Image from The Book Depository.

Image from The Book Depository.

Wonderstruck, a review in less than 25 words.

What can I say! 

I loved this book, and so did my kids. It would make a great gift for bookish kids between 6 (would need to be read to) and 15 (especially the artistically inclined)

600 pages.

About 200 pages of text narrating one story and around 400 black and white illustrations telling another. 

It was magic, inspiring and insightful. 

I will read everything Brian Selznick writes…. and give them to others as I have opportunity.

Next month…. Nancy Wake by Peter Fitzsimmons


Image from Book Depository.


Image from The Book Depository.

Catch 22, a review in less than 25 words.

This was a text I was meant to read at school.

I wasn’t interested then.

This time I listened, 

It reminded me of the tv series M.A.S.H .

I hated M.A.S.H.

Still do. 

There I have said it.

Not reading at school was a great decision.

Wish I had stuck to it!

Image from The Book Depository.

Image from The Book Depository.

Next month…. Wonderstruck written and illustrated by Brian  Selznick.




Book Week Costumes.

August 29, 2013


Onsies as costumes.

Onesies as costumes.

Yes I know I am very, very slack but this year it came down to onesies for the book parade. Judging by just how many I saw on parade day, I am not the only parent enjoying the simplicity.

10 year old , of course is Eeyore from the Winnie-the-Pooh series of books, and 7 year old is the ‘good’ pig from “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” by Eugene Trivizas. 

While at the parade a conversation was had about the difficulty getting a good photo during….and sometimes before ….. the book parade. I took some pretty bad ones. Did you?



...this one is fabulous!...

…this one is fabulous!…

If you took some equally awful pictures at the book parade, and you are happy to share them, please email them to me. … or comment below. I will share them if I get enough. I might even offer a prize!



Hey ! Hey!  Don’t yell at me. I didn’t come up with the book week parade, but I might be able to help yours be more joyful.

I have looked around and found a few interesting ideas.


Guinevere’s Gown by Laura Tolton.


  • Susan and Lucy…. Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
  • Ancient Greek and Roman characters …… from the horrible history books….or any history or historical fiction book.
  • A witch….. The Witches by Dahl.

Animal costume by Studiotoutpetit.


  • cats and dogs
  • mice….. 7 year old is thinking of going as Reepicheep from The Voyage of the Dawntreader by C. S. Lewis…. so I might adapt this one.
Another easy idea....from Pinterest ....and compfortable too.

Another easy idea….from Pinterest ….and comfortable too.


  • Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Little Red Riding Hood’s Fox

I have collated a bunch of ideas on my costumes pinterest board here if you need other inspiration.

source: The Book Depository.

source: The Book Depository.

Back to the book reviews.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was a picture of how depraved the human condition can be. I didn’t enjoy it, but had to finish it. It had that same ‘couldn’t stop reading but didn’t want to know what came next’ feeling. Intriguing but twisted.

Image from Book Depository.

Image from Book Depository.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Next time Catch22 by Joseph Heller.

image: The book depository.

image: The book depository.

Ah, this book….

Get it.

Read it.

Enjoy it.

Best book I’ve read in a long time.

A perfect cannot put down holiday novel.

Enough said.

Next time…. Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn.

source: The Book Depository.

source: The Book Depository.


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50 word review.

It was easier for me to read aloud than in my head… although I always skipped past the songs. 

The audio version was hard to concentrate on but the songs were fabulous.

I’m not sure I will ever read it again, but I am glad I had a go.


Source: The book Depository.

Have any of you read it? Is it your favourite book ever? Let me know what you think.

Next book review, Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper.


Phoenix Files Finale.

May 15, 2013

The Phoenix Files: Doomsday Book Launch!

By  on May 8, 2013

06 Doomsday (small)

‘The last book in the Phoenix Files series is FINALLY hitting the shelves, and here’s your chance to get your hands on a copy a week before anyone else in the world! I am incredibly excited to finally let you guys read this book, and I’d love to see you at the launch if you can make it!

Where: Shearer’s Bookshop, MarketPlace Leichhardt, 122-138 Flood Street, Leichhardt NSW

When: Wednesday May 22nd @ 6.00pm

RSVP: (02) 9572 7766′

* taken directly from Chris Morphew’s blog.

I have spoken about Chris’ books before on the blog. I can’t believe the last one in the series is finished and about to hit the shelves. If you haven’t read them, you should…and not just because he is my friend……



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In keeping with my promise to write 25-50 word reviews……here is the next book.

A visit from the goon squad by Jennifer Egan

The book was interesting in it’s use of different written methods to tell the story…. including graphs and powerpoint.

I read it on the ipad to get the full force of the changing mediums.

The story itself is somewhat distressing and depressing.

A good read but not a must read.

Image from The Book Depositry

Image from The Book Depository.

The next book on the list….. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Let me know your thoughts on The Goon squad if you have read it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.

Written like the adventures of an Irish lass, this romping tale has many surprising twists and turns.

Some of the content left me shaking my head….other aspects were so well written I could see myself and others in the fleshed out characters.

An entertaining read. 

Next book…. A visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.


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