Brooks, illustrated by Quinton Winter (Quercus) HB RRP $35.00 ISBN 9781787476523<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Dianne Bates<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Sub-titled ‘True tales of boys and girls who stood up and stood out’, this is one of the most interesting, fascinating and absorbing non-fiction books for children I’ve read in years – and I’ve read many. The sub-title is misleading, though, as the accomplishments of many of the heroes featured occurred when they were adults, but the book, equally devoted to the exploits of males and females, tells of childhoods, often deprived and of people who overcame poverty, physical problems and more. However, the design of the book with typeface often on overly-dark pages, does it a disservice. But truly, the stories are wonderful and certainly inspiring, even for adults as well as children aged 9 to 13 for whom the book is marketed.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background: white; color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Bjork, Dr Seuss, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Warhol, Gertrude Stein, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Lady Godiva, Yvonne Goolagong and Dr Seuss are people most adults are familiar with and whose stories they know. But this book of 100 (or more) people from countries all over the world include amazing achievements in all fields from astro-physics to medicine, ballet to civil disobedience. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background: white; color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background: white; color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">It’s difficult to focus on only a few heroes when all here are remarkable… but the Edelweiss Pirates, teenagers who undermined Nazis (by acts such as posting anti-slogans and putting sugar in petrol tanks) during Hitler’s reign of terror, were certainly brave. So too was Witold Pilecki who defended Poland against the Russians and volunteered to be arrested and sent to Auschwitz death camp to expose the horrors there, transmitting messages to the resistance and to the British authorities, becoming the first person to alert the outside world of the Nazis’ atrocities. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background: white; color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Someone who was heroic in 2018 was Emma Gonzalez, a teenager who organised March for our Lives, a peaceful protest in America in support of new gun control laws following a mass killing in her school – she managed to mobilise almost 2 million people! Muslim Loujain Al-Hathloul drove a car and made videos in Saudi Arabia at a time when women weren’t allowed to drive (they couldn’t vote until 2015 and still aren’t allowed to open their own bank accounts). There are dozens more stories. I was inspired to follow the lives of some depicted here, such as the Inuit artist, Kenojuah Ashevak, 18 year old Hannah Herbst who has invented a small machine called BEACON which uses wave action to create electricity and black ballet dancer Eric Underwood who became the star of The Royal London Ballet and had a ballet shoe named after him.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Throughout the world, where there are injustices, strong men and women (and sometimes children) emerge to remedy wrongs. <span style="background: white;">In our evermore hectic and overwhelming world, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different</i> is refreshing proof that dreams do come true and that it is okay to be different. <o:p></o:p></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="background: white;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background: white; color: #333333; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This is an inspiring read for any young person, particularly those struggling to find their place in the world and who want to know about the lives of those heroes who have led the way, changing the world for the better as they go.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Highly recommended. </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-11209971157727460562018-11-28T02:00:00.000+11:002018-11-28T02:00:07.474+11:00A Miniature Christmas<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tzSFy0R_0yE/W_HqRTyCkMI/AAAAAAAAEbs/B3iPngi-DeEVdSwGv5mT2Wn--qD-z5fBwCLcBGAs/s1600/a%2Bminiature%2BChristmas.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="413" data-original-width="318" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tzSFy0R_0yE/W_HqRTyCkMI/AAAAAAAAEbs/B3iPngi-DeEVdSwGv5mT2Wn--qD-z5fBwCLcBGAs/s320/a%2Bminiature%2BChristmas.jpg" width="246" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><i>A Miniature Christmas </i>edited by Beattie Alvarez </span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(Christmas Press) RRP $24.99 PB ISBN 9780648194514<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><o:p></o:p></i></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Wendy Haynes<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This is jam-packed with Christmas goodies. As the title suggests, the stories delve into many miniature worlds. Beattie Alvarez has done a wonderful job compiling twelve illustrated stories bringing with them Christmas, imagination and the wonder of magic.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Suitable for 7 – 10-year olds this book could be read to a younger audience. Each story brings a sense of the Christmas spirit, the magic of genies, goblins, Fuchsia fairies, the delight of miniature Christmas scenes, toy apps, trees brought to life, the charm of Christmas decorations, elves tugging on your ear, a take on Peter Pan at Christmas, and small creature pulling together to make Christmas great.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">There is a story here for everyone. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Some of the authors include Dianne Bates with her story ‘George the Genie’,<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> </i>illustrated by Sally Heinrich.