Happy Customer – State Library Shop

Thanks to one of our fans, for sending us this picture of her purchasing the book at the State Library shop, at South Bank.

It is in the Australian Children’s Literature section for anyone else heading into find it there.

If you have any problems locating it be sure to ask the very helpful staff.

Love it when people send us photographs of the book and where they find it.

Thanks so much!

Freedom For Every Child

From the Perkins Family Archive

I wish for every child in the world, freedom from war, freedom from hunger, free education, and someone who cares for them and loves to read them poetry.

Thanks so much to the following people for their much valued and precious feedback on Magic Fish Dreaming.

Thank you to the Children’s Book Academy for their recent interview.

Thank you to the Sandcliffe Writers Festival for giving me a voice. And everyone who stopped to look at my book and those of other presenters on the table at the Bracken Ridge Library.

All the people who helped make this book delight in knowing how young readers are responding to the art and the stories and I do pass your messages on to Helene Magisson our illustrator as well.

It gives me hope!

I have begun work in earnest on a sequel to Magic Fish Dreaming.   Will keep you posted.

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Just read your book to my kids and they loved it, June. I am going to take a copy to their school library tomorrow. What beautiful book. My daughter is 5 and loves to dance, so ‘Storm Dancers’ is her favourite. My boy loves the tawny frogmouth. His favourite. I hope it lands in every library. It’s a gorgeous read.

Lauren Elise Daniels, Brisbane Writers Workshop and Professional Editor

Read your book to a child in detention on Nauru.  He just loved it and wanted it read to him again and again, especially the funny one, ‘Discovering Magic.’

Worker on Nauru

Absolutely gorgeous book…I purchased one for my grandson Fletcher…we sit together and read its our special book xxx

Tracey, Grandmother from Tasmania

We are  .. .  grateful that this beautiful book exists because of its beauty, its diversity, and the environmental caring it subtly weaves through inspiration.

Grandparent Loves the Book!

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Receiving messages like this about Magic Fish Dreaming, is just so special.

Hi June,

Just want to tell you that I love your book. Can’t decide what is my favorite poem. Looking forward to read more and more for my grandkids.

I love and admire your work. And the illustrations by Helene are just gorgeous.

“Secret spot reflecting inner essence of trees but hiding bubbles of crocodiles” Beautiful. This feels like the essence of life itself. And our journey here.

Thank you so much. Please do this again.

I will surely back you again for bringing something so special to fruition.

Thanks again.

Best wishes for you

Catherine

From Parent Fans

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Photo courtesy of parent

Guess what we are reading  before sleep time tonight…

Thank you so much.

To all my fellow parents I highly recommend the book.

Johanna

(Thank you Johanna for permission to share this.   What an absolutely adorable picture of one of our young readers. 

So happy you are enjoying the book. Just love that background wall! – From June)

Please note for all people  in Australia outside of Queensland we can take direct orders and mail the book out to you.

Just email us at gumbootspearlz@gmail.com  (and if you are in Queensland and living nowhere near a stockist do contact us as well.)

Beaming Readers, Reviews, Poems and more…

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Courtesy of one of our readers

This lovely young man’s Nana said he loves his book!

Thank you so much for letting us know and sending this delightful picture of an absolutely beaming reader!

We just love this picture!

In Other News

Our latest review is up on Just Write for Kids

Here is an extract.

“The mix of musical lyrics, sensitive dialogue and thoughtful stories effortlessly blend with the mesmerisingly enchanting illustrations to allow us to venture into the cultures and wonderments of the people, creatures, and our own imaginations. Magic Fish Dreaming is a book that will engage the reflectors, the adventurers and the poets in all of us.”

Magical for children aged five and up.  Romi Sharp

Head to the blog to read the whole review

June has had a couple of poems go up on Australian Children’s Poetry

Caterpillar’s Song

First Day

June also did a live radio interview on 4k1G Townsville with Vee Gara, 5.15 on the 2nd of February. It was great to catch up with Vee and let people know about the book.

Helene Magisson did a lovely interview at  Readilearn

Helene has several more books in the works.  One of which is The Whirlpool (May 2017)

You can keep track by checking out her website.

Helene Magisson will be at Romancing the Stars, with copies of the book and prints on February 24th at the Sunshine Coast.

Magic Fish Dreaming in the Philippines

Nilson and Roseanne read Magic Fish Dreaming
Image courtesy of Mel Irvine

Extract from  The Succesful Delivery of Magic Fish Dreaming by Mel Irvine

Arriving back in Estancia after more than two months in Australia and one of my first visits was to the family of Jerry’s best friend. I had a small bag of gifts from Australia including a Koala plushie and the wonderful Magic Fish Dreaming.

June Perkins, my friend and author of Magic Fish Dreaming arranged almost one year ago to share her wonderful book here with some of the kids and June, if you are reading this, they truly love it. Success!

We drank pepsi and ate little packets of biscuits and the kids looked through their bag of bag of gifts.

“Isda, Isda” (Fish, Fish) sang their squeals of delight.

“Grabi” (Wow) cried out six year old Roseanne and her little brother Nilson (four), turning the pages of wonderful illustrations. What a joy to photograph their candid delight.

To read the rest visit The Successful Delivery of Magic Fish Dreaming