09 Dec 2013
“Interesting”, “exciting”,” a great book for teenagers”, ” I loved it . . . I couldn’t put it down” is what our writers’ web reviewers said about young adult novel, Gunnedah Hero.
The story: Fourteen-year-old Gunnedah ‘Gunnie’ Danson has a 500-word assignment on drought. His late grandfather has left him a box containing a manuscript written by Gunnie’s great-great-grandfather, Smokey ‘Gun’ Danson after his journey up the long paddock during a harsh drought as a fourteen year old drover in 1910. At the back of the manuscript is an envelope. It’s NOT to be opened until Gunnie has read the entire story.
Gunnie spends the weekend at Wiralee Station; a cattle station that’s been in the family since 1848. There, he reads the awesome manuscript and learns of Smokey’s adventurous journey. Gunnie overhears several secretive conversations. His snobby Aunty Kate want to divorce his uncle and sell Wiralee Station. He finished the manuscript and opens the mysterious envelope. Will it legally prevent his aunt from selling Wiralee Station?
The reviews: “I really liked this book and found the story very interesting and exciting. I liked how there was two stories, one story about the main character and the second from a diary he was reading. The diary really showed what life on a property is like, how challenging it can be during good and bad times. I really felt like I was there. I found both stories very fascinating and was moved by how loyal and caring both characters were. This is a great book for teenagers.” Abbey English.
“I loved it . . . I couldn’t put it down. Such a well written story with such beautiful word pictures I felt I was there with Smokey sharing his trials and experiences. When I first began reading this story, possibly because of the age of the protagonist, I thought it was aimed at young adults, but the further I got into the story I realised it was suitable for adults as well as young adults.
The dialogue flowed so naturally and was appropriate to the times and location I loved all the characters both in Smokey’s story and in the more modern times with Gunnie. The smattering of poems added extra interest and were well placed in the storyline.So much research had gone into this story and it showed. I would love to read more of Clancy Tucker’s work, and I would recommend Gunnedah Hero to anyone who enjoys a good well written story.” Coral Nichols.
“Gunnedah “Gunnie” Danson knows his family has been in the farming business for generations, but it’s not until he’s left a manuscript in his grandfather’s will does he learn how hard they’ve fought to stay in it. Gunnie starts to hope maybe Smokey’s diary can help the family once again. The quick pace of Gunnie and Smokey’s parallel boyish adventures keep readers anticipating the next cattle run or abandoned cattle station. Smokey is a likable pin-up character for young male readers. It’s also Smokey’s relationship with other minor characters he meets on the road which “bring home” messages about family, especially those about family being more than people we are linked to with blood. Gunnie’s role in the novel seems more minor, but his place in a more contemporary Australia serves to remind young readers that fears of drought still plague farmers today. Insight into how farmers have dealt with drought by walking the “long paddock” with their herds should be interesting for many readers given how little it has been explored in young adult fiction. Also easy to read with a helpful appendix at the end for self-driven readers, Gunnedah Hero is an arresting novel that will challenge young Aussie readers to learn more about their collective history.” Nikita McInnes
“I really enjoyed this book. I liked how Clancy Tucker made the characters come alive. How I could relate the characters traits to somebody I know. But I liked most how I could imagine the character standing right in front of my eyes. Any adventure loving person with any age at heart will love the title and the contents of this amazing story.” Caitlin Shore.
The author: Clancy Tucker (right) has written since he was ten, writing full-time for the past twelve years. In past lives, he’s been a farmer, truck driver, senior public servant and speech writer. His travels have broadened his experiences. He writes young adult fiction for reluctant readers, mentors 32 young writers around Australia, has 17 young readers who read and assess his work, and lectures to fabulous members of the U3A.
Clancy’s writing is inspired by, “Travel, people I have met and experiences, good and bad, that I’ve endured.” His writing has hidden messages about courage, disappointment, fun and spirit.
Of his writing process, Clancy says, “an idea appears in my mind and I write. It usually takes me three months to complete a manuscript of 100,000 words. It’s an adrenalin rush. Everything is written by hand then typed.”
