picture books

Grandma Forgets

Grandma Forgets
Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston

Publisher EK Books


Grandma Forgets is the heart-warming story of a family bound by love as they cope with their grandma’s dementia. Over the years, the little girl has built up a treasure trove of memories of time spent with Grandma: sausages for Sunday lunch, driving in her sky-blue car to the beach, climbing her apple trees while she baked a delicious apple pie, and her comforting hugs during wild storms.
But now, Grandma can’t remember those memories. She makes up new rules for old games and often hides Dad’s keys. Sometimes Dad is sad because he has to hold onto the memories for both him and his mother now, but fortunately his daughter is only too happy to help him make new memories to share.

Kindergarten year 1 gave the book 4.5 stars


The kids enjoyed this heartwarming story, they thought the new games were fun, and all agreed time with grandparents is fun and special.

It’s a great idea to make new memories because it’s hard to remember all the old ones sometimes but that’s ok.


Jnr book worms book review

This was a beautiful book to share, it tackles a very tricky topic in a delicate loving way.

A couple of the children were in familiar situations, and thought it was wonderful that grandma may forget but will always know she is loved.

I thought the book gave a positive spin on what can be a hard topic to explain to little ones in a uplifting way.

With so many family’s affected this will help them come to terms with dementia.


Paddy O’Melon The Irish Kangaroo

Paddy O’Melon

By Julia Cooper and Daryl Dickson

Paddy O’Melon is the endearing story of a young rainforest kangaroo. Separated from his mother as a young joey, Paddy is found and raised by an Irish family who live in the rainforest and often help orphaned or injured animals. But while Paddy loves his new human family, he’s curious to find out what he really is.

So, he sets out on a journey into the rainforest where he meets a range of other interesting animals — from musky rat-kangaroos to green tree frogs, from ringtail possums to flying-foxes. But all he really wants is to be reunited with his mother and his own kind. Perhaps the cassowary can tell this little red-legged pademelon who he really is and take him safely home?


Class 2-4 gave the book 4 stars

The children enjoyed the tale of the little kangaroo and his journey through the rainforest.

They thought that the illustrations showed off the native animals perfectly. Saying that we need to look after the native animals.

They all thought it was great that he got home to his family


Jnr book worms Book Review

A delightful tale  with its beautiful illustrations that showcases the Australian rainforest animals.

It takes us on a wonderful journey while subtly giving us an important message of conservation. A great book to introduce children to the fascinating animals of the rainforest



Max Booth Future Sleuth Tape Escape

Max Booth Future Sleuth

by Cameron Macintosh

About The Series: Max Booth is an 11-year-old ‘shadie’ urchin living in the year 2424, struggling to survive.

With the chance to make some money by uncovering the secrets of mysterious ”gadgets” from the 20th century for the Bluggsville City Museum, Max and his faithful, but slightly neurotic, robo-dog Oscar start investigating.

But the path to success is never easy, and there are sinister tricks, strange characters and lots of challenges along the way.


Book 1: Max, and Oscar have been asked to identify an object that’s baffling everyone – a 1980s cassette tape. But there’s more to this tape than meets the eye. The tape contains long lost songs from a popular ”mega-star” David Snowie, and now there’s a strange musicological expert who clearly wants to stop them in their tracks


Luke Aged 8 gave the book 4 stars

its about max and his dog who is a robot dog and their adventure to solve the mystery and its set in the future..

I thought it was really funny and I enjoyed reading it.

I liked that it was set in the future and about finding  treasure which is a cassette tape from the olden days when my mum and dad were kids.

I recommend it for anyone who likes funny books


Jnr book worms book review

I think this is a great book for reluctant readers as its humour and action will engage the reader. it will lead to great discussions about what life might be like inn the future as well as in the past.



Reena’s Rainbow

Reena’s Rainbow

Author: Dee White, Tracie Grimwood
Publisher EK books


Reena is deaf and Dog is homeless, but they are also so much more than that. At first Reena and Dog feel like they don’t belong, but when they form a unique bond with each other, and become friends with the hearing children in the park, they discover that everyone is different and special in their own way.

Reena’s Rainbow is about friendship, diversity and acceptance. It sends the message that true friends will always accept your differences and love you just the way you are.

KIndergarten to year 3 gave the book 5 stars

The children really enjoyed the story of Reena and her Dog they thought the illustrations were wonderful especially when her happiness bubbled up.

They though it was great that the children took turns in playing and their favourite part was when Reena became part of the rainbow, because everyone loves rainbows.


This is a beautiful book and delicately shows the emotions of Reena. The illustrations and text set a wonderful tone showing the beauty in her strengths and connection with her Dog.

A heartwarming book showing us the importance of friendship and acceptance.


Mega Rad Grandads

By Andrea Gallagher

illustrated By David Clare

Mega-rad Grandads: An A-Z of seriously cool seniors is a read-aloud picture book starring real grandads having fun. Each page features a different character and rhyme to tell stories about how modern grandads like to hang out.

Kindergarten and year 1 gave  the book 4 stars

The children enjoyed this book, telling me some of their grandads were actually in the book!  be it similar activities or  by simply having the same name.

They all enjoyed the alphabet based book and where trying to guess what name would come next.

they loved trying to match the illustration with the pictures of grandads at the back of the book.


A great book to celebrate our grandads with its easy to read rhyme, alphabet picture book.

Delightful to read and share a book that showcases the wonderful diverse interests and skills of  Australia’s senior population. while sharing a personal connection with the pictures of real grandads.