Tag: Picture Books

One a Day: Spine Poetry



I bet you guys could re-arrange these into something better.

What a neat selection of books. Congrats to Penny, Tara and Deborah and their respective illustrators for their new picture books. They are wonderful!





You’re Here! PPBF

It’s pretty much a given that if it’s Friday there’ll be a picture book or a poetry book around here. In the rare weeks where I don’t have either to share I shall peruse YouTube for something funny. I fear however that there are just too many awesome books about. Just look at how many there are now in Susanna Hill’s library. Yowsers!

I’ve just been told it’s my blogiversary today! Thanks so much to all my readers that I even have a blogiversary.


You’re here! Written by Karla Oceana and illustrated by my funky and super talented buddy, Julie RowanZoch! *clashescymbal*

Published by Bailiwick Press, October, 2014. Suitable for: babies and mums.

Themes/Topics: baby’s first year.



You’re here! Oh, you’re here! Oh, you’re finally here!

Synopsis: This delightful book talks about everything that will happen in baby’s first year along with the emotions you will feel too. Simply adorable!

Activities: Maybe an older sibling could draw a picture of himself/herself with the new baby. You never know what the baby will recognize. I’m looking forward to reading the other two books by Julie. Too cute!

By the way Jeanne Poland has written a fun poetry book with wacky photos in all about how to write a picture book. Check it out here.

The results are In for the Halloweensie contest run by the ever amazing Susanna! Congratulations to all the winners! Fabulous stories.

Happy Friday!




PPBF is back! Dog Loves Books

At last it is picture book season again. Susanna is back with Perfect Picture Book Friday. Alas I’m having trouble commenting on her blog but I for sure read them.

Here is a book which is perfect to instill a love of reading in kids.

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Dog Love’s Books written and illustrated by Louise Yates,

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

Suitable for: 3-7

Themes/Topics: Actively enjoying what you do rather then waiting for something to happen, patience, belief.



Dog loved books.

He loved the smell of them.

And he loved the feel of them.


Dog loves books so much he opens his own bookstore. He sits there impatiently waiting all by himself until he gets distracted by reading and then never feels alone. He knows what to do when customers roll in.


practice sketching characters


Activities: Pretend to open a bookstore using the books you have at home. Which books would you recommend? Which book would a customer catch you reading?


What a delightful book this is and the end papers are lovely too with all the dogs. Read more perfect picture books in Susanna Hill’s wonderful library of picture books.




Blog Hop: My writing process

Mr. Haiku Mike Schulenberg who loves Norway but doesn’t live there 😉 has kindly passed a blog hop onto me. Writers have to answer four questions about their writing process.

The rules are to post on a Monday and tag three people who then post the following Monday continuing the tagging. So…

1 What am I working on

I’ve just published The Everglades collection of poems and just done March Madness poetry competition, and I am in the middle of Video Idiot Boot camp with Katie Davies. I’m arranging a few local events like school visits and a book reading and I can’t wait to get drawing again.

I’m up to about half way with a zombie collection. I can’t decide to publish that next or try publishing my chicken pub Cheeky the Cheeky Chinese Chicken. I have to seriously practice drawing chickens and corridors and karate kids and Chinese buildings. Phew that will only take me ten years.

I am struggling to make a pub out of Eastersaurus but I’ve had a great idea with dinosaurs and holidays poetry collection.

I haven’t worked on my royal plumber story in ages. That would be a fun one to illustrate.

Oh and it’s National Zoo day on April 4th so I am going to celebrate with a Weirdo Zoo giveaway.

2 How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

It’s weird lol. Seriously I don’t think I have a style yet, like say Julie Rowan-Zoch’s unique art style. Maybe others could judge that better than me. I will say that in terms of poetry collections I like to think of subjects that haven’t been done too much, though I guess zoos are pretty common.

3 Why do I write what I do?

It started gradually as something I enjoyed and now I’m like an armchair in the lounge of kidlit. I couldn’t do anything else but be this armchair. (I probably could have thought of something a bit less lazy. They are useful though ;)) And because I’m far too childish now to have another adult job.

4 How does my writing process work?

Err… I fit social media in all over the place, sometimes in the middle of the night if Hannah wakes me up. After the school run and the dog walk I get on with my most urgent writing tasks. I run errands like library and grocery store right before I pick the kids up. Housework is tossed in there somewhere. I tend to like drawing on an evening.

And I am going to tag Teresa, Julie and Robyn.


How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?


How cute is that doggie in the window? What a fun idea of our writing buddy Iza to rewrite this classic song and add her wonderful illustrations to boot. My kids love dog books right now, that’s why I chose this one.

How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? retold and illustrated by Iza Trapani.

Suitable for: 2-5 yrs

Themes/Topics: yearning, sad, surprises.

How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggely tail.
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie’s for sale.

The little boy spends all his money helping others and has none left for his heart’s desire, the doggie. There is a lovely ending to this cute story.

Make your own dog with buttons, like this one on Pinterest.
These doggie balloons look easy to make.
These poodle cupcakes are so funny!

