Thursday, 19 October 2017

Children's Book Review: Scarface Claw, Hold Tight by Lynley Dodd

I adore the Hairy Maclary range of books, and was delighted to receive the latest book in the series, Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! which is released this October.

Scarface Claw is having a snooze in the morning sun, but what he doesn't realise is that he is actually napping on the roof of the postman's van!
When the vehicle begins to move as the postman makes his deliveries, Scarface Claw is taken on a rather adventurous ride through the town, but can he manage to hold on tight?

This is another great book from Lynley. Her illustrations capture the theatrics of Scarface Claw, and other characters in the book, beautifully.
The rhyming verse makes for a great read-out-loud book. 
This is sure to be another hit amongst fans of the classic Hairy Maclary series.

Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! is released through Penguin Random House Australia, and has an RP of $19.99
For further information on this title, head here 

Does your young reader enjoy Lynley Dodd's books? Which one is their (or your) favourite? Feel free to share below! 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Children's Book Review & Giveaway: What Makes Me A Me? by Ben Faulks & David Tazzyman 

Everybody is different in their own unique way, and this thought-provoking children's book explores the things that make us who we are. 
As the little boy in the story discovers, whilst we have things in common with others, and even inherit traits from our families, no two people are the same. 
We each have our own identity, and What Makes Me A Me highlights this in a very clever and funny way. 
The sketch-like illustrations (by David Tazzyman - illustrator of You Can't Take An Elephant On A Bus), are bright and detailed, adding to the charm of the story.
The book is released this month and has an RRP of $14.99, and I am pleased to let you know that the lovely people at Bloomsbury  have given me a copy of What Makes Me A Me to give away to one lucky follower!

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Answer in the comments section below:

Who would you give this book to if you won, and why?

The most creative/original answer will win, so get entering, and please include your email with your answer so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner! 

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Children's Book Review: Dinosaur A To Z by Dustin Growick 

Does your young reader love Dinosaurs? If so, then this book is sure to delight!
Dinosaur A to Z offers a fantastic look at the fascinating world of these prehistoric creatures.
The hardback book begins with an explanation of what a dinosaur is, as well as dinosaur groups (Theropods, Sauropods, Ceratopsians and Ornithopods), and the special features relating to each group.
The dinosaurs are featured in alphabetical order, with interesting facts about each one, and they are even colour coded so the reader can see which period the dinosaur came from. 
There are feature pages about certain dinosaurs, and details about their diet, weight, and names.
There is also a large fold-out poster included for you to display. 
The pictures are very detailed, and vibrant too. There are over 100 different dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures featured throughout the book. 

Dinosaur A To Z is available through DK Books this October, and has an RRP of $35.
For further information about this title, head here

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Children's Book Reviews (and a giveaway!)
Spot Goes To The Fire Station by Eric Hill

This newly released board book is ideal for younger readers.
In Spot Goes To The Fire Station, Spot enjoys a day at the fire station with his grandpa.

He thinks that he is ready to be a great fire fighter, but his grandpa isn't so sure!

RRP $12.99, available through Penguin Random House Australia. 
To win a copy of Spot Goes To The Fire Station, head to my Facebook  or Instagram  to enter!

Peppa Pig - Peppa Visits The Outback 

                Peppa Pig: Peppa Visits the Outback

Peppa, along with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and brother George, head to Australia to visit Kylie Kangaroo. 
Mr Kangaroo flies them to the outback to enjoy a picnic together. It's a magical time for all!
This board book is perfect for younger readers, and fans of Peppa Pig.

RRP $9.99, available through Penguin Random House Australia. 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Recipe Book Review:  Bourke Street Bakery All Things Sweet by Paul Allam and David McGuinness

I was delighted to receive a copy of Bourke Street Bakery All Things Sweet to feature here on the blog, especially as I have a rather sweet tooth!
Authors Paul Allam and David McGuinness are chefs and bakers who co-own the very successful Bourke Street Bakery empire.
They have previously released another recipe book, Bourke St Bakery Cookbook, which is an International bestseller.