Clancy has been short-listed, ‘Commended’ and ‘Highly Commended’ in writing competitions from 2006. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers.
Gunnedah Hero is now available in the writers’ web online bookstore.
02 Dec 2013
Today, on ABC Southern Queensland, presenter Belinda Sanders and I talked about perfect Christmas gifts during our regular ‘Book Club’ spot… This is not a transcript, rather the ideas we talked about during the segment.
There are as many books out there as there are readers… No doubt you already have your favourite reviewer to follow, or a friend whom you trust with their recommendations, or a blog you rely on. Our turn to share our ‘booky Christmas Guide’. Gift Giving at its best!
This gift guide is NOT going to be specific books – although it is completely inspired by a book ‘The Good Gift Guide’ by Alison Pearl! Alison talks about the ‘Good Gift Criteria List’ which includes reminders like:
- Chose gifts from the heart
- That are a joy to give and to receive
- That bring pleasure instead of awe or embarrassment
- Are emotionally, intellectually or spiritually generous
- Is extraneous but fulfills a fantasy or a long-standing desire
(There are 21 in total – and her thinking is the more criteria you score a ‘yes’ with, the better the gift!)
So, my thoughts…
For someone who has always had ‘I want to write a book’ on their bucket list, find books out there that are ‘how-to’ guides or check out your state based writing centre for courses. What about software which helps planning a book. Even more ambitious, a redeemable voucher offering to host their book launch! For the passionate writer, how about giving them your time and setting up a ‘blog’ for them to own, accompanied with handwritten instructions.
For children (and I am thinking of children you may not know as well, like family members who live overseas or a long way away) – a little bit of research! Find out what they love, trucks, animals, using their imagination and THEN looking for the perfect book. Or – think outside the square! What self-respecting book worm doesn’t LOVE reading under the covers when they are supposed to be asleep! How about a good torch and a tee-pee! Add a colourful snuggly throw and you are onto a winner! Are they an illustrator in-waiting? How about an illustration kit.
Those terrible teens? I suggest a store card to a bookstore, preferably with a café as well! Imagine them having shopping time to select a book OF THEIR OWN CHOOSING – not a school booklist one! Also, Teens may like a subscription to a magazine or an eZine. Are they finished school? How about travel guides to whet their appetite about the world which is now their oyster!
For the collector – hunt for a first edition copy of their ‘favourite book’. For the reading nut – additional accessories like book marks (make your own), buy a book pillow, a pocket light or a lovely reading light. You could make bookplates for them, or buy a custom made stamp with their contact details on it, especially useful if they are book lenders as well.
With much love for a special person in your world, you can make a book! There are amazing websites you can use templates to make a recipe book of the families favourites, or photos accompanied by funny stories or anecdotes or wise words!
There is always the ‘gift of participation’ so for those oldies who loathe the idea of more ‘stuff’ – tickets to a writers festival or an author talk or a subscription to a crossword club or download the app!
For ‘wheelies’ an audio version of the story or one of those amazing magnifying lights or incredibly good headphones so they can listen to audio stories without disturbing their partners.
For the ‘weally littles’ – a skype session of you reading them a story!
Work colleague? How about checking with the local library if there is a locally produced collection of short stories? Otherwise, tickets to see a stage play that was inspired by a book is always a good one!
And if you are really unsure…. Do the ‘good gift test’ – no point giving someone a second copy of a book or something they won’t like, so recruit their children or family members to check their bookcase (certainly not the cupboards, imagine what an inquisitive child can find at this time of year before the 25th of December!)
The hardest to buy for of all, the ‘they have everything’ – well how about Karma Currency and they can pass on their gift to organisations like the Pyjama Foundation or the Indigenous Literacy Fund or Writers on Rafts… there are heaps out there!
Finally – there are always local charity gift giving options – like wishing trees, where you would be well placed to finally purchase a book for a very lucky recipient!
