Category Archives: Literature

“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Clown Child Author:  Amy Littlesugar Illustrator:  Kimberly Bulcken Root Published by: Philomet Books division of Penquin Young Readers Group NYC Ages: 6 and up Theme:  Home, family, love, gratitude Opening Lines:  in 1910, when cotton candy was called “fairy floss,” a clown … Continue reading

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Its Back, its Back , YAY, YAY….  she says jumping around her living room…. LOL  yes “Perfect Picture Book Friday” is back and we can enjoy once again, spending many hours blog hopping from Susanna’s blog enjoying reading from a wonderful … Continue reading

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As you have noticed I haven’t been posting here of late and with good reason.  I had been on a lovely holiday in Australia visiting family.  Although only a week long (too short), we had beautiful warm weather, fun at … Continue reading

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Tribute to an Iconic Writing Treasure

At or around 11am on Saturday the 11th August a Reading Aloud Tribute in honour of Margaret Mahy, a New Zealand writing treasure of children’s and young adult stories, who recently passed away, is being held across the country here … Continue reading

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Success for “Two Little Bugs”

Remember I posted an interview awhile back about a husband and wife self-publishing team; Dreamboat Books, and reviewed a couple of their books.  In case you have forgotten here is one post…. Here.   Mark Somerset and his illustrator wife Rowan … Continue reading

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“12x12in12 Party” Downunder!

Warm and reassuring, friendships abound, Platefuls of whit, served with talent is found. Here you can ask any question or prompt, to encourage an idea you have to bear fruit. Inspiration is here, there and everywhere, Just follow the directions … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

When researching about a book that I am about to review, I am often amazed at the story behind the story, the life some of these authors and illustrators have led.  Almost like a double life.  One thing always stands … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

“Middle School is worse than meatloaf” Author: Jennifer L Holm Pictures by: Elicia Castaldi Published by: Simon and Schuster   KIDS.Simonand A NAPPA Gold Award Winner Ages: 8 – 12 years Theme:   Humour, Life experiences, the ups and downs of school life, creativity. … Continue reading

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“Happiness in His Eyes”.

Right across America and indeed around the world on April 2, awareness of Autism is shining bright blue.  While in America and in most parts of the world they are lighting up homes, parks, monuments and buildings in a ray of … Continue reading

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“Quotes I came across..”

Clearing out some of my  dining table space where I write I came across some quotes I have “collected” over time and seem to have forgotten to put in my Quotes/Poems etc… page.  So I decided to post a few here … Continue reading

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