Engaging reads for children, from Books go Walkabout

Month: May 2011

No More Kisses for Bernard

berNiki Daly has won lots of awards for his brilliantly crafted books. This is latest release with Frances Lincoln (5th May) and follows Not so Fast Songolo, Once upon a Time and the very well loved Jamela’s Dress.

Bernard loves his aunts, but he hates being kissed by them. It’s time to take a stand. “No more kissing!” said Bernard, and he means it.

Look out for Spiderman and the medieval helmet, which is the best protection against the amorous embraces, until he opens the visor…

Eventually, led by Aunt Tallulah, his aunts find ways to send their kisses without leaving lipstick all over Bernard’s cheeks.

A great story, delightful illustrations and an ending that’s just right for Bernard.

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Down Under in Sydney

DSCF0342Travelling to Sydney means more than just a visit down under.

On our second visit this year to develop a literacy project for children and families we met with some great people; yr 4 children, school teams, parents, authors,publishers and many more.

The project, Books go Walkabout, brings authors and illustrators to children from both sides of the world! Ambitious, yes but really exciting. Some of that eternal Aussie optimism catching hold.

We are finding ways of working through the systems and enabling a dialogue to take place from one country to the other. It will share stories and bring new dimensions to children as authors from across the world can bring their perspective.

Our first venture is with a school in Sydney and an English author, Ifeoma Onyefulu. Ifeoma travels to a different part of Africa most years taking the most amazing photos and building stories.

This is followed by an Australian author, Lindy Batchelor sharing her work with a school near Cambridge.

Much work to do in pioneering a new fledging venture and our work in business structures is a key part in making it a success.








Sue Martin – SmithMartin Partnership – broadening horizons in communities

The Rabbit Girl

rgHow can a dusty old picture draw the past and the present together?

In The Rabbit Girl by Mary Arrigan the mystery unfolds. In one time period two evacuees are brought together on the far side of Lake Windermere. They are living with country people and finding life very different from life in the city of London during the war.

They find a friend turns out to be a very famous artist. She has time for them and they get together whenever they can. But time is not on their side and Tony has to return to London as his father is killed in a bombing raid.

Two generations later in a pet shop the story is brought back to life and the grumpy old man is not all he seems. Mallie is intrigued by an old picture of a rabbit and a girl which she gives to her Mum as a present. But it has something very special hidden within it that will reveal a very special secret.

maA great read from Mary Arrigan and published by Frances Lincoln in April this year. It follows on from Nesty’s Gold and let’s hope there are more stories to come from Mary.



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