Magic Fish Dreaming

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A poetic celebration and exploration of nature, people and imagination in Far North Queensland.

Encourages children and families everywhere to hunt for their own nature-based or urban poems.

“Luminous and jubilant, Magic Fish Dreaming explores an imaginative world of rainforest and cassowary, the flicker of geckos and the roll of quolls. Whimsical poems and exquisite images invite readers to venture into vibrant, magical places, rich with stories and legends. 

Like the work of Michael Rosen and Shirley Hughes, images and words combine to evoke the textures and spirit of landscapes. Here, though, it is a vibrant Australian world readers discover, one alive with the colour and energy of nature and many cultures.”

Felicity Plunkett, Poet and Poetry Editor for University of Queensland Press

For more reviews

Paper back, ISBN   9780980731187.

17 poems, 48 pages in total, title index, 2 sections, 210mm X 284mm, extensive educational notes and suggested activities available.

Suitable for reading with children all ages and for independent readers four and up.  A treasured book to grow up with and revisit!

(Please note Dreaming in the title is based on a poem in the book where the phrase ‘magic fish dreaming,’ is said and not in the context of Australian Indigenous Dreamtime. The author’s cultural background in second generation migrant of Bush Mekeo and Australian /English.)

For Tasmanian Readers  Magic Fish Dreaming is now at:

Stories Bookshop   Level 1, 75 St John Street, Launceston

Fullers Bookshop  131 Collins St, Hobart (may still be in Transit but will be there very soon!)

[Please note: The book may retail slightly higher in Tasmania due to postage costs, but we have done our best to keep it as low as we possibly can and it will be cheaper than ordering direct.]

 

For Queensland Readers  Magic Fish Dreaming is currently available at:

 

Big B Books, (Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast)

Little Gnome (Wynnum, Brisbane)

Riverbend Books (Bullimba, Brisbane)

Mary Ryan’s Books, Music and Coffee (Milton, Brisbane)

Books@Stones (Stones Corner, Brisbane)

Little Angels, Children Boutique  and Toys (Tully)

Hidden Words Bookshop (Kuranda)

Mary Who Bookshop (Townsville)

Chapter, (Yeppoon, Central QLD)

Berkelouw Eumundi Book Store (Sunshine Coast)

Annie’s Books on Peregian (Sunshine Coast)

 

 

Public Libraries  please contact 

Peter Pal

James Bennett

Wheeler’s Books Australia (Also Libraries and Early Education Centres)

 

School Supplier

Wheeler’s Books Australia (Also Libraries and Early Education Centres)

Wheeler’s Books New Zealand (Also for Libraries and Early Education Centres)

Riverbend Books (Bullimba, For Brisbane or any of the Above Brisbane Stores)

 

To order outside of QLD / Tasmania    $27 per copy within Australia

(postage costs reduced when ordering more than one, please email us)

 

Available by direct order to  all those in Australia living outside areas where the book is stocked: Email gumbootspearlz@gmail.com

 

All other purchasers once our suppliers are sorted, as some can send overseas!

We’ll let you know when international distribution happens or how we will handle international orders.  Feel free to send queries via email.

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To read our full list Honour Blog Roll Thankyous

A special thank you to Write Links,  Book Links, the Children’s Book Academy, the Inspiration Garden, Soul Food Writing buddies,  friends from writing groups I have been in, blog followers, the Creative community of Far North Queensland and the Baha’is for their support.

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Positively Reviewed (more reviews on their way!)

 

Penny Harrison, Kids Book Review

Children’s Book Academy Review and Interview

Australian Children’s Poetry Review

Reading Time, Children’s Book Council Australia

Just Write for Kids Lit Review, Romi Sharp

Vacen Taylor’s Review (Good Reads)

Georgina Ballantine Review (Good Reads Review)

Dimity Powell’s Review

 

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I See Hundreds of Children’s Books Every Year

I am so thrilled to have Magic Fish Dreaming.

You may recall I catalogue library books, so I see hundreds of children’s books every year.

Your book really stands out in quality and appeal.

Congratulations to you and Helene for bringing such a beautiful book into the world!

Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

It is truly beautiful–to read, and to look at

Lea Goward

Acrostic River on Australian Children’s Poetry Blog

Andrew Matthews, some rights reserved, Franklin River

I just love the Australian Children’s poetry blog, mainly because it shares such a variety of poets with diverse styles and many interesting prompts.

There are funny, serious, rhyming, non rhyming,  scientific and reflective poems. 

I have shared some interviews with some of the poets featured there on my Ripple Poetry blog in a series called Ten things about Poetry and Me if you would like to go read them.

This is my latest contribution on Australian Children’s Poetry, published earlier this week.

 

Three Trips Down the River

 

I  – A  Bed Time Story

Rainforest children fall

Into green dreams

Visions

Embracing nature’s eyes

Releasing their love for salmon.

 

II-  Night Time Wishing

Releasing time

In my heart for

Visions of night fishing with Poppy

Evenings of searching for the perfect spot

Remembering our smiles at my first catch.

 

III –  The Franklin

Revealing wild rivers

In the journeys they inspire

Visions for tourist and visitors

Entranced by nature’s eyes

Recipes are made for protective renewal.