Now they are back with this stunning hardcover book, which features many delicious recipes and helpful hints. 
Some of the recipes include: lamingtons, brioche, croissants, nougat, tarts and biscuits, and many more.

The images in All Things Sweet are a visual feast, and guaranteed to make you drool!

I'm glad to share with you some of the recipes that can be found in All Things Sweet:

Chocolate Brioche doughnuts

'These came about after we had a build-up of chocolate ganache from our Chocolate ganache tarts on page 154 and we were looking for a home for
it — which we found, within these beautifully moist, deep-fried brioche balls.
We are lucky that these get into our shops at all, as they only get made on
a Friday to Sunday and the office staff devour them.'

Makes 20

1 quantity Sugar brioche dough 
cottonseed oil, for deep-frying
100 g (31/2 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
800 g (1 lb 12 oz) Chocolate ganache 

Shape the brioche dough into 40 g (11/2 oz) balls and leave
to prove for 3 hours at 26–28°C (79–82°F).
Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy-based saucepan to 170°C (340°F), or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden in 20 seconds.
Meanwhile, spread the sugar and cinnamon on a plate, mixing to combine.
Working in batches, fry the doughnuts for 5 minutes in total, flipping them over halfway through.
Remove the doughnuts using a slotted spoon and drain briefly on paper towel. Immediately roll in the cinnamon sugar and allow to cool.
Attach a thin nozzle to a piping (icing) bag, and use it to pierce a hole in each doughnut. Pipe about 30 g (1 oz) of chocolate ganache into each doughnut.
These doughnuts will last a day, if you don’t have children.

Sugar brioche

Makes two 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) loaves

375 g (13 oz) bakers’ flour
250 g (9 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
11/2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs
70 ml (21/4 floz) milk
125 g (41/2 oz) unsalted butter, diced and softened
mild-flavoured oil, for brushing

125 g (41/2 oz) bakers’ flour
95 ml (31/4 floz) milk
30 g (1 oz) compressed fresh yeast

Put the starter ingredients in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Wrap the bowl with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 3 hours. 
Transfer the yeast mixture to the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the flour, sugar, salt, eggs and milk. Mix on medium speed for 8–10 minutes, or until a smooth dough is formed.
Rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Add the butter to the dough and mix on low speed 
for 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes, or until the butter has been incorporated. 
Transfer the dough to a clean, greased bowl or container and cover the surface of the dough with plastic wrap. 
Refrigerate overnight; this step needs to be done to set the butter in the dough, and allow the yeast to ferment. 
The next day, remove the dough from the fridge and 
set aside for 30 minutes. 
Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a ball 
and set aside to rest for 10 minutes. 
Brush two 9 x 17 x 10 cm deep (31/2 x 61/2 x 4 inch) loaf (bar) tins with oil. Form each piece of dough into a loaf shape and place into the loaf tins. Set aside for 3–5 hours.
Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F). Bake the loaves for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
The loaves will keep in a tied-up plastic bag in your bread bin for 4 days.

Chocolate Ganache tarts

'Paul’s nephew, Elijah, when he was three years old, used to scoop and lick out every morsel of the chocolate tart filling, leaving the tart shell entirely empty and perfectly clean. His birthday cake for years was a mound of these tarts. 
These tarts are so popular we couldn’t help sharing this recipe from our first book. At Bourke Street Bakery we use Belgian chocolate in these tarts. It is worth spending a little more on the highest-quality chocolate you can lay your hands on — you’ll taste the difference… or the Elijah in your life will, at least.'

