I am busily engaged in Margaret River Open Studios as some of you will be aware, the TBR continues to grow so I thought I would do a quick shout out to the new releases that are sitting on the top of my TBR. I have started the new book from Sandie Docker “The Wattle Island Book Club” (Penguin Random House)- and am loving it.
” A Journalist Infiltrate the Police: Cop” by Valentin Gendrot (Scribe) looks intriguing,
“The Banksia House Breakout” (Ventura Press) from debut author James Roxburgh sounds like a fun and enlightening.
“Brainwaves” from Ziggy Alberts (Commonfolk Publishing) – poetry and prose that you can carry in your bag or pop in your pocket and read when you have a few minutes – inspirational prose.
brainwaves is a polite request an invitation into a vulnerable relationship between the writer and the reader it is an ode to word of mouth to paper pages to hard copies handed to strangers shared with lovers kept with family to taking chances on books without knowing the entirety of its contents first to do and practice just that of which we do so little of today with books and relationships alike. brainwaves was not made for the internet it was made for you
I hope you find something on my TBR that might interest you.
If you wonder why things have been a little quiet here I have been painting up a storm – thirty five pieces are ready for my exhibition in Margaret River that opens on the 21st of May 2021. If you are in the region please check it out.
Join CBCA Award-winning author/illustrator Jennifer Cossins (as praised on The Ellen Show) on an expedition through the animal kingdom in the most amazing animal counting book ever – count one to 100 and collect fascinating animal facts along the way.
Can you count one blue whale? Probably.
How about 16 lions? Or 44 penguins? Or 100 fairy flies?
Join CBCA Award-winner Jennifer Cossins on an expedition through the animal kingdom, counting one to 100 and collecting fascinating animal facts along the way. Discover the colour of a zebra’s skin under its stripes, how a tapir uses its nose as a snorkel when it swims, and that cranes are famous for their dancing!
Beautifully illustrated with full-colour pictures of animals great and small, from all over the world – from the familiar wombat and sea turtle to the unusual gerenuk and caracal – THE ULTIMATE ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK is an utter delight.
Jennifer Cossins’ animal kingdom books never fail to disappoint; educational, fun, beautifully illustrated with stunning details, this series of children’s books have encouraged and assisted my grandson to learn to count (he can now count to 100 thanks to this latest book), he also has a great knowledge of Australian and other animals, and most importantly the books have fostered a love of reading and being read to.
We look forward to the next delightful book in this series.
PS – love all the quirky facts that are scattered throughout this book.
Look closely – I dabbled with some fluro colours – loved them wet but not so much when they dried – they dulled. Today I revamped the painting ( that’s what I like about using acrylics – you can paint over if you are not happy with the outcome) – I added a top coat, splattered then used a method called sgraffito to reveal some of the original colours. I love it.
What do you see here? An underwater scene? Flowers? Something under the microscope – bacteria, amoeba? What does your imagination see?
It happened in an all staff meeting in February this year. We were discussing our end of year list when Henry, our publisher, mentioned that he was looking for light-hearted gift books to publish in November for Christmas, and finished by saying ‘So if anyone has any ideas…’
He may have meant that comment to be taken rhetorically, but I took it quite literally.
Dogs are the best. There are, and have been, so many great dogs in this world. I reeled off a list of my favourite dogs from throughout history and suggested that we publish a humorous illustrated gift book about the best dogs of all time and call it (Definitely) The Best Dogs of All Time. I was happy enough just to make the rest of the office laugh, but everyone seemed to be very on board with the idea. I took a couple of nights to write up a proposal and it was jointly commissioned by our Senior Commissioning editor Marika Webb-Pullman and our Art Director Miriam Rosenbloom the following week.
The whole thing was turned around very quickly; I researched and wrote it in about three months at night or on weekends. Miriam Rosenbloom, our art director, suggested approaching Molly Dyson to illustrate it, I already knew Molly and was a huge fan of her work so I was quite thrilled by that happy coincidence and even more so when she said yes. She did such an amazing job working to a very tight schedule and the finished book looks amazing. She has such a unique style, and is fast becoming a highly in-demand designer and illustrator in the music and arts scenes in both Australia and Germany, so I felt very lucky to have her involved.
Our production manager Mick Pilkington described it as ‘shot-gun publishing’ and this seems like an apt description. It was such a fun project to work on and I’m very proud of it.
This is a fun and interesting read, the perfect gift for all dog lovers- however as the English Staffordshire Terrier is not represented on these pages – I have rectified that omission with this image of Bob the Dog – our furbaby and best friend.
A book about determination, discovery and a duck . . . or maybe it’s about nothing at all! From the creator of DANNY BLUE’S REALLY EXCELLENT DREAM.
Digby can’t shake the feeling he’s being spied on, but by who? Curiosity and investigation will pay off – in the most unexpected way!
A wonderfully illustrated, off-beat story that will delight kids, parents and educators.
‘Max Landrak’s first children’s book is a delight . . . bound to bring forth giggles’ BOOKS+PUBLISHING on Max Landrak’s DANNY BLUE’S REALLY EXCELLENT DREAM
What toddler/child does not love a story that involves a pooh hunt? J
Max Landrak you do not realise what you have started…our toddler grandson is obsessed with the hunt and he is very good at it. We live in a semi rural area – lot of birds, ducks, kangaroos and dogs. Our grandson takes great delight in discovering the offending article and standing guard till it is removed. We have the cleanest garden in the west. J J