Doodles and Drafts – A Blog Tour with Alison Reynolds


by - March 13th, 2014


Alison ReynoldsA couple of years ago a diminutive orange cat sprang into our hearts and homes courtesy of picture book creators, Alison Reynolds and Heath McKenzie. That cat was, Marmalade. He caused quite a sensation around our home, so when we heard he was on tour with Alison Reynolds, purrs of satisfaction reverberated throughout the house once more.

Alison Reynolds is no stranger to children’s fiction, but when she teams with illustrator, Heath McKenzie, her work is picture book paean.Heath McKenzie 2

A New Friend for Marmalade, sequel to the hugely successful, A Year with Marmalade, is a simple story about making new friends. But as we all know, the art of forming and maintaining friendships is seldom that straightforward. Hierarchy and the delicate differences between boys and girls all begin to surface in early primary years, making social interplay more of a challenge.

A new friend for MarmaladeWhen Toby, the boy across the road attempts to join BFFs, Ella, Maddy and Marmalade, things go instantly awry. Toby’s endeavours to fit in are not particularly successful nor welcomed by Ella and Maddy. He is over-exuberant, clumsy and dresses funny. Marmalade, however, sees him differently.

In Marmalade’s moment of crisis, his gamble on Toby pays off and beautiful new friendships are forged all round.

I love the snappy, clean layout of this picture book. Swirling text works effectively against plenty of white space, giving readers the sensation of floating seamlessly along with the story.

The narrative itself is succinct and character driven, with enough repeating phraseology to prompt even the most modest beginner reader to join in the fun.

McKenzie’s soft smudges of pastel colour highlight significant aspects and emotions of the story: the girls’ cubby house and sand castle city, Toby’s cap and scooter, and of course, our little orange hero, Marmalade.A NFM illos

Acceptance, tolerance and making that leap of faith permeate appealingly through this dreamy picture book, resulting in a fine example of ‘less is more’. It certainly stacks up for me.

Uncover why sand-castle-city builders from the age of 4 years and up will treasure A New Friend for Marmalade, here.

Stick around with Alison and Marmalade for the rest of their tour and participate in the fantastic competitions listed below. You never know, you might just make few new friends along the way!

The Five Mile Press 2013

Alison Reynolds Blog Tour Dates

March 2014

11th Dee White – review and post http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com/

11th Chris Bell – post http://christinemareebell.wordpress.com/

12th Angela Sunde – interview with Heath http://angelasunde.blogspot.com.au/

12th KBR – book giveaway http://www.kids-bookreview.com/

13th Boomerang Books – Post with Dimity Powell http://blog.boomerangbooks.com.au/author/dpowell

14th KBR Guest post http://www.kids-bookreview.com/

14th KBR Review http://www.kids-bookreview.com/

14th Sally Murphy – Meet my book http://aussiereviews.com/reviews/blog/

15th Buzz Words – Interview http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com/

17th Ask the Bean Counter – Mr X http://www.alisonreynolds.com.au/

17th Pass-it-on Post and Review- Jackie Hosking http://jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/school-magazine/

18th Ask the Publisher – Kay Scarlett http://www.alisonreynolds.com.au/

Pet contest for all ages!

Marmalade the cat is full of personality. Do you have a pet with personality? Win a piece of artwork by Heath McKenzie. Send along a photo of your personality-plus pet to www.alisonreynolds.com.au, [email protected] or upload to https://www.facebook.com/alison.reynolds.524

Random book giveaways!

Just leave a comment on one of the posts in the blog tour, comment on Facebook or even email Alison that you want to enter competition to win A New Friend for Marmalade.

Jump the Slush Pile!

Win a free pass to a Children’s editor’s desk. Just comment on this blog post or any other blog during the A New Friend for Marmalade blog tour and add the initials CB. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win the draw.

Jump the Slush Pile!

Win a free pass to a Non-fiction commissioning editor’s desk. Just comment on this blog post or any other blog during the A New Friend for Marmalade blog tour and add the initials NF. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win the draw.

Win an assessment of Chapter One of a chapter book by the fabulous mentor extraordinaire Dee White. http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com/ Just comment on this blog post or any other blog during the A New Friend for Marmalade blog tour and add the initials DW. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win the draw.