Makes 20 tarts, 8 cm (31/4 inches) in size

1 quantity Sweet shortcrust pastry (see page 134)

chocolate ganache filling 
850 g (1 lb 14 oz) good-quality milk chocolate, finely chopped
500 ml (17 floz/2 cups) thin (pouring) cream (35% fat)

Follow the instructions on pages 135-136 to roll out the pastry and use it to line twenty 8 cm (31/4 inch) round, fluted loose-based tart tins. Rest the pastry cases in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
Blind-bake the tart cases in a preheated 200°C (400°F) oven for 20–25 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
To make the filling, put the chocolate in a stainless 
steel bowl. Pour the cream into a saucepan and bring 
to the boil over high heat — this needs to happen quickly 
so the cream doesn’t evaporate and reduce in volume. 
Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir with a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon until well combined. Be careful not to create air bubbles, as these will give a pocked look 
to the top of the tarts. 
Pour the chocolate mixture into a jug, then pour it into 
the cooled blind-baked tart shells, filling them to the brim.
Allow the tarts to set at room temperature overnight 
in a plastic airtight container. 
These chocolate tarts are best not refrigerated and should be eaten within 24 hours. If you do need to keep them for longer, they can be refrigerated for up to 2 days, then brought back to room temperature to be eaten, but condensation will form on the top after refrigeration, 
which will affect their appearance. 

Custard tart

'This is a golden oldie. On road trips into the country when I was a kid we 
would always have Devonshire tea at some point, or custard tarts. 
The key to a really good old-fashioned custard tart is to make sure the custard is silky, firm and light, but still a little wobbly. After you lightly sprinkle some nutmeg on top, it’s ready to eat — taste the past and enjoy.'

Makes one 28 cm (111/4 inch) tart

melted butter, for greasing
1 quantity Sweet shortcrust pastry (see page 134)
900 ml (31 floz) thin (pouring) cream (35% fat)
150 ml (5 floz) milk
100 g (31/2 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
15 egg yolks
2 vanilla beans, seeds scraped
grated nutmeg, for sprinkling

Roll out the pastry to 4 mm (3/16 inch) thick and cut it into 
a 32 cm (121/2 inch) disc. 
Knead the excess dough back together and roll it out again to get a few smaller discs to keep in the freezer.
Place the pastry round on top of a 28 cm (111/4 inch), 3.5 cm (11/4 inch) deep tart tin, ensuring it is in the centre, and use your fingers to gently push the pastry into the 
tin, moving round the rim until all the pastry has been inserted — you should now have about 1 cm (1/2 inch) of dough hanging over the sides. Use your index finger and thumb to work your way around the edge, forcing the pastry into the tin so that little or no pastry is left protruding. Where the upright edge of the pastry meets the base, there should be a sharp angle where it has been firmly forced into the corner — this method of lining the tin is to counteract 
the pastry shrinking once baked.
Rest the pastry case in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Blind-bake the pastry case for 20–25 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Turn the oven down to 110°C (225°F), without the fan on.
Set the cooled blind-baked tart shell on a baking tray. 
Put the cream, milk, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla seeds 
in a bowl and whisk to combine, being careful not to aerate the mixture. Strain the mixture and pour into the tart shell. 
Bake for 11/2–2 hours, or until the filling is just set; halfway through baking, turn the tray around and dust the top of 
the tart with grated nutmeg. 
Cool for 1 hour before serving. The tart will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

I love the layout of the book; it is set out into ten chapters, and each chapter has a lot of hints and tips to guide you through, so even if you are not a very experienced baker, you will be able to create a lovely sweet treat following Paul and David's guide. 

Bourke Street Bakery All Things Sweet is available this October though Murdoch Books. For further information on this title, head here

Please note: Images and recipes from Bourke Street Bakery: All Things Sweet by Paul Allam and David McGuinness (Murdoch Books, RPR $55.00) Photography by Alan Benson.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Children's Picture Book Review:Colour Me by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Moira Court

Colour Me is a lovely picture book that celebrates the beauty of every colour, as well as the power they create when combined.
Using the hues of a rainbow as a metaphor for our individuality and uniqueness, Colour Me is a beautiful, bright book that will help to teach children about diversity and accepting others as they are.
The book is written by Indigenous author Ezekiel Kwaymullina. The colourful screen printed images by Moira Court depict the true beauties of nature - rolling waves, velvet nights, and blooming dawns to name a few.
It was released in August through Fremantle Press, and has an RRP of $24.99. It is aimed at readers 3-5 years old, although I am sure that older readers will enjoy this book too.
For further information, head here

