tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10584636522979497812019-02-15T00:33:11.397+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.comBlogger2715125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-79523270687704344202019-02-15T00:30:00.000+11:002019-02-15T00:31:09.485+11:002018 Buzz Words Short Story Prize Winners<div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XbQ8guZpe2U/XD0ow-ujR3I/AAAAAAAAAPM/wQJ9wEH6cMIBlnHi6tG45bzzOQz20A_0gCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/2018%2BBuzz%2BWords%2BShort%2BStory%2BPrize%2BFB%2BNewsletters.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="789" data-original-width="940" height="268" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XbQ8guZpe2U/XD0ow-ujR3I/AAAAAAAAAPM/wQJ9wEH6cMIBlnHi6tG45bzzOQz20A_0gCPcBGAYYCw/s320/2018%2BBuzz%2BWords%2BShort%2BStory%2BPrize%2BFB%2BNewsletters.png" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;">Buzz Words is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2018 Buzz Words Short Story prize.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;"><b>Congratulations to:</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;"><b>FIRST PRIZE:</b> <i>Empty Orchestra</i> - Jemma van de Nes</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;"><b>SECOND PRIZE:</b> <i>Frog-Viking</i> - Geraldine Borella</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;"><b>HIGHLY COMMENDED:</b> <i>Mad About Metaphors and Other Poetic Problems</i> - Zoe Gaetjens</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;">Thank you to everyone who entered and to everyone who supported the Prize. Thank you to our judges Jackie French, Cathie Tasker, Bill Condon and Di Bates who were so generous with their time.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;">All entrants have been emailed a copy of the current issue containing comments from the finalist judge Jackie French and an article on "How to Win a Short Story Competition" containing tips and feedback from the judging process. If you have not received your copy please <a href="/p/contact-us.html" target="_blank">get in touch</a>.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 18.6667px;">If you didn't enter but would like a copy of the current issue, a sample copy of Buzz Words can always be requested <a href="/p/contact-us.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">Buzz Words will offer its second Short Story Prize later in 2019.</span>Sandy Fussellhttps://plus.google.com/108319267771152196551noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-64119598768179825302019-02-14T03:00:00.000+11:002019-02-14T03:00:09.416+11:00Ozzie Goes to School <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UbCgFX_Fa4w/XFy6b8DF0xI/AAAAAAAAEhk/NxfD7BVdzBINKmqYSs_RzH66YAwqupDZQCLcBGAs/s1600/Ozzie%2BGoes%2Bto%2BSchool.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="305" data-original-width="293" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UbCgFX_Fa4w/XFy6b8DF0xI/AAAAAAAAEhk/NxfD7BVdzBINKmqYSs_RzH66YAwqupDZQCLcBGAs/s1600/Ozzie%2BGoes%2Bto%2BSchool.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: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Ozzie Goes to School</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"> by Jocelyn Crabb, illustrated by Danny Snell (Working Title Press) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781921504907<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%;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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%;"><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%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Ozzie lives with his dad in a shipping container on the beach. He loves his life, even when the container is closed at night and it’s pitch dark inside. Nothing worries him, but when Dad says he must go to school, he’s afraid for the first time. When Dad says he must go, he promises to give it a try, but just for one week.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">By recess on the first day, Ozzie does a runner. Back he goes to school to tell the class about the enormous barramundi he and Dad caught. When it’s time for maths, a frightened Ozzie does another runner! This happens again, but with small accomplishments at school, by Friday Ozzie is ready to run – not away from school, but towards it.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This is a simple story which is likely to be enjoyed by children ready to start school. There is a loving relationship between father and son who work together and who enjoy each other’s company. It’s interesting that it’s not being separated from his dad that’s Ozzie’s problem. Rather it is his fearful reactions to school subjects such as show and tell, maths and reading. We don’t get to know Ozzie’s teacher, Mrs Jocelyn, nor his classmates, but we’re told at the end of the book that Ozzie ‘liked recess and lunch, and the new friend’s he’d made.’<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The attractive illustrations use lots of large coloured spaces showing Ozzie and his dad enjoying their beach-side life, as well as showing scenes in the classroom. Ozzie’s classmates are dark and light-skinned, a typical Australian scenario. The beach scenes are visually very appealing, especially the picture of Ozzie, with a back-pack, running along the shoreline under the palms, towards home.</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-58731260527623537812019-02-12T02:30:00.000+11:002019-02-12T02:30:01.544+11:00Charlie Changes into a Chicken<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-seLNumNndlQ/XFkrtdkFjlI/AAAAAAAAEhE/4X2W02m_8Wk8goSuknmQgS1nIpl9QgWfACLcBGAs/s1600/images.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1080" data-original-width="704" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-seLNumNndlQ/XFkrtdkFjlI/AAAAAAAAEhE/4X2W02m_8Wk8goSuknmQgS1nIpl9QgWfACLcBGAs/s320/images.jpg" width="208" /></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: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Charlie Changes into a Chicken</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"> by Sam Copeland, illustrated by Sarah Horne (Puffin) PB RRP $7.99 ISBN 9780241346211<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Charlie McGuffin is introduced to readers aged 8+ years by an avuncular narrator who is indeed jolly and obviously used to talking in such a jocular way as to immediately capture – and hold -- the attention of children. By the second page we learn that Charlie is ‘just like you. Except that he has a you-know-what, and I’m guessing many you reading this don’t have a you-know-what.’ So of course, Charles is like <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">some</i> of the readers, not all of them.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The most unusual and ‘majorly huge massive difference’ is that Charlie can change into animals. After visiting his older brother (SmoothMove) who is at hospital for the millionth time as he is quite ill, Charlie turns into a spider. One that has a heart-grasping escape from the family’s cat before reverting to his usual self and landing with a huge thump in bed which upsets his mum. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">From then on, whenever he is stressed (and he has more stresses than the average child), Charlie turns into an animal – like a flea, a pigeon, even a rhino. So it is that he needs help from his three best friends, Mohsen (who has a PS4 AND an X-box, but five sisters ‘so that balanced out’), Wogan and Flora to understand and work out how to deal with his new power. Flora, for instance, suggest breaking into the principal's office and shaving her monkey...<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">This book is fast-paced, full of action, abounding in jokes and fun which is sure to engage young readers’ attention. It also has quite a few footnotes which explain – always in a semi-serious but mostly jocular manner – things which children might not know (who knew about spiders’ bums?) and gives explanations to what has happened (not always accurate). <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The book is amply illustrated with black and white sketches which complement the tone of the book and add to its joyousness. </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-48731103722788120952019-02-10T02:30:00.000+11:002019-02-10T02:30:11.813+11:00Lucky and Spike <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Adad5l-DNqo/XFvUsp7W19I/AAAAAAAAEhY/UPK8P7vTLscPnMqvo3qLUPKYTCUFNUcWACLcBGAs/s1600/lucky-and-spike.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="277" data-original-width="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Adad5l-DNqo/XFvUsp7W19I/AAAAAAAAEhY/UPK8P7vTLscPnMqvo3qLUPKYTCUFNUcWACLcBGAs/s1600/lucky-and-spike.jpg" /></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: 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;">Lucky and Spike</span></i><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;"> written and illustrated by Norma MacDonald (Magabala Books)&nbsp;PB RRP $17.99 </span><span class="label"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">ISBN:<b>&nbsp;</b></span></span><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">9781921248177</span><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;"><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="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;">Reviewed by </span><span style="color: black; 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;">Vanessa Ryan-Rendall&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></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="color: black; 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;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Through the eyes of two cute hopping mice, young readers will see what they get up to each night as they search for food and escape from hungry predators!