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>George is summoned by an unsavoury character, and the wishes he is asked to grant go beyond his moral being. So George and the rest of his clan concoct a plan to teach Bernie Blister a lesson.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">‘Christmas with the Fuchsia Fairies’<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> </i>text and photographs by Kathy Creamer, brings your imagination to life. When Rosie Dimpleberry finds water sprite Tinkle crying, she along with the rest of her friends find a way make Tinkle’s Christmas special.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">‘A Mouse Christmas’<i> </i>by Natalie Jane Prior, illustrated by Amy Bogard, tells the story of Marigold the mouse who lives under floor board under the stove, with her mother and two siblings, Star and Silas. Being mice they sleep all day and venture out at night when the black and white dog, and the humans are sleeping. Marigold gets caught up in the wonder of the Christmas food and though the dog tries to sniff her out, at the stroke of midnight they share a special moment of what Christmas really means.</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-63341338686535621142018-11-27T04:30:00.000+11:002018-11-27T04:30:03.507+11:00Tiggy and the Magic Paint Brush: A Musical Show<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OhOdFEoAMGA/W_Hotnj7EyI/AAAAAAAAEbY/3aDUP4_ANeoGmLdY8vC1fM1POeaJGcGAQCLcBGAs/s1600/Tiggy%2Band%2Bthe%2BMagic%2BPaint%2BBrush.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="333" data-original-width="250" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OhOdFEoAMGA/W_Hotnj7EyI/AAAAAAAAEbY/3aDUP4_ANeoGmLdY8vC1fM1POeaJGcGAQCLcBGAs/s320/Tiggy%2Band%2Bthe%2BMagic%2BPaint%2BBrush.jpg" width="240" /></a></div>&nbsp;<i style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Tiggy and the Magic Paint Brush: A Musical Show </span></i><span style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt;">by Zanni Louise, illustrated by Gillian Flint (Hardie Grant Egmont) RRP $14.99 PB</span><br /> <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">9781760685690<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Wendy Haynes<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Tiggy and her friends Felix and Poh are back and this time Tiggy is about to perform in a musical show in which she is the star. But after practicing perfectly at home and now at the hall with her friends, this time, Tiggy’s voice sounds more like a frog than her own. What should she do? She is worried she will let everyone down and races to the bathroom. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Then she gets an idea. With the help of her magic paintbrush, she conjures up a nightingale: together they sing so beautifully, but no one can understand it. Maybe a whale can help, but they need water. Perhaps a Parrot can sing in her place but his voice is too harsh. What will Tiggy do? Then she has the best idea of the day. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This book is another delight for children aged 4 – 7 years old and the series helps children image new ideas and that anything is possible. As usual the illustrator Gillian Flint has added depth to the story with her vibrant pictures throughout the book, looking forward to the next one.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-4639503306197217822018-11-26T06:00:00.000+11:002018-11-26T06:00:03.661+11:00Tiggy and the Magic Paint Brush: A Birthday Party Trick<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PintAghwCh4/W_Hm98OyZtI/AAAAAAAAEbE/VxykK3YmtNwRthmBH5NT4GBIKLAY5Q0pQCLcBGAs/s1600/Tiggy%2Band%2Bthe%2BBirthday%2Bparty.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="333" data-original-width="250" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PintAghwCh4/W_Hm98OyZtI/AAAAAAAAEbE/VxykK3YmtNwRthmBH5NT4GBIKLAY5Q0pQCLcBGAs/s320/Tiggy%2Band%2Bthe%2BBirthday%2Bparty.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Tiggy and the Magic Paint Brush: A Birthday Party Trick </span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">by Zanni Louise, illustrated by Gillian Flint (Hardie Grant Egmont) RRP $12.99<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">ISBN 978176068683<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Wendy Haynes<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The third book in the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush</i> series, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">A Birthday Party Trick</i> brings with it a birthday party Tiggy is so excited about. You see, the thing she is so excited about is that a REAL Magician is coming to her party. But when at the last minute the magician rings up sick, Tiggy has to spring into action and devise a way she and all her friends still get to enjoy a magical birthday.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">With the help of her magic paintbrush Tiggy conjures up Paulo the Great but the problem with Paulo is that none of his tricks works -- that’s not until he disappears. Tiggy looks high and low for Paulo the Great, and eventually finds him, but now he is too small. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This fun instalment suitable for ages 4 -7-year olds is splashed with colour by the talented illustrator Gillian Flint. Join Tiggy on her birthday and discover as she does that a birthday can be just as magical without a magician.</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-8947429476358073112018-11-25T03:00:00.000+11:002018-11-25T03:00:06.444+11:00Liberty <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0Uv8Zt381UQ/W--1ajLTpbI/AAAAAAAAEa4/dyObJCY2iTgoHusGjfKOtGZ4tMZQTIv0wCLcBGAs/s1600/liberty-cover-art.