The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes: The Crumbling Castle

by Brenda Gurr reviewed by Sarah Custance Brenda Gurr is an Australian writer who has worked on several educational resources and picture books. ‘The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes: The Crumbling Castle’ appears to be her first early reader chapter book and this is the start of a series of ‘Zinnia Jakes’ books. Zinnia Jakes … Continue reading The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes: The Crumbling Castle

Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach

by Rebecca Johnson illustrated by Lucia Masciullo reviewed by Mia Macrossan Congratulations to Puffin Australia for producing a new series aimed at emerging readers who are just gaining a bit of confidence aged 5 – 8. The Aussie Kids series of 8 books have 8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 … Continue reading Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach

Young Engineers

by Andrew King illustrated by Benjamin Johnston reviewed by Mia Macrossan Andrew King, a Brisbane engineer, writer, and teacher is passionate about introducing young children to the boundless possibilities offered by the world of engineering. A couple of years ago he produced a series featuring Engibears who invited young readers to help build a new robot … Continue reading Young Engineers

Ask Hercules Quick

by Ursula Dubosarsky illustrated by Andrew Joyner reviewed by Mia Macrossan The latest offering from prolific and award-winning writer Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by the equally talented, prolific and award-winning Andrew Joyner is a gorgeously produced picture story book, rich in colourful illustrations, with endpapers, thick shiny paper, well set out print and most important … Continue reading Ask Hercules Quick

Atticus Van Tasticus

by Andrew Daddo illustrated by Stephen Michael King reviewed by Sarah Custance Adults will know Andrew Daddo from his many TV and radio shows, podcasts, stage productions, movies and even some of his other books. Daddo writes across many genres including picture books, chapter books, biographies, short stories and YA. With the release of his … Continue reading Atticus Van Tasticus