<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><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;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Every night Lucky and Spike enjoy the spinifex seeds leftover from the local women who grind them to make bread but as we find out, they are not the only ones who are in search of food. Lucky and Spike need to use their quick legs to escape a hungry feral cat and a barking owl but with the help of the camp dog and the sharp spinifex grass, they escape.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><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;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Norma Macdonald's illustrations highlight the colours of the desert and the people who live there. The animals are full of life and we can see their movements over the pages as they hop, fly and run throughout the night.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><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;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">There is so much to enjoy about this book and so much to learn: it is a must for anyone interested not only in the diverse landscapes, people and animals of Australia, but also the need for better solutions for native species.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><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;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Lucky and Spike</span></span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"> is a fun book to read for younger children but also one which can be used for older readers to explore further into different desert animals.</span><o:p></o:p></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-36036249303079129332019-02-08T03:00:00.000+11:002019-02-08T03:00:09.489+11:00Grace’s Mystery Seed <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y2eTqcWDcMo/XFksekifltI/AAAAAAAAEhM/5GraQ_jaj4ggZlwg2sqh1-Eoi5jdXQ8LACLcBGAs/s1600/grace-s-mystery-seed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="281" data-original-width="300" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y2eTqcWDcMo/XFksekifltI/AAAAAAAAEhM/5GraQ_jaj4ggZlwg2sqh1-Eoi5jdXQ8LACLcBGAs/s1600/grace-s-mystery-seed.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: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;">Grace’s Mystery Seed</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;"> by Juliet M Sampson and Karen Erasmus (Ford Street Publishing) PB RRP $24.95 ISBN: 9781925804201<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Karen Hendriks<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">A picture book for ages 3+ years, this gardening tale takes us to a place where the simple things can bring the most joy. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Grace’s neighbour, Mrs Marino, has the best backyard in the street. It’s a treasure trove of delights including a veggie patch, fruit trees, chooks, fish pond and birds that visit. Grace is a good helper and loves feeding the birds. She wonders about the seeds that the birds eat. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">So together Grace and Mrs Marino plant a seed. Grace learns to care and wait for her plant to grow. She shares her news about her seed and everyone is waiting to see what the seed is. Once the sunflower appears, its specialness shines as it follows the sun. Then, there is one final gift from Grace’s flower: there are enough seeds for everyone next year.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The joy of Australian backyards is delightfully shown with the realistic use of green in its many hues with blue skies in watercolours. The layout is varied and the perspective cleverly shows us the backyards from a variety of angles. I particularly love the bird’s eye views of the backyards.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The language and dialogue delight and this story would be a perfect tool in a classroom. This is a charming book that will appeal to both child and adult readers.</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-37930984847449396832019-02-06T03:00:00.000+11:002019-02-06T03:00:10.968+11:00Saying Goodbye to Barkley <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mnIlGdqATwU/XFYZpTjDDYI/AAAAAAAAEg4/5TSA1w6AuLYnMw15elxcALTYR8mNesfNACLcBGAs/s1600/Saying%2BGoodbye%2Bto%2BBarkley.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="300" data-original-width="300" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mnIlGdqATwU/XFYZpTjDDYI/AAAAAAAAEg4/5TSA1w6AuLYnMw15elxcALTYR8mNesfNACLcBGAs/s1600/Saying%2BGoodbye%2Bto%2BBarkley.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;">Saying Goodbye to Barkley</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> by Devon Sillett, Illustrated by Nicky Johnston (EK Books) PB <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">RRP: $24.99 ISBN: 9781925335965<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;">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: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Olivia is not just a little girl: she is a super hero – Super Olivia! She does good deeds, sniffs out clues and catches bad guys. But she cannot do it alone. Her ever-present, faithful dog, Barkley, is her amazing sidekick. They are inseparable, and together they make the perfect pair.<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;">But one day, Barkley was no longer by her side. Olivia tried to continue fighting crime, but it wasn’t the same. With Barkley gone, Olivia didn’t feel so Super. She was too sad to eat, didn’t want to ‘get on with things’ and didn’t want to wake up from her dreams where Barkley was still there. Olivia thought of Barkley often and realised that he wouldn’t want her to stop doing good deeds and fighting crime. She had an idea. <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;">After a visit to the animal shelter, Oliva chose a dog. A big white fluffy one and named him Spud. Olivia tried to teach Spud how to follow clues and catch the bad guys, but her new dog was rotten at fighting crime. Spud was no Barkley, and Olivia still missed Barkley. But she grew to love Spud for what he was, a loveable lump. <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;">This is a tale that anyone who’s lost a family pet can relate to, with themes of dealing with grief and loss, and moving on. It has lovely illustrations by Nicky Johnston who has previously illustrated for EK. Recommended for boys and girls ages 4 – 8 years old.</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, 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-26979108061559873202019-02-06T02:30:00.000+11:002019-02-06T02:30:01.244+11:00The Flying Orchestra<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qeFkU_bHq9o/XCajb9rHbSI/AAAAAAAAEd8/ys5PiDEf-foGTgAHoBKB4vpWrXa6UH4KQCLcBGAs/s1600/the-flying-orchestra.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="418" data-original-width="300" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qeFkU_bHq9o/XCajb9rHbSI/AAAAAAAAEd8/ys5PiDEf-foGTgAHoBKB4vpWrXa6UH4KQCLcBGAs/s320/the-flying-orchestra.jpg" width="229" /></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;">The Flying Orchestra </span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;">by Clare McFadden (UQP) PB RRP $16.95<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 9780702249297<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 Brook Tayla<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;">Music has a way of weaving through our being and permeating our souls.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We associate times, happy and sad, joyous and devastating with songs and music and words.<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 book introduces classical music pieces with everyday occurrences.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The words lead the way through life scenarios and the musical suggestions at the back of the book for each situation gives readers the hook – the hook to ‘music’ their whole life – to a cognitive and accessible symphony that they can always refer to.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><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 also provides the knowledge that this is possible.<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;">The illustrations (which won the CBCA Crichton Award for Illustration in 2011) are exquisite and dreamily float the reader along through the story.<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;">At the back of the book is a list of all the musical pieces to listen to for the page scenarios. This book is a meditation in love and life on many levels.