June Perkins

First published on Australian Children’s Poetry June 13th 2017

Junior Book Reviews

With new reader in Eumundi

It is always a treasure to hear back from the junior readers who this book is written for.

This month we have  had three junior reviews and one class review in for Magic Fish Dreaming.

We would love to hear from any of our readers, but particularly our younger readers.

Thanks so much to:

Rochelle 5 stars, loved learning about the people and animals and  ‘gecko’s dance’ and ‘discovering magic’

Barry  5 stars, magic and fun, liked ‘giggle poems’ and ‘pond pests’

Class 5 who overall gave the book a 4 stars rating.

Matilda  My favourite poem in the collection is called ‘Rain song,’ about the rain moving across the land and affecting banana towns, cassowaries, and fields of sugar cane. I liked the sense of movement. Read her review in full at   Alphabet Soup

Thank you to the bloggers of  Junior Book Worms Review and  Alphabet Soup  for encouraging children to read and reflect on their reading experiences.  Thanks so much for sharing your views so honesty and to Junior Book Worms Review for taking the books out to children to discover and enjoy.

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Magic Fish Dreaming can be found at several town libraries now, including: several libraries in Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Tasmania and Cairns as well as the state library of Queensland, and the national library.

It is still available at all our listed shops or directly from June.  If you want your library to stock it put a request into the library and they may just buy it.

We know the book is also making its way to many schools.  If you want your school to purchase it send them to our website, Wheelers Books, or one of the listed shops.

Books@Stone May Visit

Thanks to the lovely owners of Books@Stones, the people who stopped to chat today and the two lovely young ladies passing by who said ‘Wow, looks lovely’ at the top of their voices.

Today I shared ‘Discovering Magic,’ ‘Tawny’ and ‘Wishing for A Fish’ and met a young lady who loved music, mathematics, poetry. . . and Fish.  I pointed out Helene’s latest illustration work in Whirlpool to this little Miss and her Grandma.

A big thank you to Kara McLeod, a fellow SCWIBI and Write Links buddy, for listening to me read some poems with a couple of other lovely people.  It was a delight to see your smiling face there. Thanks so much to my daughter and son who kept me company sitting at the shop and hubby who helped set up and pack up.

The family took turns at the table with me and when off duty enjoyed exploring Stones Corner. It is a wonderful shopping area for the bargain hunter and the popular culture fan, with five op shops, and a Marvel comic and games shop as well.  Adding atmosphere were two buskers at either end of the street (one a violinist). Perhaps I need to take my two youngest ones busking with me at markets and sell a few poetry books that way too.

The community passing by whilst I sat with my soft toy pals was quite diverse, with people seeming to come from all corners of the globe. Someone asked me if I am related to a very famous Perkins family, and I said I wasn’t but what an amazing family of film makers and activists for human rights. We discussed why I love to have diversity within the Magic Fish Dreaming book.

Lovely to know that some more grandparents will be reading the poetry with their children.

There are still books at the shop if you would like pop in and buy one so we officially add Books@Stones to our list of shops who want to share the magic of the book.

Celebrating Australian Authors and Stories – Magic Fish Dreaming Heading to Books@Stones in May!

Today I dropped some books off at the lovely Books@Stones.  What delightful owners and shop.

The dear owners, Karen and Michael Weibler, are kindly putting a display up and I left a few things for them to work with.

We had a brief chat about the wonderful children’s literature community of Brisbane and the great Independent bookshops we both admire.

A big shout out to Riverbend!

I am so looking forward to reading some poetry at the shop next week and sharing a little of the world of Magic Fish Dreaming.

Hope to meet some new readers for Magic Fish Dreaming.  So if you are free would be great to meet you.

And to all grandparents and parents looking for a book to share with their grandchildren in the upcoming June school holidays, this book has already become beloved of a number of grandparents and parents.

It is designed to be read aloud!

I am sure if you want to have a sneak peek of the book before Saturday you can do that.

Look at that front door, just so inviting (and there is a poster letting you know I am on the way!)

Magic Fish Dreaming – The Book Trailer

 

Today we finally have a book trailer for Magic Fish Dreaming!

I have been wanting to do this for a while.

There is so much for Indi (Independent) publishers to do, and we try to do as much of it as we can ourselves.

So we find ourselves doing publicity, sales, distribution, accounting,  book trailers, our blogs, websites and more!

The Magic Fish Dreaming team is so pleased to have our book in twelve shops in two states, and to have three suppliers on board (they do libraries and schools).

This trailer is especially to assist all our sales outlets and suppliers boost the public’s knowledge of the book. We hope it helps!

Half the challenge with books is having people walk into the shop and ask for it, or spot it on the shelves.

If you love our book we would love you to share this trailer so it can make it out to more families.

Do support the wonderful book stores who continue to promote and support Australian and diverse authors, and their local authors.

There is so much pressure with globalisation to lose the local voice and flavour in favour of mass popular products, however there will and should always be a place for the diversity of voice and art and for beauty, poetry and joy!

For Indi Authors, sometimes our best friends are those fabulous indi book stores!