ShallowreaderBingo! May Edition!

It’s already the end of May and woot woot! A Willful Woman has won this month’s ShallowreaderBingo! Not only did she win Bingo early in May but she tells me she has scored a book for every single square! So excitement!!!

Seinfeld celebration - all four main characters are running and dancing on the spot with their arms up high.

As for me… *sigh* my own reading has slowed down due to having to do not-so-shallowreading (see my new page on this here blog). Stay tuned for the June Bingo sheet which will be much easier than May’s doozy! Link me to your own Bingo scorecards or tweet to me!

So my squares: Continue reading

VaVeros’s Favourite Australian Picture Book Picks

With Aussie Author month coming to a close I wanted to highlight some fabulous Australian authors and illustrators in the realm of children’s picture books. These are my surefire picks.

Gordon’s Got a Snookie by Lisa Shanahan and Wayne Harris

Gordon’s a silverback brought in to service the ladies. The ladies expect an alpha gorilla but they get a beta instead. This book is fabulous. It’s about teasing, loneliness, comfort and lurrve! I have bought many copies of this book – many for family overseas.

Flame Stands Waiting by Corinne Fenton, illus by Sebastian Ciaffaglione

You know those picture books you pick up and start reading and you suddenly feel that you are standing in the illustration as it is incredibly life-like and mesmerising. Well, this book is it. The story of the only horse on the Merry-Go-Round that does not move, the fun park lights come to life and the emotions of the kids seem quite tangible. A gem of a book.


Goodnight Me – Andrew Daddo, illus. Emma Quay

Goodnight Me is a sweet, lovely bedtime book for young children. It’s the kind of book that has your 3 year old curling up to sleep with their board book copy.


Lilli-Pilli – The Frog Princess by Vashti Farrer & Owen Swan

A historical picture book romance with kings, queens, dukes and the search for the perfect match. Poor Lily though has frogs legs. The illustrations are dream like and in keeping with fairytales.


Leaf – Stephen Michael King

Quiet, introspective with a childlike, whimsical perspective of the world. Everytime I read a book by Stephen Michael King I want to climb a tree and watch birds flying around for the whole afternoon. He gets to you that way.


Miss Llewellyn-Jones Goes to Town by Elaine Forrestal, illustrated by Moira Court – I love the cadences and rhythms in this gorgeously illustrated book. I wish I could get a series of prints for my kitchen from this book too. Love it.



Hunting for Dragons by Bruce Whatley

You know how as a child you walk around the house searching for that monster and it is always lurking close by appearing in everyday movements and items. Well, Bruce Whatley has this imagining down pat. I love pouring over all his books but this one, with its dragon hunter, is a standout choice.

So, you’re going to have a baby picture book review

There’s Going to be a Baby

by John Burningham

illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

a shallow reader review

This is one of the best picture books I have read on preparing a child for the arrival of a sibling. Helen Oxenbury uses two different illustrating styles to deliver a delightful story that follows a mum with her young child throughout a 9 month gestation. The mum and child’s interactions are straight illustrations whereas the younger child imaging how life with a new sibling will be is illustrated in a comic book style. An enjoyable and highly recommended read, particularly if you have a 2nd baby on the way.

A Picture Book on Handselling/Readers Advisory

Dog Loves Books

by Louise Yates

A Shallow Reader review

This book is beyond cute. A gorgeous little doggie opens a bookshop yet he has no customers. So he reads. And then when customers come in he revels in suggesting books for them. There is loneliness, escapism & readers advisory. A story that book lovers can easily relate to and with illustrations that are delightful. This book is a storytime must for librarians and for the budding bibliophile.

Picture Book Historical Romantic Comedy

Sir LaughalotSir Laughalot

Written by Tony Mitton

Illustrated by Sarah Warburton

a shallow review

I snorted in the library when I was reading this book. Sarah Warburton’s illustrations are brilliant. They are quirky & childlike yet with a nod to illuminated manuscripts and heraldy. This  suited the medieval setting of the book. Tony Mitton, once again, delights with narrrative that is rhythmic and funny and with absurd concepts such as twirly nose hair, that will have you laughing out aloud alongside Laughalot himself. The challenge he must face is whether he can save the cheerful damsel in distress….which of course brings us to a picture book historical romantic comedy.

Sir Laughalot has so many wonderful qualities. It’s funny, it’s romantic, it’s heroic and it’s lots of fun 🙂