Meli & Mac: rendez-vous with a Flamingo

Meli and Mac are having one of those days where they need to do some reading; in Mac’s case he is reading or trying to read, how to speak in French. He is a bit fed up and complains to his big sister Meli who points out they need to know a little bit of French as they...

When the World Was Soft

Yindjibarndi Creation Stories From the moment When the World was Soft is held, it exudes a magic feeling. The soft cover, the mysterious and ghostly illustrations, and the title all add to this feeling. The welcome note from the CEO of the Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal...

Aesop the Storyteller: A Book of Fables Retold in Verse

Aesop (620-564BCE) the storyteller has been considered as a fictional character by many and by others as a very real person, all-be-it somewhat mythical in nature. There is also the consideration that he was possibly a Slave. The many tales spun by him in the...

BOOTS

The Picture Book Boots, tells the story of a pair of boots. The boots are shown looking out of a shop window, waiting to be bought. They dream of living and working in the outback. Many people pass by the window but one day a man pays for the footwear and then the...

Some Families Change

The first page Some Families Change shows a busy street with a family moving into a house. The next page shows how families can change, sometimes getting smaller or bigger, or rearranging completely. Every family is different, and each has its own ways and people....

How to Measure the Ocean

The Children’s hard back picture book, How To Measure The Ocean has delightful illustrations of the ocean and many of the creatures and plants that live in it. There are also maps, charts, and diagrams included. These support the many mathematical concepts which are...

Mitchell Itches

Eczema is a distressing condition which affects many children and adults. Telling the story of Mitch from babyhood to adult is a courageous way to explain this skin complaint. Children can feel different in many ways but having red, constantly itchy skin could easily...

FOOTPRINT

The intention of the author and illustrator was to empower children to look and think about nature. They have certainly achieved that. The illustrations and wonderful winding words in Footprints encourage a sense of outdoors and deep breathing. The story follows...

The Clockwork Conspiracy

As a mystery set in the heart of London, the story and the language will challenge readers to follow Isaac Turner as he searches for his father. A horologist, Isaac’s father, Diggory, is the one who maintains the clock in the Tower of Big Ben. The boy loves to visit...

The Most Amazing Thing

Henry was bored and went to speak to his Mum who was writing a chapter of her book. His Dad was polishing his telescope, and his sister was looking at her microscope. In desperation his mother told him to draw her something amazing. Henry had a blank piece of paper...

The Most Amazing Thing

Henry was bored and went to speak to his Mum who was writing a chapter of her book. His Dad was polishing his telescope, and his sister was looking at her microscope. In desperation his mother told him to draw her something amazing. Henry had a blank piece of paper...

Tree

Using marvellous illustrations and descriptive, lyrical language, the Clare Saxby has used this tree as the main character in this picture book, naturally titled Tree. The story begins with a view of the forest from above. It is a misty morning, but one tree stands...