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WHO FED ZED?

Allen and Unwin
Illustrated by Adam Nickel
Zed the fish is white and red.
His poo hangs down in one long thread.
The main thing though, is what Fred said. 
Never, ever feed Zed bread.

A darkly comic, mono-rhyming story about a goldfish.
Themes: humour, awareness and acceptance of food allergies, importance of food label reading.
Who Fed Zed? is for kids aged around 3 to 8.
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MY BIRD, BERTIE

Omnibus Books - Scholastic Australia
Illustrated by Shane McG

Riding in the car with my bird, Bertie,
Riding in the car just Bertie and me...
The contented pair find that two's company and three's a crowd when giggling Gertie gets on board....then jiggy wiggle Jack and silly billy Tilly too!
Themes: introversion, extroversion, self-assertion.
Full of rhyme, rhythm and repetition, My Bird, Bertie is for quiet kids and loud kids alike! Ages 2 to 6.

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BAD CRAB 

 

Omnibus Books - Scholastic Australia

Illustrated by Philip Bunting

A tale so tall you will pinch yourself! Get set for one shell of a story, as this crabby crustacean grabs life by the claws. Bad Crab learns to stop pinching and how to make friends...but these skills don't develop overnight!

Themes: empathy, making friends, consequences.

A funny, near-wordless picture book for kids aged 1 to 8.

THE BOOK CHOOK

 

Omnibus Books - Scholastic Australia

Illustrated by Connah Brecon

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When Ray discovers he's just a drawing of a chicken in the book, he panics! Can he hatch a plan to escape from the pages of the book and be a real chook? Luckily, his plucky friend, Janine, is there to help.
Themes: self-acceptance, belonging, home.
A funny, rhyming picture book that is interactive: get ready to make some noise!  For ages ~ 3 to 8.

The Book Chook is a CBCA Notable Book (2020) and was short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year (2019) 

 

In July 2020, Bad Crab was released in France with Kimane (French title: Gare au Crabe)

 

Gare au Crab is available world-wide via www.bookdepository.com

"McInerney writes in a brilliant rap-style rhythm which will have you reading the story with beat in seconds. The words roll off your tongue, and your readers will adore it... this is a book to explore, reflecting on and asking questions about the illustrations as you go. The messages are masterfully camouflaged... Shane McG’s illustrations truly are joy in paper form. The illustrations and text hold hands tightly throughout this book, creating perfect unity and a deep story to explore. Sure to be a picture book classic, My Bird, Bertie is a must-have for homes and classrooms. It’s a perfect read aloud, great for groups and perfect for one-on-one reading with your kidlets to go deep into the hidden story layers."

- Kids' Book Review

"The old adage 'two's company, three's a crowd' takes on a life of its own in this humorous book, impelling children to think about the application of this adage to the story. And children will be laughing out loud repeating the words and predicting the rhyming words within the verses."

-Read Plus

"Amelia McInerney’s simple and engaging text uses rhyme, alliteration, and repetition to great effect...

a treat to read aloud."

-Buzz Words magazine

PRAISE FOR MY BIRD, BERTIE:

praise for the book chook:

"Cross Woody Allen with Henny Penny, and what do you get? The Book Chook. Full of existential angst, laughs and comic absurdities, this humorous story follows the identity crisis of McInerney’s introspective chicken character, Ray. The book offers lots of laughs, especially when read aloud. The rhyming text is humorous and lively. Throughout, McInerney satirises the trend for anthropomorphism in children’s literature. This is a book that can be read on many levels." 

--CBCA Reading Time

"This cracking story is sure to appeal to adults as much as kids. This rollicking, rhyming book, with vibrant and playful illustrations, is so much fun to read out loud. The clever concept, endearing characters and lively language marks debut author Amelia McInerney as a hilarious new talent to be watched. And, despite all the fun and silliness, there's a lovely underlying message of learning to love who you are and your place in life."

--Kids' Book Review

"Outrageously silly, The Book Chook is a charismatic, well-conceived, joyously executed example of the grass not always being greener outside the chicken coop. McInerney harmonizes fun rhyming text with a zany storyline about friendship and self-acceptance that invites plenty of giggles and audience participation. Brecon’s absurdly likeable illustrations reflect all the ludicrousness and individuality of Ray’s Hawaiian shirts, inviting readers to love who and where they are despite yearnings to the contrary."

--Dim's Write Stuff

PRAISE FOR BAD CRAB:

"Bad Crab is an incredibly clever tale featuring a main character with a penchant for pinching. Perfect for reading with little people who are learning about how best to make friends (pinching not recommended), develop empathy and kindness and love a good belly laugh. The text may be minimal but the messages, humour and storytelling possibilities are endless!"

--Children's Books Daily

"There is only one word in this picture book of ocean creatures-- 'ow!' But there are many stories to be found in the panel illustrations and young readers will love finding them and talking about them. Don't be taken in by the seeming simplicity. A book to encourage creative thinking. Highly recommended. *****  "

--The Sunday Telegraph

"A wonderfully funny tale of deeds coming back to haunt you...Lots of discussion about responsibility will proceed from this funny look at behaviour."

--ReadPlus