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Book Review: Swimming On The Lawn by Yasmin Hamid (For Middle Readers) 

Swimming On The Lawn offers a lovely glimpse into what life would be like growing up in the 1960's in the town of Khartoun, in Sudan.
The main character is a young girl named Farida, who lives with her parents and siblings, Amir, Sami, and Selma.
During the summertime, Farida enjoys spending time with her family as they experience many different adventures together, including attending a Mawlid festival.
The author describes the culture, foods, and celebrations very well. 
The reader gets to discover that this is a very close-knit family who enjoy each other's company immensely. 
I really enjoyed this story, however, I felt that the ending was too abrupt. I would've liked to find out a bit more about what I'd consider to be a major part of the story that happens right before the end. 
I would recommend this story for readers aged 9+ years.

Swimming On The Lawn is available now through Fremantle Press, and has an RRP of $16.99 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Children's Book Review: Reena's Rainbow, written by Dee White, Illustrated by Tracie Grimwood

Young Reena is deaf and whilst she loves to play with her friends at the park, she often feels as though she is the odd one out. 
One day she notices a stray dog in the park, and it isn't long before he forms a very special bond with Reena. 
But Reena still feels different at times. Then Reena's mother explains that we are all like the colours in a rainbow, each one special and different in their own way, and when they are put together, they make one.
Gradually, Reena learns to accept her differences just as Dog and her friends do.

This book is recommended for children aged between 4-8 years old. It is a fantastic book with the important message of acceptance and diversity.
The book is available from and wherever good books are sold. The book has an RRP of $19.99
For further information on Reena's Rainbow, head here

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Recent Release Children's Picture Books from Penguin Random House Australia

Froggy Green by Anna Walker

Joe's favourite colour is froggy green, but what about his friends? What colours do they like most? Sky blue, sunshine yellow, or fireman red?
This adorable board book is aimed at children  up to 5 years old, and helps to develop an understanding of different colours and preferences in young readers. It is a lovely way to introduce teaching colours to your child. 
RRP $14.99 

A Bag And A Bird by Pamela Allen 

I have read many of Pamela Allen's books to my children over the years; she is one of our favourites.
Her latest book is A Bag And A Bird, which tells the story of a young boy named John who lives in Kirribilli, Sydney. 
One day, he organises a trip to the Botanic Gardens with his mum. As they make their journey to the gardens, they pass many of Sydney's famous landmarks and attractions, including Circular Quay, Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House. 
When they arrive at the Botanic Gardens, a plastic bag containing John's lunch drifts away, and a flock of birds scrabble over it, devouring the contents. The plastic bag continues to fly away and ends up caught on a bird's wings, creating a parachute effect, and landing the bird in water. The bag rapidly fills with water, and the gathering crowd anxiously look on as the bird struggles to break free. An elderly passer-by bravely takes on the task of rescuing the bird.
This is a fantastic picture book with an important message about littering, told in Pamela's original writing style.
RRP $24.99

What's Up Top? by Marc Martin 

What's Up Top is a book that will allow your child's imagination to run wild at the possibilities of just what could be up top of the ladder!
Is it a moon, or a yellow balloon? 
Or perhaps it's a hat, or a black-and-white cat?
This simple picture book explores creativity in young readers.
RRP $24.99

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Children's Picture Book Review: Finn And Puss by Robert Vescio & Melissa Mackie 

Finn is a young boy who is quite lonely. One day, he comes across a cat named Puss, who is lost.
Her takes her in and looks after her, and the two become very attached to each other.
Then, shortly after, Finn notices a sign put up by Puss's owner, and he needs to make a difficult decision..

Will Finn be able to part with Puss, or is their bond too strong to break? 

This is a book that is suitable for early readers as it doesn't have a lot of words, and the story is quite simple to follow.
It teaches children the importance of decision-making, and also shows that doing things that are right even if it doesn't seem like it at the time, can have it's own rewards. 