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="463" data-original-width="300" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0Uv8Zt381UQ/W--1ajLTpbI/AAAAAAAAEa4/dyObJCY2iTgoHusGjfKOtGZ4tMZQTIv0wCLcBGAs/s320/liberty-cover-art.jpg" width="207" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Liberty</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> by Nikki McWatters (University of Queensland Press) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN: 9780702260292<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Dannielle Viera<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Born in different eras, three young women share a common bond – the ‘bloodline of the sisterhood’. Jeanne Laisné discovers her ‘blood of iron’ in 1472, when she overcomes her poverty-stricken background to emerge as the heroine of Beauvais during a fierce battle. In 1797, Betsy Gray becomes embroiled in a rebel alliance that is desperate to free Ireland from English rule, and she is determined to fight with every last breath in her body. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Fiona McKechnie’s rustic naivety is destroyed when she heads to university in Brisbane in 1968 and is faced with the realities of the Vietnam War and conscription. When she discovers the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Systir Saga</i>, a book containing the names of Jeanne and Betsy, as well as all the other ‘women who were the threads that were sewn together with stitches of time and blood to make up the garment’ that is her, Fiona draws strength from her sisterhood to stand up for what she believes in.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Liberty</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> is aimed at the YA market, and its underlying girl-power message will appeal particularly to teen girls aged 14 and above. Inspired by historical people and events, award-winning author Nikki McWatters takes three discrete story strands and skilfully braids them into a single compelling tale. While some of the dialogue is a little laboured, Nikki’s use of evocative similes and metaphors adds stunning dimension and colour to the narrative.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Passion, action and courage course through the book like the flood of feisty women whom Jeanne leads into battle. As the three protagonists proactively seek liberty in life and love, female readers especially will identify both with their empowerment and with their mantle as girls ‘who might just change the world’.</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-90005619207162377582018-11-24T02:30:00.000+11:002018-11-24T02:30:03.245+11:00The Crocodile Who Found His Smile <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WSaUDAreiKI/W--0PyM1cPI/AAAAAAAAEas/jB-67ml7uW4CMe3ZTrCRc2oNF2bonU0GQCLcBGAs/s1600/the-crocodile-who-found-his-smile.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="212" data-original-width="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WSaUDAreiKI/W--0PyM1cPI/AAAAAAAAEas/jB-67ml7uW4CMe3ZTrCRc2oNF2bonU0GQCLcBGAs/s1600/the-crocodile-who-found-his-smile.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The Crocodile Who Found His Smile</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">by Hancy Pancy, illustrated by Ann Snell (Austin Macauley Publishers) PB RRP $26.99 ISBN: 9781787107243<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Dannielle Viera<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Crosby the crocodile is ‘not a happy chap’. He longs to find a friend on the river, but nobody wants to play with him. Uncle Gnarly Nose ‘smacks his big, strong tail’ at Crosby, and then a bird ‘flaps her sleek black wings’ as she flies away from the lonely croc. Even Crosby’s mum is too busy to swim with him. Little does Crosby know that his mum and dad have planned a big surprise for him – a new brother and sister with whom he can have fun. Now he ‘has the biggest smile … [and] is a happy crocodile’.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Created by the Australian pair HancyPancy and Ann Snell, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Crocodile Who Found His Smile</i> is a delightful picture book for kids aged three to seven years. As HancyPancy’s rhyming text follows Crosby’s search for a playmate, it gently introduces young readers to real-life details about crocodiles (including what happens during territorial disputes). For older children keen to know more about saltwater crocodiles, HancyPancy has added extra information in verse form at the end of the book, such as they’re ‘three times faster than the fastest man’.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Ann Snell’s vibrant illustrations bring the story to life. She channels the Impressionist artists of the nineteenth century, with her bold strokes of colour adding a unique dynamism to the scenes. Light dapples exquisitely across the river’s cerulean surface, and the subtle change in hues as day turns to evening is entrancing. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Children who adore animals – especially reptiles – will fall in love with Crosby the ‘curious croc’ and enjoy the clever blend of fact and fiction throughout the narrative. And, if they look carefully at the lively images, they might spot an elusive little frog on each page!</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-65931635129564425362018-11-23T02:30:00.000+11:002018-11-23T02:30:02.026+11:00Around the world with Gramps <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rndHneni8Rc/W--sw0zWjmI/AAAAAAAAEag/wENlowDt69InSeCh3NiW1e8_nQFaG2CQgCLcBGAs/s1600/Around%2Bthe%2BGlobe%2Bwith%2BGramps.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="327" data-original-width="220" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rndHneni8Rc/W--sw0zWjmI/AAAAAAAAEag/wENlowDt69InSeCh3NiW1e8_nQFaG2CQgCLcBGAs/s320/Around%2Bthe%2BGlobe%2Bwith%2BGramps.jpg" width="215" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Around the world with Gramps</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">by Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzeeti, illustrated by Teresa Lawrence (Celapene Press) RRP PB IBSN:978-1-925572-15-5&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Reviewed by Julie Dascoli</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Today, Lucy’s Gramps is wearing a tasselled cap, a white shirt, his red knitted waistcoat, a pleated tennis skirt, long johns and a fat pom-pom attached to each of his slippers. Today they are studying Scotland.