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It’s meaning will be individual to each reader and each reading will add depth.<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;">I want to lie under a tree and study each page whilst listening to the suggested music.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I want to imagine ‘The Flying Orchestra’ in the trees around me – and I’m sure you will too!<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;">…and the next time a baby is born I will play ‘Aria ‘Schafe konnen sicher weiden’ (‘Sheep May Safely Graze’) from Cantata (BWV 208) by Johann Sebastian Bach.<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;">…when I see a child learning to ride a bike I will hum Waltz in D-flat major ‘Minute Waltz’ No.1 (op. 64) by Frederic Chopin in my mind<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;">…and the next time my husband misses the train, I will tell him to listen to 5<sup>th</sup>Movement ‘Chaconne’ from Partita in D minor for solo violin (BWV 1004) by Johann Sebastian Bach, instead of getting stressed.<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;">…and all the other musical teamed scenarios will now have a song of reference!<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;">Enjoy the soundtrack of life through this delightfully unusual book.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: blue; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Brook Tayla</span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">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 some reviews, leave a comment and subscribe.&nbsp; Brook also offers editing services for beginning and emerging writers.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-66625952949008099012019-02-04T03:00:00.000+11:002019-02-04T03:00:09.955+11:00Kensy and Max Undercover<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O77sE8SHNLs/XFYYSz0d15I/AAAAAAAAEgs/DllBziVn-8QUlEjrri2C2sfBZVGe2wJ8gCLcBGAs/s1600/xkensy-and-max-undercover.jpg.pagespeed.ic.Zk7QhumV0Z.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://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O77sE8SHNLs/XFYYSz0d15I/AAAAAAAAEgs/DllBziVn-8QUlEjrri2C2sfBZVGe2wJ8gCLcBGAs/s320/xkensy-and-max-undercover.jpg.pagespeed.ic.Zk7QhumV0Z.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: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Kensy and Max Undercover</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"> by Jacqueline Harvey (Random House Australia) PB RRP $16.99 ISBN 978014379104<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%;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reviewed by Max Emmerson<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This is the third book in a series about twins, Max Grey and his sister Kensington who are undercover agents-in-training at Pharos, a covert international spy network. In the first book, the twins’ lives are turned upside down when they are whisked off to London and discover their parents (both agents) are missing. In attempting to uncover the truth, strange things happen as they enter a weird new school, come across bizarre grannies on their street, and keep finding coded messages and adults who keep secrets. Who can they trust?<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">In the latest book of the twins’ adventures, the prolific Australian author Harvey helps any reader new to the series with clues at the front of the book: two maps, one of Sydney, the other of Cherry Tree Farm. As well, there are three comprehensive pages of the cast of characters (so many!), and then over seven pages of ‘Case Note 17’ which fills the reader in on what has preceded the current book. Again, these notes are comprehensive and filled with characters and places, recounting fieldwork undertaken by the twins, their skills, strengths and vulnerabilities, their training and more. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This is a lot to take in before moving on to the current state of play. The <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Undercover</i> book starts with Kensy and her science partner in class almost burning down the lab and causing the evacuation of students. The next chapter switches to (Granny) Cordelia Spencer, who, the earlier notes tell us, is a Dame and Head of Pharos. More characters appear…There’s so much to take in. Next Granny ships the twins off from England to Australia on an undercover mission. There the two are enrolled in a posh Sydney school where their spying skills are used to infiltrate and befriend students.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Every chapter of the book begins with an incomprehensible row of letters: if the reader wants to decipher them, there’s a code-breaker at the back of the book.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Many characters, twists and turns, mysteries and fast-paced action: these abound in this book which no doubt will be followed by yet another in the series. Suitable for ages 9+ years.<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-32352951383769435182019-02-01T03:00:00.000+11:002019-02-01T03:00:00.671+11:00Short-List for Buzz Words Short Story Prize <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; margin-bottom: 25.8pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-weight: normal; mso-font-kerning: 0pt;">Short-List for Buzz Words Short Story Prize</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 14.0pt; font-weight: normal; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-font-kerning: 0pt;"><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; </span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">Former publisher and manuscript assessor Cathie Tasker has announced the short-list of ten stories in the recent Buzz Words Short Story Prize competition. The stories listed below have been sent to finalist judge Jackie French whose decision of the final two winning stories will be announced in our next issue of Buzz Words.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">Congratulations to the following, and good&nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 18.6667px;">luck!&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&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 style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">‘Abruptly’, Kesta &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 18.6667px; text-indent: -2.25pt;">Flemming,</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&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; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">‘Cyber Parents’, Jo Mularczyk</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&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; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">‘Hester’s Egg’, Suzsi </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 18.6667px; text-indent: -2.25pt;">Mandeville</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&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; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">‘Mad About Metaphors and Other Poetic Problems’, Zoe </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">Gaetjens</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">‘Miss Um’, Leigh </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">Roswen</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&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; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">‘Mummy in the Water’, Kathleen </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">Smart</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&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 style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">‘Secrets’, Carolyn Floyd</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&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; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">‘Just Good Friends,’ Donna&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">Gibbs</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&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; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">Frog-Viking’, Geraldine&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">Borella</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">&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; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; text-indent: -2.25pt;">‘Empty Orchestra,’ Jemma van de Nes</span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-90419196310629696192019-01-22T03:00:00.000+11:002019-01-20T08:11:12.945+11:00To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme?<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P6xYol9K5ns/XEOSLO2KGwI/AAAAAAAAEgA/d4dWY9_JP3s21n8lYFZtOhw8DbkSZstgACLcBGAs/s1600/ToRhymeOrNotToRhyme_cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1064" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P6xYol9K5ns/XEOSLO2KGwI/AAAAAAAAEgA/d4dWY9_JP3s21n8lYFZtOhw8DbkSZstgACLcBGAs/s320/ToRhymeOrNotToRhyme_cover.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><br /><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: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme?