News and Reviews

The world of publishing is an exciting one. Its landscapes strewn with aspiring writers, shifting portals of opportunity and rumours of inspiring tales from distant lands.

Like miners, publishers must sift through common stone to find the rare gems – and be prepared to recognise them for the precious stones they are while they yet remain uncut and unpolished. Like explorers, publishers must be prepared to search far and wide for masters of their arts who have more interest in writing than in marketing. And like warriors, publishers must be prepared at any time for the battles of changing laws, changing processes and yes, even powerful enemies.

TaleBlade News and Reviews is in many ways a snapshot of this strange but enticing world. Containing reviews of rare gems, introductions of new masters and news – good and bad – on events that impact authors, books and the fragile structures supporting them.

The world of publishing is an exciting one. TaleBlade News and Reviews is in many ways a snapshot of this strange but enticing world.

Corduroy

Corduroy

Corduroy - Don Freeman   Before There Was Toy Story, There Was the Story of Corduroy Bear Corduroy is a stuffed brown bear in green overalls who can think and feel - and wander around - all on his own. He is also the perfectly adorable and quite memorable star of...

The Grumpface

The Grumpface

The Grumpface - BCR Fegan   “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” - Dr Seuss Every now and then a book is written that takes words and turns them into phrases, takes phrases and turns...

The Importance of Reading with Children

The Importance of Reading with Children

The Importance of Reading with Children   “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein When I was a child I used to love mum reading books to me. We...

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the Places you’ll go! - Dr Seuss   When we remember our childhood, often it will consist of our favourite stories. The adventures we embarked upon and the trials we overcame alongside the characters. These stories have made an imprint on our imagination that...

Picture Book Cover Design

Picture Book Cover Design

The Importance of Good Cover Design   Children’s picture books are all about igniting a child’s imagination. A good cover is what begins this process. It is the promise of adventure, excitement and humour. Like an amuse-bouche at a fine restaurant, the cover...

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss   The Cat in the Hat is arguably Dr Seuss' most well known book, if by nothing more than the title alone. His unique ability to simultaneously delight children and often confuse adults is part of his genius. His immediately...

Author Review Graeme Base

Author Review Graeme Base

Graeme Base   One would be hard-pressed to seek out a children’s author who combines the ability of writing and illustrating as well as Graeme Base. He has an amazing talent for inserting magic into the simplest of ideas, and for drawing dramatic scenes that...

Book Reviewer Basics

Book Reviewer Basics

The Basics of writing a book review   The most important thing to remember when reviewing a book is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Sure, if you are a trusted authority providing highly detailed literary criticism for a major publication, you may...

The Story About Ping

The Story About Ping

The Story about Ping - Marjorie Flack   From time to time, stories are crafted so cleverly, that they leave an indelible imprint upon the mind of a curious child. There is nothing fantastical or overly imaginative about this book. Yet the author weaves a...

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