Letters from Australia

Making pictures with the A-B-C by Maree Coote reviewed by Kerry Neary One of the most innovative illustrators on the Australian scene in recent times is Maree Coote. All of her pictures are made from the letters in the name of the objects she is illustrating. Technically, this is called typographic illustration; many people will … Continue reading Letters from Australia

A Home for Luna

by Stef Gemmill illustrated by Mel Armstrong reviewed by Mia Macrossan This beautifully illustrated picture book centres on Luna, a domesticated cat who is washed up on a strange shore after escaping from danger at home. Exhausted she naps on the rocks while a group of penguins fish around her. Cautiously she makes friends with … Continue reading A Home for Luna

The Ultimate Survival Guide to Monsters Under the Bed

by Mitch Frost illustrated by Daron Parton reviewed by Melissa Salisbury Mitch Frost’s debut picture book uses humour to make monsters less scary, while incorporating themes of bravery, resilience and independence. On the surface, the book sets out some simple and silly steps that help kids tackle their fears. At first these steps seem random, … Continue reading The Ultimate Survival Guide to Monsters Under the Bed

There’s Only One Dad Like You

by Jess Racklyeft Reviewed by Maria Parenti-Baldey Author Illustrator Jess Racklyeft has created a picture story about family and relationships using joyously comical collage and watercolour images.  Each scene shows a Dad spending quality time with their children allowing a child to see him as their ‘hero, friend and guide.’ Whether father/son or father/daughter, Racklyeft … Continue reading There’s Only One Dad Like You

Little Puggle’s Song

by Vikki Conley illustrated by Helene Magisson reviewed by Mia Macrossan This attractive and  beautifully designed picture book centres on the struggles of a  baby echidna or puggle who desperately wants to join in with the other animals to create music in the bush. The animals are forming a choir to sing a welcome song … Continue reading Little Puggle’s Song

Tricky’s Bad Day

by Alison Lester reviewed by Claire Monsour Poor Tricky is having a bad day. It all starts when he wakes early  and tries to get himself some milk; but a spill and a slip wake the whole family! From then on, nothing seems to go right for him. Breakfast isn't the way he wants it, … Continue reading Tricky’s Bad Day

The Dark

by Lemony Snicket illustrated by Jon Klassen reviewed by Claire Monsour Lazlo was afraid of the dark. The dark lived in the same house as Lazlo, and it liked to creep around into different nooks and corners. Most of the time, the dark stayed in the basement... but at night, it would spread itself across … Continue reading The Dark