</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"> by Kristin Martin, illustrated by Joanne Knott (Glimmer Press) PB RRP $24.99 ISBN 978064846354<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Dianne Bates<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Said to be one of South Australia’s ‘most skilful and inventive children’s poets’, Kristin Martin has assembled this collection of rhyming and non-rhyming poems with connections to the Australian curriculum in Science and English from Foundation to Year 7. The front cover gives a glimpse into the subject matter of Martin’s poems – nature – from dragonflies to swallows to frogs and more.<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The book is divided into two sections – one for rhyming and one for non-rhyming poems. Here’s an example of a rhyming quartet from ‘Sparkly Treasure’: ‘I found a sparkly treasure/on the dusty path, today/I’m lucky that I found it/as we wandered on our way’.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">All the poems are simple and use simple language. While none of them employ clichés, none of the images are remarkable.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Many poems offer prosaic statements (from ‘Drought’ for example): ‘It’s hot and dry and dusty/ I wish that it would rain’. However, for a child who loves animals, weather and country, the poems are likely to spark an interest. </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-23529438870994960782019-01-19T02:30:00.000+11:002019-01-19T02:30:00.220+11:00The Fork, The Witch, and the Worm<span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pU7j_IGfF3Q/XEFzJ8XjFsI/AAAAAAAAEf0/Vm1IDR47gz0fBVLe6e9liIquQe6NuIKzQCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2Bfork%252C%2Bthe%2Bwitch%2Band%2Bthe%2Bworm.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="261" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pU7j_IGfF3Q/XEFzJ8XjFsI/AAAAAAAAEf0/Vm1IDR47gz0fBVLe6e9liIquQe6NuIKzQCLcBGAs/s320/The%2Bfork%252C%2Bthe%2Bwitch%2Band%2Bthe%2Bworm.jpg" width="208" /></span></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%;">The Fork, The Witch, and the Worm</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"> by Christopher Paolini (Penguin Random House) PB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9780241392379<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Paolini began writing <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Inheritance Cycle</i>at fifteen, this book being the fifth in the series set in the world of Alagaesia. The hero, Eragon departed from the there a year ago in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. He must undertake a seemingly endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. A vision from the Eldunari, unexpected visitors and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle series (<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr</i> and <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Inheritance</i>) has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 40 languages. No doubt this latest book will be eagerly awaited by his fans. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, you will most likely find his latest difficult as the first chapter mentions numerous characters from the previous books.<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-26167398884919080172019-01-17T02:30:00.000+11:002019-01-17T02:30:06.498+11:00The Box Cars<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oU5nArvOPvU/XDF8vcCRL1I/AAAAAAAAEfQ/hX226827GnoJrHDsX85zCA2O7AO0EGnUQCLcBGAs/s1600/the-box-cars-lr-cover_1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="193" data-original-width="201" height="307" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oU5nArvOPvU/XDF8vcCRL1I/AAAAAAAAEfQ/hX226827GnoJrHDsX85zCA2O7AO0EGnUQCLcBGAs/s320/the-box-cars-lr-cover_1.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;">The Box Cars</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> by Robert Vescio, illustrated by Cara King (EK Books) PB<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: 9781925335835 RRP: $24.99<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;">Liam and Kai are best friends. They love playing in the park every day, with their cars made from cardboard boxes. Their imaginations run wild. Sometimes they are police officers, sometimes they are drivers for movie stars and sometimes they are taxi drivers. <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 day Eve was watching them and enjoying their games. She cheered and waved and ran alongside. Liam and Kai offered Eve their box cars but there were only two cars for three people. How can they solve this problem so that all three of them can enjoy the freedom of box cars?<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 tale with a simple-story line that will have broad appeal with themes of friendship, sharing and solving problems. The illustrations are soft and whimsical and a good compliment to the text. Recommended for boys and girls ages 4 – 8 years old.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-83906739102919375592019-01-15T04:40:00.000+11:002019-01-15T11:33:35.445+11:00Buzz Words Long List<br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">There were 209 entries in the inaugural Buzz Words short story Prize which has prize-money of $1,500. The following stories have been long-listed by Dianne Bates and Bill Condon and sent to judge Cathie Tasker who has the task of creating a short-list of ten to be sent to finalist judge, Jackie French. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">We hope to announce the winner and runner-up of the Prize in our 15 February issue, along with an article titled ‘How to Win a Short Story Competition for Children’ and a suggested scoring list.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XbQ8guZpe2U/XD0ow-ujR3I/AAAAAAAAAPI/khHRofbHgFwvPRLUL-pdPGHUws3xrkE3QCLcBGAs/s1600/2018%2BBuzz%2BWords%2BShort%2BStory%2BPrize%2BFB%2BNewsletters.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="789" data-original-width="940" height="268" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XbQ8guZpe2U/XD0ow-ujR3I/AAAAAAAAAPI/khHRofbHgFwvPRLUL-pdPGHUws3xrkE3QCLcBGAs/s320/2018%2BBuzz%2BWords%2BShort%2BStory%2BPrize%2BFB%2BNewsletters.png" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Congratulations to:&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">'Morgan’s Night, Stef Gemmill&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘A Kind of Christmas Story’,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Arna Radovich&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Abruptly’,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Kesta Flemming&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Cyber Parents’, Jo Mularczyk&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Defeating the Trolls’, Carly Taylor&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Finding the Magic’, Alys Jackson&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Hester’s Egg’, Suzsi Mandeville&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Mad About Metaphors and Other Poetic Problems’, Zoe Gaetjens&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Miss Um’, Leigh Roswen&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Mummy in the Water’, Kathleen Smart Smart&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘The Money Pouch’, Steve Heron&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Secrets’, Carolyn Floyd&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘The Potato Orphan’, Kaye Baillie&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘The Wild Dog,’ Elissa Moss&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘To the City’, Joanne Eather&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Just Good Friends,’ Donna Gibbs&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Uncle Barney’s Gadget’, David McRobbie&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Gone Into the Gloaming’, Janine O’Dwyer&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">‘Frog-Viking’, Geraldine Borella&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">'Empty Orchestra,’&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Jemma van de Nes&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Buzz Words will offer its second Short Story Prize later in 2019.&nbsp;</span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-17990165817710960872019-01-15T03:00:00.000+11:002019-01-15T03:00:09.081+11:00Matilda’s How to Be a Genius<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qVbOOEXIwLE/XDZ6GD5EylI/AAAAAAAAEfo/9nNC-J71o5crCpLabw5Pxex5DZEYdztUQCLcBGAs/s1600/Roald%2BDahl%2527s.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="339" data-original-width="250" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qVbOOEXIwLE/XDZ6GD5EylI/AAAAAAAAEfo/9nNC-J71o5crCpLabw5Pxex5DZEYdztUQCLcBGAs/s320/Roald%2BDahl%2527s.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><i style="font-family: times, &quot;times new roman&quot;, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Matilda’s How to Be a Genius</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"> by Roald Dahl illustrated by Quentin Blake (Penguin Random House) PP RRP $16.99 ISBN 9780241371183</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Dianne Bates<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Ultra-popular children’s author, the late Englishman Roald Dahl lives on, thanks to the UK marketing department of his publisher. As well as the books on writing recently released, now comes this book which was inspired by Dahl’s novel, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Matilda</i>. It’s a colourful book with the sub-title ‘Brilliant tricks to bamboozle grown-ups’ and with lots of visual interest which ought to appeal to readers aged 8 to 12 years.<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">After the bright fly and title pages, there’s a double-page spread introducing, with drawings and descriptions, all the main characters in <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Matilda</i>, including the ‘extra-ordinary child genius looking for revenge’ (Matilda herself), Mr and Mrs Wormwood, her ‘stupid and despicable parents’, Miss Honey, the kind teacher, Miss Trunchball (‘hulking and horrifying’) and Bruce Bogtrotter (read the book to find out about Bruce!)<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">In this book readers will discover mental marvels, amazing tricks, puzzles and games to train the brain. They will also learn how to stun others with the powers of mind-reading (guessing shoe size, for instance), how to add massive numbers sans calculator and how to write fiendish riddles, including secret messages using invisible ink. They will even learn how to poke skewers through balloons without popping them, and how to make exploding cakes.<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">No doubt this is a book which will entertain and occupy curious kids. It’s chock-a-block full of amazing material. No doubt Dahl would have approved!</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-41718370933239906462019-01-13T02:00:00.000+11:002019-01-13T02:00:01.263+11:00Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables: On the Lookout<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NIBUeJJfI7o/XDVqYLpfGLI/AAAAAAAAEfc/D6bcn57ASdscJiJSVmvOwL5Y9PCVkBd7gCLcBGAs/s1600/mr-bambuckle-s-remarkables-on-the-lookout.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="465" data-original-width="300" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NIBUeJJfI7o/XDVqYLpfGLI/AAAAAAAAEfc/D6bcn57ASdscJiJSVmvOwL5Y9PCVkBd7gCLcBGAs/s320/mr-bambuckle-s-remarkables-on-the-lookout.jpg" width="206" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14pt;">Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables: On the Lookout by Tim Harris, illustrated by James Hart (PenguinRandom House) PP RRP $14.99 ISBN9780143793144</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Dianne Bates<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">This is the fourth book in Australia Harris’ book series about Australia’s favourite literary teacher, Mr Bambuckle who oversees students of room 12 B.<b> </b>The book </span><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">begins with a roll call of those 14 students, which includes their names, pictures of them and their likes and dislikes. One of the students is Vex Vron who likes cars and dislikes almost everything apart from cars. <o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The story begins at camp which has Mr Bambuckle and the stern assistant principal Miss Frost, both very different. Mr Bambuckle values learning, individuality and fun while Miss Frost is far more concerned with discipline, procedures and efficiency. Student Vex has left a note to indicate he is running away so the hunt is on to find him before his parents and school realise he is missing. This involves everyone, including new twin sisters, Grace and Gabby Wu.<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background: white; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">As in the previous books in this series, Harris makes use of visual page ‘tricks’ such as phone calls, conversations (with cranky canteen Carol), notes (passed from students to one another) and ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. The book, also like the others, is full of witty asides, jokes and sparkling dialogue. Sentences are generally short and there are snappy, fast-paced actions that lead to a happy conclusion. All of these devices make this book another to be enjoyed by readers aged 9 to 12 years. </span><br /><br /></span><span style="color: #53565a; font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><br /><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /><!--[endif]--></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><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-19958214404547424012019-01-09T03:00:00.000+11:002019-01-09T03:00:03.189+11:00A Lot of Stuff Happens<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nbk2HRDdPJI/XC1IbXzkEfI/AAAAAAAAEfE/E155toPjhhYj4HSMLrcv4qj_aUOxCOssgCLcBGAs/s1600/A%2Blot%2Bof%2Bstuff%2Bhappens.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="230" data-original-width="150" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nbk2HRDdPJI/XC1IbXzkEfI/AAAAAAAAEfE/E155toPjhhYj4HSMLrcv4qj_aUOxCOssgCLcBGAs/s320/A%2Blot%2Bof%2Bstuff%2Bhappens.jpg" width="208" /></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%;">A Lot of Stuff Happens</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"> by Adrian Beck, Oliver Phommavanh, Will Kostakis and Andrew Daddo (Penguin Random House) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN9780143794752<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%;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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%;"><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%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Here is a collection of four books in one from some of Australia’s best-known contemporary males writing for children. The book is divided into four sections titled, ‘Dale’, ‘Ned’, ‘Sean’ and ‘Ethan’. Dale, for example, is written by TV producer Adrian Beck and begins with the words, ‘Press-studs are evil’. When you read the sentence below which contains the words ‘I once had a pair of pants with an unreliable press-stud fly’, you know to prepare for something humorous to happen. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div style="background: white; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Each of the four boys <span style="color: #404042;">attend Monvale Primary where everyday stuff happens, such as friendships, ghost stories, the school play, disappearing hamburgers, new teachers, singing monkeys and lions, the first day at school, flags made of underwear, living up to older brothers and sisters, warring dinosaurs. Stuff that happens all the time!<o:p></o:p></span></span></span></div><div style="background: white; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="color: #404042; font-size: 14.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The stories are related in first-person and are written in easy-to-access, informal language that demonstrates lots of wit and good humour. There’s action a-plenty in this fast-paced book which is sure to be a hit with readers aged 8 to 11 years. </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-59618310487396979722019-01-07T02:30:00.000+11:002019-01-03T10:09:41.355+11:00Misrule<a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7b7xPGoIsKA/XC1EqZlaY2I/AAAAAAAAEe4/nbD5qJCNxXgOtMnPEezwjtdtoTSRp-c9QCLcBGAs/s1600/Misrule.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="230" data-original-width="150" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7b7xPGoIsKA/XC1EqZlaY2I/AAAAAAAAEe4/nbD5qJCNxXgOtMnPEezwjtdtoTSRp-c9QCLcBGAs/s1600/Misrule.jpg" /></a><i style="font-family: times, &quot;times new roman&quot;, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Misrule</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"> by Jodi McAlister (Penguin Books, 2019) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN9780143793465</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Dianne Bates<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">This is the third book in McAlister’s Valentine series, the other two being <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Valentine</i> and <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Ironheart. </i><span style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">With the words ‘This is not a fairytale’ on the front cover, the book is nevertheless filled with magic and could best be described as paranormal. <o:p></o:p></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Pearl Langford’s boyfriend Finn, who is a magical fairy prince, is kidnapped by his older brother and whisked away to fulfil his destiny in their fairy kingdom. Of course, Pearl is not impressed and decides on a boyfriend rescue mission, as would any girl in love. She has told Finn she would come to get him, and she will not allow anyone to stand in her way. This involves tearing a hole in the universe and possible deaths of others, and, the question is, does Finn want to be saved?<i><o:p></o:p></i></span></span></span><br /><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The opening sentence is memorable:<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> ‘One thing I never knew about grief is that it was exhausting.’ </i>This is narrated by Pearl who has undergone the deaths of her mother, her grandmother and her friend Marie ‘killed and eaten by carnivorous water monsters’, the after-effects she has witnessed.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Here are words from the book:<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> ‘...she’s lying on the kitchen floor, covered in horrible rivers of blood, splatters and streams of red all over the cabinets like the most horrifying children’s painting ever, and a gash in her neck so deep I’m amazed her head is even still attached to her body.’&nbsp;</i></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Yes, McAliser writes extremely well, but be prepared for vivid descriptions such as this one!<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Described as ‘unputdownable’,<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> Misrule </i>is an adventure story, a mix of action, romance and wit, and is highly suitable for a YA readership.</span><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> <o:p></o:p></i></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-63305917215071955682019-01-06T02:30:00.000+11:002019-01-03T09:43:36.440+11:00Rise: The Sam Thaidy Story <a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iFzcYRJeoU4/XC0-hxozAbI/AAAAAAAAEes/VQR27-FEaVQgE3zUwndvCcVj_casYzG0gCLcBGAs/s1600/9780143790419.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="232" data-original-width="150" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iFzcYRJeoU4/XC0-hxozAbI/AAAAAAAAEes/VQR27-FEaVQgE3zUwndvCcVj_casYzG0gCLcBGAs/s320/9780143790419.jpg" width="206" /></a><i style="font-family: times, &quot;times new roman&quot;, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Rise: The Sam Thaidy Story</span></i><span style="font-family: times, &quot;times new roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"> by Sam Thaidy and James Colley (Penguin Random House) PB RRP $16.99 ISBN9780143790149</span><br /><span style="font-family: times, &quot;times new roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><br /></span><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Dianne Bates<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Born in Sydney but known as a Queenslander, Sam Thaidy is the son of a native Torres Strait islander. To a keen supporter, Sam has entertained Brisbane Broncos, Queensland State of Origin and Australian fans for sixteen years both on and off the field. This book for readers aged 8 to 12 years tells, with his trademark humour and honesty, of Sam’s roots as a Townsville boy and a die-hard Cowboys fan and of how his mum Julie taught him to pass and tackle. <o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">In simple, easy-to-read language, the book also tells of the ups and downs of the game Sam loves including coping with injury and visiting places such as Darwin and Papua New Guinea. Sam says, ‘Papua New Guinea is the only nation on earth that has rugby league as its national sport.’ He tells of his feelings towards his trainers who ‘were picking on me’, but how, as an older more experienced player, he can see they were only trying to get him to better himself.<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The book has a section of coloured photos of Sam and highlights of his career and of his family with wife and two small children. Young readers will find information in Sam’s book for setting and reaching goals, handling setbacks and finding things in life that really matter.<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Rise: The Sam Thaidy Story</span></span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"> is a must-read for any young league fan, regardless of who they barrack for.</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-50557346802549620932019-01-04T02:00:00.000+11:002019-01-03T10:26:47.244+11:00Roald Dahl’s Creative Writing <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FfXeES0A364/XC03LeqEakI/AAAAAAAAEeU/PTmprDog7WMYpgaBKG2Vuxcztpg3XLT9gCLcBGAs/s1600/Charlie%2Band%2Bchocolate.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="622" data-original-width="440" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FfXeES0A364/XC03LeqEakI/AAAAAAAAEeU/PTmprDog7WMYpgaBKG2Vuxcztpg3XLT9gCLcBGAs/s320/Charlie%2Band%2Bchocolate.jpg" width="226" /></a></div><i style="font-family: times, &quot;times new roman&quot;, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Roald Dahl’s Creative Writing with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"> (Puffin Books, 2019) PB RRP $9.99 9780241384565</span><br /><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: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Roald Dahl’s Creative Writing with the BFG</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"> (Puffin Books, 2019) PB RRP 9780241384572<o:p></o:p></span></span></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: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Roald Dahl’s Creative Writing with Matilda</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"> (Puffin Books, 2019) PB RRP 9780241384589<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Dianne Bates<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Capitalising on the popularity of the late Roahl Dahl, here are three 28-page books with coloured illustrations and plenty of exercises for the budding young writer. ‘How to write tremendous characters’ is the aim of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Roald Dahl’s Creative Writing with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, </i>while<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> Roald Dahl’s Creative Writing with the BFG </i>focuses on how to write splendid settings and how to write spellbinding </span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pn1bAG71joc/XC03Qb2eEII/AAAAAAAAEeY/StptZdRkn7Au68_2TaLoZyXtYuI58nG7ACLcBGAs/s1600/image%2B%25281%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="624" data-original-width="441" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pn1bAG71joc/XC03Qb2eEII/AAAAAAAAEeY/StptZdRkn7Au68_2TaLoZyXtYuI58nG7ACLcBGAs/s320/image%2B%25281%2529.jpg" width="225" /></a></span></span></div><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">speech is the focus of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Roald Dahl’s Creative Writing with Matilda.<o:p></o:p></i></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><br /></i></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">In the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, </i>the exercises listed in the content’s page include backstory, heroes and villains, speech and dialogue, caring about characters and through each other’s eyes. Thus, the young person attempting the many exercises in this attractively presented book with fill-in boxed spaces, is told such this as how to give opinions and write news reports, how to create likable characters or what speech can reveal about a character. <o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">In this book’s section on words and pictures, the reader is asked to look at illustrations and to use adjectives to create a picture. Some exercises relate to characters in<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> Charlie and the Chocolate Factory </i>(matching adjectives with Charlie Bucket, Veruca </span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gCCfLTVV-4w/XC03VIppdSI/AAAAAAAAEec/EY5TTUUOpeQ3lEzViMAfvfz_UA_gJRPigCLcBGAs/s1600/image.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="624" data-original-width="441" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gCCfLTVV-4w/XC03VIppdSI/AAAAAAAAEec/EY5TTUUOpeQ3lEzViMAfvfz_UA_gJRPigCLcBGAs/s320/image.jpg" width="225" /></a></span></span></div><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Salt, Augustus Gloop, etc), while there is also an exercise in creating a character (Choose a title, such as Dr or Lord), think of a first name and choose or invent a surname). The reader is then asked to make up full names for characters, such as a rich woman, a funny teacher and an elegant king. Then the reader is asked to make up names for Oompa-Loompas and to create dangerous beasts that might live in Loompaland. (An accompanying Ideas Box provides a vocabulary list such as ‘weasel’, ‘swoop’ and ‘pilfer’.<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Thus, for each of the books, the young reader is asked to know the contents of Dahl’s book and to use this information creatively. And, too, there are exercises which rely on the reader’s imagination as Dahl certainly did.<o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">These books are recommended to inspire and help budding young writer (teachers might also get some terrific ideas as well!)<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br />Di Bateshttps://plus.google.com/105620621992069924870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1058463652297949781.post-44924381727799442942018-12-30T03:30:00.000+11:002018-12-30T03:30:01.092+11:00The Ice Monster<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sHP3_kHYtj0/XCam_x0aQWI/AAAAAAAAEeI/m6N5uE-P9AckNK7h32LU0CPjnf9L9HqrACLcBGAs/s1600/xthe-ice-monster.jpg.pagespeed.ic.lb1waFXTpA.