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- author Jackie French

Friday, 30 November 2012

Review: I Made Lattes for a Love God

When almost 16-year-old Elly Pickering finds out the Jake Blake, teen heart-throb and box office sensation, is coming to film his latest movie in Oldcastle she can’t believe her luck. She will get a role as an extra in the movie, someone will notice that she deserves so much more and move her into a speaking role, she’ll meet Jake, they’ll fall in love and the rest will become Hollywood history. *sigh*

Unfortunately, things don’t quite go as Elly plans, which isn’t surprising when she failed to factor in her boyfriend Will, her older sister Tilly’s crush on Jake and the fact that every teenage girl in Oldcastle is also trying to get Jake’s attention.

Elly’s dreams quickly collide with reality and before she knows it, she has lost her dignity, her job and her best friend. What can Elly do to get everything back to normal?

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Review: Cuckoo!

I fell head over heels in love the moment I spied the stunning cover of Fiona Roberton's new book, Cuckoo!. I've always loved her work, and her newest offering is just a delight.

One day, Cuckoo hatches. And all is well. Until, that is, the other birds discover how 'different' he is. Cuckoo doesn't twitter or tweet. He cuckoos. How bananas bizarre is that?

No one understands a word he's saying, so a despondent Cuckoo heads off in search of someone who can understand him.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Review: Ruby Red Shoes

Ruby is a little white hare who adores her red shoes. Her first knitted pair were the colour of radishes and she wailed anytime someone tried to take them off - so red shoes it was and red shoes it always has been.

Ruby lives with her beloved grandma, Babushka Galushka, who teaches Ruby how to be a kind, aware and thoughtful hare. They live together in a hand-painted caravan where everything is lovely and warm and cosy, with a generous amount of teacups for hot drinks.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

12 Curly Questions with author Katrina Germein

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I like wrapping brazil nuts in a dried apricot before I eat them.

2. What is your nickname?
I’ve never had many nick names which worries me because nick names mean acceptance, don’t they? My friends call me Hon, so maybe that counts? I get called Kat sometimes and I love the cute pronunciations my friends’ children have used: Kantrina, Katina, Takina.

3. What is your greatest fear?
I’m a mother. I worry about my children. I worry that something bad might happen to them. There’s no greater fear I don’t think.

Also, dealing with Telstra.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
I write short stories for little people with big minds.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Careful. Carefree. Honest. Hopeful. Happy.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Pippi Longstocking but I bet everyone says that because she had a horse she could lift with one hand. In Year 2, I invited my teacher, Mrs Vaughn, to my birthday party and she gave me a copy. I’m pretty sure it’s still at my mum’s somewhere.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
My granny turns 90 next year. I’d love to meet her as a little girl, or a young woman. (I often try picturing older people when they were younger.) So maybe 1934.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?We have our very own computer? Really? So messy handwriting doesn’t matter? It really doesn’t matter? Cool!

9. Who is your greatest influence?I can’t answer that. The world is too huge and too full of fabulous people. I admire people who try their best and can still laugh at themselves. I admire my friends more than I admire famous people because I know them and so I know what really makes them wonderful.

10. What/who made you start writing?
I can’t remember. I’m like many writers. It’s something I’ve always done. We start with sweet stories in primary school, followed by bad poetry in high school. Sometime during adulthood we find our niche. Mine seems to be picture books.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Disenchanted. I’d like to choose a more positive word but if I’m honest, disenchanted is my absolute favourite. I speak it as often as I can. I remember the first time I heard anyone use it. It was my teacher, Mrs Robbins, during a Year 11 Ancient History lesson and I realised at the time what a perfect word it was for describing its meaning exactly.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?It would have to be some kind of anthology, maybe one with stories and poems. I don’t usually like to re-read books but if I could only have one I’d want something that made me think, something I could re-read and uncover new meanings. I’d prefer a collection with a lot of Australian content, but one that included writers from around the world as well. I think it would be good if it included pieces of writing from different eras but with a focus on contemporary fiction. Not much to ask for. Surely. Any recommendations?

Katrina's latest book, My Dad Thinks He's Funny, is - very funny! 
Learn more about her books at www.katrinagermein.com

If you are an author or illustrator who thinks they are BRAVE enough to answer our questions, 
OR if there is an author or illustrator you would like to hear from, LET US KNOW! 
We will see if they are up to the task. Just email: kellyATkids-bookreviewDOTcom

Monday, 26 November 2012

Review: The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

Stanley Potts has no parents. He lives with his Aunt Annie and Uncle Ernie. Uncle Ernie is a little bit of a nutbag and has become obsessed with canning fish.

