Post Script: Duck Gets A Job – Sonny Ross

Duck Gets A Job

Duck Gets a Job

Sonny Ross

Five Mile Press

ISBN: 9781760405359

 

Description:

Duck wants a job. All his friends work in big city banks, and they never stop going on about how much they love it. Duck doesn’t think a job in a big city bank sounds very exciting, but he picks one out of the paper, gets an interview, and gets the job. It’s not long before he realises that the job is NOT for him. He needs to follow his heart and his dream of being an artist. He quits his job at the bank and makes a decision. He is going to be an artist! He puts all the pictures he has drawn into a portfolio and goes off for another interview. He gets the job! He loves the job!

 

 

My View:

The book will delight both child and the adult reader – the child ( recommended for 4 + years)  will delight in the fabulous illustrations and Duck’s adventure in the big city; Duck wondering what he should wear, getting lost, feeling nervous…finding happiness.  The adult reader will find it hard to contain their laughter as they discover the irony and the humour hidden in plain sight in this read. (See posters on the office walls, thought bubbles, Duck sleeping at his desk…) Duck’s journey of self-awareness and self-discovery will resonate with many adults, young children, will for now, just enjoy this unique narrative and the fun illustrations. For the older child, Duck’s adventures provide plenty of opportunities for the reader to initiate conversations about following your dreams…being yourself.

 

I enjoyed this book 🙂

 

 

 

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Wendy James…Welcome Back… Part 2

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Do you have fun with your characters, inject some humour to counter balance the darkness? Wendy shares how she achieves this in The Golden Child (and by the way – I too really enjoyed reading the blog posts/comments injected in the narrative, they made me smile).

In The Mail 20th February 2017

The wonderful people at  Five Mile Press and Bonnier Publishing sent me this delightful assortment of children’s books this week and I cant wait to share my reviews with you.  These books are gorgeous –  the illustrations are award winning, in some the irony and humour will even have some adults smiling as they read to their little ones and the narratives are charming and educational. Look out for these books when thinking of gifts for the 3 + children in your lives.

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In The Mail This Week 30th October 2016

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Some great reads received in the mail this week -The Barry Maitland’s Slaughter Park is a win from Text Publishers- thank you very much – I am a big fan of the Harry Belltree series.  What would you read next? One of these or is their something else that demands to be read next? What’s on the top of your TBR today?

Henry VIII’s Whiskey Slash – Shakespeare, Not Stirred – Caroline Bicks & Michelle Ephraim

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Shakespeare, Not Stirred

Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas

Caroline Bicks & Michelle Ephraim

Scribe

ISBN: 9781925106909

rrp$27.99

 

Henry VIII’s Whiskey Slash

The best leaders aren’t afraid to make unpopular decisions. Like King Henry VIII, if you’re a Real Man you have to be ready to ditch a pope, behead a wife who can’t give you a male heir, or divorce one who’s just kind of ugly. In Henry VIII, or All Is True, Shakespeare and his cowriter John Fletcher dramatized the king’s smooth Man-euvering from Wife #1 to Wife #2. Breaking up is hard to do, but only if you’re a pussy. This whiskey cocktail celebrates the alpha male’s right to slash any inconvenient ties that bind. Like a sacrament. Or a neck.

10 fresh mint leaves

½ cup lemon pieces

½ ounce simple syrup

2½ ounces rye whiskey

Maraschino cherries

Slash the mint leaves into little pieces. In a shaker, muddle the lemon pieces with the mint leaves and the simple syrup until they cry out for mercy. Add ice and the whiskey. Shake hard and strain into an old–fashioned glass over ice. Stick 3 (or more, if you’re feeling the urge) maraschino cherry “heads” on an olive pick, for garnish.

