Archive for December, 2011

Review – How Santa Really Works

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Okay – so you want the dirt, the real deal on how things really go down in the Santa camp? Look no further. Author/ illustrator Alan Snow has all the inside info – and some facts may both surprise and delight you. Did you know, for example, that Santa runs a Christmas College for Elves? […]

Christmas Cookbooks

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.  If you’re running out of gift ideas, I can help with that!  (My apologies to the unknown author of a carol with somewhat similar lyrics.) As I frequently tell my husband (in a slightly shrill and utterly defensive tone) there is no such thing as too many […]

Number 13 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #13 Unreal! 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…   37.6% of all respondents have read this book themselves, or read […]

Review – Christmas Eve at the Mellops’

Monday, December 12th, 2011

It’s almost Christmas, and Mr Mellops is reading the newspaper . . . an article on Christmas decorations. My how he loves the festive season! Showing his boys the article, Casimir, Isidor, Felix and Ferdinand take it upon themselves to begin the hunt for a gorgeous tree to tiz up with festive bling. Isidor finds […]

Number 14 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #14 Time for Bed by Mem Fox and illustrations by Jane Dyer 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…   37.5% of all respondents […]

Number 15 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #15 Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and illustrations by Helen Oxenbury 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… 36.4% […]

Number 16 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #16 Mulga Bill’s Bicycle by A.B. Paterson and illustrations by Kilmeny and Deborah Niland 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…   34.8% of […]

Book of the Week: Knit Your Own Dog

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The knitted dog is indeed the ideal companion: There’s no feeding, barking, shedding, or vet’s bills, and he’ll live forever! Knit Your Own Dog is the irresistible guide to knitting the perfect pup. With patterns for 25 different pedigree pooches, Knit Your Own Dog lets you choose the dog you want, whether it’s a pretty Poodle or […]

MORE GREAT PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Today I wanted to talk about three different picture books, all unique and appealing in their own way. All great Christmas presents for the young book lovers in your life. PRUDENCE WANTS A PET What kid doesn’t want a pet of their very own? Prudence is so desperate for a pet that she befriends a […]

So-Bad-They’re-Good Similes

Friday, December 9th, 2011

While I’m on the topic of websites that illustrate spelling, grammar, punctuation, or expression issues (I featured some of The Oatmeal comics in yesterday’s blog), this one* was sent to me virally. At least, I think ‘virally’ is the term—it kind of sounds like a communicable disease rather than the ‘hey, this is awesome, you […]

Last chance to WIN WIN WIN!

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Black, Rosie Black! Remember her? Two books so far. The latest is Equinox, which I reviewed a few posts back (see “Reviewing Rosie Black”). And I also interviewed the author, Lara Morgan (see “The marketing of Lara Morgan”). Did my posts interest you in the book? Are you desperate to get your hands on a […]

Number 17 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #17 Six White Boomers by Rolf Harris and Bruce Whatley 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…   34.7% of all respondents have read […]

He Had Me at ‘Hemorrhoids’

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Note: The cartoons referred and linked to in this blog contain some profanities and politically incorrect themes. Please don’t click on them if you’re easily offended. The beauty of the interwebs is that it is bottomless and, by following links like Alice down the rabbit hole, you stumble across some surprising gold. Me? I just […]

CHRISTMAS CHEER

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Christmas is always a great time for giving books and there are always plenty of cute new Christmas picture books that come out this time of year. Here are a few for your Christmas list. LILY’S WISH Lily, is separated from her grandmother by distance and this Christmas she only has one wish. But will […]

Number 18 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #18 Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner 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…   34.4% of all respondents have read this book themselves, […]

Books to blow their socks off at Christmas

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

While I’m not a fan of starting the festive season too early I realise you can also go the other way and leave it until far too late. This morning I logged into my mail to find not one but eight messages from retailers advising me that the end… I mean Christmas was nigh and […]

MARJORIE GARDNER – ILLUSTRATOR OF GRANDPA’S PLACE

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Today, I’m pleased to welcome illustrator, Marjorie Gardner to Kids’ Book Capers. Marjorie is the illustrator of many popular children’s books. Her most recent release is Grandpa’s Place, written by James Stead and published by Windy Hollow Books. Marjorie, have you always enjoyed illustrating? Yes, ever since a small child. I’ve always loved bright colours […]