Much to Stan's horror, the entire house at Fish Quay Lane has been taken over with the clanging of machines and the processing of fish and their eventual canning - homestyle and all.

This fish-canning thing is particularly tough on Stan because he is a fish boy at heart. He has a peculiar affiliation with fish - and when he rescues 13 goldfish from a hook-a-duck stall at the visiting fair - and his Uncle Ernie fries 12 of them up for canning - well, Stan has had enough. He runs away. With the fair.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Review: Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory

When 60-year-old Albert Larousse enters the Grand Cycling Race in France it seems unlikely that he would even finish the race and impossible that he could win. Wearing his comfortable brown jacket and red scarf and taking along some fruit, bread and wine as a snack, no-one would ever believe that Monsieur Albert could beat Francois, the cycling champion of France. Or could he?

Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory is a humorous take on the Tour de France. Amongst the lean, helmeted cyclists, Monsieur Albert looks like the ultimate underdog in his glasses, scarf, brown suit with bike clips on the pant legs and his panniers packed with snacks, clean underwear, sunscreen and a toothbrush.

Review: Baby Tawnies

It is night-time and Mummy and Daddy tawny frogmouth have gone out in search of food for their chicks, Lyla and Reggie.

While they are gone, the adventurous Lyla decides it is time to test her wings. The more reserved Reggie holds back, taking things slowly and letting Lyla take the lead. Will Reggie be brave enough to spread his wings and step off the branch?

This classic tale of spreading your wings has a lovely Australian tone thanks to the gorgeous tawny frogmouth family. These native Australian birds are illustrated using felt models handcrafted by the author/illustrator Judy Paulson, an early childhood teacher with a degree in fine arts.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Review: Rocket into Space!

10, 9, 8 . . . the countdown was on at the recent National Year of Reading Legacy Event, when Rocket into Space was launched into the stratosphere. This new publication from NLA Publishing, was penned by award-winning author and astrophysicist Ragbir Bhathal, who carries out research in astrophysics, physics education and Australian studies in science.

But don't let the impressive author stats deter you, carers of tots and miniature space lovers! Here is a book perfectly suited to the very young, and very space-obsessed.

Friday, 23 November 2012

My Little Bookcase Calendar 2013

The über talented Jackie Small from My Little Bookcase has been a busy bee - she's created this divine calendar - An Illustrated Year - which features a stunning line-up of picture book images, and even images created specifically for the calendar

Each and every month, you can enjoy the visual delights of such talent as Kylie Dunstan, Sue deGennaro, Katherine Battersby, Sally Rippin, Freya Blackwood, Lucia Masciullo, Nick Bland, Anna Walker, Lisa Stewart, Christina Booth, Gus Gordon and Peter Carnavas.

Are you drooling?

The calendar is available for download only, meaning you can access and download from anywhere in the world, and print it on any material you desire {the file size is A4}. And when you've finished using your calendar, you can cut out each image and insert it in a 5 x 7" frame - how cool would that be?

Through the sale of this calendar, My Little Bookcase are proudly supporting the work of the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) in helping marginalised children learn to read and write, by directly donating a proportion of sales to the ALNF.

Don't miss your opportunity to download this beautiful calender, and support the ALNF. It can be downloaded right here for just $14.95.

Review: Who Could That Be At This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions #1)

Are you curious about what is happening in a seaside town that is no longer by the sea?

Do you want to know more about a stolen item that wasn’t stolen at all?

Do you really think that’s any of your business? Why? What kind of person are you? Really?

With his trademark wit and intriguing narrative, Lemony Snicket (author of the hugely popular Series of Unfortunate Events) returns with an autobiographical account of his childhood, a series sure to enthral readers with a fondness for clever writing and word play.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Shout Out: Omega Squad Trilogy by Charlie Carter

We've always loved Charlie Carter's Battle Boy series here on KBR, but this brand new trilogy - Omega Squad - features the intrepid Napoleon Augustus Smythe (Battle Boy 005) as a savvy thirteen-year-old - Battle Agent 005.

Along with BA004 (a super smart boy but a real smarty pants too), BA009 (a girl with attitude and no time for a smarty pants) and super soldier TEX, he is a member of Omega Squad, an elite team of Time Troopers sent back into history for Operation Battle Book.

Who is stealing historical figures from the Battle Books?

In this case of high-tech body snatching, great leaders from the past – generals, emperors, warriors, kings and queens – have been stolen by mysterious history hackers. The 'bodies' are traced to a facility run by the seedy Time Broker Horace Horologe.

Omega Squad must rescue the displaced leaders and return them to their rightful Battle Books.

