Melbourne independent book publisher Wilkins Farago is one of three publishers nominated in the Oceania region for the highly prestigious 2015 Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year.
Reviewer Joy Lawn has elected Oyvind Torseter’s The Hole as one of her four children’s books of the year in the December issue of Australian Book Review.
Kampung Boy, Lat’s wonderful cartoon memoir about growing up in a Malaysian village, is featured in the latest edition of the New South Wales Department of Education English ebulletin for grades 7 to 12.
The interest in the United States has been particularly strong, driven by positive reviews such as this one in the influential School Library Journal.
‘This is one of the most powerful picture books I’ve read for some time.’ The superlatives keep flowing for Karin Gruss and Tobias Kreijschi’s new picture book for older readers, ‘One Red Shoe’.
‘Told from an adult’s point of view, One Red Shoe is a sophisticated and powerful story for older readers … ‘
The July edition of Magpies magazine features reviews of two of our new books: Oyvind Torseter’s The Hole and Karis Gruss and Tobias Krejschi’s One Red Shoe (more of the latter review in a later post). Poignantly, the review of The Hole was written by Jo Goodman, who died earlier this month.
A sensitive review of Janet Frame’s posthumous collection of short stories, Between My Father and the King by Sophia Barnes in the June/July issue of Australian Book Review.
“Slices of quiche, slices of life,” we read, as the quiche fad spreads from the building across the whole city. “It’s such a pleasant and refreshing thing to do,” this sharing of food, that “people find themselves asking: ‘Why don’t we do this every day?’ ” – Wall Street Journal, Book Review: Droughts and Squalls
A remote island and a weekend getaway, with murder on the menu…
The reviewer says, “The colors are obvious and effective, and the ridiculous twist at the end is paced beautifully. Tweens and teens who have outgrown Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew will be tickled by this send-up of the genre.”
We were thrilled to see one of our illustrators, Serge Bloch celebrated in ‘Little Big Books: illustrations for children’s picture books’, showcasing the Wilkins Farago cover design of ‘The Enemy’.
The Rotary Club have teamed up with Social Inclusion Week to support Empty Fridge reaching schools all over Australia.
Great little review of our latest picture book, Gaetan Doremus’ Empty Fridge, on the Babyology website.
Davide Cali is all over the August edition of the Children’s Book Council’s official journal, Reading Time.
New book alert! Our latest kids picture book, Empty Fridge by Gaetan Doremus, is released today and we’re delighted to announce it has been selected by Readings Books Music Film as their Kids Book of the Month for August.
The instant acclaim for Davide Cali and Vincent Pianina’s hilarious graphic novel, 10 Little Insects (published this month) continues to grow, with Melbourne’s Herald-Sun giving the book the maximum: 10 out of 10!
‘This hilarious take on an entymological murder mystery is a joy to read’ – Kids Book Review’s passionately positive review of Davide Cali and Vincent Pianina’s 10 Little Insects
‘Davide Cali’s stories are beautifully written, innovative, simply structured, deep and touching tales’: an enthusiastic review of What is this thing called love? from Digital Orthodoxy
‘Ten Little Insects is a very funny book’ – Nicki Greenberg launches Davide Cali and Vincent Pianina’s graphic novel.
Alphabet Soup Editor Rebecca Newman reviews Davide Cali and Gianluca Foli’s fable, The Bear with the Sword on her Boobook Blog. Blog tour day 14.
Today, independent Melbourne bookseller Brunswick Bound highlights Davide Cali and Anna-Laura Cantone’s ‘What is this thing called love?’ on their news blog. Davide Cali blog tour day 11.
Exciting news of a new reading project for kids, Reading for Social Peace, which Davide Cali will be launching on 24 May. Also, popular children’s author and blogger Dee White examines Cali’s approach to creating picture books. Blog tour day 8.
“Genius.” My Book Corner’s verdict on Davide Cali and Vincent Pianina’s forthcoming ’10 Little Insects’. Cali blog tour, day 3.
The Davide Cali blog tour is up and running, and we have some fantastic posts and giveaways from the lovely book bloggers participating.
‘The Red Piano’ going down well with schools and libraries
Red Piano ‘a solemn and beautiful presentation’: Lift Bridge Books
‘It’s hard not to be moved by this biography of Zhu Xiao-Mei, the young pianist who plays for the love of music in a hostile situation.’
‘I feel strongly that this is a particularly special book for a father to share with his son because it is strong, yet sentimental.’ – My Little Bookcase reviews ‘Sam and his Dad’
‘The blurb on the back of this book sums up the story as a celebration not only of dad but of all the little pleasures of family life. I couldn’t agree more!’. ‘Sam and his dad’ reviewed in the September issue of Magpies Magazine.