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The Great Easter Egg Scramble

By: Timothy Knapman

Illustrated By: David Walker

It’s Easter Bunny’s birthday and he is throwing a party. Just when he thinks he has got everything organised he finds a basket of eggs he hasn’t delivered. He must get the eggs to their rightful owners quickly because the eggs are about to hatch. He even has a rhyme that helps him remember which eggs to deliver where. This is only good as long as he remembers it in the right order, so what happens when he rushes and gets it all mixed up.

The simple text makes for a fun story of mix-ups that younger children are likely to enjoy. The simple illustrations are easily recognisable with plenty of colour to draw the eye. A story for easter with a little twist.

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Published: 06 April 2012

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Animal Stories, Easter

ISBN 13: 9780330538008

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CBCA Short List 2012 – Part 2

Here is the second part of the recently announced CBCA short lists.


Bland, Nick

Ill: Freya Blackwood The Runaway Hug, Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

Hartnett, Sonya

Ill: Lucia Masciullo Come Down Cat!, Puffin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)

Honey, Elizabeth That’s Not a Daffodil!, Allen & Unwin

Jorgensen, Norman

Ill: James Foley The Last Viking, Fremantle Press

McKinley, Meg

Ill: Leila Rudge No Bears, Walker Books Australia

Quay, Emma, Rudie Nudie, ABC Books, HarperCollins



Blackwood, Freya

Text. Libby Gleeson Look, a Book! Little Hare Books, Hardie Grant Egmont

Brooks, Ron

Text. Margaret Wild The Dream of the Thylacine, Allen & Unein

Cool, Rebecca

Text. Glenda Millard For All Creatures, Walker Books Australia

Graham, Bob A Bus Called Heaven, Walker Books Australia

Rudge, Leila

Text. Meg McKinley No Bears, Walker Books Australia

Whatley, Bruce

Text. Jackie French Flood Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia



Do, Anh & Do, Suzanne

Ill: Bruce Whatley The Little Refugee, Allen & Unwin

Lester, Alison & Tulloch, Coral One Small Island: The Story of Macquarie Island, Penguin Group (Australia)

Queensland Art Gallery Surrealism for Kids, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art

Wignell, Edel

Ill: Mark Jackson Bilby Secrets, Walker Books Australia

Wilkinson, Carole Fromelles: Australia’s Bloodiest Day at War, Black Dog Books

Wheatley, Nadia (Ed)

Ill: Ken Searle Playground, Allen & Unwin

CBCA 2012 Short List

Today saw the announcement of the Notable and Short Lists for the CBCA’s. Here are the short lists for the older and younger readers lists. More to follow.

A big congrats to all authors who made the notable lists and all the best for the short listed authors.


Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel

Bauer, Michael Gerard: Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia

A Straight Line to my Heart

Condon, Bill:  Allen & Unwin

The Golden Day

Dubosarsky, Ursula:  Allen & Unwin

The Dead I Know

Gardner, Scot:  Allen & Unwin

Ship Kings: The Coming of the Whirlpool 

McGahan, Andrew: Allen & Unwin

When We Were Two 

Newton, Robert: Penguin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)


Crow Country

Constable, Kate: Allen & Unwin

BrotherBand: The Outcasts

Flanagan, John: Random House Australia

Nanberry: Black Brother White

French, Jackie: Angus & Robertson HarperCollins Publishers

The Truth About Verity Sparks

Green, Susan: Walker Books

The Golden Door

Rodda, Emily: Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia


Rodda, Emily: Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia

 Head to the CBCA site to get more details.


By: Oliver Phommavanh

Johnny Khamka has a problem. Actually he has more than one but the biggest one is how to get his childhood bestie, Josie, to take him out of the friend zone and into something more. Johnny is a funny guy though and that has to count for something , doesn’t it? Than a comedy competition for class gives Johnny his best opportunity yet. Surely if he nails it Josie will see him in a different light.

With a little success under his belt Johnny decides now is the time to take his comedy more seriously. His dad though, is acting strange about it all and things are changing with his mates. Comedy is a treacherous minefield though and just when he most needs to be on the top of his game he may be in danger of bombing out and not being funny at all.

This is a book that touches on one of those awkward moments of growing up, bridging that friend to dating gap. Johnny is an appealing character, his uncertainty is universal and very believable. Phommavanh capture not only the awkwardness of that age, the situation and the feel of a big extended family environment. The tension between Johnny and his father through this is a nice touch. The other characters ground Johnny’s story, giving it a wonderful depth. If you are looking for something very entertaining with more than a dash of humour, then pick this up and give it a go, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised.

Suggested reading age – 12+

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 21 March 2012

Format: Paperback 204 pages

Categories: Fiction, Humour

ISBN 13: 9780143306511

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

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