Number 19 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #19 Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and illustrations by Bruce Whatley 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…   33.7% of all […]

The Black Magician trilogy

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

In November last year, I blogged about reading the first book in The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan. (see “The Magicians’ Guild”). Just a little over a year later and I’ve finally read the third book. So I thought now would be a good time to look at the trilogy as a whole. WARNING: […]

Review – Christmas Wombat

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

We all know and love Jackie French’s iconic Wombat – Mothball – and in this gorgeous festive book, featuring illustrator Bruce Whatley in serious bells-and-bauble mode, is pure escapism, for big and little kids alike. It’s Christmas Eve and Mothball is lounging around doing what he does best. Scratching. Lazing. Scratching a bit more. Until […]

Number 20 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #20 Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park 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…   32.9% of all respondents have read this book themselves, […]

Advent Calendar Countdown: Most Popular Aussie Kids’ Books

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Are you counting the days ’til Christmas in the Boomerang Books Advent Calendar? Everyone loves an excuse to count down to D-Day, and this time the chocolate is virtual – with sweet treats being proffered in the form of a gorgeous line-up of Australian books. After running a survey in November, Boomerang Books is featuring […]

Number 21 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #21 Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein 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…   32.5% of all respondents have read this book themselves, […]

Number 22 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #22 Olga the Brolga by Rod Clement 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…   32.2% of all respondents have read this book themselves, […]

The Aussie Kid’s Books that missed the cut

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Now that we’ve kicked off the Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Book survey countdown, we thought we’d let you know which books missed out on the Top 24.  Here’s the list of titles than fill spots 25 – 40 in the survey.  The percentage figure represents the percentage of survey respondents that have read the book […]

Number 23 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #23 Koala Lou by Mem Fox 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… 30.8% of all respondents have read […]

A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION FOR ANIMAL LOVERS

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The National Library of Australia has published a beautiful series of books for young readers about some of my favourite Australian animals. Written by Susan Hall and beautifully illustrated by Ben Guy, these books tell the stories of  Kyla Koala, Kaz Kangaroo, Wil Wombat and Peek Platypus. These Animal Tales are set at the time […]

The Constant Reader

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

When I think of ideal spots to catch up on reading my mind goes straight for the cliché. Convention dictates that most of the reading we do for enjoyment takes place in an over sized and massively comfy chair, preferably in a home library with a fireplace. We could possibly also be enjoying a quick […]

Review – Nancy Bentley: The First Australian Female Solider by Tracey Hawkins

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Nancy Bentley, the eldest of seven children, was born in 1914 and was raised in Smith O’Brien’s cottage in the ex-penal colony of Port Arthur. In 1920, when Nancy was just 6 years old, the HMAS Sydney docked briefly in Port Arthur harbour. Playing outside and listening to the navy band with her siblings, Nancy […]

Ian Irvine goes up and down

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Australian fantasy author Ian Irvine has a new novel. Vengeance is the first book in a new series called The Tainted Realm. Today, Ian has dropped by to tell us a little about the up and downs of being a writer. Take it away Ian… The Ups and Downs of Writing By Ian Irvine It’s […]

The Full List: Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books of All Time

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

We ran a survey in November 2011 to determine the most popular kid’s books written by Australian authors. Here are the results: Books will be added here as we count down the top 24… #1 – Possum Magic by Mem Fox and illustrations by Julie Vivas #2 – Animalia by Graeme Base #3 – The […]

Number 24 – Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown Most Popular Aussie Kid’s Books #24 Shoes from Grandpa by Mem Fox and illustrations by Patricia Mullins 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… 30.8% of all respondents have […]

TROY DANN BRINGS AUSTRALIAN CULTURE TO YOUNG READERS

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

As the author of A Duel of Words about the battle in the Bulletin newsaper between Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, I’ve always had a fascination for these writers, and believe they shaped an important part of our history. So I was very excited to see some of their works brought to life again for […]