Win a free picture book assessment by Alison! Just comment on this blog post or any other blog during the A New Friend for Marmalade blog tour and add the initials PB. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win the draw.

 


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25 Responses to “Doodles and Drafts – A Blog Tour with Alison Reynolds”

  1. alison reynolds Says:

    Thank you for the wonderful review, Dimity. So pleased you enjoyed A New Friend for Marmalade! Alison

  2. Dimity Powell Says:

    My absolute pleasure Alison. I am totally captivated by wee Marmalade and his young missies and can’t wait to see more from him!

  3. Jaquelyn Muller Says:

    A great review Dimity your description of the challenges addressed in the book for this age group is spot on! Warm characters with a gentle palate. I can’t wait to see it!
    NF

  4. Kaye Baillie Says:

    Really enjoyed your review, Dimity. Am so glad Alison and Heath have given us another gorgeous adventure with Marmalade and the girls. Looking forward to meeting Toby. Should have my hands on a copy soon. PB

  5. Dimity Powell Says:

    I really like Toby Kaye! He’s a trier and as it turns out, a thinker and worthy playmate for the girls. Enjoy it and thanks for reading. :-)

  6. Robert Vescio Says:

    Looking forward to reading this one. Best of luck with the book Alison. Thanks Dimity.

  7. Dimity Powell Says:

    Thanks for bouncing by Robert. I think you’d like this one. It’s a keeper. ;-)

  8. Melissa Wray Says:

    Great review. Really need to get my hands on this book. Love the look of the lay out and the promise of swirly writing!
    DW

  9. Chris Bell Says:

    A wonderful review, Dimity. Beautiful, evocative language and a real invitation to read this book.
    Best, Chris

  10. Dimity Powell Says:

    Thanks Melissa! Swirly text was a beautiful feature of A Year With Marmalade too. It really adds to the whimsy of the book for me but somehow does not distract one from the seriousness of the subject or theme. Highly recommended.

  11. Dimity Powell Says:

    Chris I certainly appreciate that coming from you. :-) But I must confess, that when I am truly swept away with a particular read, my main motivation is to then invite everyone to share what I have experienced. Thanks for visiting. Dimity

  12. Dimity Powell Says:

    :-)

  13. Ali Stegert Says:

    Hi Dimity,
    Great post on Alison’s book. I love the curly-swirly text too. It’s a gorgeous book, and I can’t wait to add it to my collection!
    Ali
    CB DW

  14. Melanie Hill Says:

    Dimity you have written a lovely review. It is amazing that picture books can generate such wonderful responses from children and adults. Melanie CB

  15. Alison reynolds Says:

    Melanie I’m thrilled with this review. I love how picture books appeal to all ages too. Alison.

  16. Alison reynolds Says:

    Thanks Ali. I adore the design of print. Such clever designers.
    Alison

  17. Alison reynolds Says:

    Thanks Jaquelyn. Hope you enjoy Marmie 2 alison

  18. Alison reynolds Says:

    Thanks Kaye. I loved writing Toby’s character. Alison.

  19. Alison reynolds Says:

    Thanks for the good wishes Robert. Appreciate them. Alison.

  20. Alison reynolds Says:

    I live the actual look of the book too Melissa. It’s wonderful to work with Heath Mckenzie. Alison.

  21. Alison reynolds Says:

    Thanks Chris. Nice to see you at Dimity’s. It’s a warm welcoming place. Alison x

  22. Dimity Powell Says:

    Aw shucks, thanks Alison R. I hang out at a few places (hope that doesn’t sound too ribald!) Love making everyone feel welcomed anywhere they are. ;-)

  23. Dimity Powell Says:

    Thank you too Melanie. I think that’s one of the best things that attracts me to picture books time and time again; their universal appeal for 0 – 100+ year olds!

  24. Dimity Powell Says:

    Hi Alison S! So nice to have you pop by too. I don’t think you’ll regret having this one on your book shelf. :-)

  25. Dimity Powell Says:

    Jacquelyn just saw your post. Thanks so much for reading. I think it’s because I see this first hand thanks to the various munchkins I’m surrounded by from day to day. :-D Marvelous and sometimes just a bit insane to behold!