Finn And Puss is released this October through EK Books.
It has an RRP of $19.99
For further information on this title, head here

Friday, 15 September 2017

DK Find Out! Series

DK have a range of books that aim to provide children with amazing facts about topics that they would like to know more about.
Topics include: Science, Volcanoes, Sharks, Engineering, Coding, and Bugs.
The books have a lot of information which is explained in a simple format, and there are many  detailed illustrations and photographs included aswell.
I was given two of the latest books in the DK Find Out series - Human Body and Earth, which were both released recently.


What I really like about these books are how child- friendly they are. There is a quiz included to test your child's knowledge and to allow them to find out even more facts.
There is a detailed glossary which makes it easy for your child to find out the definition of a term they may not have heard of before, and there is a blank page towards the end of the book where your child can write down facts that may be of particular interest to them. 

The Earth book includes fantastic photographic images our beautiful planet, with up-to-date facts.
Areas covered include: Climate Change. Erosion, Weather, Oceans, and Earthquakes. 

The Human Body book explains emotions, organs, exercise, senses and digestion, to name a few.
There are interesting facts about the body included.

The books are aimed at readers 6-9 years old, and have an RRP of $14.99 each.
For further information about the DK Find Out! range, head here 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Book Review: Maybe by Morris Gletizman

Maybe by Morris Gleitzman was released this August, and follows on from the other books featuring the main character, Felix: Once, Then, Now, After, and Soon.
Morris likes to call these books a 'family' as opposed to a series, one reason being that the books can be read out of order, or as stand alone books.

Both my eldest daughter (aged 13), and I have read the other books in this 'family', and we really enjoyed them. 
The books centre around the effects of World War II, with a lot of harrowing moments told through the voice of young survivor, Felix.
This latest installment is equally as good. 

In Maybe, the year is 1946, and 14-year-old Felix is given the opportunity to be flown to Australia and start a new life far from Poland. His pregnant friend Anya joins him on his journey, but it is far from smooth sailing for either of them as they are faced with challenges of great proportions.

I read this within a couple of days as it is such an interesting story, and Felix is such an endearing character. He has been through so much for someone such a young age, but he is determined, intelligent, and kind. 
I recommend this set of books to both young readers and older readers.
Morris has captured the tragedy of the Holocaust and the effects it had, not only on those trying to survive, but their families and friends, both at the time, as well as in generations to come. 

Maybe is released through Penguin Random House Australia, and has an RRP of $19.99
For further information, head here

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Children's Picture Book Review:  Guff by Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey, best-selling author of Thelma The Unicorn, Pig The Pug and Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas (to name a few), is back with this equally awesome book titled Guff.

Guff is an adorable little friend made out of fabric that accompanies a girl everywhere she goes. She has had him since she was very young, and can't bear to part with him (even if Guff is a bit grubby and stinky!)

I adored the illustrations in this book, and Guff reminded me of my youngest daughter's own Guff - hers is a scruffy toy dog named Patch that she has had for years and still sleeps with every night! When she was younger, she would bring him along when we went out, and we may have even turned back on more than one occasion to get him if he was forgotten at home.

So, if your little one has a lovely fabric friend that they adore, just like my daughter does, then they are sure to be entertained by this story.

Guff was released in July through Penguin Random House Australia, and has an RRP of $16.99 

For further information, head here

Monday, 4 September 2017

Book Review: Finding Gobi - Dion Leonard 

I hope that everyone had a lovely weekend, and for those that celebrate Father's Day, I hope it was an enjoyable one, just as ours was. 

