Monthly Archives: May 2012

After The Hunger Games

Are you looking for more speculative or dystopian fiction?

The Book Smuggers is a great site for information about books in these genres. Great for reviews and recommendations. there is a new Garth Nix book out which is really worth looking at.

Check it out here  for information about Garth Nix and the Keys ot the Kingdom series.



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No Flying No Tights

For those of you interested in graphic novels athere are some interesting websites available with book reviews and information about new series.

Check out No Flying No Tights

Comics worth reading

The International Catalogue of Superheroes

 [American Library Association]

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May 29, 2012 · 1:43 am

State Library of Victoria – Resources

If you are looking for journal articles or databases of online information the State Library of Victoria has a wealth of information which is available free if you register online for a library card. go to the SLV site, then go to Explore, Research Tools, and join the library  You can nominate to have a card sent to you and once your card arrives all of their digitised material is available for your use – ejournals, databases, maps, pictures, anthing you need to know about the history of Victoria…even digitised copies of the Football Record. Very useful for students of history, science, economics, health,humanities etc.


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Farewell Maurice Sendak

Readers will be saddened to hear of the death of author and illustrator  Maurice Sendak, renowned world-wide for his stories including “Where the wild things are”, “We are all in the dumps with Jack and Guy” and “In the night garden”.

Where the wild things are caused a stir when it was first published, and was banned by many schools who considered the monsters too ‘scary’. Children, however, thought otherwise and the book soon became a best seller – and, co-incidentally, Max a popular name again. In 2009 the book was made into a film directed by Spike Jonze, with much of the filming done at Docklands Studios in Melbourne and in the Victorian countryside.

Sendaks books are never straight-forward, and really urge you to think beyond the illustrations to what lies beneath. His illustrating style is uniquly recognisable. He was not afraid of dark or troubling subject matter.  “I refuse to lie to children,” says Sendak. “I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence.”

For more information about Sendak check here. Or his views on the film of Where the wild things are here


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Children’s Laureate

For the first time Australia has appointed a position of Children’s Laureate to be given to a well-known and loved author of books for children and young adults. Two authors have been appointed in 2012. They are Alison Lester and Borri Monty Pryor. ACLA Board Member and illustrator Ann James says, “Alison and Boori have a lot in common … both are storytellers, and each has generations of storytellers behind them.  They share their stories in a myriad of ways – oral, performance, visual, written – and both collaborate with other artists to bring their stories alive. Both place the land as a major character in their work , and importantly, both view children as real partners in their work. They are both inspiring, creative and passionate.


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