And the absolute fall back – switch things up a little – give a heavy going novel to the reluctant reader… a picture book to an older family member. Everyone is a reader – you just have to find out what they are passionate about.
What fun! Merry Christmas.
25 Nov 2013
As you sit and wait for fellow attendees, as they leave their private writing space, it is like watching bears emerging from hibernation – each rubbing their eyes, their ruffled hair belying their exasperation, their skin pasty white from being inside for too long. Okay, so now I am being silly – but you catch my drift.
I was in the fortunate position of creating a writer’s group, from scratch, one that appealed to my innate need for human contact, not necessarily contact with more words! It has worked wonderfully and I am so proud of the diverse group of writers who attend and the intensely satisfying conversation emerging month in, month out. It was started with a series of author events coinciding with a state based celebration of writers and simply took off from there. In only its third year, we have a history of events, a collection of short stories and a wildly creative progressive story in production right now.
It hinges on some very simple fundamentals.
- Ask not what your writers’ group can do for you, but what you can do for your writers’ group.
Those participants who are ‘getting’ the most out of the group bring ‘gifts’ each month. They share their thoughts, their found information, their skills and their experience. This has meant the group has proven to be very dynamic. In the first year, we talked industry experience – what happens away from your desk. In the second year, we were improving our own skills and this year, members are presenting specific workshops, free of charge, based on their particular skill-set.
- Be prepared to be generous.
You have found out information about a certain competition or a publisher has opened its door to unsolicited submissions. Then share the information! There is no point waiting until the group gives it to you on a platter once a month at the meeting… Our group has a Dropbox account (yep, in the ‘cloud’) and it supports folders on topics like ‘Competitions and Opportunities’. The idea is if anyone trips over a news release or information, they can pop it in there for everyone in our group to see.
- It is up to you.
Sometimes, actually, often, it is simply not possible to participate in activities because the rest of life is just too busy. As I mentioned above, in the last three years, we have had a week of events, a collection of short stories and now a progressive story. This is as well as our monthly meetings. If you can participate, do. If you want something particular to happen, suggest it by way of leading the charge!
If you can’t participate, don’t knock yourself out, as hopefully your group will be meeting next month, (and the next, and the next!) Remember though, it will continue only if it has your support, so at the outside, our members at least reply to invitations or communications just to show they are still there!
- Be flexible
As I said in the introduction, our group is dynamic, not just the participants, but also the current focus. This means making suggestions, actively participating with enthusiasm and being prepared to lead a little. For example, only last meeting, a new member wanted to have her work read and appraised. She offered to barter time with others who wanted the same. This was the first time there was focus on this sort of activity. We are using the Dropbox system for this as well.
- Be there!
If you are watching your clock or wishing you were someone else, you probably should have reconsidered even attending at all! Our members really do give over to the process, and I have had the wonderful experience of watching serious novelists doing blind contour drawing, of the tech-phobic embrace WordPress, of cover designs evolving from the ashes, an embrace of social media…
There is no point being disappointed with the offering of your writers’ group – if you are ‘there’ you certainly will learn, will grow as a writer – and have a lovely time with real people doing so!
 I happened to trip over a competition hosted by our local library as I was reading for this blog! The link was sent to all members this morning. This is a note for me by way of reminder to add it to the folder!
 Again, in researching, I checked to see if it was actually being used! Just got distracted for a couple of minutes by a very powerful short story! Wow!
23 Nov 2013
We all have experiences in our past that we regret and want to forget. Writing a biography means you get to step back in time and re-live your past, but with the eyes of wisdom and the maturity of the years.
Beyond Belief is Margot Tesch‘s life journey reliving the memories and pain of a previous time when, as she says, “I was looking for the answers to life and I wanted them packaged neatly: palatable, definitive, and actionable. Christianity seemed to offer that, particularly the dynamic, effervescent Pentecostal movement. I was hooked, drawn in, and very soon immersed. I felt important, engaged … loved even. My life meant something.”
