In My Dreams

by Stef Gemmill illustrated by Tanja Stephani reviewed by Sandy Driessens The colourful, fantastical cover for this book speaks of adventure … of dreams. “When the world is quiet and I’m alone, I like to dream.” This opening sentence, floating through the darkness of a small child’s bedroom, prepares you for the coming story. However, … Continue reading In My Dreams

No Place for an Octopus

written and illustrated by Claire Zorn reviewed by Mia Macrossan This is a new beginning for Zorn who has previous won awards for her serious young adult fiction. Both The Protected  and One Would Think the Deep won CBCA Book of the Year awards. No Place for an Octopus is about a young boy who … Continue reading No Place for an Octopus

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

Eva’s Imagination

Written by Wenda Shurety Illustrated by Karen Erasmus Reviewed by Kerry Neary When children start at school, along with all the physical things they need, they must pack their imagination. In this story, Eva’s Mum makes sure it is there. It starts with pet dog Chops – what an imaginative name - who helps Eva … Continue reading Eva’s Imagination

Collecting Sunshine*

Written by Rachel Flynn Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie Reviewed by Kerry Neary By and large, picture storybooks for children are joyful and uplifting. What could sound more joyful than Collecting sunshine. That’s the title of a book written by Rachel Flynn and illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie, which has recently been listed as a Notable early … Continue reading Collecting Sunshine*