Archive for December, 2011

Goodbye 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

I’ve just popped a bottle of really nice bubbly into the fridge for tonight. I intend to welcome the new year with glass in hand. But the old year still has a few good hours in her. And as those last hours of 2011 tick by, I’m sitting at my computer thinking back on the […]

TROPICAL TROUBLE

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Tropical Trouble is the third book in the Totally Twins series written by Aleesah Darlison and illustrated by Serena Geddes. Persephone and Portia Pinchgut are going on holidays to Fiji with Grandma. The only problem is they have been forced to take their annoying 7 year-old neighbour, Dillon Pickleton with them. Things don’t start out […]

Review – Pizza Cake by Morris Gleitzman

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Kids love funny. Kids love short stories. Kids love great writing. Enter Pizza Cake, a collection of 10 short stories from the master of pleasing kids – Morris Gleitzman . . . an author who also happens to be a master at pleasing adults (as evidenced by the fact that I had to tousle over […]

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

There were probably a few warning signs that I wasn’t going to enjoy Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (WITAWITAR). The first is that I hate running. As in the very theme that, er, underpins the book. The second is that I expected Murakami’s WITAWITAR book to be of the […]

Review of The Spider Goddess

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

First posted at www.awritergoesonajourney.com The Spider Goddess- Tara Moss Pandora English 2 Pan Macmillan ISBN:978-1-7426-1003-0 There’s a new designer in town- and she has Pandora in her sights. Who knew the fashion industry could be so venomous. It’s now been two months since Pandora first moved to the mysterious Spektor to live with her equally […]

THE KEY TO STARVELDT

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

The Key to Starveldt is book two in The Rare series by Foz Meadows and it’s a gripping read. Solace Morgan was born a vampire. The castle of Starveldt is waiting. Having escaped once from Sanguisdera, Solace and her friends are in desperate need of guidance. Seeking to unravel a cryptic prophecy, they travel to […]

Digital diary dates for 2012

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Have you started filling in key dates for 2012 in your digital diary yet (read on for a list of ebookish events)? I switched to using Calendar on the iPhone earlier this year and still miss my Filofax terribly. I am convinced that the act of physically writing an event into the diary ensures its […]

Bah! Humbug!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Are there any words out there that create images of Christmas in quite the same way as “Bah Humbug”? The immortal words of Ebenezer Scrooge, uttered in rebuke of Christmas, have come, for me, to symbolise all that I love about Christmas. Why? Simple because I immediately associate them with watching A Christmas Carol. I’ve […]

Interview – Author Dianne Bates

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

KBC warmly welcomes prolific author, philanthropist and children’s literature champion whith this enlightening interview. Take it away, Di! What is your name? Dianne Bates, though everyone knows me as Di. What do you do? I’m a children’s author of over 100 books. Tell us a little about your life. My husband, Bill Condon (an award-winning […]

And to all a good night (whatever you’re celebratin’)

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

‘Tis the night before Christmas here in Europe and all through the house everyone is stirring in a desperate effort to get closer to the fireplace. It’s really, really cold, especially for those of us who have acclimatised to the Southern Hemisphere and are now being called wusses by all our Northern Hemisphere friends and […]

Number 1 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #1 Possum Magic by Mem Fox and illustrations by Julie Vivas We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve…   78.7% of all respondents have […]

Number 2 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #2 Animalia by Graeme Base We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve…   69.2% of all respondents have read this book themselves, or read […]

STRESSHEAD – REVIEW

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Dennie is a Stresshead, and she has a lot to stress about. Things are not going well with her long time boyfriend Jack and her Year 11 results are due out, and being part of a high achieving family, she feels a lot of pressure to get good marks. On top of that, her pilates […]

Please don’t buy a Kindle this Christmas

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

I’ve long had a love-hate relationship with the Kindle. It’s a nice gadget, and I like nice gadgets. But Amazon makes it hard for Australians to buy the model of their choice (the white Kindle 3 wasn’t available here, the Kindle Fire isn’t available here, the Kindle Touch isn’t available here). In my view, as […]

The D Publishing furore, exciting Earls news and if:book’s ebook

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

So, surely the digital publishing world is winding down for Christmas? The list of announcements and industry stoushes must be coming to an end? Nope, not if the buzz around D Publishing’s contracts, Exciting Press’s Nick Earls deal and if:book Australia’s first ebook are any indication. According to Crikey’s new Lit-icism blogger, Bethanie Blanchard, the […]

A very appy bear called Paddington

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Nostalgia reigned as I first shared the new iPad app edition of the 1958 children’s classic Paddington Bear with my son. I suspect the same would be true for most of you. A copy of follow-up title Paddington in the Garden is among the favourite children’s books to have survived on my shelves for decades, […]

Number 3 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #3 The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve…   65.3% of all respondents have […]

Favourite Vintage Christmas Books

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

I must admit, I have a ‘thing’ for vintage and reproduction vintage children’s books. There’s something timeless and inherently beautiful about them – most especially at Christmastime. The following are books you may – or may not yet – know. All are resplendent with that typical retro feel – from the illustrations to the classic […]

