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.

“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Great ZOO Hullabaloo Written by: Mark Carthew Illustrated by:  Anil Tortop Published by: New Frontier Publishing Pty ltd, Australia 2017 Ages:   3 – 6 years Theme: animals, music, mystery Opening Lines: When Jess and Jack opened the gates to … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Holly’s Day at the Pool Written and Illustrated by: Benson Shum Published by: Disney – Hyperion 2017 Ages:   3 – 8 years Theme: fear, swimming, Opening Lines: When Piggy Wig is stuck in a tree, Holly is the only one … Continue reading

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A MOUSE SO SMALL Written by: Angela McAllister Illustrated by: Caroline Pedler Published by: Little Tiger Press 2015 Ages:   3 – 6 years Theme: size, friendship, caring Opening Lines: A cold wind rustled through the wood. “Autumn is nearly over,” … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

At 12.51 pm on the 22nd February 2011 a magnitude 6.30 earthquake struck Christchurch.  Five months previously a magnitude 7.1 quake rocked the city and the Canterbury region.  The children of Christchurch and of Canterbury have suffered greatly as a … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

I thought it was about time I reviewed and shared another lovely kiwi picture book. This is true kiwi fun. A Hippo Lives in Havelock Written by: Brett Avison Illustrated by: Scott Tulloch Published by: David Bateman Ltd, New Zealand … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Charley’s First Night Written by: Amy Hest Illustrated by: Helen Oxenbury Published by: Walker Books Ltd 2012 Ages:   3 – 7 years Theme: pet, responsibility, home Opening Lines: It was snowing that night and Charley wanted me to carry him … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Little Piano Girl Written by: Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald Illustrated by: Giselle Potter Published by: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2010 Ages:   5 – 8 years Theme: music, jazz, acceptance, non-fiction, Opening Lines: The night she left Georgia, … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

THAT’S WHEN I KNEW A Big Sister’s Tale Written and Illustrated by: Claire Alexander Published by: PaRragon Books; 1st edition (December 13, 2013) Ages:   3 – 6 years Theme: Siblings, Connection, new baby Opening Lines: My name is Poppy, and … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

BEFORE I LEAVE Written and Illustrated by: Jessixa Bagley Published by: Neal Porter Book – Roaring Brook Press 2016 Ages:   5 – 7 years Theme: friendship, separation, endurance Opening Lines: I found out we’re moving. Mom said I needed to … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Green Umbrella Written by: Jackie Azua Kramer Illustrated by: Maral Sassouni Published by: North South Inc 2017 Ages:   4 – 8 years Theme: Imagination, Friendship, Sharing, Adventure Opening Lines: One rainy day an Elephant was taking a walk with … Continue reading

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