Posts Tagged: children’s books

On encountering books in real life

I went to Melbourne last weekend, and in one of its many bookshops I discovered a reissued publication of a Diana Wynne Jones book I hadn’t read, so the last week I have been sucked into a Diana Wynne Jones

On encountering books in real life

I went to Melbourne last weekend, and in one of its many bookshops I discovered a reissued publication of a Diana Wynne Jones book I hadn’t read, so the last week I have been sucked into a Diana Wynne Jones

On friends that I wished I had

I so, so wish that I had read L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables for the first time when I was eleven, not when I was twenty-three. Not that I at all regret reading Anne of Green Gables this week; however, while

On friends that I wished I had

I so, so wish that I had read L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables for the first time when I was eleven, not when I was twenty-three. Not that I at all regret reading Anne of Green Gables this week; however, while

On being haunted

I don’t really read ghost stories. As a child, I didn’t like to be scared, and at sleepovers I would always be the girl begging the other girls to stop telling scary stories. I actually don’t know if I have

On being haunted

I don’t really read ghost stories. As a child, I didn’t like to be scared, and at sleepovers I would always be the girl begging the other girls to stop telling scary stories. I actually don’t know if I have

On hidden gems and treasure

I went to a bookshop yesterday for the first time in a month or so. I wasn’t going to buy anything (really) – I was there to pick up a book for someone else, and my to-read pile is about

On hidden gems and treasure

I went to a bookshop yesterday for the first time in a month or so. I wasn’t going to buy anything (really) – I was there to pick up a book for someone else, and my to-read pile is about

On the everlasting little bear

Some characters are so loved that they can last forever. One such character is Rupert Bear. Born on the pages of The Daily Express in 1920, he has graced the pages of the newspaper every issues since this time, taken

On the everlasting little bear

Some characters are so loved that they can last forever. One such character is Rupert Bear. Born on the pages of The Daily Express in 1920, he has graced the pages of the newspaper every issues since this time, taken

On friends real and imaginary

There are some books that hit you, that affect you, that stay with you after you close the pages. When I started Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park, I would have never though this would have been one of those books.

On friends real and imaginary

There are some books that hit you, that affect you, that stay with you after you close the pages. When I started Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park, I would have never though this would have been one of those books.

On 1001 actually being quite a small number

“I love reading another reader’s list of favourites. Even when I find I do not share their tastes or predilections, I am provoked to compare, contrast, and contradict. It is a most healthy exercise, and one altogether fruitful.”  – T.

On 1001 actually being quite a small number

“I love reading another reader’s list of favourites. Even when I find I do not share their tastes or predilections, I am provoked to compare, contrast, and contradict. It is a most healthy exercise, and one altogether fruitful.”  – T.

On being perfectly annoyed

‘Nancy Drew, an attractive girl of eighteen, was driving home along a country road in her new, dark-blue convertible. She had just delivered some legal papers for her father.  “It was sweet of Dad to give me this car for

On being perfectly annoyed

‘Nancy Drew, an attractive girl of eighteen, was driving home along a country road in her new, dark-blue convertible. She had just delivered some legal papers for her father.  “It was sweet of Dad to give me this car for

On why and how

Almost every country, every culture, every community have a set of creation stories. There must be thousands of stories about the beginning of the world, and how things came to be. Now, they are often pushed to the side, condemned

On why and how

Almost every country, every culture, every community have a set of creation stories. There must be thousands of stories about the beginning of the world, and how things came to be. Now, they are often pushed to the side, condemned

On perseverance

I’m not very good at giving up on things. I tend to see things through, even if I am not enjoying them or they are not beneficial to me, because I suppose I’m determined or perseverant or just plain stubborn.

On perseverance

I’m not very good at giving up on things. I tend to see things through, even if I am not enjoying them or they are not beneficial to me, because I suppose I’m determined or perseverant or just plain stubborn.