Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts: Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods by Craig Phillips

A fantastic collection of diverse myths and legends from around the world – from Iceland to Poland to Japan, altogether in one graphic novel!!!

Tales include a cobbler girl tricks the Wawel Dragon, after all the king’s knights fail… The Polar Bear King loses his skin… Momotaro, born from a peach, defies the ogres everyone else is too scared to face… Snow White and Rose Red make friends with a bear…

This collection contains 10 tales and are retold as comics that includes adventures with giants, trolls, witches and beasts!!!

The art work is simply amazing, the legends and folktales are so exciting!! It’s one a graphic novel you would read over and over again and keep for collection. This is something I recommend to readers young and old alike who, like me, love myth and legend. I also recommend this for kids storytime – where parents can read to the children. It is pretty easy to follow however some themes may require parental guidance – the artwork is extremely details – such a visual feast!!!

Many thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishers for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.

-Annie

Dragonkeeper by Carole Wilkinson

Dragonkeeper is the first book of a series that is set to be released as a big budget feature film animation!!!!

Dragonkeeper: The Book
Set in Ancient China (Han Dynasty), this story is about a slave girl who saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master. An adventurous read that can be enjoyed by children as young as 8 years old and even among adults such as myself, I find this to be a great family friendly read. The adventure continues as the slave girl and the dragon are pursued by a ruthless dragon hunter and they begin an epic journey across China full of magical and wondrous adventure, meanwhile carrying a mysterious stone that must be protected.

What I loved most about this book is the references to Chinese Mythology and a girl who defies her brutal master and does not accept life the way it is – she breaks down the barriers and finds strength within herself to make this perilous journey which I believe is sending a positive message to girls. Not to mention the adventure is a lot of fun!!

Dragonkeeper: The Movie
The movie is being produced by Dragoia Media, Movistar+, Atresmedia Cine and China Film Animation – a member of China Film Group which is the largest and most influential state owned film company in China.

The script has been written by Ignacio Ferreras, Rosanna Checchini, Pablo Castrillo, Carole Wilkinson (author of Dragonkeeper) and Xiamping Wang.

The film will be directed by Ignacio Ferraras and co-ordinated by Zhang Bo.

Scheduled for release: late 2019/early 2020.

Many thanks to Walker Books for providing me with an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.
-Annie

Read3r’z Re-Vu Mother’s Day Special

In Australia, Sunday 14 May 2017 is Mother’s Day.
For a day that should be celebrated everyday, Read3r’z Re-Vu wanted to take this time to wish our beautiful mothers and all the beautiful mothers out there a wonderful day!!!

This special is a selection of recommendations for all of the mothers who love to read and the mothers who are looking for their next book to read to their children…

-featured photo of Tulip brooch handmade by Curio Boutique, a Read3r’z Re-Vu major sponsor-


An oldie but a goldie.. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This was my introduction to the classics and the regency period in books. I love how it teaches you that first impressions are not always accurate. I am recommending this for Mother’s Day as I find there are a few (or a lot of) reasons to recommend Pride and Prejudice to the mothers who love reading and are looking for a story that can apply to different people. The characters are multi layered and have their own faults.
-Meredith


The Wave in the Mind: Talks & Essays on the Writer, the Reader & the Imagination (About Writing)
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Overview: Ursula K. Le Guin explores a broad array of subjects, ranging from Tolstoy, Twain, and Tolkien to women’s shoes, beauty, and family life. With her customary wit, intelligence, and literary craftsmanship, she offers a diverse and highly engaging set of readings. 

Thoughtful, profound and inspiring. I found Le Guin’s voice to be refreshing, present and ever so relevant in today’s society for authors and readers alike. Topics explored include (but not limited to): imagination, life, society, oppression, feminism, reading and writing. Le Guin’s progressive and well thought-out perspectives and critiques are insightful, honest, delightful and empowering to read. Highly recommended for those who is after an interesting, inspiring and provocative read.
-NJ


Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
This recommendation is for all the mothers who love Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction – especially stories with an Arabian Nights Inspiration!!! This is the sequel to the epic debut: Rebel of the Sands, where the story isn’t about blood or love now it’s about treason and takes place approximately 1 year after the first book. Like the debut, this sequel was amazing! And I’m not just saying that because I love Arabian nights inspired stories. From start to finish the story really kept me turning the page as there was always something happening, always some action and plot twists, especially on the very last chapter – left me gaping and yearning to know what happens next! The plot and the setting really grabbed me, I found the plot progresses really well it’s not an info dump you follow the story as it progresses, you have insight into Arabian nights stories that form as part of the main plot, insightful backstories that paint a clear picture of the current plot and I felt this time I got to know the characters better than the first book and really want to continue with their story. If you haven’t yet read Rebel of the Sands, read it so you can read Traitor to the Throne!
Many thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishers for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
-Annie


Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester
This is a story about a brave young woman who is chasing her dream in the face of society’s disapproval.
Recommended to mothers who enjoy Historical Fiction, this story is set in 3 different eras: 1918 England, 1920’s and takes you through to the 1930’s. At a time of celebration, tragedy strikes and this story takes you through a woman’s struggle and strength that leaves you asking.. can you guess her mother’s secret? Beautifully and elegantly written, you can also see the work and effort that was put into this book for historical accuracy that is intertwined with the fictional plot. Beautiful read.
Many thanks to Hachette Publishers for providing me with an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.
-Annie



Blackwater Moon by B. Michael Radburn
Andy Walker knows tragedy is only ever a heartbeat away. When an inmate escapes from the prison farm upriver and abducts Nathan, a child Andy has vowed to protect after losing his own son years before, Andy discovers that the escapee is a dark figure from his past, the devil who changed his life and the man who introduced him to ‘The Game’
I really enjoyed this book and it really wasn’t what I was expecting. At first I was expecting the story to be similar to a domestic violence scenario where the woman is the victim but I was wrong. I really felt the emotion of the main character, Andy, to the point I cried and I even had to put the book down for a few hours but to have that sort of emotional reaction to the book just proves the author did a top job in conveying such a powerful story. The story does take you to a dark place which hits you to the core, it is heavy reading but I am a mother and I recommend this to mothers who love reading books that set your heart pounding but can handle heavy content. It really is worth the read.
Many thanks to Pantera Press who provided me with this book at the Read3r’z Re-Vu Mini Conference: 2016.
Many thanks to Read3r’z Re-Vu for having me on here as a special guest reviewer.

-Bec


Play by Jez Alborough
This is a recommended read for young mummies who love reading to their young kiddies or babies.
What can I say? This book was just TOO CUTE!!! Beautifully illustrated that tells such a cute and funny story in very few words. Play is about a little monkey who just wants to play.. play, play, play – even when Mummy says stay, he wants to play – and of course he wanders off like little kids do – so it’s an adventure to try and get home to his Mummy. The ending was adorable. Highly recommend this as a great kids picture book.
Many thanks to Walker Publishers for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.
-Annie


My Mum is Fantastic by Nick Butterworth
Regardless of age – this is the perfect Mother’s Day Gift!!!
A picture book that is suitable to toddlers reading their first books, it’s a beautiful way that explores all the wonderful things our mothers do for us and we take for granted. My mum is fantastic is that one book that captures how great our mothers are and giving this to your mother will tell her how much you love her!!
Wonderfully illustrated and large print – very suitable for the little tikes.

Many thanks to Walker Publishers for providing me with a Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.
-Annie

Read3r’z Re-Vu wishes our beautiful mothers and all the beautiful mothers a wonderful and Happy Mother’s Day!!!

(photo credit: Pink roses gratitude ring by Curio Boutique)

Kidz Korner Round Up

A child who reads will become an adult who thinks…

Read3r’z Re-Vu is a Network of Readers that strives to bring readers, bloggers, small business owners, authors and illustrators together as one community to embrace what we are most passionate about – books – and to endorse wide reading in the broader community. One of the things that are most important to us is children who read. As part of a community initiative, Read3r’z Re-Vu Founder, Annie McCann has teamed up with Re-Vu Newz Editor, Crystal Oros and Intel Researcher, Meredith Thomas for the “Kidz Korner Round Up” blog. This is a space where we select top recommendations for younger readers.. we endeavour to blog a selection of children’s books at least once a month….

Here are our recommendations…

Anzac Ted by Belinda Landsberry
A charming read. This is a real heart warming picture book. About a treasured teddy bear, that’s been with one family for three generations. This teddy bear made it through a war and became mascot for the squad that he was in. This tale also shows us not to judge a person or any object by what they look like.
-Meredith

Paddington and the busy day: By Michael Bond
Paddington was one of my favourites growing up and I’ll be honest I wasn’t expecting my three year ld to have the patience for this book but she was captivated by the illustrations and talking about all the thing she could see happening so this is a great book for developing your toddlers language skills.
-Crystal

Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey
This story is beautiful, funny and even a little bit sad. It’s about a pony called Thelma who isn’t happy with being a pony so she decides she wants to be a unicorn. This story is about self acceptance and being happy with being exactly as you are and our favourite message was about the special friendships when friends will love you even if Your not a unicorn.
-Crystal

Piranhas don’t eat bananas: By Aaron Blabey 
As a parent this is a fun read with lots of humour and the best part is it teaches your little one about healthy eating, the only downside is the number of bum jokes it promotes but is a good tool if your also at the toilet training stage.
-Crystal

I couldn’t stop laughing when I first read this book. So I had to do a few re-reads insterntly. The word rhymes between the fruit and vegitables with the body parts, that with anyone of any age will smile or laugh over. Piranhas also shows us that it’s alright to be your self. To me Piranhas is a feel good book that will always make me smile happily.
-Meredith