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="456" data-original-width="300" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sHP3_kHYtj0/XCam_x0aQWI/AAAAAAAAEeI/m6N5uE-P9AckNK7h32LU0CPjnf9L9HqrACLcBGAs/s320/xthe-ice-monster.jpg.pagespeed.ic.lb1waFXTpA.jpg" width="210" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The Ice Monster</span></span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"> by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross (Harper Collins) PB RRP $22.99<br />ISBN 9780008297244<br /><br />Reviewed by Kylie Buckley<br /><br /><i>The Ice Monster</i> is a middle grade fiction novel set in London in 1899. The protagonist, Elsie, is a kind-hearted 10-year-old orphan who has lived at Wormly Hall: Home for Unwanted Children all her life. After being constantly and severely mistreated by the iniquitous old Mrs Curdle, who manages the orphanage, Elsie decides to escape to <i>‘anywhere but here.’</i> <br /><br />Elsie then lives on the streets and fends for herself. Her new-found freedom, and sneaky tricks, allows her daily access to the National History Museum to relish in the wonders of the world. Big news soon hits London that an <i>Ice Monster</i> will be arriving from the Arctic to be exhibited at the museum! Elsie sees its photo on the front page of the newspapers and feels an instant connection as it looks <i>‘lost and alone’</i>…<i>’an orphan’</i>…<i>’just like me’</i>. She follows the news daily until the perfectly preserved woolly mammoth, found frozen in a huge slab of ice, arrives. Elsie immediately and unequivocally adores it. <br /><br />Elsie comes up with an idea to bring the prehistoric creature to back to life.&nbsp; With the assistance of a newly found ally (Dotty the museum cleaner) and an egocentric museum Professor they put their strategy into action. A hilarious adventure and plenty of mishaps ensue, including a list of entertaining characters and some enemies intent on foiling Elsie’s plans for ‘Woolly’. <br /><br />481 pages including 78 chapters may, at first, seem overwhelming for younger readers, however; with a quick flick through the pages they’ll soon discover lots of monochrome pictures, big spacing between lines and plenty of onomatopoeia in large bold font throughout the book. <i>The Ice Monster</i> is highly recommended for children aged 8+ who enjoy humorous adventures. For those of you familiar with Walliams work and curious… yes, Raj makes an appearance!</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-46012986697764351052018-12-28T03:00:00.000+11:002018-12-28T03:00:12.573+11:00Rodney <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tV0pZgEyclg/XCRP_psX85I/AAAAAAAAEdw/VnRtszzzES0wzhrFPiEkBh8RqTXQzvyIgCLcBGAs/s1600/rodney_cover_reveal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1063" data-original-width="1063" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tV0pZgEyclg/XCRP_psX85I/AAAAAAAAEdw/VnRtszzzES0wzhrFPiEkBh8RqTXQzvyIgCLcBGAs/s320/rodney_cover_reveal.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; line-height: 107%;">Rodney </span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;">written and illustrated by Kelly Canby (Fremantle Press) PB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781925815320<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Julie Dascoli.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">“Come and play,” screeched the monkeys. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">“We can see the ocean from our homes, come up and take a look,” sang the birds. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Poor Rodney dreams desperately to be high above the trees but he is a turtle. His efforts to climb the trees result in disappointment and has him feeling very, very small. It’s not until he wanders sadly off and leaves his friends behind that something happens. His surroundings begin to change. As this happens, his friends, his perception of himself and his place in the world changes, too. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">This story made me smile. Straight away I fell in love with Rodney and felt empathy for his plight. I was so happy when he realised his happiness in a different environment and comes to understand that size is just a matter of perspective. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Kelly Canby has created a beautiful story in a simple, thoughtful way both with her words and pictures. The message is subtle but powerful, perfect for children aged 3 to 5.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">The illustrations seem to be very different to Canby’s other works in that they are hand-painted and then cut out and made into collages. This gives this 32-page, read-aloud picture book a 3D effect. The green and brown of the grass and the trees with the animals entwined in the leaves and splashes of colour everywhere else is visually appealing. The satin finish hard cover also gives <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Rodney</i> a luxurious feel.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Kelly Canby, born in England, came to Australia as a small child, (That means we claim her as ours now.) She now has over a dozen published books to her credit including, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Hole Story</i> which was a big hit, selling all over the world. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Canby is very busy in the children’s literature world: when she is not illustrating or writing, she is on the committee of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. WA branch and on the Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists’ judging panel. She is also The Regional Advisor for SCBWI, WA and is an active blogger, and Instagramer with over 3,500 followers. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Canby is available for primary school and book shop visits: you can contact her through her publisher, Freemantle Press.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">“Rodney” will be a welcome addition to any kindergarten or community library<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">and indeed any home collection. </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-67086572733931339602018-12-23T04:30:00.000+11:002018-12-27T15:08:31.190+11:00Cool Poems<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MrrXIE2aK1w/XB1vkKqS7XI/AAAAAAAAEdk/jSNwbGlMW24Syrawm92pNUvsMmq8Bp6YQCLcBGAs/s1600/Cool%2BPoems.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="595" data-original-width="418" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MrrXIE2aK1w/XB1vkKqS7XI/AAAAAAAAEdk/jSNwbGlMW24Syrawm92pNUvsMmq8Bp6YQCLcBGAs/s320/Cool%2BPoems.png" width="224" /></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: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;">Cool Poems</span></i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"> by Kate O’Neil, illustrated by Christina Booth (Triple D Press) PB RRP $25 ISBN 780994349996<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><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"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Despite having written and published her poems for numerous years, this is Australian Kate O’Neil’s first solo collection. It is especially for students who enjoy words, who love rhythm and rhyme. The collection is divided into seven sections with subject headings ranging from ‘In Australia’ and ‘Speaking Your Mind’ to ‘Play’ and ‘Light and Dark’.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">One of the first poems in the book under ‘Happy Living Things’ was a short free form&nbsp; poem with a fine image that sticks in my mind. This is in ‘Slug’, where O’Neill writes, … ‘how is it that your/loathsome taper/makes this/exquisite/tracery of silver script...’. Beautiful! I urge you to get your hands on this book, so you can read poems like this with such memorable imagery. Another short poem in the same section is ‘To a Leech’, the first line of which reads, ‘You’re no prince in disguise’. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">In the section, ‘In Australia’, there are poems about being barefooted, eating mangoes, climbing mountains, paragliding and cockatoos. Subject matter throughout the book is wide-ranging and includes school rules, blowflies, Cocky’s Joy, beating the blues and blind man’s bluff. Some poems, like ‘The Cynic Route’, ‘Gargoyle Guile’ and ‘Man and Moonshine’ are more suited to mature readers, but there are plenty of fun poems sure to be enjoyed by younger readers, such as the prima donna selection, ‘The Kid from Camdenville’, ‘Bare, Bare Black Sheep’ and ‘Classy Darcy’. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Happily, too, there’s a variety of poetic forms from rap to couplets, quatrains to free form. A few of the poems use the rhyming scheme of well-known poems. And, too, the poet uses speech within poems such as in ‘Bedtime Boogie’ and ‘Bedtime’.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Booth has done an excellent job of illustrating the collection with black and white line and wash pictures. Stand-outs are the gargoyle illustrating ‘Midnight Feast’ and the big-headed cat about to pounce on the unsuspecting bold mouse. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 107%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">If you’re looking for a collection which will be rewarded by dipping into and reading fun, serious and thought-provoking poems for your reader aged 9 to 14, this book is 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-9894329142356262042018-12-19T03:00:00.000+11:002018-12-22T09:57:22.351+11:00Scapegoat<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8hWe9JteJGI/XBXWsqYPODI/AAAAAAAAEdM/Po7jhj6kLPIcnWxF8VibCB0d8mzLlCEXwCLcBGAs/s1600/scapegoat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="220" data-original-width="220" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8hWe9JteJGI/XBXWsqYPODI/AAAAAAAAEdM/Po7jhj6kLPIcnWxF8VibCB0d8mzLlCEXwCLcBGAs/s1600/scapegoat.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;">Scapegoat </span></i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;">written by Ava Keyes illustrated by Aleksandra Szmidt (Little Steps Publishing) RRP $14.95 (PB) ISBN 9780648267461<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-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Nean McKenzie<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-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">This bright and cheerful looking picture book covers a subject not so happy – family bullying. This is Ava Keyes’s debut picture book, partner-published with Little Steps Publishing. In rhyming prose, the story unfolds of Scapegoat, who is blamed by his family for everything that goes wrong. Illustrations by Alexsandra Szmidt add character and humour to balance the more serious topic of the book. <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-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Scapegoat is a young goat who keeps getting into trouble. His brother Marco is fun to play with, but when he is naughty, it’s Scapegoat who gets told off. In fact, even when the parents do something wrong, Scapegoat is blamed for that as well. It is at school that Scapegoat’s friends realise what’s going on at home and the impact this is having on Scapegoat. They talk to the teacher, who then approaches the parents about it. <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-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">It is an interesting topic as most books about bullying deal with what happens at school, so this is a kind of different side of things. The book could be used by teachers for kids when they suspect it might be happening at home. The resolution of the story is more about the child believing in themselves than the parents changing their behavior, which could be empowering for someone in this situation. While the rhythm of the rhyme is not always consistent, using animals to represent children lifts the story and makes it more fun.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Scapegoat</span></span></i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"> could be read aloud by adults, who can then explain the concepts to children or read independently by kids who like the illustrations. <i>Scapegoat </i>is a niche book with a definite purpose for kindergarten and lower primary school children. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></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-60161771583352807182018-12-17T03:00:00.000+11:002018-12-22T09:58:14.647+11:00Learn with Ruby Red Shoes. Counting book and Alphabet Book <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IsTM5PcJ0z4/XBMRJhr01gI/AAAAAAAAEdA/1rzHXdH-mEsiN9dNFE56H7nE4pypvuS9wCLcBGAs/s1600/Alphabet%2Bbook.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="299" data-original-width="300" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IsTM5PcJ0z4/XBMRJhr01gI/AAAAAAAAEdA/1rzHXdH-mEsiN9dNFE56H7nE4pypvuS9wCLcBGAs/s1600/Alphabet%2Bbook.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><i>Learn with Ruby Red Shoes. Counting book and Alphabet Book&nbsp;</i>by</span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Kate Knapp. (Harper Collins publishers) RRP $13.08 PB 978-1-4607-5691-1<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;">Reviewed by Julie Dascoli<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;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Ruby Red Shoes is a white hare who loves to learn. Hop along with Ruby and her chickens as they learn how…<o:p></o:p></span></span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></i></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;">Kate Knapp’s <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Learning with Ruby red shoes counting book</i> and <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Alphabet Book</i> are a lovely addition to her vast body of works in the Ruby Red Shoes story collection. <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;">This experienced and esteemed children’s author and artist from Brisbane, works from her design studio, Twiggseeds. As well as books, Kate produces stationary, cards and prints and more all by hand, using pencil, ink and watercolour. <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;">Kate has created beautiful, hard cover books for two to seven-year olds. The gorgeous satin finish and small size is perfect for this age group to browse alone or as a read aloud, bed time story. <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;">They are rhyming stories, with cheerful rhythm and rhyme. I can clearly imagine children asking for these stories again and again, and memorising the verses.<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;">The examples for each, either letter or number is refreshingly different. Such as A is for angels rather than the usual apple and the numbers relating to the antics that Ruby and her pet chickens get up to is also refreshing. I also liked that the numbers go up to twelve instead of stopping at ten. <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;">The illustrations are sweet, gentle, cartoon drawings in pastel shades, giving the books a very old-world appearance. <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;">Ruby’s chickens, which feature a little more heavily in the Alphabet book, have cheeky, endearing expressions on their faces. (How is that even possible on a chicken?) This made me smile. <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 think <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Learn with Ruby Red Shoes Alphabet</i> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Book </i>and <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Learn with Ruby Red Shoes Counting Book</i> would make a lovey addition to any library, at a kindergarten, home or community.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></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-68961209960688695072018-12-15T03:00:00.000+11:002018-12-22T09:57:46.920+11:00Bruno The Boisterous Blue Dog from the Bush <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kcfG4Rw6Y4g/XBLnwugpmUI/AAAAAAAAEc0/Yj8Smb-URvkyUress7J3ulDNp3vj5sFvgCLcBGAs/s1600/BSP-Bruno-The-Boisterous-Blue-Dog-from-the-Bush-cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1416" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kcfG4Rw6Y4g/XBLnwugpmUI/AAAAAAAAEc0/Yj8Smb-URvkyUress7J3ulDNp3vj5sFvgCLcBGAs/s320/BSP-Bruno-The-Boisterous-Blue-Dog-from-the-Bush-cover.jpg" width="283" /></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; line-height: 115%;">Bruno The Boisterous Blue Dog from the Bush</span></i><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"> by Robyn Osborne, illustrated by John Phillips (Big Sky Publishing) PB RRP 24.99 ISBN 9781925675504 <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reviewed by Claire Stuckey</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Bruno is a boisterous blue dog from the bush who shares a very distinct outback lifestyle with Bob. This is a very alliterative tale which celebrates mateship and relies on colloquial language of the Australian bush. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">Reminiscent of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Footrot Flats</i> books and comics, the illustrations may entice adults to share the title and children to pick up the book. Once introduced in their bush setting, the story continues in the city after Bob wins " a few bucks " on the races and travels around Australia only to realise that "the bush no longer seemed bonzer." After some high living in the city complete with butler, Bruno begins demolishing the apartment so "Bob blew his block " but the pair reconcile after Bob's accidental fall from the balcony. The buddies return to the bush once more somewhere near Bandywallop.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">With so much alliteration I wonder how children will cope with the text, although parents may find the text dated, with teams like ‘bully beef’ and ‘Bonox’. The story requires some intonation to achieve the intended humour so that teachers and librarians may find the book useful to encourage reluctant readers.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;">This book is difficult to recommend for a specific age range as it is a picture book with text and concepts suitable for an older reader perhaps 7-10 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.com0