Our fantastic forthcoming title and cover reveal!

We are delighted to announce our forthcoming title for 2019:

The Boy Who Could Fly And Other Magical Plays for Children, multi-award winning author Ursula Dubosarsky’s fabulous collection of short plays for children, based on Greek and Roman myth. With  illustrations by the talented Amy Golbach, it will be published in the Second Look imprint in July.

Doesn’t the cover look fantastic!

Here’s something about the book:

The Boy who Could Fly and Other Magical Plays for Children

By Ursula Dubosarsky

Cover and internal illustrations by Amy Golbach

ISBN: 9780994528094

Have you ever wished you could fly? Well a boy called Icarus and his father built themselves wings out of feathers and wax. Up they flew into the huge blue sky. But it wasn’t as easy as it looked!

Here are eleven easy-to-read, exciting and funny plays for children, based on stories from ancient Greek and Roman myths, where all sorts of very strange things can happen! A girl becomes a spider, a statue comes to life, a couple turn into a pair of lions and that’s just a few of the startling transformations. Inspired by the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses, these plays by multi award- winning author Ursula Dubosarsky, with lively illustrations by new illustrator Amy Golbach, are great fun for group performance, reading aloud, or just curling up by yourself with your eyes wide open, ready to be amazed!

 

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Great review for The Fastest Ship on BuzzWords

There’s a great new review for Pamela Freeman’s The Fastest Ship in Space at Buzz Words.

Here’s a short extract:

The Fastest Ship in Space is a fun and adventure-filled story, with space pirates, smugglers and spaceships.
Boys and girls alike will enjoy this story, which is fast-paced and action-packed. The images throughout the book add to the story, helping to break up chapters and getting readers involved in the story.
You can read the whole review here.

Cover reveal for The Fastest Ship in Space!

We are delighted to reveal the fabulous cover of our forthcoming Second Look title, a new edition of The Fastest Ship in Space, Pamela Freeman’s fun space adventure novel for younger readers, with brand-new lively cover and internal illustrations by Yvonne Low. Cover and internal design by Beattie Alvarez and Authors’ Elves.

This great new edition of The Fastest Ship in Space will be launched at The Children’s Bookshop in Sydney on June 30 at 4pm, in a double event which will also see the launch of our forthcoming Eagle Books title, Stephen Hart’s beautiful debut novel, The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock. 

Hope to see you there!

Announcing our next Second Look title, coming May 2018

We are very pleased to announce that our next Second Look title will be a brand new edition of Pamela Freeman’s fun space adventure novel for children 7-10, The Fastest Ship in Space. 

The new edition, out in May 2018, features lively new cover and internal illustrations by Yvonne Low. Cover reveal coming later!

About the book:

For Katie, exploring the far reaches of the Solar System in her family spaceship is just ordinary life – but living on Earth, now THAT would be exciting! There seems no way she and her brother, Sam, will ever see Earth, until they accidentally end up on the fastest Ship in space, on its way to the Moon. But will they ever get there? Space Station security, smugglers, space pirates – not to mention their parents – all see ready to stop them. Katie and Sam aren’t going to be pushed around. Neither is their gran…

 

Originally published under the title of Ship-Born by Koala Books in 2002.

About the author:

Pamela Freeman is an award-winning author of more than 30 books for both adults and children. Her children’s books include the much-loved Victor’s Quest and its sequel Victor’s Challenge (Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fantasy) and the Princess Betony series which is set in the same universe, as well as science fiction, family drama and non-fiction picture books. Her most recent children’s book, Desert Lake, won the ASO Librarian’s Choice Award, was highly commended in the Educational Publishing Awards, and was shortlisted for four other awards. Pamela also writes historical fiction for adults as Pamela Hart.

About the illustrator:

Yvonne Low is an illustrator, writer, and award-winning artist. Her book illustrations have featured in Sophie Masson’s Jack of Spades(Eagle Books), and in the anthology A Christmas Menagerie(Christmas Press), edited by Beattie Alvarez. Her work has also featured in The School Magazine, she has illustrated for ABC Commercial and her work can be seen at http://www.scbwi.orghttp://www.thestylefile.com
and on her website http://www.yvonnelow.com.
Website: http://www.yvonnelow.com
Twitter: @YLcreate

 

 

A short but sweet review of Pocketful in Reading Time…

Reading Time reviewer Mem Capp highly recommends the book. Here’s the review:

Max Fatchen grew up on the land, a fact reflected in his poems full of humour, fun and keen observation. Using a range of poetic styles, from couplet, to limerick, to prose poetry, he revels in family fun and folly, dances in the woodshed, and the joy of a flooding creek after times of drought; especially when it means being late for school.

A journalist and writer of more than 20 books, Fatchen wrote novels, picture books and poetry. This new edition of his much loved favourites has an introduction by Janeen Brian and playful  black and white illustrations by Kathy Creamer.

An important addition to any home or school library.  Highly recommended for ages 5+.

And another great review for Pocketful in Buzz Words

Well-known children’s poet and novelist Di Bates has published a fabulous review of A Pocketful of Rhymes in Buzz Words. Here’s an extract:

What a wonderful idea it was of Australian publisher Christmas Press to introduce a second imprint to re-introduce children’s books which were popular in their day and/or which have gone on to become classics. Hence this collection of poems, his 13th book, written by Max Fatchen, first published in 1989 by Omnibus, is now given new life with an introduction by award-winning author/poet Janeen Brian, and illustrations by Kathy Creamer.

You can read the whole review here.