Thursday, 28 February 2013

Gracie and Josh Written by Susanne Gervay and Illustrated by Serena Geddes

Gracie and Josh Written by Susanne Gervay and Illustrated by Serena Geddes


Publisher: Ford Street
Publication Date: March 1 2013

ISBN: PB 9781921665851 HC 9781921665-884

Pages: 32

 Format: Trade hardback and paperback

Price: AUD $16.95 PB $26.95 HC

Category: Children’s Fiction

Age Guide: 5+



Gracie is one of the beautiful Characters of this world, as she sings Incy-Wincy dressed in her make shift spider outfit with its stuffed sausage legs. She works busily finding spider stories for her brother Josh and gets angry at doctors who make Josh take off his beanie. She holds onto her mum as she asks when josh will come home.

Her brother Josh is funny and strong and there for his sister Gracie. Josh is a movie maker and Gracie is a star. Together they make a film that celebrates their relationship and the wonderfulness of every day for everyone of us.

Endorsed by Variety, the children’s charity, helping children to live life to the fullest.



Gracie and Josh is a heartfelt story. I truly loved reading this story and I can’t wait to share it with my children.

The illustrations  beautifully complement the story.

This is such a great story to not only entertain children but to help them understand how children deal with childhood illnesses.

Gracie and Josh really touched my heart and from reading it, I was showed what my Husband would have gone through years ago when his baby sister was diagnosed with cancer at about 9 months.
Hubby has also read Gracie and Josh and he felt it was well told.


Susanne has done an amazing job!!!




About the Author and Illustrator

Susanne Gervay

Much loved, award-winning author Susanne Gervay is recognised for her writing on anti school bullying and social justice endorsed by Room to Read, Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Cancer Council. Her best-selling books include her Jacks – I Am Jack, Super Jack & Always Jack; young adult novels Butterflies and That’s Why I Wrote This Song, and picture book Ships in the Field. Susanne was awarded the Lady cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children’s Literature and an Order of Australia OAM.


Serena Geddes
Serena is a Sydney based illustrator and started her career working in animation for Walt Disney Australia. In 2009 she secured her first contract and has illustrated 14 books ranging from picture books – Samuel’s kisses to junior fiction – Totally Twins. Serena’s imagination is endless and her ease with watercolour and pencil is evident in her creative characters. Serena has an eye for humour with an extra dash of quirkiness.


My Baby Love written by Meredith Costain and illustrated by Beatriz Martin Vidal

My Baby Love  written by Meredith Costain and illustrated by Beatriz Martin Vidal


Publication Date:  May 2008

ISBN: 0734410204

Pages: 32

 Format: Hardback

Price: $29.95

Category: Children’s Fiction

Age Guide: 5-9



Come to me, my baby love,

My morning child,

My bright-eyed dove...


A joyful celebration of mother-baby love,

From waking at dawn to playing, meal-times,

Bath-time and finally – sleeping at dusk.



My baby Love is beautifully written, the words flow with a passion.

For me it describes motherhood in a whole new way. With my baby on the way it makes me realise how much I really have to look forward to.

The illustrations done by Beatriz are so amazing. She is such a talented illustrator.


I recommend this book to anyone who is stuck for a gift for a first time mum or  the mum that is on her second, third or fourth child as it’s a great reminder of the joys of raising a child.


My baby Love is available at all good book stores. Signed copies are available from the author for $25 free postage. Contact Meredith through her website for your signed copy.





About the Author and Illustrator:

Meredith Costain

Meredith Costain is a versatile writer whose work ranges from picture books through to novels and narrative nonfiction. Her books include Bed Tails, No Noise at Our House and the Year in Girl Hellseries, about four best friends starting high school. Doodledum Dancing, illustrated by Pamela Allen, is a CBCA Honour Book.

Meredith lives in inner-city Melbourne with a menagerie of pets who frequently wrangle their way into her stories. Her latest books are novelisations of the ABC TV series Dance Academy, and Disaster Chef, which combines football and cooking. She is a popular workshop presenter in libraries and schools. Visit her at


Beatriz Martin Vidal

Beatriz Martin Vidal was born in Valladolid, Spain. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca and illustration at the Scholl of Art in her hometown. She has won several awards for her works. Beatriz Martin works as an illustrator for various local and foreign publishers. Her drawings and paintings depict a world that’s just slightly magical, where the butterflies on a child’s dress can come to life and birds act as guides. Her subjects are mainly children, which she draws in a way that avoids “cute” and truly reveals the beauty of children and the way they view the world. Beatriz can be found


Monday, 11 February 2013

Pirate Gold written by Michael Salmon

Pirate Gold written by Michael Salmon


Publisher: Ford Street
Publication Date:  February 1 2013

ISBN:  HC 9781921665684 PB 9781921665691

Pages: 32

 Format: Trade hardback and paperback

Price: AUD $19.95 HC $12.95 PB

Category: Children’s Fiction

Age Guide: 5-9



 Yo ho ho and a bottle full of fun!

Avast there, me hearties! Join the Piganeers, the most bumbling band of swashbuckling pirates ever to sail the seven seas.

Suffering seaweed! Captain Porker’s treasure is missing, and he’s not happy!



Michael Salmon has written yet another entertaining children’s book.

Pirate Gold is full of pirate pigs and their scurvy captain who have some exciting adventures.

The illustrations are full of colour and all the characters are easily recognisable. Children of Primary age will be wanting to read Pirate Gold many times over.

At the very end of the book is a colouring page which can be photocopied for the kids to have fun colouring in. I love how at the end of both Pirate Gold and The Down-under Twelve Days of Christmas have colouring pages.




About the Author:

 Michael Salmon has been involved in graphics, children’s literature, TV and theatre since 1967. His work has been solely for young people both here in Australia and overseas.

Michael’s many credits include his Alexander Bunyip show (ABC TV 1978-88), pantomimes, fabric and varied merchandise designs, toy and board game inventions and the writing and illustrating of over 160 books. In 2010 the ACT Government commissioned a bronze statue of Alexander Bunyip that stands outside the new Gungahlin Public Library celebrating the Bunyip’s role in helping children to read.

Michael spends most of his time these days visiting schools around Australia. His sessions are lots of fun, with lightning fast cartoons, caricatures, silly prizes and general encouragement for students to develop their own creativity.

His website can be found at:

Also by Michael Salmon:

Bobo, My Superdog

The Down-under Twelve Days of Christmas

The Monster That Ate Canberra