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Written by Penny Tangey Illustrated by Peter Baldwin Reviewed by Margarite Igras With a background in comedy, television and working in museums, Penny now writes fiction for young people. Granbad, her first picture book is a humorous story about a grandfather who actively

 Written & illustrated by Emma Yarlett Reviewed by Mia Macrossan UK based creator Emma Yarlett is someone to look out for as she writes and illustrates original brightly coloured appealing picture book for children aged 3+ that often have a gentle underlying

Written by Olivia Coates Illustrated by Anastasia Bukhnina Reviewed by Margarite Igras Former kindergarten teacher Olivia Coates' debut picture book is an insightful story about the link between colour and your feelings, especially the feeling of loneliness. Scarlet loved to paint with her grandma

Written by Kitty Black  Illustrated by Giuseppe Poli Reviewed by Sandy Driessens Western Australian author, Kitty Black, has written another early childhood picture book about her favourite topic, feelings. If I were a Lion speaks to a child’s need to be fierce, wild

By Trent Jamieson and Brent Wilson Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Trent is a Brisbane writer of adult speculative fiction and picture books. His first picture book was the hauntingly beautiful The Giant and the Sea.  Brent Wilson is a prolific artist whose

By Dannika Patterson & Davilyn Lynch  Reviewed by Lara Cain Gray Dannika Patterson has built a reputation for gentle storytelling from a child’s perspective. Previous popular titles like Jacaranda Magic and Scribbly Gum Secrets invite the reader to see the natural world through a child’s imagination

By Andrew Daddo and Jonathan Bentley Reviewed by Lara Cain Gray Everyone has a poo face, according to this new release from picture book stalwarts Andrew Daddo and Jonathan Bentley. ‘We’ve all got one because we all do one. Every day.’ The immediate appeal

By Trace Balla Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Trace creates graphic novels and children’s books about connecting with country and community. A self-described ‘story catcher’ she finds inspiration in nature and incorporates local plant and animal species into her detailed, cartoon-style drawings. She

By Jess McGeachin Reviewed by Sandy Driessens Most chickens make good business chickens. They’re neat, arrive on time and they take everything seriously … and then there’s Fran. She’s none of those things. She likes bright colours, is never on time and

By Shelley Knoll-Miller  Reviewed by Margarite Igras Shelley Knoll-Miller is an Australian illustrator who loves storytelling. She has written a series of picture books including Parcel for Turtle, Parcel for Gorilla and Parcel for Penguin. In her latest book, Parcel for Koala,

By Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Edward the Emu is celebrating its 35th anniversary. It has lost none of its charm or relevance and continues to be both hilarious and moving.  This successful team also created the sequel

By Felice Arena and Beatrice Cerocchi  Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Felice Arena is well known as an actor, speaker, TV presenter and playwright. He has written many award winning books including the Specky Magee series, the historical novels  Fearless Frederic, The Boy

By Gabriel Evans Reviewed by Margarite Igras Award-winning creator Gabriel Evans, who has also illustrated works for Sonya Hartnett and Jane Goodwin has written a heart-warming and insightful book about the meaning of friendship and what it means to be a good

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