But all was not as it seemed as Margot uncovered and kept secrets and infidelities which were in stark contrast to the ideology she was embracing.
The writers’ web reviews learnt a lot from the author’s eye-opening experience:
“In this memoir, Margo Tesch tells the story of her conversion to a large Christian Church and how this impacted on her life. As a young and impressionable girl, she believed in what the Church was doing and the goodness of those involved in it. When her illusions are shattered and she is persuaded by those in the Church to turn a blind eye to the hypocrisy and wrongness she has witnessed, she faces a dilemma which only she can confront and find an answer to.”
“I enjoyed this book very much. It has an easy-to-read style and is very engaging. It is an honest account of what happened to Margo during her time with the church and touches on her life afterward.”
“My main criticism of this book is that Margo uses the last chapter of her book as a” metaphor for what really happened over the next ten-year period”. I would have liked the author to more thoroughly deal with this period of her life. She had come such a long way on her journey of self-discovery and to have it all cut short in such a way was a bit disappointing.”
“This book is a great lesson for those who are interested in any organisation, be it religious or otherwise, which tries to control and manipulate those involved in it and cover up the wrongdoings of those who hold positions of power.” Diana Harley
“I found this book to be very interesting to read. It contained lots of thought-provoking ideas and comments. It made me look at things in general differently. I recommend this book to teenagers as it will make them look at things differently.” Abbey English
“Beyond Belief is an exploration of Margot Tesch’s personal search for what it means to be a ‘christian’; the need to belong, human frailty and, compromise. Despite touching on the cover-up of what appears to be endemic infidelity within senior church ranks, Beyond Belief is not a ‘warts and all’ account of the ”New Start Centre Church” (names have been changed) to which Tesch belonged for more than a decade . How the dawning truth of the misdemeanor and subsequent cover-up affects Tesch’s own personal faith and why, is never really analysed and this makes the story feel tentative and frustratingly incomplete.”
“While understanding the author’s need to tread carefully between personal exposure and libel and the creation of a good story, it means that the final product lacks some depth and daring – which is a shame, because Tesch’s story feels like it has so much more to give. To many the evangelical christian movement is a mysterious and fascinating social and cultural phenomenon so hopefully Tesch’s Beyond Belief is just the warm-up to a deeper exploration of her reasons for joining and loyally staying before ultimately leaving the church.” Melissa Barnett
Beyond Belief is author Margot Tesch’s (right) first novel written following a tree change that left behind her IT project management consultancy business to run a cattle grazing property with her husband. She is currently working on her second novel, a change from writing technical manuals and businesses cases in her corporate life.
She says, “I just loved having a major writing project so it was natural to want to pursue creative writing when I had the time. Since joining my husband on the property in 2008, I’ve been writing blogs, articles for magazines and newspapers, written my first novel and am currently working on my second.”
“My books are about people first and foremost and I like to explore our belief systems and the way we think about ourselves. I’m interested in the stories we tell ourselves and our capacity for denial when we see or hear things that conflict with our preconceived ideas. I’m fascinated by narcissism in its extreme and like to explore such characters and the lives of those around them in my work.”
Beyond Belief is now in the bookstore available in hard copy or as a PDF eBook.
18 Nov 2013
Something to try with a writing friend or your writing group is a progressive story.
Each writer takes a turn to scribe the next part of the story building on the previous storyline by writing as much or as little as they wish.
For larger groups, a convener or organiser is necessary to keep a track of who has the story and whom next it needs to be emailed to. They also ensure that the turn-around is 24 to 48 hours. Any longer than that and things go off the boil.
I love this idea for adding your own touch to something that has been started by others. I bought a pocket-sized game for my children which does the same thing, though verbally. It uses a visual prompt to start the story, with each player taking a turn to add to the story. Along the way hearing, speech and imagination are encouraged. The progressive story for writers builds comprehension and continuity, and, of course creativity!
Writers can take the story in any direction they like, driven by their imagination and preferred genre. What might start as a mystery might have flavours of fantasy, comedy, murder, poetry or even how-to thrown in for good measure.