The illustrations are adorable! The expressions on some of the animals are hilarious. Great characterisation, Iza!

Check out more Perfect Picture Books in Susanna’s awesome library.

Have a great weekend!


An African Princess

I am excited to let you know lovely poet, Linda Baie is blogging about Weirdo Zoo today. Get thee there if you want to snap up a copy. And thanks so much to everyone who has already read it. Please review it on Amazon, it really helps more people to find it :0) Thank you!


Being multi-cultural book week I picked out An African Princess written by Lyra Edmonds and illustrated by Anne Wilson.

Themes/Topics: Family tree, pride, self-belief.

Suitable for: Pre-school – 1

My name is Lyra and I’m an African princess.

A long time ago, a princess was captured from Africa and taken to the Caribbean to live.
The princess had many children, who also had children, and soon there were too many princess to count.

Synopsis: (book cover)
Lyra’s mama tells her that she’s a princess from Africa. Sometimes, though, Lyra isn’t so sure. How many African princesses live in the city and have freckles?


Here are some great musical instruments to make fit for a princess. Prince and Princess crafts for kids.

I just love the beautiful illustrations in this book. A lot of it is in that fun scrapbooking style.

Read more multi-cultural books in Pragmatic Mom’s blog hop here.

And more perfect picture books on Susanna’s blog here.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!


Zoo on the Moon


Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday is back! I have a local author to share today. We were busy at a fair getting metal dragon flies to decorate by the pool (they are so nice!) and then it was time to go home. We’d been passed almost every stall and I cut a corner to get back to the car. Phil says, are you sure you want to do that it looked like books on that stall and the rest is history 😉

Zoo on the Moon written by Robin Martin-Duttmann and illustrated by Kalpart.

Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co. 2013, Fiction.

Suitable for: 3-8 yr olds

Themes/Topics: Space, imagination, fun, animals.

If there was a zoo on the moon
Would there still be a baboon
Or would he be a balloon
If there was a zoo on the moon?

Zoo animals dance, fly and play in space in this delightful poem about a lunar zoo.

Activities: Draw the animals you would put in space. Make a diorama with the animals in space. Make a Space craft.

I loved the delightful poem and the computerized graphics. I would love to dabble and have a go at that. I hope I get to meet Robin again soon.
Have you discovered a local author?


There Was an Odd Princess Who Swallowed a Pea


There Was an Odd Princess Who Swallowed a Pea written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Lee Calderon

Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 1st September 2011.

Suitable for: 3-8

Themes/Topics: Fairytales, songs, There was an Old lady who Swallowed a Fly, silly

There was an odd princess…

A wacky fairytale inspired by the song There was an Old lady who Swallowed a Fly.

Brainstorm what you would swallow if you were an odd princess/prince. make a body flipbook, make a pipe cleaner princess.

This is such a fun book. You’ll never believe what she eats until you read it. The illos are super, especially some fun things in the background.

I am sad to say this is the last Perfect Picture Book Friday until September. Check out more perfect picture books on Susanna Hill’s blog to keep you going all summer. Have a great weekend!


Metaphor Monday – Snow Games

It’s Metaphor Monday time with Joanna Marple’s Snow Geames 🙂

A big bird’s nest sleigh
An avalanche of fun
Cold hard fun
Sloping around

We need a sleigh,
what shall we use?
There’s nothing but snow
no items to choose.
Birdy won’t notice,
let’s pinch his fine nest
Isn’t this fun?
This sleigh is the best.

Best nest, better still
sleighing down this super hill.

If you would like to hear more about Snow games, please visit Joanna’s blog. She used the funky and new uTales to publish this lovely story. It is really fun!

Can you think of any metaphors? Or would you like to write a poem in the comments?


Fair Cow

The awesome Social Media guru Kristen Lamb keeps springing fabulous surprises on us. She has worked really hard to put together some fabulous resources for writers as part of her new WANATribe. We even have our own logo!

If you want to join please click on the badge and you’ll find a wonderful community of writers. Today on Twitter there is a #WANAParty so I’m posting this early so you can go straight from here to the dance floor, no need to get changed. We’re a casual bunch 😉

And now for Perfect Picture Book Friday, the brainchild of Susanna Leonard Hill. Please browse through all the picture books in the Perfect Picture Books tab on Susanna’s blog to see the entire library of books we have reviewed.

I have a simple, cute and fun one for you today:










Fair Cow written and illustrated by Leslie Helakoski

Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 31st August 2010, Fiction

Suitable for: 4-8

Themes/Topics: Animals, cows, being different, Not following the herd, solving problems in a unique manner.

Effie dreamed of being a state-fair cow. She loved living on the farm, grazing in the fields, and giving milk every day. But still…

Synopsis: Effie learns what it takes to be a state fair cow.

Resources: Idea Creation This is an amazing website choc full of activities for kids. Kids could brainstorm problem solving ideas and have fun replicating what they would do in Effie’s situation.

I adore Leslie’s chicken stories and I was thrilled to find this one. If you haven’t discovered this author yet, get thee to a library. Have a super week and don’t forget the Twitter party!