CBCA Book Week 2018 – What books did you treasure as a kid?

For ‘Book Week’ this year, running from August 18-24, the Children’s Book Council of Australia came up with the theme of ‘Find Your Treasure’. It made me think of two things:

  1. I hope this means Captain Feathersword from The Wiggles is moonlighting as a CBCA board member.
  2. If I had a treasure chest full of book gold from my childhood, what would it include?

The first books that came to mind were Animalia (1987 CBCA Honour Book for Picture Book of the Year) and The Eleventh Hour (joint winner in 1989 for CBCA Picture Book of the Year) by Graeme Base. The puzzles and hidden illustrations were so amazing, and since there was no internet back in the day (I am 100 years old, hello), it helped that there was an answer booklet included if you couldn’t Sherlock your way through.

 

Kudos to that outer space phase a lot of us went through as kids (glow in the dark stars on the ceiling and an irrational sadness later in life for Pluto losing its planet status, right?) for my next favourite childhood book:

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3 things I loved in Jaclyn Moriarty’s book ‘The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone’

Confession: I actually loved about a million things in Jaclyn’s middle grade novel but, much like bears, musketeers and singing brothers in Hanson, good things come in threes.

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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is about a ten-year-old girl who is sent on a solo adventure, via the instructions in her parents’ will, to deliver gifts to her ten aunts. She faces many obstacles along the way, including pirates, police and magical creatures, but if she doesn’t follow her parents’ precise orders, terrible events will occur.

Bronte was already my hero from this description alone, because I’m pretty sure the biggest adventure I ever went on as a ten-year-old was taking the shortcut through the cemetery near our house to get to the shops (the promise of an ice-cream won out over ghost possession). But this leads into my first thing I loved about the book: Bronte is a fabulous main character.

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Developing Craft & Career: what I learnt at the Williamstown Lit Fest

I’ve been trying to attend more “writerly things” this year, and one of them was an author conversation between Sue Whiting & Claire Saxby at the Williamstown Literary Festival on Sunday the 17th June. They chatted about the book industry, their experiences in writing and publishing and how the worst way to get your manuscript noticed was to slide it under the door of a toilet stall!

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Sue Whiting “has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, including the best-selling The Firefighters, and the award-winning A Swim in the Sea. Her latest book, Missing, is a middle grade mystery/suspense novel for readers 10+.”

WLF01Claire Saxby “is an Australian author of fiction, non fiction and poetry for children. Her books are published widely in Australia and internationally.” Some picture book titles include, Emu, Big Red Kangaroo and Koala, which is on the 2018 CBCA shortlist for the Eve Pownall Award. Continue reading “Developing Craft & Career: what I learnt at the Williamstown Lit Fest”