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Every Friday of the school holidays, Lucy stays at her Gramp’s house while her mum goes to work. As a retired Geography teacher, Gramps takes great delight in surprising his Granddaughter with the country they will study on that day. He greets them at the door in a costume, plays music from the country of choice and explores the globe in the morning. In the afternoon they cook food from the chosen country and do a craft activity.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">All this has been fun over the years but now that Lucy will soon be going to high school and has a cool friend, Briony, she would rather not go to Gramp’s house any more but hang with Briony at her Grandma’s house. Mum won’t hear of it. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Everything changes one day when Lucy’s mum receives a phone call to say Gramps is in hospital having had a mild stroke. After contemplating her life without her gramps Lucy’s next move surprises us all. Especially Gramps. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzetti is a renowned and award-winning author of poetry for both children and adults, countless short stories, articles, a picture book and so much more. She has done herself proud with this one as well. Around the world with Gramps is a mindful, sweet story for children around maybe 6-9-year-old, (and old ladies like me.) It would be ideal for a read-aloud or for an independent reader. The ending bought a tear to my eye<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The recipes at the back of the book are a novel addition: I’m sure readers will give them a go. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The illustrations for <i>Around the world with Gramps</i> are by Teresa Laurence. They are grey scale sketches depicting the characters beautifully.&nbsp; I especially liked the expressions on the character’s faces.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-49534822118661424392018-11-22T06:00:00.000+11:002018-11-22T06:00:11.702+11:00Lucy Newton, Little Witch <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_6lL6nHw9b0/W--qvQpxFkI/AAAAAAAAEaU/osi4-KC6CjEmR-0IIpX0DEUF-gB_9CkFACLcBGAs/s1600/little-witch.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="407" data-original-width="300" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_6lL6nHw9b0/W--qvQpxFkI/AAAAAAAAEaU/osi4-KC6CjEmR-0IIpX0DEUF-gB_9CkFACLcBGAs/s320/little-witch.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt;">Lucy Newton, Little Witch</span></i><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt;"> by Phoebe McArthur (Christmas Press) PB RRP $13.99 ISBN: 9780648194507<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Nikki M Heath<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">What’s a young witch to do, with her mother out of the house (again) and her favourite doll in danger of losing an arm? Despite a ban on using magic (established due to Lucy’s apparent penchant for dangerous escapades), Lucy Newton can’t stop herself. She breaks into her mother’s study to find her spell book, looking for a simple spell to reattach her beloved doll’s appendage.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Predictably, things go south quickly and in increasingly outrageous ways, as Lucy soon finds herself facing a rapidly-growing slime-drooling slug – with no idea what to do next. Enter two wonderfully crafted secondary characters, the sentient spell book – which suddenly starts offering advice – and the neighbour’s sassy black cat. While the protagonist Lucy does little more than bounce from bungling to helpless to panic-stricken and back again, the book and cat give humour, spark and attitude to the story. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">McArthur builds suspense effectively. The story kept my 4-year-old assistant book-reviewer on the edge of her bed, terrified for poor Lucy facing the revolting slug. The plot is fast-moving and fun, and will entertain the target audience of 6 to 9 year olds. While elements of the story orient towards girls, with a female protagonist and a dismembered doll creating the initial crisis, boys should get right into the chaos, slime and destruction as well. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Newly independent readers will enjoy the numerous black-and-white illustrations, line drawn by McArthur. The pictures pick up the significant elements in the story in charming vignettes. While there is a detailed and expressive illustration of the cranky old witch-next-door, some of the illustrations of Lucy lack a strong sense of character. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This is a fast-paced fantasy from first-time author McArthur, which will appeal to young readers who enjoy a little magic or a lot of mess. </span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-20646046260884423862018-11-21T03:00:00.000+11:002018-11-21T03:00:06.160+11:00How I promote my work – Roxanne Kiely<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VvOOwNEABg4/W-3s7rTaNrI/AAAAAAAAEaI/0Z4jrhkV6sY_mmgEJP6CDVi7RCXhFPB2gCLcBGAs/s1600/Busy%2BIzzy%2Band%2BFriends.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1249" data-original-width="1600" height="249" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VvOOwNEABg4/W-3s7rTaNrI/AAAAAAAAEaI/0Z4jrhkV6sY_mmgEJP6CDVi7RCXhFPB2gCLcBGAs/s320/Busy%2BIzzy%2Band%2BFriends.png" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt;">I am the author and co-songwriter of the children’s multi-media series ‘Busy Izzy and Friends’.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;">Three published picture books for 3-8 year olds.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -18.0pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;">Busy Izzy and Friends <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -18.0pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;">Busy Izzy and Newly Truly – The Big Surprise!