Jacaranda Magic, a book review


Title: Jacaranda Magic
Author: Dannika Patterson
Illustrator: Megan Forward
Publisher: Ford St Publishing

Five friends are feeling bored on a hot sticky day.
Just when they think they’ll never find anything fun to play,
A simple gust of wind changes everything …

Things I love: reading, picture books, children engaging in imaginative play, and the magnificent blooms of Jacaranda trees.

Ford St Publishing’s author, Dannika Patterson, has captured my heart’s delight. Jacaranda Magic is magic by title, and magic by words, with Dannika’s wordsmithing weaving a tale of rhyme and rhythm that will have you diving into the pages of imagination, making you long for the days of fresh purple snow.

Illustrator, Megan Forward, has gifted the words with illustrations that bring the children’s imaginations to life, filling the pages with potions of purple, with action bouncing off each of the pages, except when the children are bored—and everyone knows what bored looks like.
9781925804003-3I highly recommend Jacaranda Magic. It is filled with rhyme that is blissfully satisfying to read aloud, with a rhythm and meter that allows the reader to fall into a dream state as the story weaves and uplifts, painting happy, sunshiny days of adventure under magical Jacaranda trees. This story is certain to delight girls and boys as it is read again and again, inspiring them to appreciate nature, live in the moment, and imagine their own adventures, as well as acting out the ones in the book. And when you thought you couldn’t love the book anymore, there is the theme of friendship – children enjoying life together, creating precious childhood memories to be cherished forever.

I know what I’m reading under the Jacaranda tree when it blooms every year, with a  wishy-wishy-wish. Do you?

Purchase a copy: buy Jacaranda Magic

Title: Jacaranda Magic
Written by: Dannika Patterson
Illustrated by: Megan Forward
Publisher: http://www.fordstreetpublishing.com/ford/
ISBN: 9781925804003
Target Audience: 5 – 9 year-olds
Pages: 32 pages

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)

Julieann is a published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – fiction novelist, she is working as a book designer, editor and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury Chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare off her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing.

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Glitch, book review


Title: Glitch
by: Michelle Worthington
illustrated by: Andrew Plant
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing

Glitch spends his life searching through mountains of mouldy mess at the dump. He wants to make the fastest billycart ever. This year, he will be competing in the Big Race! but will his twitch stop him from winning?

Poor Glitch. He has either got anxiety with low self-esteem, or has been affected by the toxic rubbish at the dump. He is a trembly, twittery, twitchy kind of bug. It doesn’t matter though, as Glitch is rather clever. Where we see rubbish to be buried in all its ugliness, Glitch sees potential and treasure to use in his grand billycart designs. And he is the best in the business!

Except … he has never finished a race.

This year, Glitch’s billycart is very fast. But on the test run, disaster strikes. The driver, his friend June, is hurt and can no longer be the driver. It’s now up to Glitch to take over driving his billycart.

He really doesn’t want to do it. He gives June all sorts of excuses. Underneath it all he’s scared. June listens carefully to Glitch and shares some wisdom with him, ‘Don’t let being scared stop you. It means you’re about to do something brave!’

‘Ready, set, go!’ The race is on…

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Illustrator, Andrew Plant has pictured the dump with all its smells, rubbish, gloom and doom with precision. So well in fact that he pulls you into the story like you are there at the dump with Glitch and June, feeling every emotion with the characters.

Glitch is a wonderful book written by Michelle Worthington, to inspire and encourage children to step out of their comfort zone and to be brave. It is also a book about recycling and imagining other uses for things we throw away. Most of all, Glitch is a story of friendship, even when the going gets tough. Everyone needs a friend who believes in them.

Purchase a copy: http://www.michelleworthington.com/bookstore.html

Title: Glitch
by: Michelle Worthington
illustrated by: Andrew Plant
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
ISBN: 9781925272710 (paperback)
Category: children’s
Pages: 32


Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)

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