Every writer can write to their own ability, too and include their tools of choice; pithy dialogue, straight prose or extraordinary adjectives. The list goes on.
It’s amusing to try to pick who has written which part. The more you know your group members, the easier this will be. Some people write the way they speak so are easy to identify. Some of the writing is so sensationally good I can’t wait to find out who created it!
A good introduction is essential as it opens the door to the rest of the story, allowing it to flow wherever the writer’s imagination takes it.
And with everyone’s very busy lives, it’s fast, taking about 30 minutes all up to read what’s been written, come up with a few ideas, double-check them for continuity then get them down before batting back to the organiser to pass onto the next writer.
As for our Toowoomba Wordsmith’s progressive story, with their permission it might be published here, once complete. It started as a way of getting involved in Queensland Writers Week but has ended being a fun collaborative exercise that has brought together a bunch of individuals, whom by the very nature of writing, do their own independent thing.
13 Nov 2013
“Fans of the Lord of the Rings books would enjoy this book, as well an any general fantasy fan who can appreciate a grand quest being embarked upon by innocent novices.” So says writers’ web reviewer and fantasy genre fan Holly Murphy.
This sword and sorcery fantasy begins when the magical continent of Reloria is threatened by cruel, scaly invaders Vergai from the wastelands of Vergash intent on destroying the protective elven forcefield, conquering peaceful Reloria and stealing the Elven Jewel which is the key to the Relorian defence system.
Halfling friends Randir and Fendi and their bond-fairies are the first to discover the invaders and they embark on a quest to save the Elven Jewel. They leave their peaceful farm village with their fairies and race against time to stop the invaders, joining forces with dwarves, elves, men and a mysterious dragon, calling themselves the Hunters of Reloria.
The quest is perilous and when the Elven Jewel is stolen it becomes a race to the portal to retrieve the jewel before it can be taken to Vergash. A battle for Reloria ensues where the consequences for the Relorians is death, unless Vergai are stopped
So, what did our reviewers think about Elven Jewel?
“Most of the story is written as though a narrator were relating the events, with closer views from the characters included. The young halflings interact in a casual, friendly manner which portrays their close camaraderie, and includes the huntress Sienna when she arrives on the scene early into the story. The language is well portrayed with more formal conversations between royalty in contrast to the funny dialect of the goblins trying to speak the common tongue. The narration is easy to read and follow and flows well.
Sienna was my favourite character. A feisty huntress, orphaned at a young age and left to the less than seemly care of her dubious uncle, Sienna starts out as a grubby and abrupt girl who transforms into a valuable member of the Hunters of Reloria with an important role in training new recruits. She softens as she evolves, developing feelings for her friend Fendi and forms a brotherly with Randir. She takes advice from the princess and cleans herself up for the first time and dons a pretty dress to surprise Fendi for his birthday. She manages to do all of this without losing her fierceness or independence.
I liked the bond-fairies of the halflings, they were a special element that touched on one of my favourite elements of the fantasy world that I would like to have seen a little more of. I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding Ash the mountain man and his dragon transforming abilities, as well as his tendency to tame the tantrum-throwing princess with merely a look. The death scene of old Fendri was touching and the following ceremony involving the bond-fairies was a nice, heart-warming touch to an otherwise sad moment.” Holly Murphy.
“Eleven Jewel is a very well written book. It is a very descriptive book which makes it easy to follow the story line. It is a lovely fantasy book which would be enthralling for lovers of science fiction.” Abbey English.
Elven Jewel is the first experience writing for Author, Kasper Beaumont (right) whose three children “provide continual insights and experiences which have inspired me to write. This book will appeal to lovers of fantasy from teenage to adult.”
Although Kasper has been writing for only one year, the ideas in her work “have been floating around for a long time”.
Of writing her firs book, Kasper says, “Honestly, I sat down one day with an idea of a halfling and his bond fairy, then some bad guys invaded their peaceful life and a novel was born. The halflings carried me along on their adventure.”
