Sep 042012

Louis Beside Himself

Anna Fienberg

When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air… A larger-than-life story from Anna Fienberg, author of the classic Tashi series and Horrendo’s Curse.

Watch the author discussing her book

Aug 032011

Paul Jenning has added to his website. This time it’s a colouring picture. Sniff the Dragon. Check it out at his fabulous downloads page. =>

You can met Sniff in Paul Jennings’ book “Rascal the Dragon”

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Global
Published in: Australia
Published: April 2007

Ben wants a pet dragon, but his father says no because each one has a bad habit in this easy reader by Australian author Paul Jenning. Ben finds a stray dragon that he names Rascal and begs his father to let him keep him as a pet. When Rascal makes himself useful by lighting a fire ….

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Jan 022011

Baby Wombat’s Week

by Jackie French

He sleeps. He eats. He gets bored.

He creates havoc wherever he goes!

He?s Mothball?s baby – and he?s even cuter, naughtier and more determined than his mum.

Created by writer Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley, Baby Wombat?s Week is an irresistible new picture book by the award-winning duo of the international bestseller Diary of a Wombat.

The very long awaited follow up to Diary of a Wombat – the illustrations are as beautiful as ever and the simple story will be adored by young children. Best of all, Mothball herself features in the story. Adults with an appreciation of Australian wildlife and children’s literature will cherish these books as well. Weaver has the obstinate behaviour of wombats down pat but her affection for the animals is very obvious.

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Dec 182010

Hetty’s day out
by Pamela Allen

Hetty the cat wakes up, yawns, washes behind her ears, and pops through her cat flap into the bright sunlight. And what does she find in the big wide world? One plate of baked beans, two pork pies, three lamb chops – and that’s just the beginning! This charming counting book follows Hetty on her big day out.

Dec 172010

Merry Christmas, Splat
Written and Illustrated by Rob Scotton

The third hilarious story about Splat the Cat, the irresistible character from Rob Scotton, bestselling creator of Russell the Sheep Splat the cat can’t wait for Christmas and is SURE he’s been good enough for Santa to bring him all the presents on his Christmas list. But just in case Santa needs reminding of what an exceptionally good cat he is, Splat makes himself EXTRA helpful around the house. It’s tiring work being helpful, but when Splat goes to bed on Christmas Eve he’s kept awake by a worrying thought…Just how good do you need to be for Santa to visit? A charming Christmas story perfect for any eager child awaiting Santa’s arrival.

Dec 162010

The Jolly Christmas Postman (The Jolly Postman) (Hardback)
By Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Illustrated by Janet Ahlberg

It’s Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters – there’s a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called ‘Beware’ for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalized Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, and cards.

A Genre Study of Letters With The Jolly Postman

Questions to ask before, during, and after reading


Language arts/Reading – Historical fiction

Library Letter Writing Unit Plan

Dec 142010

The Night Before Christmas
by Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit

The full text of the familiar poem is illustrated in Engelbreit’s crisply decorated style. A large trim size (11″ x 11″) allows each highly embellished spread to hold a plethora of detail. Engelbreit’s visions of sugarplums translate to a busy-bright patchwork of checks, plaids, paisleys and chintzes in this oversize volume. From the opening stanza’s view of the non-stirring mouse’s hole (a cracked teacup is his bed, a potholder his doormat, and a paintbrush is his broom) and throughout the verses, the artist adds lots of elves and ornamentation. The cast of rambunctious elves accompany an exceptionally jolly St. Nick as he leaves assorted old-fashioned candies and toys inside a home decorated in a spectrum of Engelbreit’s trademark patterns and prints. Santa is not pictured as “dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot”; he’s wearing a checked coat with fur trim and what appear to be leather bowling shoes. He does twinkle a lot, though. Kids -and adult fans of the artist -will enjoy poring over the copious details.


Make a mini-book of the poem

Christmas Compare and Contrast- “The Mouse Before Christmas” vs. “The Night Before Christmas.”

Night Before Christmas“- “Students will learn about story writing, authors purpose, and the history of some of our Christmas traditions.”

Visions of Christmas

Thought Audio

This big, multidisciplinary lesson called “Night Before Christmas” is on Writing and Much More

Literacy Development Activities

Reading activity

“Twas the Night Before Christmas”: Retelling through thinking maps

Christmas Stockings

Lesson suggestions

Word sheets and Fill the blank

Similes and Metaphors

Dec 052010 Australian illustrator brings us his new children’s book “All Through The Night” which takes us on a magical journey of awe and wonder through the dreamland of a young boy and his favourite toy train on their way to the morning.


All Through the Night
by Dean Jones

Darkness is falling, and weary children everywhere are snuggling under their sheets. A small boy lays his head against his pillow and wakes to find himself rocking and rolling along through the night, onwards towards the morning. Soar with him beneath the stars in a magical journey on the midnight express.

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Nov 282010

How do you wokka wokkaHow Do You Wokka-Wokka?

by Elizabeth Bluemle

Say “HEY!” to your neighbors and get your dance on! Jazzy rhythms, silly rhymes, and welcoming images are guaranteed to entice little readers.

Some days you wake up and you just gotta wokka. Wokka what? Wokka-wokka!

Get more information here (and the book)

If you are buying, you can buy direct from me, or find more information and compare prices at Amazon (It will probably depend on how much you pay for postage)