Number 4 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #4 The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve…   64.4% of all respondents have read […]

The Friendship Matchmaker – Review

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

I remember Grade Five as being one of the hardest years of my school life. I’d just started at a new school and everyone already had firmly established friendship groups that didn’t seem to be able to make room for me. So The Friendship Matchmaker by Randa Abdel-Fattah was a book that really resonated with me […]

Number 5 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #5 The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve…   59.5% of all respondents have read this book themselves, […]

Stoppard and Gaiman, with a dash of Palmer

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Last week the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne hosted a rather awesome literary event — Tom Stoppard and Neil Gaiman in back-to-back appearances at the Athenaeum Theatre. I was there! Stoppard is well known and well respected for his many plays, including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Real Inspector Hound. (When I was at […]

Australian Authors and their Favourite Christmas Books

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Isn’t it a fascinating thing to learn about the favourite books of others? Most especially, I must admit, when it comes to authors, illustrators and publishers – whose world is saturated with so many glorious tomes. Here, KBC shares a glimpse inside the hearts of some well-known talent from the children’s book industry – and […]

Number 6 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #6 Storm Boy by Colin Thiele We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve… 55.8% of all respondents have read this book themselves, or read […]

Number 7 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #7 Wombat Stew by Marcia K. Vaughan and illustrations by Pamela Lofts We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve… 53.6% of all respondents have […]

Number 8 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #8 Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and illustrations by Judy Horacek We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve… 45.6% of all […]

Type, Click, Eat

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

I’ve been meaning to ask fellow writer and editor Carody Culver to write a guest blog for an age. With Christmas just around the corner and food, glorious food on my mind, as well as my complete inability to cook (with the latter quashing the excitement about the former), I realised now was the perfect […]

E-reader, I married one

Friday, December 16th, 2011

So, after over a year of dithering and over-thinking and hestitating and general procrastination, I am finally the owner of an e-reader. It was an early – very early – Christmas gift from my partner who realised that if he were to wait until December 25th to give it to me, he would once again […]

Number 9 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #9 A Bush Christmas by C.J. Dennis and illustrations by Dee Huxley We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve… 43.6% of all respondents have […]

RECON TEAM ANGEL, ASSAULT – BRIAN FALKNER’S NEW BLOCKBUSTER

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Recon Team Angel, Assault is the first in a trilogy by the master of action and suspense, Brian Falkner. The year is 2030 and the world is at War with an Alien Race, the Bzadiens. The battle ground is earth. Recon Team Angel, Assault (Book 1 in the trilogy) is a science/fiction paranormal for readers […]

Number 10 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #10 Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve…   42.4% of all respondents have read this book […]

When God Was A Rabbit

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

When God Was a Rabbit (WGWAR) would have bypassed me had a friend not told me she bought it and loved it—cried with laughter, in fact—after spotting someone reading it on a plane. And had I bothered to research its author and plotline before buying it on this recommendation, I probably would have bypassed it. […]

Review – Santa Claus: The Magical World of Father Christmas

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Remember the days when we called Santa ‘Father Christmas’. Not too long ago, that’s for sure. It’s also not too long ago that Santa saturation and adulation was a far less commercial thing. There was an inherent mystery and innocence about our connection with this most historical of creatures. Sadly, the fate of Father Christmas […]

The Hunger Games (Parts 2 & 3)

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

I said I’d check back in as soon as I’d finished book two of The Hunger Games, but didn’t end up doing that because I: a)      would have been saying roughly the same things I’d said about the first book, i.e. that I, like, totally loved it b)     raced straight on to reading the third. […]

What do you call an ereader virus?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Hopefully you’ve been having too much fun at Christmas parties to notice that uBookish has been a bit quiet of late – but not so much fun that you won’t notice our flurry of activity in coming days. The lack of posts is not through choice – I have a long list of ideas at […]

Number 11 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #11 Unbelievable! by Paul Jennings We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve…   39.1% of all respondents have read this book themselves, or read […]

PAN’S WHISPER REVIEW – A BOOK BLOG TOUR

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Today, Kids’ Book Capers is one of the stops on author Sue Lawson’s blog tour to celebrate the release of her new YA novel, Pan’s Whisper. Pan’s Whisper is a deeply moving book about a damaged girl trying to move on from her past and build a new life with strangers who seem to want […]

Mid-month round-up – the psychopath edition

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

I think I missed the memo on the season of goodwill. This month my reading has been less about peace and festive feeling to all mankind and more about the horror that can lurks in the minds of men. And women, to be fair. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson started me off. Jon (who […]

Goliath was worth the wait

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

I’ve finally read Goliath, the last book in Scott Westerfeld’s YA, steampunk Leviathan trilogy. YAY! Definitely worth the wait! Awesome book! Awesome trilogy! I want more! (Get the feeling I may like these books?) I read and reviewed the first book, Leviathan, in August last year (see “Leviathan”). I was a little late, jumping onto […]

Number 12 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #12 The Muddleheaded Wombat by Ruth Park and illustrations by Noela Young We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Kid’s Books between now and Christmas Eve…   38.5% of all respondents […]