Ask an Illustrator: Caroline Magerl

interviewed by Mia Macrossan             Caroline Magerl was born in Germany but now lives in Buderim, Queensland. She is an illustrator who has worked for years  drawing for educational publishers, newspapers and magazines. She came to the notice of the Australian children's book world in 2001 when she won the … Continue reading Ask an Illustrator: Caroline Magerl

Rodney

by Kelly Canby reviewed by Kerry Neary Younger children will be entranced by the visual treat of colour pattern and white separation in this story of a small tortoise with his head figuratively in the treetops. How Rodney would love to join the animals he sees there, and how they tease him about the fun … Continue reading Rodney

The Bogan Mondrian

by Steven Herrick reviewed by Dajo Finlayson From the very outset this book had me captivated. The vibrantly coloured front and back covers caught my attention  as I’ve always been a fan of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s work. His wonderfully abstract, colourful, cubist block designs which he considered to be ‘an escape from reality’ … Continue reading The Bogan Mondrian

It Sounded Better In My Head

by Nina Kenwood reviewed by Mia Macrossan This delightful debut novel deservedly won the 2018 Text Prize for fiction. It is the affecting story of Natalie and her friends in that limbo of time between finishing year 12 and starting university. Natalie is no longer a school girl, but she is not yet an adult … Continue reading It Sounded Better In My Head

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

by Bruce Pascoe reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowdnes Young Dark Emu is the latest offering from prolific indigenous author Bruce Pascoe of the Bunurong Clan, Kulin nation. This non-fiction picture book is an adaptation for young readers of the award winning Dark Emu, published in 2016. In both books, Pascoe argues against the notion that indigenous … Continue reading Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Mr Walker Series

Mr Walker and the Dessert Delight Mr Walker Gets the Inside Scoop written by Jess Black illustrated by Sara Acton reviewed by Leslee Anne Hewson These two new hardcover books in the series by Jess Black were published this year. Both are written in an engaging way with easy to follow storylines for the young, … Continue reading Mr Walker Series

Ron the Royal Guard

Written by Deano Yipadee Illustrated by Paul Beavis Reviewed by Zewlan Moor Have you ever thought about being one of those Royal Guards at Buckingham Palace?  Ron the Royal Guard alternates between marching and standing at attention. He is also the object of a lot of attention from the crowds of visitors to the palace. … Continue reading Ron the Royal Guard