Moo and Moo and the Little Calf Too by Jane Milton
Based on a true story that was on these three cows and the adventure that they go on after an earthquake.  The story is told by rhyming sentences. The story is told from the cows point of view. The illustrations are beautifully done in water colours. Special thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishers for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.
-Meredith

Check on me: By Andrew Daddo & Jonathan Bentley
This one is my favourite! I love checking on my little one during the night to fix her blankets and just like the boy in the book I get to joke and talk to my child about how I find her sleeping and how we read books just like they do and yes you wake me up like that too. Again a great book for developing language and to open up conversations that are fun and loving.
-Crystal

Harvey the Hero by Hrefna Bragadottir
Harvey dreams of being a hero. Stopping thieves! Putting out fires! Saving lives! Little does he know that his dream is about to come true! This picture book was so cute, I absolutely loved the underlying message in this book that teaches kids that you don’t need a cape to save the day. I love how Harvey is clumsy but in his clumsiness he actually is a hero lol this is a great picture book for kids aged between 4 and 6 years old. Many thanks to Allen and Unwin Publishers for sending me an Advanced Review Copy on behalf of Nosy Crow Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
-Annie

Gary by Leila Rudge
A lovely picture book that’s wonderful to read to young children. This story is about a pigeon called Gary who spends most of his time eating and sleeping and dreaming of adventure because he’s the one pigeon who cannot fly. When his friends set off in their travel basket, Gary expects to stay at home, organizing his scrapbook of travel mementos and imagining far-off places but when he accidentally falls into the travel basket and ends up a very long way from home, he discovers that flying might not be the only way to have adventures. Such a creative story and the illustrations that depict a wondrous adventure were amazing. I highly recommend this to young readers in kindy or year 1. Noted on the CBCA list of reads for kids
Special thanks to Walker Books Publishers for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.

Night Shift by Debi Gliori (picture book)

An insight into depression that words often struggle to reach

A groundbreaking picture book on depression with stunning illustrations that both Annie and Meredith read together and highly recommend this as one of the most important picture books of the year.

“I have used dragons to represent depression. This is partly because of their legendary ability to turn a once fertile realm into a blackened, smoking ruin and partly because popular mythology shows them as monstrous opponents with a tendency to pick fights with smaller creatures. I’m not particularly brave or resourceful, and after so many years battling my beasts, I have to admit to a certain weariness, but I will arm-wrestle dragons for eternity if it means that I can help anyone going through a similar struggle.”
– Debi Gliori (author of Night Shift)

This is an amazing picture book that depicts the author’s struggle with depression. The author found this picture book was the best way to communicate her condition with others when she felt it difficult to explain in words – with the clever use of dragons that is used as a metaphor because of their common profile in other stories where they tend to be quite monstrous and pick fights with smaller creatures. I admire the author of this book as she doesn’t let depression eat away at her, she acknowledges her condition but puts it into beautiful illustrations and strives to manage it as well as bring understanding to others. I believe this is an important book and recommend it to readers of all ages.
-Annie

A very good take on explaining depression that I have never seen before. Throughout ‘Night Shift’, it shows that there is more then one way to beat depression but sometimes it doesn’t fully disappear which comes across beautifully. The depression is represented as dragons because dragons are always there, either by leaning on your shoulder, head or flying behind you at a distance. I thought this was quite creative. I also found it helpful in understanding depression a little bit more.
-Meredith

Many thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishers for an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for our honest review.

It’s My Body by Lory Freeman – Illustrated by Carol Deach

A 5 star rated book that empowers children to say no to unwanted touch!
Educational – Relevant – Important

The one fear most parents experience is the fear of their child being placed in the care of the wrong people or being molested by a predator. As a single parent, that fear increases. Neither parent can thoroughly monitor who their child is coming into contact with when they are with the other parent and often, separated parents are not open to co-parenting.

For me as a single parent, the best gift I can give my child is a book just like this one that will teach her that her body is special, it belongs to her and no one is entitled to touch her without her consent.

A short and simply worded book suitable for children as young as 3 years old that explains what a healthy touch is all about. I found this book as a recommendation on a parenting website along with a few other books relating to empowering children and developing healthy boundaries. So if you are a parent like me and wishes to be free from worrying then this is a positive step forward to one of many proactive means of protecting your child.

I highly recommend this to all parents of young children.

-Crystal

Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Spelman – Illustrated by Teri Weidner

5 stars and highly recommended for children aged 2 years and up

A gentle and empowering read about touch.

I found this book on a parenting website recommending this to children from ages 2 years and up. I really enjoyed how this book illustrated lots of love and affection while slightly making it clear that it’s always OK to say “NO” when you do not feel comfortable with being touch – even if it’s just saying no to an unwanted hug.

Written positively and structured in a simple yet reassuring way with wonderful illustrations, I found it caught the eye of my toddler and I highly recommend this to all parents to read to their children.

-Crystal