Author Archives: Diane Tulloch

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.

THE DIAMOND & THE BOY: Thirteen Different Openings

I’m so proud to introduce the author of The Diamond and The Boy, Hannah Holt. A dear friend and critique buddy for the past seven years I have come to know Hannah never does things by halves. Many of you … Continue reading

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The Diamond and The Boy – by Hannah Holt – Book Review

  Written by:   Hannah Holt Illustrated by: Jay Fleck Published by:  Balzer + Bray (October 2, 2018 Ages:   4 – 8 years Theme: Pressure, Perseverance Synopsis:  Told in a unique dual-narrative format, The Diamond and the Boy follows the stories … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

Love Enough for Two Written and Illustrated by: Jane Chapman Published by:  Little Tiger Press (January 12, 2017) Ages:   3 – 6 years Theme: sharing, sibling rivalry Opening Lines: “Mo!” called Grandma one evening “I’ve got a lovely surprise down … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

I’ve been slipping a bit lately in keeping up with book reviews.  However I have been busy looking through picture books at my local library and sometimes it just takes awhile to find the right story, something that connects, makes … Continue reading

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Whether it was the irresistibly warm spring day or that it was the first day of school holidays, there appeared to be only a small turnout at the Auckland SCBWI meeting on Saturday.  For whatever reason those of us who were … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Perfect Picture Book Friday’s is back, Yay!   So let’s start with a dreamy bedtime story for those cooler nights… The Wishing Boat Written by: Amanda Tarlau Illustrated by: Chris Saunders Published by:  Gosford, NSW : Scholastic Australia 2017 Ages:   3 … Continue reading

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Rice From Heaven

I am so excited to be holding this beautiful picture book, “Rice from Heaven” written by the lovely Tina Cho and illustrated by Keum Jin Song. It finally arrived down-under, New Zealand. I can’t believe it’s here. It is very special … Continue reading

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SCBWI NZ Professional Day

Warm, fun, friendly, informative, and often hilarious were words that came to mind as I drove home across the Harbour Bridge with the glistening water below and sun streaming through the windscreen. The threat of dark clouds approaching couldn’t dampen … Continue reading

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Webinars and a SCBWI Conference coming up!

Hi folks, Sorry I’ve been absent from my post here.  Perfect Picture Book Friday is on a Northern Summer vacation and I had an operation that put me out of action for a few weeks.  Never fear all is good and … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Second Sky Written by: Patrick Guest Illustrated by: Jonathan Bentley Published by: Little Hare Books   2017 Ages:   3 – 6 years Theme: dreams, limitations, discovering oneself. Opening Lines: Gilbert peeked out from his egg and saw the sky for … Continue reading

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