Cows say moo. But what sounds do other animals make? Children and adults alike have long been delighted by the amazing detail of Graeme Base’s artwork, along with his stories in books such as Sign of the Seahorse and Animalia. Now, though, the very young are being offered a series of fold-out flap books, the … Continue reading “Cows Say Moo, by Graeme Base”
The Jewel Fish of Karnakis a sumptuous hard cover picture puzzle book from bestselling author/illustrator Graeme Base. With Bases’s signature illustrative style – lots of detail, quirky characters and rich colours – and a mystery to solve, there is lots to keep readers interested.
Sailing ship, rise and shine, Hoist your ails and trim them fine, Taste once more the salty brine, For with this spell I make you mine! Wilbur loves to hear the tale of the legendary Golden Snail. Captured by a Grand Enchanter and banished to the ends of the earth, the snail now languishes on … Continue reading “The Legend of the Golden Snail, by Graeme Base”
Reviewed by Tash Hughes One of Graeme Base’s earlier and best known books, Animaliais a treat. Base himself didn’t think another alphabet book was needed in the world, so didn’t expect much of this book; how wrong he was! Animalia is an alphabet book, with most letters being allocated a single or double page. T … Continue reading “Animalia, by Graeme Base”
Reviewed by Magdalena Ball Graeme Base’s children’s books are special. They are the sort you read and re-read and save for your grandchildren. Artist and author Base’s vivid and highly detailed drawings are so sumptuous, so full of fun and whimsy, without compromising on realism that you can look at his work long after … Continue reading “The Waterhole by Graeme Base”
Recently I posted a big list of recent awards and shortlists. No sooner had I done this than there were several more announcements. It may be hard to keep up, but it is really exciting seeing books (and their creators) in the spotlight. So, hoping I don’t miss any, here’s a summary of recent announcements … Continue reading “Even More Awards News”
It is awards season in the Australian book industry, and I have been a bit remiss in not posting about the various short lists and awards announced in recent weeks. So, here’s a wrap-up. Firstly, the Notable books and shortlists for the annual CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Awards was announced. These books will … Continue reading “Awards, Awards and More Awards”
It’s the last day of 2012 which means the last day of the wonderful National Year of Reading. It also means that it’s the last day of my year-long challenge. Back on January1 I set myself a challenge: to see if it was possible to read 366 books in 366 Days – ie a book … Continue reading “366 Books: The Outcome”
Two months into the National Year of Reading, means two months down in my attempt to read 366 books this year. That means it must also be time for an update.
Can you name Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister? Which Australian sportsman is the only cricketer to have received a knighthood from the Queen? What important scientific discovery is Howard Florey famous for? If there’s a child in your life who doesn’t know the answers to these questions (oe even one who does), then Australia’s Greatest People … Continue reading “Australia's Greatest People & Their Achievements, by Linsay Knight”