Book Review: Claire Malone Changes the World by Nadia L. King; Illustrated by Alisa Knatko

Claire Malone Changes the World... About the Book: A new generation of children… They are not afraid of taking responsibilities any more, but they are rather keen on addressing problems. Claire is one of them. The moment she sees the broken swing and the cracked slide in the children’s park in her neighbourhood, she decides … Continue reading Book Review: Claire Malone Changes the World by Nadia L. King; Illustrated by Alisa Knatko

Book A Day: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Day 9: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban I do love the Harry Potter series, the books just as much as the movies, and of course, I read the books first! The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite out of all of the books, and funnily enough, the movie is my favourite as well. … Continue reading Book A Day: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Thoughts on a Bookish Film Duo: Paddington and Paddington 2

About the Films: Paddington: After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed "Paddington" for the london train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). Although Paddington's … Continue reading Thoughts on a Bookish Film Duo: Paddington and Paddington 2

Thoughts on a Bookish Film: Goodbye Christopher Robin

About the Film: After leaving London for the English countryside, writer A.A. Milne starts to spin fanciful yarns about his son's growing collection of stuffed animals. These stories form the basis for "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner," published respectively in 1926 and 1928. Milne and his family soon become swept up in the … Continue reading Thoughts on a Bookish Film: Goodbye Christopher Robin

New Release Book Review: Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women by Kate Forsyth

Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women... AUTHOR: Kate Forsyth ILLUSTRATOR: Lorena Carrington About: For many young women, the only fairy-tales they know are the ones that have been retold by Walt Disney studios. Once upon a time, these stories of magical transformation were meant for young women as they grew away … Continue reading New Release Book Review: Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women by Kate Forsyth

My Reading Life: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is a novel that repeatedly shows up as a favourite for so many readers and writers. In fact, in my own interview series, Behind the Pen, many interviewees have cited Little Women as a childhood favourite. Likewise, in the Australian Women Writers historical fiction Sunday Spotlight interviews, a standard question I ask is … Continue reading My Reading Life: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

My Reading Life: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Today I'm talking about how I fell down the rabbit hole of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, and why I stayed there.   I’ve always been rather partial to quirk. Quirky stories, quirky movies, quirky songs, quirky TV shows. If it’s a little bit weird or a little … Continue reading My Reading Life: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll