I was very excited to attend the book launch – or as the wonderful host said to the children – the book birthday of I Just Ate My Friend. I love being able to support Australian authors, whether it by purchasing their books or in this case attending my first book launch. The first thing I did was purchase myself the book and the staff asked if I would like it signed…Yes Please! I was delighted to have a quick chat with the author Heidi McKinnon, who is incredibly humble, lovely to speak to and will delight us with another book in the future…although she is not sure what it will be about yet.
Initially when I opened this book to read it I was expecting the story to be full of fashion diva’s, but I was pleasantly surprised. The story is about so much more, its all about friendship, loyalty, family, winning at all costs and the very talented Mickey.
Heartwood Hotel, is just as endearing as it sounds, taking me back to my childhood where you imagine animals such as Mona scurrying about, leading lives just like us humans, making friendships and finding “home”.
I have noticed there are a lot of children’s books being written for children and teens about women who have contributed to society both in the past and presently that are due to be published or have recently been published. So, when I came across Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World at the Library in the form of a picture book I had to bring it home for a read and review. I am not a feminist as such, but I do think that both Women and Men should be celebrated.
When you take the time to open a book, you never know just what you might get. It seems like a simple story on friendship but then you’re delighted to discover it is more than that. It’s about middle graders who put others ahead of themselves, it’s about reaching out to the community to give back, and dynamics between people. It’s also about the journey of self and discovering all that you have to give is so much more than you ever imagined.
This Book Stinks! The publishers think it stinks, the author thinks it stinks…most people think it stinks and so do I!
The rainbow fish books have been around for a while now and Marcus Pfister has been consistent in creating books with beautiful illustrations, usually with illuminated pinks, blues, purples and oranges. The beautiful underwater pictures are familiar to children and are one of the reasons why we love the Rainbow Fish stories so much.
Andy Lee is not someone you think of as an author of a children’s book, well I don’t anyway, I usually associate him adult humour. Andy is quite adamant that the pages shouldn’t be turned….but it is just too tempting of course and well read on to find out more…