Kids’ books

Kerry Greenwood Books in Order (From Phryne Fisher to Ancient Egypt, to YA and Children’s Books)

Phryne Fisher Mystery Dead Man's Chest; Kerry Greenwood

(First published in 2012, most recently updated January 2014) With the introduction of Phryne Fisher to the television screens, of course my interest in re-reading the books returned. But this time I’d like to read them in order, rather than starting in the middle and hopping around randomly. Of course Greenwood’s written more than...
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Review: Berty Button Gets a Team

Review: Berty Button Gets a Team

Berty Button Gets a Team by Marina Bertolino, Illustrated by Ryan Jones, Published by Berty Button Kids, Wodonga 2012 AU$17.95, or $9.95 for the eBook. Berty Button is the brain child of Marina Bertolino, who is part of the actual bertybutton transport team, and was inspired by the joy trucks – especially their jelly...
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Book Review: When We Were Kittens

David Greagg - When We Were Kittens, Book Cover with a picture of the black and white Dougal on the front

When We Were Kittens by David Greagg, 2012. Publisher: Clan Destine Press; 203 pages rrp $18.00. The amusing sequel to Dougal’s Diary, David Greagg’s When We Were Kittens, was released earlier this year. It begins when Dougal and Shadow are around two years old and invites us to share another year of their lives....
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The 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced

Evangeline, The Wish Keeper's Helper By Maggie Alderson

The press release says “All Australians are encouraged to reignite their passion for reading with these imaginative and compelling Australian stories during the National Year of Reading.” So I’m posting the lists here in the hope that that will magically translate into time to read them At the very least, I will see if...
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What I’m Reading Lately, or What Happened to the Australian Women Writers Challenge?

Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, By Shannon Hayes

It’s true, I’m not doing very well on my commitment to review Australian women writers this year. It’s May, and so far I’ve done one review towards my commitment, of One Magic Square, published over at Sustainable Suburbia. And by the way, I’m giving a copy of the book away, so if you’d like...
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Book Review: Dougal’s Diary by David Greagg

Dougal's Diary, David Greagg

Dougal’s Diary by David Greagg, 2010. Publisher: Clan Destine Press; 189 pages rrp $19.95. Can you imagine what it would be like to be a kitten? To have a scant few weeks with a mother to teach you the ways of the world, before being adopted by a different family of humans (if you’re...
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Book Review: The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest, Book 1)

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Deltora Quest: The Forests of Silence, Emily Rodda, Scholastic

Do you want to fight the powers of the evil shadow and follow the quest of Deltora? Read this review and then read The Forests of Silence, first book of the Deltora Quest series. Part one of The Forests of Silence, told through the eyes of the young king Endon and his companion Jarred,...
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How to Write a Book Review For Kids

Spilling Ink, A Young Writer's Handbook, By Ellen Potter, Anne Mazer, Matt Phelan

Lots of people have been finding my book review template article when they are actually searching on how to write a book review – or report – for kids. So this article is designed to answer those question, as well as linking to more resources. Firstly a book review is not the same as...
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What I Have Been Reading Lately (or Coming Book Reviews)

I am Jack by Susanne Gervey illustrated by Cathy Wilcox

I’ve committed myself to participating in the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge, at the Miles level, as a Dabbler. Meaning, I need to read at least six books by written Australian women this year, and review at least three, from any genre. That seems almost too easy now, given I’ve decided...
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Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson: I’m Still Awake, Still (Picture Book and CD)

I'm still awake, still by Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson

Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson are a formidable team. They have worked together before on the song ‘All the Wild Wonders’, for which Sue was nominated at the 2003 APRA Music Awards, and their teamwork is again inspiring in Australian children’s picture book and CD, I’m Still Awake, Still!. Fiddy is the main character...
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