 

 

Mini-Bard: Henry VIII broke the Man-o-Meter when he split from the pope and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon—all so that he could marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. Henry and his team started weakening Rome’s power in England by getting a series of Acts passed in 1532 (when it was looking like Henry was never going to get the divorce or the son he wanted). They completed the break with Rome two years later when Henry declared himself Supreme Head of the Church of England. In the meantime, he’d already married the pregnant Anne and gotten the Archbishop of Canterbury to nullify his marriage to Catherine. The play Henry VIII casts Anne as “the goodliest woman / That ever lay by man,” and ends with the christening of her and Henry’s baby daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I. The playwrights didn’t include any of that messy later stuff about Anne getting beheaded when she, like Catherine, failed to produce a male heir. Or anything about Henry’s other (*cough*) four wives. The original Globe Theatre burned to the ground during a 1613 performance of Henry VIII when a cannon shot, meant to herald the king’s greatness in act 1, blew up in his face. Can you say “karma”?

 

 

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Post Script: The Bit In Between – Claire Varley

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The Bit In Between

Claire Varley

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781743535608

RRP $29.99

  

Description:

There are seven billion people in the world. This is the story of two of them.

After an unfortunate incident in an airport lounge involving an immovable customs officer, a full jar of sun-dried tomatoes and the capricious hand of fate, Oliver meets Alison. In spite of this less than romantic start, Oliver falls in love with her. Immediately. Inexplicably. Irrevocably. With no other place to be, Alison follows Oliver to the Solomon Islands where he is planning to write his much-anticipated second novel. But as Oliver’s story begins to take shape, odd things start to happen and he senses there may be more hinging on his novel than the burden of expectation. As he gets deeper into the manuscript and Alison moves further away from him, Oliver finds himself clinging to a narrative that may not end with ‘happily ever after’.

 

My View:

A contemporary love story that explores all the relationships in the narrative rather than focusing on just those of the protagonists – Alison and Oliver; everyone that comes within their orbit has a unique story, even the minor characters – the taxi driver, the house cleaner, an aunt, members of the band, the passer-by…I loved these little vignettes of life, where we are privy to the personal events that have shaped people rather than just seeing the faces/the facade usually presented to the world.

 

In a particular I enjoyed reading about the development of the relationship between Alison and Sera and her extended family – seeing how the extended family/community helps to raise the children, “… babies are part of the cycle of nature…the community raises the baby. I (Sera) am not doing it on my own. It is not just my love that will raise these babies.” (p219) This is just one example of the very poignant and astute story telling that forms part of this complex narrative which is punctuated with such observations and hilarious anecdotes.

 

More than a story of romance and love this is a story of real relationships and personal growth, perhaps this could even be recognised as a contemporary “coming of age” story. Claire Varley writes with passion and exuberance.

Post Script: My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies – Fredrik Backman

“‘We want to be loved…Failing that, admired; failing that, feared; failing that hated and despised. At all costs we want to stir up some sort of feeling in to hers. Our souls abhor a vacuum. At all costs it longs for contact.’” (p. 308 Britt- Marie quoting Doctor Glas)

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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Her Apologies

Fredrik Backman

Translation by Henning Koch

Sceptre; Hodder & Stoughton

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 978 1 444 775846

Description:

The hilarious, heart-breaking new novel by the author of the international bestseller A MAN CALLED OVE.

‘Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, and to get her to practise granny’s secret language, and a little because granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can’t quite put her finger on…’

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy. Standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa runs to her grandmother’s stories, to the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas. There, everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

So when Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has hurt, it marks the beginning of Elsa’s greatest adventure. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones-but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

My View:

Heart-warming, funny, acerbic, clever and best of all I love granny!

I love granny. Why you ask? With granny on your side you are shrouded in a cape of love. Everyone deserves their own superhero.

Granny says:

“(she) shouldn’t take any notice  of what those muppets think…because all the best people are different. “ (p.1)

“So sometimes the safest place is when you flee to what seems the most dangerous.”  (p.79)

“Only different people can change the world…No one normal has ever changed a crappy thing.” (p.82)

“Never mess with someone who has more spare time then you do.” (p. 180)

And granny (then) said “the real trick of life was that almost no one is entirely a shit and almost no one is entirely not a shit. The hard part of life is keeping as much on the ‘non shit ‘side as one can.” (p.305)    J