And when not absorbed in writing, Kasper works, is at uni, and loves her family to bits.
Elven Jewel is now in the bookstore either as a PDF eBook for $4.99 or a hardcopy book for $24.95.
08 Nov 2013
This week, we review Love Letter, a book for independent girl readers aged 10-12.
When Beth checks the mailbox, she finds an unsigned letter for her twin, Chloe. When they read the letter, the girls realise that it’s a love letter. Using the clues given, Beth does her part by asking a classmate, Riley (who is a prime-suspect) if he knows anything about the love letter. Will the twins discover who wrote Chloe’s Love Letter, or will the writer stay anonymous?
“Amber Pugh has created a book about Beth and Chloe named “Love Letter”. The girls find a letter marked for Beth. When they open the letter they enter a fantastic journey to find who sent the letter. I loved the imaginative pictures and how well the text was written. I think this story of 21 pages is for the age group of around 10-11.” Britany Calkwell.
“Love Letter is an adorable story about young love. It has great, cute pictures. Children 9+, mainly girls, will really enjoy this book.” Abbey English
This is the second book by Amber Pugh (right) who in her spare time likes to write stories, draw or do anything creative. Amber dreamed that one day she might be able to publish one of her stories. She says, “I’ve been daydreaming and writing short stories for as long as I can remember. Every spare minute I had, I would be either drawing scenes and characters, or writing short stories.”
Love Letter is now in the bookstore as a PDF eBook or a hardcopy book.
30 Oct 2013
“If you love fantasy but don’t have time to dive into an 800 page epic, Madison will satisfy your cravings just enough to keep you going until dinner.” So says reviewer Tina Gaudry.
Madison is a young faery living on the eastern side of the Toowoomba Range. Her village hidden from humans but is open to the elements, the worst of all, Storms.
A Storm is headed towards the village. The rumours say there is a rogue mage controlling a Storm, extorting villages out of their money to provide protection from the fierce Storm. The Queensland Weather, a council of faeries created to keep the weather balanced and all Storms in line, don’t believe the rumours.
When the clouds roll closer and the mage is seen atop the Storm, the council is in disbelief. It will take all of them to defeat the mage but is there a way without hurting the already provoked Storm and save the village?
Our writers’ web reviewers enjoyed this faery short story, even if fantasy isn’t their chosen genre. Here’s what they said:
“I really loved this book by Serenity. It is a very magical story with fairies and an evil villain, but with a twist as it is based on everyday life. It is a great book for young teenagers because of the complex storyline and vocabulary. Abbey English
“I am not often drawn to the genre of mystical and fantasy. This however was a short story about Faeries so I thought I would give it a go. The author’s name has some fantasy and intrigue so I was interested right away. The characters are descriptive and imaginative, with an intriguing story line to go with it. If, like me, you are not interested in fantasy, at least give this short story a try and you will be surprised by the connection that Madison has with the Chief! I enjoyed the descriptive writing and I think you will too!” Diane O’Nions
“Top marks for originality! I really enjoyed the imagination of this short story and think it has the potential to be developed into a novel. The idea of a sentient storm was something I had not come across before, and I love faeries of all kinds. It was rather unusual to read and I felt that I would have benefited from the information contained in the glossary earlier in the piece. It took me a while to figure out why so many everyday words were in capitals and I did find that a little odd, but it makes perfect sense on the second read. I am keen to read more of Serenity Williams’ works and I’d recommend it for anyone who enjoys a bit of escapism, from teen to adult.” Kasper Beaumont
“A rogue mage takes the weather hostage and faeries fight for the safety of their village in this fast-paced short story by Serenity McWilliams. Madison juggles a strong cast of female characters with a fresh attempt at world-building within short form. The result is a tumbling snippet of fantasy which builds as rapidly as the storm it centres around. A Queensland setting grounds this piece in familiar territory, enhancing its appeal as a short story by ensuring its readers are not isolated. If you love fantasy but don’t have time to dive into an 800 page epic, Madison will satisfy your cravings just enough to keep you going until dinner.” Tina Gaudry
Author, Serenity McWilliams (pictured right) has been writing since she was 11 when she woke up at 5 am and typed out her first story. Her writing is inspired by, “the need to create something new and exciting as well as an insatiable desire to escape reality into fantasy worlds.”