<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -18.0pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;">Busy Izzy and Talkative Tess<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -18.0pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;">20 songs in the series<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -18.0pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;">Stage show – Busy Izzy and Friends<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -18.0pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;">Busy Izzy school activities for ELC-Year 3<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;">We are endorsed by the World Literacy Foundation. The WLF have bought 15,000 copies of the books, which they distribute in Victoria and the Northern Territory. The audio books and songs are on the WLF –sun tablet for children in Uganda. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Stephen Kiely and I are currently celebrating our recent 1st Place win with "Sometimes A Friend" in the Songs for Children category in the National songwriter awards. We also placed 2nd and 3rd with two other songs.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Up-coming promotion- The Busy Izzy audio books will soon be available on Amazon’s Kindle, GooglePlay and Audible. The songs will be downloadable on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Online profile<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Website:</span></b><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;"> <a href="http://www.busyizzy.com/"><span style="mso-color-alt: windowtext;">www.busyizzy.com</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">FaceBook:</span></b><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;"> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BusyIzzyandFriends/"><span style="mso-color-alt: windowtext;">https://www.facebook.com/BusyIzzyandFriends</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Instagram:</span></b><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;"> busyizzyandfriends <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;">YouTube Channel: </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/Busyizzyandfriends"><span style="mso-color-alt: windowtext;">https://www.youtube.com/c/Busyizzyandfriends</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">https://busyizzy.com/pages/awards-and-recognition<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt;"><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /><!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-42243961119518193942018-11-20T06:30:00.000+11:002018-11-20T06:30:14.318+11:00Black Friday Boot Camp<br /><div class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">&nbsp;Buzz Words reader&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt;"><b>Lyn Oxley</b> has enrolled in this one-day, online bootcamp. It’s held in the USA, costs US $20, and will be held on 23 November, Pacific Time. Although it starts at 3.30 am Sydney time, there will be a recording available shortly after.</span></div><br /><div class="MsoPlainText"><br /></div><div class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">&nbsp;Black Friday Bootcamp is an online workshop held on Black Friday taught by published authors, illustrators and editors. To see the whole line up visit the link below: <a href="https://www.storytelleracademy.com/black-friday-2018">https://www.storytelleracademy.com/black-friday-2018</a><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoPlainText"><br /></div><div class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Storyteller Academy is running a giveaway to raise awareness for Black Friday Bootcamp. All the proceeds from Black Friday Bootcamp is going to two great charities: We Need Diverse Books and First Book. Storyteller Academy's goal is to raise $20,000. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoPlainText"><br /></div><div class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">For the give-away, there are these great prizes: a mixed picture book, a free course and workshop and best of all a free year of learning at Storyteller Academy (a $2,400 value). <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoPlainText"><br /></div><div class="MsoPlainText"> </div><div class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">To enter the giveaway, all you must do is click the link below and sign up! <a href="https://www.storytelleracademy.com/black-friday_bootcamp-contest/">https://www.storytelleracademy.com/black-friday_bootcamp-contest/</a>?&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-5867480314753873742018-11-19T06:30:00.000+11:002018-11-19T06:30:03.143+11:00Johnny’s Beard <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cRwfeYFCZlk/W-yj3Zpi3HI/AAAAAAAAEZ8/MhwwCPSimZk9IYMRUDuSIBkYg8nhwVa4wCLcBGAs/s1600/johnny-s-beard.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="301" data-original-width="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cRwfeYFCZlk/W-yj3Zpi3HI/AAAAAAAAEZ8/MhwwCPSimZk9IYMRUDuSIBkYg8nhwVa4wCLcBGAs/s1600/johnny-s-beard.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Johnny’s Beard</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> by Michelle Worthington, illustrated by Katrin Dreiling (Little Pink Dog Books) PB RRP: $24.95 ISBN: 9780648256304<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Anne Helen Donnelly<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Johnny’s beard was his pride and joy. It was glorious and splendiferous. But this didn’t happen by itself: Johnny spent hours washing it, drying it and combing it. He loved the feel of his beard, keeping him warm and feeling the breeze blowing through it. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">One winter morning Johnny met a mouse, a twitchy mouse whose house was too cold for the winter. Johnny offered to share his warm home with the mouse, so the mouse climbed into Johnny’s beard for a ride. Then Johnny picked up a rabbit, a raven and a family of hedgehogs. His beard was getting to be a very busy place!<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">He took them all home where they huddled by the fire. But how was Johnny going to house all these little critters? Where could they sleep and what did he have to keep them all snug and warm all winter?