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By Adrian Beck Illustrated by Simon Greiner Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Adrian Beck is the author of several popular humourous stories for children including the Derek Dool, the Champion Charlies and the Alien Zoo series. Simon Greiner has illustrated a number of children's

By Jackie Kerin Illustrated by Annie White Reviewed by Margarite Igras This picture book set in Victoria during the 1850’s gold rush, is based on a true story. The author, Jackie Kerin, captures our imagination with the personal story of four young men

By Lisa Shanahan Illustrated by Leila Rudge Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Lisa is the author of several award winning books including Bear and Chook by the Sea and Big Pet Day. Here in collaboration with the talented Leila Rudge she has created another

By Amelia McInerney Illustrated by Adam Nickel Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Amelia McInerney is a humorous picture book author. Her titles include The Book Chook illustrated by Connah Brecon, My Bird, Bertie, illustrated by Shane McG and  Bad Crab, illustrated by Philip Bunting. Adam Nickel's illustration style

A Nigh-Time Adventure by Inge Daniels Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Inge Daniels was born in The Netherlands and now lives in Melbourne. Gordo the Guardian is her debut picture book as author/illustrator. This engaging story is set in the Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Created by Karen Blair Reviewed by Zewlan Moor This is a perfect picture book by experienced creator, Karen Blair, illustrator of With Nan and Puddle Jumpers. The rhyming text is a delight to read, from the first moment of being drawn in:                         We’re

By Kitty Black Illustrated by Laura Wood Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Lucy Black is an Australian author who has written several picture books and her latest features a cute little black bat who exhibits all the self-centredness of a very young child without

By Kaye Baillie Illustrated by Tracie Grimwood Reviewed by Mia Macrossan This uplifting story illustrates how an anxious child's friendship with a rescue dog can help both of them. Phoebe is shy and nervous about her reading because she is not

Written by M. O. Yuksel Illustrated by Hatem Aly Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zahri This vibrant and welcoming book is a literary ‘walk-through’ of a  building that is central to Muslim communities everywhere. Along with architectural features, the reader is treated to glimpses

By Radhiah Chowdhury Illustrated by Lavanya Naidu Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zahri A katha is a light quilt made from layers of old cotton saris stitched together. These comforting quilts are ubiquitous in South Asian homes, and can now be shared in the

A tribute to Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes By Peter Bently Illustrated by Claire Powell   Reviewed by Dajo Finlayson ‘King Albert-Horatio-Otto the Third had SO many clothes it was simply absurd …’ When two unscrupulous so- called tailors promise to make

Inspired by Roald Dahl By Al Blyth and Stella Gurney  Illustrated by Quentin Blake Reviewed by Sandy Driessens Never Grow Up by Roald Dahl … but wait, no, this story was inspired by Dahl, then created by Al Blyth and Stella Gurney with

By Stephanie Owen Reeder Illustrated by Briony Stewart Reviewed by Margarite Igras Stephanie Owen Reeder  has spent many childhood hours on Bondi Beach and  has transformed her experiences into a true story about the dangers of the surf as well providing  an introduction

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