In doing so they almost lose their lives. But they also force MANIC to reveal its major role in the assault on Operation Battle Book.

Another fabulous set of books from this history-loving, deliciously adventure-plot-weaving author - a set that will get boys' reading in a trice.

The Omega Squad trilogy is published by Pan Macmillan, $12.99 RRP.

Review: Richard Scarry's Great Big Story Book

I've probably already ranted on and on like a maniac about how Richard Scarry pounced upon my childhood brain and shaped it with his superlative talent. Along with Dr Seuss and Enid Blyton, he almost single-handedly caused my lifelong obsession with picture books.

In this 2011 release from The Five Mile Press, Scarry's stunning mass of colourful critters come to life in a movie-scape of large-format, glossy board pages - coated with imagery and text, as is the classic Scarry way.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Review: The Selfish Giant

When the Giant returns from an extended holiday and discovers the local children playing in his beautiful garden, he chases the children away and builds a strong wall around his garden to keep them out. The garden mourns the loss of the children’s laughter and when spring comes to the town, the plants and trees blossom everywhere except for the giant’s garden, which remains covered in winter snow.

Originally published in 1888 in Oscar Wilde’s first collection of fairytales, The Happy Prince and Other Tales, The Selfish Giant is a lesson in the consequences of selfishness. The Giant discovers that his own choices have brought eternal winter to his home and heart. When he allows the children to once again enjoy his garden, the spring returns and the Giant discovers the happiness that comes from generosity of spirit.

Review: Kel Gilligan Presents His Daredevil Stunt Show

I quite simply cannot get enough of this book. I want to read it over and over and over and over again. It's so perfect - in every way, I want to ingest it.

Kel Gilligan is awesomely amazing, yes he is. He's a daredevil extraordinaire. It all began way back when he was a highchair-cruising baby. This was when he first put his life at risk by eating an entire floret of - yes - you guess it.


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

12 Curly Questions with author Morris Gleitzman

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you. 
I’ve got 17 teapots.

2. What is your nickname? 


3. What is your greatest fear? 

Something really bad happening to the people I love.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Review: Little Blue

Little Blue is a book that calls to be taken from the bookshelf to be read and reread. It was one of the Notable Picture Books in The Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards in 2009.

The illustrations are magical, reminding me of my mother’s fairy-tale books that I used to pore over as a small child. And like all fairy-tales, while the story is sad at times, it does has a happy ending.

Little Blue has been lost in the forest for a long time and wants to go home. One day Little Blue is found by Will and he asks her ‘What does your home look like?’ The two children then begin to wander through the landscape, searching for her home.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Andy Griffiths wraps up the Boundless Festival


The Boundless Festival of Australian Children's Literature wound up yesterday with a spectacular author meet-and-greet with Andy Griffiths at the National Library of Australia.

Andy spent a few days in Canberra, visiting schools, lunching, dining and sharing his expertise with a range of lucky people.

Today's event at the NLA was simply glorious. Over 300 people turned up - and to see dozens upon dozens of young kids - especially boys - clutching Andy's books and spending time leafing through the pages while they waited {most patiently!} to have their book signed, was so very special.

I hope the following photos explain just how vital author visits like this are for young kids and the development of a love of reading. Andy is a generous, warm soul whose adoration for kids shines through - and these lucky kids were simply agog at the chance to meet him {+ some adults, too!}.

A huge congratulations to Belle Alderman and her team for this year's inaugural Boundless Festival. If you didn't get to this time, I hope you'll have a chance to indulge in this glorious event next year - please spread the word.

Happy reading - and perusing!

- Tania McCartney

Event: Just Sing What You Feel

Just in time for summer school holidays, the National Gallery of Victoria, in collaboration with Melbourne artist Jon Campbell, will open just sing what you feel, a contemporary art project created for children and families.

Drawing inspiration from everyday life, language and rock ‘n’ roll, Campbell will create an interactive space that celebrates summer in Melbourne.

Campbell takes motifs from Australian culture and transforms them into a colourful display of words and illustrations encouraging audiences to look more closely at the world around them, finding meaning and beauty in the everyday.

Andrew Clark, NGV Deputy Director said: “This project signals an exciting new direction for the NGV as the first of a new program of innovative exhibitions that will encourage children and families to discover and engage with contemporary art and artists."

just sing what you feel is a three-part installation of music and visual art. Children and families are invited to create their own DIY backyard experience using Campbell’s colourful drawings of everyday outdoor items including deck chairs, BBQs or plants.

just sing what you feel will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 8 December 2012 to 17 February 2013. Open daily 10am–5pm. Entry is FREE.

