Don’t be sheepish: Booth’s new picture book is fun

Sheep on the loo, sheep making sandwiches, sheep reading books and filling up the house … writer/illustrator Christina Booth’s new book Too Many Sheep is tickling children with its absurdity and making them laugh. In this Q&A Booth talks about sheep, studying the anatomy of Tasmanian Devils so she could draw them right, receiving the Wilderness Society’s Environmental Award

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Parker’s bug story and jelly bean tree pics are treats for young readers

Two children’s picture books out this year showcase writer/illustrator Aura Parker’s keen creativity and offer readers some delightful treats. In this Q&A Parker talks about the playful process of pairing words and pictures, the joys of reading aloud with children, and her excitement that children will soon be able to explore her miniature bug world. Your

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‘Crime Scenes’ nails its target

Grab your gumshoes and telephoto lens. It’s time to pay ‘Krymphixshon’ a visit to examine the Crime Scenes. This one’s well worth your scrutiny. I’m not a die-hard crime reader who hoovers up a multiple-book series in a weekend like some people I know. My crime reading is both sporadic and serendipitous. So, when I

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Tempest urges: Build the house that matters

On selfies: ‘Here’s me outside the palace of me.’ It was a great moment. The performance poet, Kate Tempest, nailing the emptiness of our narcissistic obsession with the self and our physical appearance. Tempest mesmerised the audience at the opening of the Sydney Writers Festival on May 18. She ‘told’ us (aka performed) a few

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