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

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

One Tree

Written by Christopher Cheng Illustrated by Bruce Whatley Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zabri One Tree is a tender narrative  about the changes through generations, seen from the eyes of a little boy. Although he has been told that his grandfather was once a strong and gregarious person, the elderly man who lives with him now … Continue reading One Tree

Holly the Honeybee Dancing Star

Written by Gordon Winch Illustrated by Stephen Pym Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zabri Holly the Honeybee Dancing Star, a picture book which highlights a particularly clever trait of the honeybee is the third from duo Gordon Winch and Stephen Pym, who both have a background in science. They also produced ‘Apollo the Powerful Owl’ and … Continue reading Holly the Honeybee Dancing Star

The International Space Station

Written by Clive Gifford Illustrated by Dan Schlitzkus Reviewed by Dajo Finlayson This interesting work deals with the structure and workings of, and living conditions aboard, the International Space Station (ISS). With detailed, stylised illustrations complemented by simple, easy to understand fact boxes, a comprehensive table of contents, glossary, further information including relevant and interesting … Continue reading The International Space Station

Where’s Lucky?

Written by Jacqui Halpin Illustrated by Sandra Severgnini Reviewed by Dajo Finlayson Based on a true story, this is a beautifully illustrated, colourful and informative picture book highlighting both the tragedy of orphaned wildlife due to road kill and also the cost to, and dedication of, wildlife carers in Australia. Lucky is an orphaned swamp … Continue reading Where’s Lucky?