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1. books fly with us


Filed under: children's illustration, flying, journeys

5 Comments on books fly with us, last added: 9/23/2014
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2. Nuts to You

"Nuts to you" might have been what I was saying on Saturday when the class cold hit me so hard there was nothing I could do but lie in bed and create a mountain of soggy kleenex on the floor beside me. When I felt better enough to sit up for some soup and hot tea with honey and lemon (and more than a small splash of Old Charter), I picked up this recent library reserve and within 20 pages was laughing out loud and thanking my class for sharing the germs that stopped me from doing anything more than sitting up in bed reading:

Nuts to You 
by Lynne Rae Perkins
Greenwillow Books, 2014

This story was ostensibly told by a squirrel to the author. That may or may not be the factual truth, but since it's a rollicking good story, let's just go with that. Like another favorite Perkins title, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth (my gushing review here), there are interruptions by the (human) author, footnotes, and illustrations that clearly demonstrate that Perkins has done her fair share of squirrel-watching.

The story begins when the grey squirrel Jed is carried away by a hawk, manages to trick the hawk into dropping him, and lands fairly softly on a dog and then in a pile of leaves. (Journey #1) Luckily, his friend TsTs sees where he lands and sets off with another squirrel friend, Chai, to find him. (Journey #2) Along the way, they discover that the rumblings they've been hearing are a crew of humans who are clearing the trees from the "buzzpath" (power lines). And the crew is headed right to their home grove. After they find Jed, they have to get back and warn their friends and family. (Journey #3) Convincing squirrels to do anything as organized as run away from a danger they cannot yet see is as easy as herding cats (apparently). But Jed and friends manage. (Journey #4)

Fun stuff. Perfect middle grade (grades 3-5) novel. Will be a fabulous read aloud.

You're welcome.

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3. captain


Filed under: children's illustration, finding norway, journeys, poetry

2 Comments on captain, last added: 8/27/2014
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4. my favourite books

These are taken from an interview with the amazing Zoe Toft



Filed under: children's illustration, dances, flying, journeys, snow, songs

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5. Review – Vanilla Icecream

Vanilla Icecream 2You might as well know my weakness. It’s ice cream. Any flavour, most kinds, regardless of country of origin. I am extremely ice cream tolerant and I wonder if Bob Graham had similar thoughts when he penned his latest picture book masterpiece, Vanilla Icecream.

Vanilla Icecream is an eloquently articulated tale about a young curious sparrow whose world revolves around a dusty truck stop in the heart of India. He enjoys his existence and relishes his freedom with the blithe objectivity of all wild things until one day his pluck and appetite hook up with fate, which escorts him south across rough seas and through dark nights, eventually delivering him ‘into a bright new day’.

Unperturbed by his new environment in a different land, the truck stop sparrow chances upon a new eating hole and Edie Irvine, a toddler whose young life is inextricably changed forever because of him.

Bob Graham Graham’s dramatic narration of the little sparrow’s epic journey stuns you with its beautiful brevity and makes you want to follow the courageous new immigrant and know if Edie’s and his paths will ever cross again. This is a largely self-indulgent desire on my part as I get quite caught up in Graham’s snapshots of life, wanting them to never end. Nonetheless, end they must and this one’s delicious denouement is as immeasurably satisfying as a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

Vanilla Icecream EdieThere are numerous wordless pages in this picture book as Graham shapes much of the narration visually with his splendid, slightly sassy, culturally sensitive illustrations. Graham has the unique, unaffected knack of suffusing modern day nuances with old-fashioned appeal into his pictures that draw the eye of young and old alike deep into the story in spite of the apparent simplicity on shown on the page.

This story allowed me to sift through memories, mostly glorious of my own ‘firsts’ and it reminded me of my daughter’s wonderment when discovering her first time, life-changing tastes, notions, and realisations. What Vanilla Icecream evokes in you depends entirely on your own memories and attitude towards new people and new experiences, and your fondness for ice cream of course. However, you will be hard pressed to find a better way to introduce the complex ideals of human rights, fate, and immigration to young ones where a lightness of touch is more readily comprehended than harsh dry facts. As Amnesty International UK proclaims through its endorsement of Vanilla Icecream;

‘…we should all enjoy life, freedom, and safety. These are some of our human rights.’

Vanilla Icecream is quite simply a stunning picture book. Quiet and unassuming in its appearance. Complex and multi-layered enough to warrant spirited discussion with 3 to 103 year olds.

The perfect scoop.