I recently read Finding Gobi, as it had been a while since I'd read a non-fiction book, and I'd heard good things about this one. 
Dion Leonard is an ultra marathon runner, originally from Australia, now living in the UK with his wife Lucja.
He competes in marathons in extreme places throughout the world, often in harsh conditions - for example, the Kalahari and Sahara deserts.
In 2016, whilst competing in a 155 mile trek across the Gobi desert, Dion notices a stray little dog, whom he decides to call 'Gobi'.
The dog takes an instant liking to him, and little Gobi runs alongside Dion for almost 80 miles over the Tian Shan mountains. 
By the end of the race, they have formed an unbreakable bond. Dion vows to bring Gobi home with him to the UK, but what follows is a very long and stressful journey for them both.

Finding Gobi is a very sweet, feel-good story and it was so lovely to read about the relationship Dion has with Gobi, and the lengths he would go to to ensure that Gobi was safe and cared for throughout their adventure. 
This book is suitable for both young and older readers, (it's about 240 pages in length) and I'm sure that animal lovers in particular will enjoy this incredibly heartwarming story. 
A movie adaptation is also in the works. 

Finding Gobi is available now, RRP $22.99
For further infomation, head here 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Children's Book Review: Dungzilla by James Foley 

Today is the release day for Dungzilla, starring Sally Tinker, who first made her appearance in James Foley's 'Brobot' (released last Spetember through Fremantle Press).
For those who haven't been introduced to Sally, she's the world's foremost inventor under the age of twelve.  
She's a very creative young girl, and has an adorable baby brother named Joe, and I am glad that he is also back for more fun in this latest release.

In Dungzilla, Sally designs The Resizenator - a machine that has the capability of enlarging any object.
But when she makes the mistake of enlarging a dung beetle instead of a pizza slice, Sally needs to find a way to fix the machine before the dung beetle's dung ball destroys everything in its way!

Just like in Brobot, James' cartoon-like illustrations again capture the character's expressions and antics perfectly. The book is aimed at readers 6-10 years old.
 Dungzilla will certainly give your child a good laugh!

For further information on Dungzilla, head here

Monday, 28 August 2017

Children's Book Review: Paddy O'Melon by Julia Cooper and Daryl Dickson

Paddy O'Melon is a wonderful children's book with an important message about conserving our natural heritage. 

Paddy O'Melon is an adorable little joey who becomes separated from his mother's care, and is found by the O'Melons, an Irish family who now reside in a tropical rainforest in northern Queensland. The family are wildlife rescuers and they take Paddy into their home, offering him food and shelter. 
But Paddy wants to discover who he really is and where he really comes from, so he sets out on a journey throughout the rainforest to see if he can find out.
He meets some very interesting animals along the way - a ringtail possum, tree-kangaroo, and green tree frogs to name a few!
But it is the cassowary that holds the answer and can take Paddy back to the safety of his home.

This is such a delightful book with a very powerful message, and the illustrations of the animals are detailed and beautiful. 
The author of this book, Julia Cooper, was a conservationist and educator, teaching people about the natural wonders of the world, and the importance of looking after our wildlife. Sadly, Julia passed away in 2011, and her partner Martin Cohen hopes that by publishing Paddy O'Melon, Julia's passion and spirit will live on. 

The book is released this August through EK Books. It is aimed at readers aged between 4-10 years old, and has an RRP of $14.99
For further information on the book, including where to purchase, head here

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Children's Book Review: Grandma Forgets by Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston 

Grandma Forgets is a truly heart-warming book that centres around a grandmother who has dementia, and her family that are there to support and love her.
Through the young daughter in the family, we observe the memories that the family have come to treasure - including  climbing trees in their grandmother's backyard as she baked them sweet apple pie, going for drives to the beach, and having picnics together. 
Unfortunately, their grandmother cannot recall any of those memories, and often doesn't even recognise them when they go to visit her in the nursing home.
But it is so touching to see that the family continue to support one another, and they continue to love their grandmother unconditionally. They create new memories to treasure, even if she can't remember them.

Dementia Awareness month is coming up in September, and this book may help to explain to children the feelings that are associated when someone that we love becomes diagnosed with a memory loss illness. This book is a story of hope, and demonstrates the importance of support and care in these situations. 

Grandma Forgets is released this month through EK Books, and has an RRP of $24.99
For further information, head here