There’s a great review of The Boy who could Fly and Other Magical Plays for Children, in the most recent issue of Magpies Magazine. Here’s a short extract:
Dubosarsky uses straight-forward, sometimes humorous language for the dialogue and episodes. The scripts are ideal for children to read or perform and can be staged simply or more extravagantly…Amy Golbach has illustrated one simple picture at the beginning of each tale to help orient children into the ancient period and characters.
The review isn’t available online, but below is the full review, as a jpeg.
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.org, http://www.thestylefile.com
and on her website http://www.yvonnelow.com.
Today is the official release day for our new title, a brand new omnibus edition of Ian Irvine’s fabulous fantasy quartet for younger readers, The Sorcerer’s Tower. Internal illustrations by D.M Cornish, new cover illustration by David Allan. Available in all good bookshops, and distributed by Dennis Jones and Associates.
It’s our great pleasure to reveal today the gorgeous cover of the brand-new omnibus edition of Ian Irvine’s fabulous fantasy quartet for young readers, The Sorcerer’s Tower.
The cover illustration is by David Allan.
Internal illustrations are by D.M. Cornish.
The book will be launched on September 15 in Armidale.
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+.
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.
There’s a fabulous review of A Pocketful of Rhymes on the excellent Kids Book Review site.
Here’s an extract:
I’m thrilled to see this book. As a poetry lover, I long for children to have access to poems that are so imaginative and clever being brought back to life. They are designed to inform, educate and entertain, bringing smiles and laughs to the reader in the process.
The poems vary in length. Some are short and sweet 4 lines. The 3 – 4 word sentences are as brilliant as the lengthy poems.
The illustrations complement the poems beautifully. Kathy Creamer’s translation of the poems is to be complimented. Overall, this is a welcome publication that should be in all schools and libraries in general.
Check out other favourite titles available through Second Look, and those that are forthcoming.
You can read the whole review here.
Author Ian Irvine
We are very pleased to announce that our next Second Look title will be an omnibus volume of bestselling fantasy author Ian Irvine’s fabulous Sorcerer’s Tower quartet for young readers, to be published in September. The book will be launched at the Sorcery to Spaceships speculative fiction festival in Armidale, NSW on Friday September 15.
Cover reveal coming soon, but here’s a bit about the book:
Illustrator DM Cornish
Join orphan Tamly and his best friend Kym as they embark on a dangerous mission to save their home from the evil forces that threaten it at every turn! Packed with magic, adventure, and unexpected twists and turns, bestselling author Ian Irvine’s exciting fantasy quartet for younger readers, fabulously illustrated by D.M Cornish, is a treat for readers aged 8-12.
This new omnibus edition, published in the Second Look imprint of Christmas Press, contains all four books in the series: Book 1, Thorn Castle; Book 2, Giant’s Lair; Book 3, Black Crypt; Book 4, Wizardry Craig.
This edition with a new cover illustration by David Allan.
‘It has all the things that turn reluctant readers into avaricious readers – fast moving plot, big grabby monsters and really cool illustrations.’ (Reading Time)
We are absolutely delighted to reveal the gorgeous cover of our forthcoming title, a brand new edition of Max Fatchen’s A Pocketful of Rhymes. The fabulous cover illustration is by wonderful illustrator Kathy Creamer, who’s also created many lively internal illustrations, and the great design is by Beattie Alvarez, while award-winning author Janeen Brian has written an excellent introduction to the poems. The book will be officially released on May 8. Booksellers and libraries can order now, through our distributors Dennis Jones and Associates(trade and libraries) and INT Books(schools).