Rain Shaker

Title: Rain Shaker

by: Elizabeth Mary Cummings

illustrated by: Cheri Hughes

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

When Erin finds a snow-shaker she embarks on a magical journey of possibility.

In a world of droughts and floods where water won’t behave, Erin’s imagination shakes things up and shows her she can help make a better world.

Author, Elizabeth Mary Cummings, has captured the summer temperature and dryness of Australia with visually descriptive words pulling you into the heat and land of thirstiness, encouraging you to join Erin on her crusade for water so her sunflowers can grow. As you turn the pages and read you discover some interesting facts about sunflowers that fill your mind with wonder before you are drawn into the decorating of a Christmas tree, the switch on of the exterior fairly lights of the house and finishing with an excited Erin doing the rain shaker dance until the heavens drop their drips of water on her. But is it enough to make her sunflowers grow?

Artist, Cheri Hughes, has cleverly used colour to complement the story creating a juxtaposition between the reality of Erin’s dry and dusty world and her dream world of techni colours, keeping you grounded in the real world, and then sweeping you up in the dreamy colours of imagination.

There’s an added bonus on the end pages – “Erin’s Sunflower Fun Facts” and a page titled “Grow Your Own Sunflower!”

Rain Shaker is a wonderful story that will keep you turning the pages hoping that rain will come for Erin’s sunflowers. I can see children everywhere wanting to grow their own sunflowers after reading this book. In fact, I think I will do just that!

Purchase a copy: https://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/books/rain-shaker/

Title: Rain Shaker

by: Elizabeth May Cummings

illustrated by: Cheri Hughes

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/

ISBN: 9781922387165

Subject: Global warming, nature

Pages: 32

This book was given to Julieann by Big Sky Publishing for review

Reviewed by Julieann Wallace

(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)



Julieann is a multi-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 secondary art teacher, editor, book designer, 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 her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing. 

Julieann is a member of the Queensland Writers Centre, Write Links and Share Your Story Australia

Magic Fish Dreaming, a book review



Title: Magic Fish Dreaming
by: June Perkins
illustrated by: Helene Magisson
Publisher: Gumbootspearlz Books

A full colour poetry book, inspired by the diverse people of Far North Queensland and their tropical environment. It’s full of some of the strangest birds and animals, as well as resilient rainforest, cane farms and tropical beaches.

Beyond the title page is the dedication page, and words stopped me in my tracks …

Dedicated to:

All my ancestors
who sing and
dance the stories

And the ones
who listen

When you read a dedication that gives you goose-bumps, you know you are in for a treat, and the fact that Magic Fish Dreaming won several Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, only reinforces the feeling that this stunning book of poetry is one that will capture your heart.

Magic Fish Dreaming is written by talented and compassionate author, Dr June Perkins. Her PhD was on the subject of writing empowerment.

When you open the book, you’ll discover that Magic Fish Dreaming is in two parts.

Part 1 – Hunting for Giggle Poems

Hunting for Giggle Poems is touching, spiritual, and enjoyable. The poetic words will reach out and wrap their words around you, creating a special bond to the earth, making you feel like you must be a protector of all that we have been given. You’ll also find yourself smiling and trailing after the children with their net as they go to capture poems full of giggles.

Part 2 – Magic Fish Dreaming

It’s flowing, soothing, and caressing, with people and spirituality. There’s chats between a father and son, a mother and children, a cassowary and children. There’s magic and wishes and the wonder of creation. There’s fun with the storm dancers, a bottle lost at sea, and a geckos dance, plus many more.

June Perkins has teamed up with talented artist, Helene Magisson, who imbues June’s poetic words with the gift of visual art. Besides enjoying the words of the poems, the reader will spend an age meandering in each of the illustrations, lost in the magical colours, the action, and the flowing peace that leaps off the pages. Helene’s art style is enchanting, making your heart sing.

If you are fishing for a beautifully written and inspiring book of poetry, Magic Fish Dreaming must be on your ‘to purchase list’. If you could ever fall in love with a poetry book, it would be this one.

I highly recommend Magic Fish Dreaming. It will make you feel like the world is a beautiful, wonderous place as the author weaves her gift of words on the page. When you finally close the book, you will be left with a feeling of peacefulness.

June Perkins is right. Writing is empowering: for the author, and the reader.

Purchase a copy: Magic Fish Dreaming

Title: Magic Fish Dreaming
by: June Perkins
illustrated by: Helene Magisson
ISBN: 9780980731187
Category: Poetry
Publisher: Gumbootspearlz Press
17 poems, 48 pages

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

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