<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">This is a fun story for children aged 4 – 8 years. The illustrations are colourful, lively and full of character. And who wouldn’t like a word such as “splendiferous!” My children liked this “funny story” so it comes recommended by experts! </span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-8109443897975072632018-11-18T06:00:00.000+11:002018-11-18T06:00:00.970+11:00Grey-glasses-it is<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WdrNiqZNxao/W-yh4FFBp9I/AAAAAAAAEZw/zOugyVc4m8QjPqhTszZoFhci16rrcqo1ACLcBGAs/s1600/Grey%2Bglasses.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="332" data-original-width="250" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WdrNiqZNxao/W-yh4FFBp9I/AAAAAAAAEZw/zOugyVc4m8QjPqhTszZoFhci16rrcqo1ACLcBGAs/s320/Grey%2Bglasses.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Grey-glasses-it is</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> by Lynn Jenkins, illustrated by Kirrili Longergan (EK Books(<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">ISBN: 9781925335958 RRP: $19.99<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Anne Helen Donnelly<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">In a little garden in a little village on top of a big mountain, Loppy the Lac was painting, surrounded by colour. He admired the different colours and felt different feelings. Blue made him peaceful, red excited him and yellow made him cheerful. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Loppy’s friend Curly came by and gave Loppy a pair of purple lensed glasses to look through. Purple made Loppy feel creative and green lensed glasses made him feel relaxed. Then Loppy tried a pair of grey lensed glasses. These made Loppy feel sad and he didn’t want to paint any longer. He had no energy and felt “blah.”<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Luckily, Curly knew just what was wrong and how to fix it; grey-glasses-itis! <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">One of EK’s ‘Books with heart on issues that matter’ book, and the fourth story in the <i>Lessons of a LAC</i> series; this book aims to give your child a way to think about and manage their moods and feelings. The message is that the way we look at things will affect the way we feel, a good life lesson. The cover and illustrations remind me of Dr Suess. The story and the illustrations are orchestrated well to tell the story. Recommended for children aged 4 to 8 years old.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-45838635796968432822018-11-17T06:30:00.000+11:002018-11-17T06:30:07.461+11:00Bigger than yesterday, smaller than tomorrow <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PVrh37V7aes/W-ygduisPJI/AAAAAAAAEZk/0O4y3DYUbM88k7bxDf7Ohsvq1PPETSMAgCLcBGAs/s1600/Bigger%2Bthan%2Byesterday.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="399" data-original-width="400" height="319" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PVrh37V7aes/W-ygduisPJI/AAAAAAAAEZk/0O4y3DYUbM88k7bxDf7Ohsvq1PPETSMAgCLcBGAs/s320/Bigger%2Bthan%2Byesterday.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Bigger than yesterday, smaller than tomorrow</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> by Robert Vescio, illustrated by Kathy Creamer (Little Pink Dog Books) PB RRP: $24.95 ISBN: 9780994626950<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Anne Helen Donnelly<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">It is the summer holidays and Hannah and Dad, and their dog Hugo, are going camping for the first time. This is an exciting adventure now that Hannah is getting older. Now that Hannah is bigger there are lots more things she could do; like protecting Hugo, helping Dad pitch the tent and climbing a tall tree. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">As night approaches, Hannah doesn’t feel so big, though, and misses her Mum. Luckily, Dad is prepared with hot chocolate, bedtime books and everything that Hannah likes. But what really puts her at ease is her Mum’s scarf, wrapped snuggly around her neck, that feels just like a hug from Mum.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">This is a story about a child who is discovering her independence, without straying too far from home and the security she is used to. Beautiful fun illustrations and simply told. This book will appeal to younger children ages 4 – 8 years.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-63475110302547445422018-11-16T06:30:00.000+11:002018-11-16T06:30:12.420+11:00Little Spiral <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DmzgbP3Q2VQ/W-pFBCmeo0I/AAAAAAAAEZY/ba5xlFRZj14_ABhIIgVsnjuR43K0KehtACLcBGAs/s1600/Little%2BSpriral.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="400" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DmzgbP3Q2VQ/W-pFBCmeo0I/AAAAAAAAEZY/ba5xlFRZj14_ABhIIgVsnjuR43K0KehtACLcBGAs/s320/Little%2BSpriral.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;">Little Spiral </span></i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;">by Pat Simmons, illustrated by Patrick Shirvington (Little Steps Publishing) PB RRP $16.95 ISBN 9780648267324<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;">Reviewed by Brook Tayla</span><span lang="EN-US" style="background: rgb(246, 247, 231); color: #363232; font-size: 11.5pt;"> </span><span style="background: rgb(246, 247, 231); color: #363232; font-size: 11.5pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;">Little Spiral</span></i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"> is a beautiful poetic journey that explores the life cycle of a snail.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The whole book has an air of mystery and intrigue.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Right from the first page you wonder which little pearl coloured circle could be the actual snail forming on the forest floor.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">And then the journey begins that leads us through growth, life and a new generation – a circular narrative.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The text is written simply but meaningfully with words that evoke re-reading and pondering. The ink/watercolour illustrations are a perfect visual match and give depth of meaning to the story.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The edge-to-edge pictures pull readers right into the forest scenario, so that you feel you are actually there and feel an empathy with the snail, ‘Little Spiral’ – what a clever, delightful name!<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This is a picture book that will be enjoyed by all ages and returned to often, not only to ponder life but also to check back in with this now familiar and cute little snail.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: blue; font-size: 14pt;">Brook Tayla</span></i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"> writes a picture book review blog at <span class="MsoHyperlink"><a href="mailto:telltalestome@wordpress.com">telltalestome@wordpress.com</a></span>and would love you to drop by, read <o:p></o:p></span></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">some reviews, leave a comment, and subscribe.&nbsp; Brook also offers editing services for beginning and emerging writers.</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></i></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-58802918056441502002018-11-15T06:30:00.000+11:002018-11-15T09:24:36.358+11:00Achievement<b><span style="font-size: 14pt;">CBCA NSW Branch Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program 2018</span></b><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The Charlotte Waring Barton Award is presented annually by the CBCA NSW Inc to an unpublished author residing in Australia. The award involves a mentorship sponsored by HarperCollins Children's Books Australia.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Congratulations to the winner this year Peta Miller for her story&nbsp;<i>Sing Us Home.</i><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Well done also to the short-listed finalists, <b>Dhana Fox</b> -&nbsp;<i>Pierre</i>&nbsp;and Wendy Adams<i>&nbsp;- Graegrim.</i><o:p></o:p></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-29015104845740225352018-11-07T06:30:00.000+11:002018-11-07T06:30:06.038+11:00The Puffin Book of Summer Stories<div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ieGBBV4sujA/W-C634Bq5oI/AAAAAAAAEZM/tZIQXZTL4R8KAaivgDrniHF7De_co96PACLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BPuffin%2BBook%2Bof%2BSummer%2BStories.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="320" data-original-width="274" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ieGBBV4sujA/W-C634Bq5oI/AAAAAAAAEZM/tZIQXZTL4R8KAaivgDrniHF7De_co96PACLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BPuffin%2BBook%2Bof%2BSummer%2BStories.jpg" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><i><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;">The Puffin Book of Summer Stories</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;">&nbsp;(Puffin Books) HB RRP $29.99 ISBN 9780143793540<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Dianne Bates<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Featuring eight favourite picture book stories by well-loved Australian authors, this beautifully presented, heavy (and thick) collection makes an ideal gift, especially with Christmas coming up.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;">The classic books include</span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">d are:&nbsp;</span><i style="font-size: 14pt;">Summer</i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;by June Factor and Alison Lester;&nbsp;</span><i style="font-size: 14pt;">Max</i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;by Marc Martin;&nbsp;</span><i style="font-size: 14pt;">Grandpa and Thomas</i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;by Pamela Allen;&nbsp;</span><i style="font-size: 14pt;">Castles</i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;by Allan Baillie and Caroline Magerl;&nbsp;</span><i style="font-size: 14pt;">My Hippopotamus is on our Caravan Roof Getting Sunburnt</i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;by Hazel Edwards and Deborah Niland;&nbsp;</span><i style="font-size: 14pt;">Seadog&nbsp;</i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">by Claire Saxby and Tom Jellett;&nbsp;</span><i style="font-size: 14pt;">There’s a Sea in My Bedroom</i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;by Margaret Wild and Jane Tanner, and&nbsp;</span><i style="font-size: 14pt;">Eve and Elly</i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;by Mike Dumbleton and Laura Wood.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">All the stories feature the outdoors, mostly by the sea, and all are set out so that the reader can appreciate the wide variety of story-telling and illustrations. What a wonderful diversity of artwork there is, from Alison Lester’s detailed wash and pen pictures of an Australian family indoors and out on Christmas Day to Pamela Allen’s watercolour pictures with lots of white space with a grandfather and boy enjoying the seaside. After Allen’s pages come full-page very colourful pictures of a huge hippopotamus, so familiar to young readers, eating cake, this time while on family holiday. This contrasts with the more delicate colours with wash and line of Caroline Magerl’s rendering of a fanciful and imaginative story of a girl and boy creating a magical story on the beach and in the sea. Then there’s the realistic, beautifully realised beach illustrations by the equally talented Jane Tanner in Margaret Wild’s story where a boy imagines a sea in his bedroom.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15.4px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">There are so many excellent illustrations in this multi-story book which is sure to become a family favourite to be read and re-read by children aged 6 to 11 years, who will, no doubt, hand the book onto their children in the future.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;tahoma&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;freesans&quot; , sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 19.9733px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div>Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-1020187162269140342018-11-06T09:00:00.000+11:002018-11-06T09:00:00.893+11:00Diamond for a Ruby <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZbYcYr6HaHM/W-C408EKrMI/AAAAAAAAEZA/MbGP5iDFGQkdIA5BBQ_0Hp0afL5RliuKACLcBGAs/s1600/Diamond%2Bfor%2Ba%2Bruby.