Serenity, a self-pronounced dreamer, is writing books in a range of genres but is particular to faeries and likes to write alone wearing headphones and fueled by an energy drink or iced coffee.
Madison is now available in the bookstore for $2.95 for a PDF eBook.
25 Oct 2013
Check your in-box for some light reading over the weekend – our latest newsletter has just been released chock full of:
- reviews of our emerging Australian writers
- what’s new in the bookstore
- our special offer for children’s books
- latest news for writers
- meeting author, Ronald Butler
- introducing our latest reviewers
- what’s been keeping us busy the past few months.
Read the full edition of the October news here.
Sign up for your own copy of the e-news here.
23 Oct 2013
His mum warns him that fries are not good for him but he can’t resist them. One day at the park he eats some left over fries and falls asleep. He does not hear his mum calling to him and when he wakes up he has been left behind. He decides to walk home when he realises that he is too fat to fly.
This is the story of the challenges he faces, including a confrontation with a fox, until he is finally reunited with his beloved family.
A lovely picture book with a moral about obesity, author Denise Volp was inspired to write Gregory the Greedy Duck when a duck almost crashed into her car on the way home from work.
Designed for the 1 to 6 age group, the writers’ web reviewers of all ages fell under Gregory’s spell.
“I enjoyed the book immensely and will read it several times again in the near future. What I liked about this book was how Denise Volp used language features to make the story interesting. I also noticed that the images were very effective and suited the story well. People that would enjoy this book are people who like an excellent short story.” Caitlin Shore
“It was good,” said Tommy of Gregory The Greedy Duck. His favourite part was when Gregory ate the healthy food a duck should, and his favourite illustration was where Gregory is being tempted by the unhealthy food (Tommy likes chips, too). Tommy understood the message about eating the right food for both Gregory and himself and thought that his 9-year-old brother would like this book, so he reviewed it too” (see below) Tommy Edwards.
“Gregory is a little duck who eats human food that is not healthy for him and he can’t fly home. The message is not to eat unhealthy food or you get fat. My favourite part was where the fox was going to eat him. I think preschoolers would like this book because there is a frightening bit, a happy ending and a lesson.” Jack Edwards.
“An endearing tale! The writing style is simple and the story is told well. Colourfully naïve illustrations are really appealing, and the text and illustrations are well matched. I would enjoy reading this book to some children and feel they would be very interested in the story. Gregory the Greedy Duck could be read by an adult to a group of 3-5 year old children, and could also be tackled by a beginning reader. It would be a fun resource for a teacher to use when discussing foods for humans and animals. It was my privilege to review Gregory the Greedy Duck.” Libby Blomfield
“We read this book twice. Oliver thought it was very funny, I think he can relate to it well because Oliver loves to eat chips. He was glad that Gregory found his way home after his adventures. He liked the pictures and he could follow along with the story using the pictures.” Oliver Murphy.
The author, Denise Volp (pictured right) says of Gregory the Greedy Duck: “As a teacher I am aware of the major issues for children in schools such as obesity and bullying. Gregory deals with the obesity issue and I do have an idea for a book on how children can deal with the issue of bullying, again using Gregory the Duck. Basically I have a wide range of ideas to write about and I need to focus and stop procrastinating.
“It was not until I had my first child that I realised that children’s books on the market very bland at the time, but I was too busy having children. It was not until my grandchildren were born (now that there are wonderful books on the market) that I rekindled my desire to write a book.”
Denise is a semi retired and when not writing, she bakes bread, makes ginger beer, works in her organic vegie garden and looks after her lovely husband. She is also a Reiki healer, level II, and working on becoming a Reiki Master.
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