Nice little write up for The Bear with the Sword in The Gleaner, a zine produced by leading Sydney independent bookseller, Gleebooks.
Wilkins Farago’s Andrew Wilkins was on ABC Radio National’s The Book Show today with author Gideon Haigh discussing the current state of Australian book reviewing.
It’s great to see ‘The Red Piano’ on the list of new books recommended for this year’s South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge. It’s also one of the new books on the New South Wales Premier’s Reading Challenge’s booklist for 2010.
ReadPlus’ reviewer finds The Red Piano ‘stunning’ and ‘wonderful’.
‘Kampung Boy will put a smile on the face of everyone who reads it,’ says The Age reviewer.
Catch a sneak peak at our new promotional video for our March 2010 title, ‘The Bear with the Sword’.
Our featured book for January is In Just One Second. The book is the winner of Best Children’s Book category of the prestigious the Daniel Gil Design Awards.
‘The Red Piano’ has been named as one of the New Zealand Listener’s Top 50 Children’s Book of 2009
‘Delightful … witty … endearing … excellent’ – Reading Time likes ‘Kampung Boy’
‘Overall, a book to evoke a strong emotion. Highly recommended.’ says Reading Time, the official journal of the Children’s Book Council of Australia
“This superb book is the inspiring story of a gifted young girl’s indomitable spirit and passion for the piano in a time of historic turmoil.”- Kidslife
‘The Red Piano’ will be featured Foxtel’s arts and culture-focused Ovation Channel this Sunday at 8.30pm.
‘To a generation growing up on “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, LAT’s “Kampung Boy” has a lot to offer.’ – Read Alert
Book lovers all over Australia are receiving copies of the Summer Reading Guide. This year, we’re delighted to see our title ‘The Red Piano’ is in it.
John McIntyre of the Children’s Bookshop in Wellington reviewed ‘The Red Piano’ on Radio New Zealand’s ‘Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan’ show today.
Another rave review for The Red Piano, this time from one of Victoria’s leading regional papers, the Bendigo Advertiser.
‘The Cultural Revolution may seem a grim subject for a children’s book, but André Leblanc’s The Red Piano … unfolds with the simplicity of a parable.’
If you liked Peanuts or enjoy Leunig, you won’t be able to resist Kampung Boy
With the mainstream media typically ignoring children’s books, to have a specialist children’s book review at all is a blessing (the CBCA’s Reading Time is another such). That Magpies uses reviewers who are knowledgeable, well-read, thoughtful and passionate makes it all the more so.
‘Visiting the WF site was not an easy thing to do … I almost didn’t make it back to comment after getting caught up in those lovely books. ‘
Australian publisher Wilkins Farago should be congratulated for bringing the much-loved Malaysian cartoonist Lat’s Kampung Boy to Australia.
‘First published in France, The Red Piano, with its striking illustrations and haunting story, is clearly a work of love. Aimed at young children, it is a lavishly produced picture book.’
The books have to stand on their own as works of children’s literature, of course. But if they can also stimulate enquiry in young minds, then we’re doubly happy.
‘The telling of Zhu Xiao-Mei’s story in picture book form is reminiscent of Mao’s Last Dancer children’s edition and tells the story of one person’s courage with the combination of sparse, well-chosen language and sensitive, unforgettable illustrations.’
‘I really love books with strong female characters and believe that it is so important that children are exposed to these sorts of stories about people, especially children, who follow their dreams and stand up for what they believe.’
Davide Cali and Serge Bloch’s The Enemy is singled out as a ‘thought-provoking’ book about war for classroom discussion by the National Library of New Zealand’s kids’ book website.