Tag Archive: picture book

Oct 11

Blog Tour: Sad the Dog – Meet the Team

  Sandy Fussell and Tull Suwannakit are Team Sad, the author and illustrator behind the picture book, Sad the Dog. Today they answer a few questions about their shared work and each other. Sandy Fussell What were your first thoughts when you saw the illustrations for Sad? I almost didn’t recognise him. The Sad I …

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Apr 02

Review: Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein

Author Katrina Germein has captured all of the wonderful movement, energy and excitement of a storm in her latest picture book, Thunderstorm Dancing. Starting at the beach as dark clouds approach, a young girl and her family go from relaxed to bustling busyness as they move inside to escape the storm. Once inside, they dance …

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Nov 21

Authors by Alphabet – C is for Peter Carnavas

I’m a day late, but here is the next instalment of my Authors by Alphabet series featuring Australian picture book authors. This week’s post: C is for Peter Carnavas. Peter Carnavas is an Australian author and illustrator who lives on the Sunshine Coast. His first picture book, Jessica’s Box, focuses on the challenges faced by a …

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Nov 06

Authors by Alphabet – A is for Kathryn Apel

I’m joining with Suz from Suz’s Space to run a weekly Authors by Alphabet post. I’ve decided to focus my posts on Australian picture book authors. This week is ‘A’ and I’m featuring Queensland author Kathryn Apel. I’ve never met Kat in person, but we have been chatting on Twitter on and off for many years. …

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May 05

Review: Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

  I love this book. I love the concept, the way it is presented and the big picture approach to life that it promotes. I love that it is encouraging kids to be resilient and to think creatively. I love the illustrations and I love that my kids smile when they read it, even though …

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Jan 07

Review: The Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin

I love clever picture books. I love it when clever authors and illustrators not only give children something wonderful to read and look at, but also something wonderful to think about. The Black Book of Colours is one of those books. This book gives children a different way to think about colours – how they …

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Dec 13

Review: Samuel’s Kisses by Karen Collum

Another wonderful picture book found through Twitter. This is a lovely, positive story about the joy a little boy brings to those around him in a busy shopping centre. The grown ups are grumpy, busy and preoccupied, but Samuel is always ready to blow them kisses to brighten their day. The text and illustrations are …

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Nov 16

Blog Tour: Tania McCartney – A Curious Life

Riley and the Curious Koala

Today the rather spectacular Tania McCartney is visiting Reading Upside Down. Tania is an Australian writer, editor, publisher, blogger, book reviewer and founder of Kids’ Book Review, a fantastic place to find out about the latest book releases for kids as well as reminders of some children’s classics. This week Tania launches her third picture …

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Oct 12

Review: Family Forest by Kim Kane

Family Forest approaches complex modern family structures in a very light-hearted entertaining way. As the boy narrating the story explains how his family works, children reading the story learn about step-parents and half-siblings and have a few giggles along the way. This book isn’t just for children from blended families. My own immediate family is …

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Oct 06

Book Review: It’s a Book by Lane Smith

It's a Book by Lane Smith

Summary (Walker Books) CAN IT TEXT? BLOG? SCROLL? WI-FI? TWEET? No. . . It’s a book. No matter how many electronic devices are available these days, you can’t deny the simple appeal of a good book. Monkey is reading a book, but his friend wants to know what the book can do. Does it have …

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