Walker Books UK  2014

Bob Graham fans in our southern states should not miss the ACT Museum+Gallery Exhibition: A Bird in the Hand! Bob Graham: A Retrospective on now until 24th August 2014, in Canberra. A must see.bobgraham_banner

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6. room for everyone

room for everyone

Filed under: journeys, love

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7. Earnest and Endearing ~ or, always escape from pockets


Filed under: children's illustration, dances, flying, journeys, love, moon

2 Comments on Earnest and Endearing ~ or, always escape from pockets, last added: 3/2/2014
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8. violin coming from somewhere up there


Filed under: children's illustration, flying, journeys, songs

1 Comments on violin coming from somewhere up there, last added: 1/16/2014
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9. so many ways to travel


Filed under: autumn, flying, journeys, love, songs

1 Comments on so many ways to travel, last added: 10/14/2013
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10. Horatio and Promise

a beginning…



Filed under: journeys, love

3 Comments on Horatio and Promise, last added: 9/25/2013
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11. nice owl’s small story




to be continued…

Filed under: children's illustration, circus, dances, journeys, poetry

3 Comments on nice owl’s small story, last added: 5/30/2013
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12. write your heart in the sky






Filed under: journeys, love, snow, stars

4 Comments on write your heart in the sky, last added: 4/30/2013
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13. chapter four ~ tincan express (from the continuing adventures of bear (small) and white fox)


Filed under: children's illustration, journeys

2 Comments on chapter four ~ tincan express (from the continuing adventures of bear (small) and white fox), last added: 4/30/2013
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14. hatching plans




Filed under: children's illustration, journeys, map

2 Comments on hatching plans, last added: 4/14/2013
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15. Juniper

Filed under: flying, journeys, paris, songs, spring

11 Comments on Juniper, last added: 9/23/2011
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16. the captain was tall

Filed under: flying, journeys, one-tooth dog, sea

8 Comments on the captain was tall, last added: 10/1/2011
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17. Journeys

Over the past twelve months I've been doing a lot of travelling. I've been moving around a bit within my own continent, and making forays into a couple of others. I've travelled into a new decade too. Psst! Don't tell anyone but I'm now in my sixth.

Visiting other countries is fun, slightly scary when done on my own, and keeps me on my toes. I'm very lucky that I'm fit and able to do it, and have had the funds. But what if I was unable to physically travel?

Arguably, the most important journey of all is in our minds, and where better to broaden our knowledge than to use a library? Books, music, the internet; it's all there, in a warm and safe environment for everyone to freely use. When times are hard what could be better than to preserve such a resource? In common with many others, I have been vocal in my anger at the closure of libraries in my country. The argument isn't over yet, with a myriad of legal challenges being heard.

Even during WW2 the government saw the huge importance of such an institution, and in spite of all the difficulties, libraries stayed open. Publishers printed as much as they could for sale too, on bad paper, which was all they could get. You can occasionally find these books in secondhand shops, with the request printed inside to pass them on to others, particularly members of the armed forces. The war was characterised for many by bursts of highly stressful action followed by long tedious hours of inactivity, which can be just as stressful in a different way. It was recognised that it can be very healing to lose yourself in a good book. We may not be at war like in 1940, but the need for libraries is certainly still there, for adults, and for children. Stressed out through lack of work, or happy and innocent at the beginning of learning about the world. We need libraries.

There's another sort of travelling that I've been doing as well, and that is the great journey of self discovery. Fortunately, you don't have to buy a ticket, and you can do it in the comfort of your own home, but it can still be scary, especially when delving into the depths of your feelings with a close relative, as I recently did. Thanks to my sister being so open we both ended up feeling enlightened, with lots of useful discoveries made.


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18. I have a literary agent ~ yay!

I am so excited – Jo Williamson, from Antony Harwood Literary Agents, is now my agent! Yippeeee!!

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3 Comments on I have a literary agent ~ yay!, last added: 11/10/2011
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19. when sparrows sing summer ~ two poems

Filed under: flying, journeys, poetry, songs, summer

2 Comments on when sparrows sing summer ~ two poems, last added: 9/7/2012
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20. Sudden Hill

Filed under: bear island, children's illustration, flying, journeys, snow

3 Comments on Sudden Hill, last added: 9/8/2012
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21. Samphire Blue

Filed under: journeys, one-tooth dog, sea, songs

1 Comments on Samphire Blue, last added: 9/24/2012
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22. my other new blog ~ Bear (small), White Fox and Very Hairy Sheep

The illustrated adventures of three friends, which will be updated regularly. Go here to read and follow: bearandwhitefox

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23. hello

I haven’t been posting lately – I got unwell last year and have been in hospital a couple of times, but getting stronger day by day – yay!

One of my publishers just asked me to make a bio – she said I could draw it if it was easier…so here’s the result!

Wishing you all a beautiful 2013, full of good bits, sparkly bits, romantic bits, playful bits, fighting-for-those-who-need-someone-in-their-corner bits and tons and tons of giggly bits. Oh, and a huge hug and love too, linda xx

linda sarah - bio one

Filed under: children's illustration, finding norway, flying, journeys, one-tooth dog

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24. a little walk with a one-tooth dog


Filed under: finding norway, journeys, one-tooth dog, snow, winter

2 Comments on a little walk with a one-tooth dog, last added: 2/20/2013
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25. the very lovely and brave-plumed bird

lovely and brave

Filed under: children's illustration, flying, journeys, stars

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