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="499" data-original-width="333" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZbYcYr6HaHM/W-C408EKrMI/AAAAAAAAEZA/MbGP5iDFGQkdIA5BBQ_0Hp0afL5RliuKACLcBGAs/s320/Diamond%2Bfor%2Ba%2Bruby.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;">Diamond for a Ruby</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;"> by Stefan Nicholson (Amazon Print) PB RRP AU $5.00 (Kindle), AU$20.00 (Print) ISBN 9780648295334<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Sam McNeil<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This is a stand-alone spy-thriller book for the cross-over market that follows on from Nicholson’s first self-published book, <i>Spy within a Ruby</i>. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Set in England, the book begins with Ruby Peters, a M16 agent, in a pub paying tribute to her former boss, Roger Davis, when the barman slips her a note. It is from Davis who speaks from the grave with a coded message. Not knowing her drink is spiked, Peters returns home in a drunken state. From there she is arrested and taken to M16 where she is accused of murdering her friend Ilya Kasparov, a senior foreign agent, who is in fact a double agent. Thereafter Peters is in danger, fighting – with the help of her partner, Eric -- double-agents entrenched in MI6 who recruit mercenaries and a psychotic madman to kill her. Peter’s friends are injured and killed because of her involvement with Davis and she is betrayed by her own people. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">There are numerous problems with this novel not the least of which is that it needs a good structural and copy edit. The narrative viewpoint shifts constantly and at random, and the story climax comes about two-thirds in with the remaining third about planning a wedding for someone Ruby hated at school. At times an unknown bad guy drops in an internal monologue. Notwithstanding this, </span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;">there is a lot of exposition and telling the reader how the characters are feeling. Even the formatting of the book is problematic: there are no indented paragraphs, just blank lines between paragraphs.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">One must admire an author who puts in so much effort and expense in writing and publishing his book, but this story could have been so much better if he had employed an editor and book designer.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;">Diamond for a Ruby</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">is available from Amazon Print, Google-books and Kindle, and from the author PO Box 370, South Hobart TAS 7004.</span><span style="color: #746666; font-size: 10.5pt;">&nbsp;</span></span>Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-86419737233917195722018-11-04T05:30:00.000+11:002018-11-04T05:30:09.629+11:00Achievements<br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;">Marian McGuinness</span></b><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"> is delighted to have her very scary story “The Haunted Holiday” published in The School Magazine’s November issue of Touchdown. Spooky illustrations are by Douglas Holgate.</span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br /><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-5705555942385404652018-11-03T04:00:00.000+11:002018-11-03T04:00:06.639+11:00The Centre of my Everything <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e8DBwmd4kgQ/W9ftXzi33LI/AAAAAAAAEY0/kwR9CFt6z4wRlOgSVevJAFOBLHa6D6F4ACLcBGAs/s1600/The%2Bcentre%2Bof%2Bmy%2Beverything.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1080" data-original-width="709" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e8DBwmd4kgQ/W9ftXzi33LI/AAAAAAAAEY0/kwR9CFt6z4wRlOgSVevJAFOBLHa6D6F4ACLcBGAs/s320/The%2Bcentre%2Bof%2Bmy%2Beverything.jpg" width="210" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The Centre of my Everything</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> by Allayne Webster (Penguin Random House)<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">PB RRP $19.99<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>ISBN 9780143783336<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Liz Ledden<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;">The Centre of my Everything</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"> is a distinctly Australian, gritty YA novel set in the regional town of Mildura. Told in the alternating points of view of four main characters, Justin, Tara, Corey and Margo, it’s about the intertwining lives of the teens, plus their families, too.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Justin has just returned to town post-rehab and is trying to move on from his drug-addicted past. Corey is a school drop-out struggling with employment, Tara feels unloved by her mother and has a bad girl reputation, while Indigenous character Margo is intelligent and headstrong, with a plan to escape the stifling confines of her small town environment for uni in the city.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The novel opens with Corey extremely hungover, and piecing together the events of the night before – a destructive, drunken high school party, culminating in digging up bones at the local cemetery. This event drives the plot forward and links the characters in a way you never see coming, providing a gripping read.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Often confronting, the story deals with themes including binge drinking, violence and sexual assault, so it’s one for older teens and up. The writing is truly compelling, the plot tightly woven, and the voices of each character feel authentic, raw and real.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Webster has captured the essence of teen drinking culture in a lower social economic, regional Australian environment, yet manages to infuse heart and hope.</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0