Wednesday, July 27, 2011

And guess what? Another Q&A! With, shall I tell you? It's...

Hello Poppies!
I've got another Q&A for you today! It's with Alison Lester, co-writer of One Small Island, which I review a little while ago! Thank you so much Alison, for answering my questions! And thank you again to Tina, for helping me out!

I hope you enjoy the Q&A!

*When did you decide to become a writer?
after i'd spent about 5 years illustrating other people's stories. i think i was 30.

*What are you currently reading?
enduring love by ian mcewan

*What, to you, is the essence of a grand book?
loving it so much i read all night

*Why do you write?
i love telling stories

*Did you always want to be an author?
nope, i wanted to be a drover first, then a vet.

*Do you have a favourite book?
i love a book called the uttermost part of the earth, by e lucas bridges. its set in tierra del feugo in the early 1900s.

*What inspires you?
life, fun, beauty, happiness, wonder

*Do you have a favourite- writing or illustrating?
when i'm writing i think how easy illustrating is and vice versa.

*What tips can you give to upcoming writers?
be yourself, expect to do 50 drafts of your story, listen to advice but don't always take it, persevere.

*Where is your favourite place to write?
i often write in my head when i'm running.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Guess who answered a few questions for me??? GUESS!

I haven't done a Q&A for such a long time, but this totally makes up for it, in every posible space of posibilitys! YAY!
Well, the wholly awesome and amazing Coral Tulloch, who co-wrote One Small Island, which I review a few days ago! Linky ness!

Thank you to Coral so much for answering my questions and also Tina for being awesome and helping me!


When did you decide to become a writer?
I didn't decide.  Always loved making up stories, but when I started a syndicated newspaper page for children, I had the freedom to research, write and draw anything I wanted to.  I learnt a great deal from this, but mainly from reading other writers and wanting to write as if I was just telling a tale.

What are you currently reading?
I always have a lot of books on the go.  I have a very old picture dictionary Volume 2, C to G, I See All that gives me hours of pleasure, along with Edward Duyker's Dictionary of Sea Quotations.  I'm also reading Anthony Eaton's Into White Silence, J.R.R. Tolkien's Letters From Father Christmas, an autobiography my mother wrote and Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion that my daughter just gave me.  Different books for different parts of the day.

What to you is the essence of a grand book?
A book that has a voice that speaks to me, either written or visual.

Why do you write?
I've always loved keeping journals and noting down the things that take my fancy.  To me, some things need to be written about, some things can only be explained in the drawn line.

Did you always want to be an author?
No.  Just always loved stories and storytellers.

Do you have a favourite book?
Many, many favourites but I always carry around Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities.

What inspires you?
Lots of things, there's so much in life and what we can learn from others that is constantly surprising and inspirational.

Do you have a favourite -writing or illustrating?
I suppose if you saw some of my journals you would see that it is usually 50/50 writing and drawing.  But I am primarily a drawer, not a painter...and I have a great love of expressive line, so I suppose I should answer this with making marks is my favourite method of storytelling.

What tips can you give to upcoming writers?
I think the answer is to trust your own voice....listen to others and watch the world.  Be open to new thoughts and experiences and express yourself honestly.   

Where is your favourite place to write?
Often if I am away from home, away from the everyday, I find the inspiration to write new ideas.  But at home, my studio is always there...and in front of the fire in the kitchen isn't bad either.

Loveness from me,

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

This is Shyness by Leanne Hall review...

What I thought:
This is Shyness has been described as being "Full of Comic Book Cool" and the author, Leanne Hall, has said that it's "The kind of night you can only have when you're a teen" and after finishing it, I had felt both those crazy, virtually undescribable feelings and along the way surprised myself be feeling them!
I'd heard so much about This is Shyness, and being the winner of the Text prize interested be a whole lot as well- then there's the amazingly wonderful cover- it's rippingly amazingly perfect for the book.
But is was strange, because I am not a fan of books with sware words in them, the book seems to loose a lot of it's potential when I read heaps in the first few pages, but even though there were a decent amount of swares and some themes which I wouldn't generally read, it made the book what it is and I wouldn't risk sacrificing any of them... any of it.
This is Shyness is a teriffic book from a teriffic author and by the end, I had: throughly enjoyed myself, adored the two main characters, wanted to go back, not wanted it to end and am in eager await for the next book from Leanne.
And another thing- it ended up as being one of my favourite books of 2011!

Thank you to Leanne and Text Publishing for supplying this copy for me!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit review...

What I thought:
I enitially read The Railway Children a few years ago, and I bought back one or two memories when I read it this time in a different copy.
I wasn't sure if I was quite ready to read it again, but I was.
I adore Bobbie, Mother, Father, Peter (though he can be tough), Phyllis, the old gentleman, the porter, the station master and I have a fondness that I can't describe of the 'hound in the red gersey'. He's cool.
I would adore to meet Bobbie, she's an inspiration, I love her so much.
If you haven't read The Railway Children yet, please do the honor of reading it, because it is a rightful classic and not to be overlooked, not upon any questionabilitys.

I adore it a lot.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One Small Island by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch review...

What I thought:
One Small Island, well, what can I say?
Conservation, saving a wild island, natural habitat, teaching a younger set of people with a favourite Australian author (who is amazing!) about what things we do do and a cover that is really, really, amazing.
It's shiney and wavey.
I like it.
A lot.
I do.
A lot.

Well, One Small Island is a shocker of an amazingly fantastic book, written in a way that is easy to read and understand, a way that makes the reader think and work things out for thmselves.
You can really read it in two ways- the short way, not going into the detail of Coral's pictures and not reading everything she's written in them and just reading the story by itself, or reading everything, cover to cover, in a sitting.
Like I did!
Though I'm very interested in reading just the story by itself at some point too.

So basically, if you have any inkling, children or want to know about a desperately sad Australian island that is slowly but surely being made happy again, get this book when it comes out in August- not a long time to wait.
And even if you don't want to read about those things.
It's co written by Alison Lester.
I mean, who doesn't love Alison Lester?

No one.
Get it, and let me know! *Smiling!*

One Small island is the best picture book I've read in a long time- a perfect book for me.

Thank you to Puffin for supplying this for me!

Monday, July 11, 2011

What Katy did by Susan Coolidge review...

What I thought:
What Katy Did is an amazing read, very truthful in ways and very adventurous- with lots of amazing hiding places that I would love to find and enjoy reading in!
Tricky friends, fun people, loving cousins (I have zlich!) and a lot of need to be brave.
I loved what Katy did almost every page- read it and I'm sure you'll agree!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Just to let you know...

I just wanted to let you know that this coming week I shall be doing a lot of book review posts- some of the books to look forward to me posting about are:

What Katy did-
Little Lord Fauntleroy-
One small Island-

And I shall think of a tonne more, so beware!

This Shall be official book review week! YAYSIES!

On the dreamy tree it's been Harry Potter obsessive time- make sure to have a look!

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Shadow Thief by Alexandra Adornetto review...

What I thought:

I enitially read The Shadow Thief (and the whole series) when it first came out, but was majorly struggling with finding a book to read and thus decided to read it again.
I wasn't disappointed at all.
The Shadow Thief is a very inspirational read from a young writer and is simply wholly unique and one of a kind!
It's a first novel not to be missed, even if you don't like the sound of it! A novel for many people of many ages.
I adored the names too.