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.
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.
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.
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.
Magic Fish Dreaming is one of those books destined for parents who understand the importance of reading a book to their children, a book that discovers magic in the country and its creatures. The words are joyful and magical. The illustrations are lovable, alive with shape, imagery and spirit.
This book is filled with poems that draw you into the peacefulness of the Australian bush. Poems that celebrate the creatures like Geckos’ Dance, Beyond Caterpillar Days, Tawny and Wishing for a Fish invite readers on a rhythmic journey with images to help them along the way.
Poems that feature the power of our environment like Storm Dancers and Lost at Sea gather readers up and ask them to explore the heart of far north Queensland.
This is a book for everyone, to read quietly under a tree or to snuggle on the side of the bed and read aloud to the ones they love. It will certainly enrich the lives of those who read it.
“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”
“Thank you for sending your beautiful new children’s book “Magic Fish Dreaming” all the way from Australia, signed by you and the illustrator. She said “oooooh,” which means five star review from her. This book was lovely. The poems and the illustrations were beautiful. She was ooohing at the picture where the children are sitting under the moon and at the Tawny Frogmouth especially.”
*Thanks for permission from this little one’s mum to share this picture.
Our latest review went up at Reading Time the Children’s Book Council Association Blog (CBCA) on January 11th.
“Helene Magisson’s gentle, whimsical water colour illustrations cleverly capture the essence and magic at the heart of this collection of poetry by June Perkins. Drawing from the natural world of northern Queensland, Perkins explores such topics as the spirit of the cassowary, the dance of the geckos, night hunting of the tawny owl, a child’s dislike of cane toads and the power of the elements using a variety of poetic styles.
Although Perkin’s language and analogies may be a little sophisticated for the younger reader her ability to bring to life the spirit of northern Australia is compelling.