A Year with Marmalade

I am very excited about the release of A Year with Marmalade.

Illustrated by the amazing Heath McKenzie and written by me, A Year with Marmalade, is a story about losing friends and making new ones. It’s a story about change, which isn’t always a bad thing.

Here’s the synopsis: Ella and Maddy are best friends who love spending time together. But one day everything changes when Maddy has to go away. She entrusts her cat Marmalade to Ella’s care, but Marmalade and Ella are not best friends – or even friends at all – and they definitely don’t like each other’s company.

Then, one cold winter’s morning, Ella wakes to find Marmalade sleeping at the bottom of her bed. And so begins a tentative friendship that blossoms like the tree in Ella’s garden…


Latest series – Baby Talk

I’m thrilled about my latest series of board books called Baby Talk, illustrated by the extremely talented Lee Krutop.

The publisher asked me to come up with a series of books for newborns and up, aimed at the parents. I know that many people say that being a parent is instinctive, but sometimes I found my instinct took a little while to kick in when confronted by a tiny, precious baby!

Even though we may not realise it immediately, babies tell us what they want and need. Our job in caring for them is to watch, listen and respond. This is how we can communicate with our babies no matter how old they are.


Melbourne Writers Festival 2011

Sean and I had a fantastic time presenting Ranger in Danger at the Melbourne Writers Festival, but it ended up being hilarious.

Sean was going to burst into venue after all kids settled and I was to say to the kids that Sean said he would be there and I didn’t know where he was, and the last I heard was that he was seeing some elephants.

So, off Sean runs to Yarra bank to find mud to rub on his face. (he is much braver than me. Those of you that know the Yarra River in Melbourne would know why I would be very hesitant to rub mud in from there!)
The children arrive and I introduce myself, and look at watch etc and say Sean should be here soon.


But we hear an elephant trumpeting faintly somewhere in the distance.

So I get all the 75 kids to yell ‘Sean’.

Very soft elephant noise, but no Sean.

I ask kids what facts they know about elephants. They know lots, and I even learn quite a few new ones. Every so often we hear a soft elephant trumpet.

I ask everyone to yell ‘Sean’ again.

No Sean. Just a wistful sounding elephant noise.

Then suddenly he rushed into room with a great bang and asked for a strong volunteer to help him hold door shut against the elephant. He had got a passerby to bang around outside.

And then we went into the dvd of when Sean was really chased by an angry elephant.

So Sean and I really need to work on our cues! He was waiting for one of the volunteers to summon him in, but don’t think anyone was sure who was meant to do it.

The rest of the talk was fun. Lots of lovely bright kids.

A huge thank you to the Melbourne Writers Festival!

Book Week celebrations begin this Saturday!

Collinsbooks Northland

Come along to our fabulous CBCA Book Week celebrations beginning this Saturday 20th August at 12pm with the lovely Corinne Fenton who will be signing copies of her children’s books. Our guest Authors over the duration of Book Week include: George Ivanoff, Ian Trevaskis, Adam Wallace, Sally Rippin, Alison Reynolds & Steven O’Connor.


For You Mum

The bond between a mother and her child is powerful and outlasts even death. This anthology captures the moments of love, occasional frustration and humour that exist between a mother and her children. It also answers the questions of how to feng shui your house against your mother-in-law; is a mother or father faster at changing a nappy; and is it possible to establish a grown-up relationship with your mother.

Why I love my Mum and Why I love my Grandma

Why I love my mum and Why I love my grandma out now!

Create your own book allows you to make your very own book by including a photo of your  very own mum or grandma on the front cover.
-Personalise the last two spreads in the book with your own stories and drawings.
-Features six spreads of delightfully funny and quirky text by Alison Reynolds.
-Lively and colourful illustrations by Serena Geddes capture mum’s and grandma’s hilarious antics.

Ranger in Danger:Takama’s Tyranny Out Now!

Takuma Tyranny

You’re off to the Pacific islands. You can’t wait.

Gigantic whales, man-eating sharks and mysterious shipwrecks.
Someone’s after the supersmart dolphin, Flip, with its huge dorsal fin.
It’s up to you to save it from captivity and the evil clutches of Takama.
Do you dare to try?