Tag: Australia

  • Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey Novel Study

    Bad Guys is a bestselling Australian early reader by Australian author and illustrator Aaron Blabey. The Bad Guys series is frequently recommended for kids who enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Treehouse series, stories by David Walliams, Ahn Do Weirdo, the Real Pigeons series, Minecraft Zombie books and other children’s books parents can find at Kmart and Target.

  • Two Weeks With The Queen by Morris Gleitzman Novel Study

    Two Weeks With The Queen is an Australian middle grade novel by Morris Gleitzman. My edition is copyrighted 1989, though other places on the web will tell you this book was first published in 1990 or 1991.

  • The Little Crooked House by Wild and Bentley Picture Book Analysis

    The Little Crooked House by Margaret Wild and Jonathan Bentley

    The Little Crooked House (2005) is an Australian picture book written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley who, coincidentally, has the perfect name for this story, gotta say.

  • The Home Girls by Olga Masters Short Story Analysis

    William Frederick Yeames - For the Poor

    “The Home Girls” is a short story by Australian writer Olga Masters (1919 – 1986), and the first story of Masters’ 1982 collection, also called The Home Girls. I’m interested in Olga Masters partly because her fiction wasn’t published until she was in her 50s. Then, when she was published, she won a bunch of…

  • My Shadow Is Pink by Scott Stuart Analysis

    My Shadow Is Pink is a rhyming picture book by Australian author/illustrator Scott Stuart, perfect for Rainbow Storytime, or at any time in fact. I’d encourage readers to compare and contrast this book with The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. The Crayons picture book is a mega bestseller, and I…

  • Which novels are Australian high school English students studying?

    This list is collected from online chats about children’s books studied in Australian high schools. Comments are from teachers who have used these books in class in 2020. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas American. Teachers are having huge success with Years 9 and 10. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor…

  • John Brown, Rose and The Midnight Cat (1979) Picture Book Analysis


    John Brown and the Midnight Cat is a classic Australian picture book by Wagner and Brooks. Children read a different story from adults.

  • Dead Calm Film Study

    Dead Calm movie poster landscape

    Sometimes horror movies are even more terrifying when read metaphorically. In Dead Calm, the story of a husband and wife at sea with a murderous intruder is bad enough, but what if the murderer doesn’t exist? Dead Calm is a well-executed but outdated psychological horror, adapted in 1989 for film from a 1963 novel by…

  • Bluey Australian TV Show Storytelling

    Bluey Family

    Remember that time an episode of British cartoon Peppa Pig was taken off air in Australia? It was the episode which taught kids that spiders aren’t scary. Not a lesson Aussie kids need to learn. Well, fast forward a few years and Australian kids now have their own cartoon series reminiscent of Peppa Pig. Bluey…

  • The Lap Pool by Robert Drewe Short Story Analysis


    “The Lap Pool” is a short story by Australian author Robert Drewe, and the opening story in the 2008 collection The Rip.

  • Symbolism of the Beach in Australian Literature

    Sydney convict art beach

    There are a great number of natural landscapes in Australia apart from beaches yet the beach has somehow become iconic.

  • Tomorrow When The War Began Questions

    Tomorrow When The War Began

    The following are some resources I used with New Zealand high school English students some years ago during a novel study of Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden. Posted here in case anyone still finds this useful. How many wars has New Zealand been involved in during the last 50 years? The Cold…