You are invited!
The NGV invites everyone to the just sing what you feel opening event 
10am on Saturday 8 December, 2012

Be sure to pop into the NGV bookshop, too - and soak up the amazing children's books they have available.

Visit the NGV website for details on how to get there.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Review + BlogTour: PS: Who Stole Santa's Mail?

KBR is delighted to welcome author and friend Dimity Powell with her very first publication! PS: Who Stole Santa's Mail - out just in time for Christmas. Dimity is on virtual tour with her fabulous new junior fiction book, and can be followed to several amazing websites. See the blog tour link at the end of this review!

Who stole Santa's mail? Why are the post boxes disappearing?

Mysterious things are  happening in the town of Bramblebury and Sam Doolan is mighty suspicious. Along with BFF Tobii (who happens to love jellybeans, even Sam's favourite black ones), Sam is on a mission to sort things out. He has good reason, too - he really needs to get his Christmas wishlist through to Santa. How else is he going to get the bike he's always wanted?

Boundless Festival Library Exhibits


Today is the last day to enjoy the Boundless Festival of Australian Children's Literature exhibitions, right here in Canberra. The Boundless Festival has been running these fantastic Public Exhibitions at Canberra Libraries - take the kids along before it's too late!

Experience the creation of children’s books, view materials never seen before, satisfy your artistic interest, admire Australia’s creative talent and share familiar and new stories.

Belconnen Library  
What’s the theme? 
‘From Book to Screen’ featuring Wendy Orr’s Nim’s Island Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2007

What’s on exhibit?
Translations, movie version, film script, handwritten notes, script outline and scenes, movie memorabilia.

Download Activity Sheet 1 and Activity Sheet 2 

Civic Library  
What’s the theme? 
‘Telling the Story’ featuring A Bus Called Heaven written and illustrated by Bob Graham, published by Walker Books, London, 2011, © Blackbird Pty Ltd.

What’s on exhibit?
Artwork, manuscripts, dummies, correspondence, preliminary artwork, alternate jacket covers

Download Activity Sheet 1 and Activity Sheet 2 

Dickson Library
What’s the theme? 
‘Imagine That!’ featuring Going Home written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Wayne Harris, published by Walker Books, Sydney, 2009, rev. ed. c1993.

What’s on exhibit?
Author’s notebook, story 1st draft with editor’s comments, storyboard, original artwork.

Download Activity Sheet 1 and Activity Sheet 2 

Erindale Library

What’s the theme? 
‘Picture a Pig’ featuring Leigh Hobbs’ Fiona the Pig Camberwell, Vic. : Puffin and Penguin Group (Australia), 2007

What’s on exhibit?
Artwork, dummy, draft text, preliminary artwork, endpaper designs.

Download the Activity Sheet

Tuggeranong Library
What’s the theme? 
‘Light and Shade’ featuring Hist! written by C J Dennis and illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, published by Walker Books, Sydney, 2012, c1991 and Gary Crew & Peter Gouldthorpe’s First Light Port Melbourne : Lothian, 1993

What’s on exhibit?
Linocut original artworks from Hist!

Download Activity Sheet 1, Activity Sheet 2, Activity Sheet 3, Activity Sheet 4, Activity Sheet 5 and Activity Sheet 6

Woden Library
What’s the theme? 
‘Discover Deltora’ featuring Emily Rodda’s Deltora Quest series:
The Forests of Silence written by Emily Rodda, cover illustration by Marc McBride, Gosford, N.S.W., Scholastic Press, 2012, c2000
City of the Rats written by Emily Rodda, cover illustration by Marc McBride, Lindfield, N.S.W., Scholastic Press, 2012, c2000
The Lake of Tears written by Emily Rodda, cover illustration by Marc McBride, Gosford, N.S.W., Scholastic Press, 2012, c2000
The Shifting Sands written by Emily Rodda, cover illustration by Marc McBride, Lindfield, N.S.W., Scholastic Press, 2012, c2000 Gosford, NSW: Scholastic Press

What’s on exhibit?
Merchandise, including card game, book marks, tattoos, Japanese anime character key rings, fan letters, translations, article & reviews, Deltora Quest map.

Download the Activity Sheet

The Boundless Festival closes today, with a meet and greet with Andy Griffiths at the National Library of Australia.

Friday, 16 November 2012

COOL Awards Announcement with Andy Griffiths

Gungahlin Library was the place to be this morning - Andy Griffiths is in town for the Boundless Festival of Australian Children's Literature - and an ecstatic bunch of kids {and adults!} warmly welcomed him for the COOL Awards announcement.

They also warmly welcomed these cupcakes - how cool are they!?

Review: Butcher Paper, Texta, Black Board and Chalk

What has always fascinated me about Ruby Hunter was her ability to communicate with children, the ease with which she could enter their world and become a child herself. Time and time again I observed this phenomenon, whether it was with our children, nephews and nieces or grandchildren; always inspiring me. – Archie Roach, from the foreword to Butcher Paper, Texta, Black Board and Chalk

It would be easy to describe this book as simply a collection of songs, co-written by Ruby Hunter and the children of the communities of Cape York with music by Archie Roach, accompanied by a CD and DVD. A good classroom resource and an interesting glimpse into the daily lives and interests of young indigenous children in this remote area. Easy, but far from accurate.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Librarian's Shelf: Tackling Difficult Subjects Through Stories

Working in a public library, it’s quite common to be asked for books that will help explain difficult subjects to children - life events like birth and death, illness, natural disasters like bushfires and floods, and so on.

Telling stories enables discussion of these kinds of subjects by making them less confronting and putting them into a context appropriate for different ages and experiences. The stories can demonstrate potential scenarios, offering children an opportunity to ask questions and make sense of something they may not have encountered before, and to explore their feelings on the subject.

This is demonstrated in two stories by Australian author Margaret Wild, which introduce death at each end of the age spectrum. Jenny Angel is the story of a young girl and how she copes with the fact her brother is dying. Old Pig is about a grandmother who is aging and, recognising her time is near, is preparing for the change to come. Both explore the topic without being too didactic.

In a similar way, discussing the effect of recent bushfires can be initiated by reading stories like Where There’s Smoke by Robin Lovell and David Miller or Bushfire by Tricia Oktober. Where There’s Smoke explains how firefighters prepare for an advancing bushfire, building firebreaks for example, and what a young boy and his family must do to protect themselves, while Bushfire looks at the effect of fire on wild animals and plants.

Often, these kinds of books go out of print quickly and are not able to be found in bookstores for long, but that's what libraries are for, so remember to check them out and ask the librarian about their range of books.

If you'd like to look for some more picture books dealing with the subject of death, try Sadako by Eleanor Coerr, Granpa by John Burningham, Grandma’s Bill by Martin Waddell, and Frog and the Birdsong by Max Velthuijs.

Some other picture books about bushfires include: Bushfire by Margarite Hann Syme and David Cox, Bilby and the Bushfire by Joanne Crawford and Grace Fielding, and Iso and the Bushfire by Jamie Shaw and Fusae Ikeda.

Sarah Steed is our Consultant Librarian and reviewer. A former Children's and Young Adult Librarian, she has more than 18 years' experience working in public libraries. Sarah comes from a family of readers and has shelves full to bursting with books. 

Publisher's Insider: Why I'm in Publishing

I have to confess that when I sat down to write this month’s column, I found myself fresh out of inspiration. As I cast about for what I could write on, I said to myself, ‘What’s wrong with you? Why aren’t you bursting with ideas? After all, you LOVE publishing!’ And yes, I do love publishing, so in the end, I thought I’d tell you my three top reasons why …

1. Books are my lifeblood. They have been for as long as I can remember. I always have a book (or my Kindle) in my bag. I become irritable, ‘scritchy’, even anxious, if I don’t get my daily book fix. Having my work intricately bound up in one of my greatest pleasures is both a privilege and a delight.

2. I get to work with the most wonderful people. With few exceptions, people who are drawn to publishing and books are nice. They just are. As anyone in the industry will tell you, there is very little money to be made in publishing (yes, JK Rowling and a few others stand out from that crowd!) so people are usually in it because they’re passionate about it, because they simply have to write/illustrate/design/edit books.

3. I’m always learning. For many years, I pretty much specialised in non-fiction books. The result is a general knowledge that is remarkable for both its breadth and it’s shallowness. I know something about almost everything, but there are certainly no depths of deep expertise to be plumbed! For this reason, I’m a useful person to have around on trivia nights. And now that I handle more fiction, I’m still constantly being exposed to new ideas, viewpoints and ways of thinking. I’m challenged and inspired on a daily basis. What more could I ask for?

Anouska Jones is our KBR Editor. Mum to a gorgeous little girl, she has nearly twenty years' experience in the book publishing industry. A publishing consultant and editor, Anouska is obsessed by all things to do with words, writing and books. 

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We see a lot of manuscripts here at KBR, and our team has spent many years––as reviewers, publishers, editors, proof readers, book designers and book aficionados––assessing and reflecting on what makes a picture book great.

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