Children’s Books

‘That’s not a house!’
A storybook about children, a cyclone, houses and homes.

Cyclone Larry first made itself felt in North Queensland March 20th 2006. The effects of the devastation left in it’s wake will be felt by northern communities for many years. The broken rainforest and the affected towns will take time to regrow and rebuild – but it will happen.

‘That’s not a milk carton’

Having been born and raised in a city, moving to the country was a learning experience. Seeing the farmers and how they work, was both interesting and educational for me. My children are lucky, they will get to see something that may not be around for very much longer.

‘That’s not a tractor!’
A story about a little boy cane farming and tractors.

Having been born and raised in a city, moving to the country was a learning experience. Seeing the farmers and how they work, was both interesting and educational for me. My children are lucky, they will get to see something that may not be around for very much longer.

‘That’s not a balloon!’
A story about boys, balloons and a lot of hot air.

Living in an out of the way place can have its benefits. We sometimes see some very strange sights; sights you wouldn’t ordinarily see in a big city.Some of these sights need investigating.

‘That’s not a raincoat!’
A story about little boys, raincoats and bananas.
‘That’s not a Moo Cow!’

The first four of these five children’s books were written and illustrated by me in an attempt to promote rural life in the cities. The fifth was to fill a special request within my own community.

Initially ‘That is not a tractor!’ and ‘That’s not a milk carton!’ were written to raise awareness of the plight of farmers. Money earned from these went to the Farmers Fighting Fund. Soon after, I wrote ‘That’s not a raincoat!’ and ‘That’s not a moo cow!’ for the same reason; these are sold locally in Innisfail and Cairns, North Queensland.

After the loss of our family home during Cyclone Larry March 2006, the local people asked if I would release a fifth book relating to the cyclone, I chose to write instead about living conditions; ‘That’s not a house!’ This book was used by the Dept of Communities and Catholic Ed in counselling children displaced by Cyclone Larry.

The books have been written in a classroom reader style for children of different reading abilities [many adults have also used these books to learn to read].

The illustrations are coloured pencil [a medium children are most familiar with] and have been drawn in a lifelike style so children can recognise themselves.

To produce the books my children and I visited working farms to learn. I listened to the questions my non farming children asked so these questions asked by so many children can be answered in each book.

The unmitigated success my books have found astounds me.

Not only within the local community have these books been doing well but the Queensland State Government recently came across the books. They have placed their faith in them by organizing them to be situated in Queensland State Schools, libraries and licensed Child care Centres under the banner – Blue print for the bush. These books have a special print run and carry the State logo as well as the Blue print for the bush logo.

In addition to satisfying their book request I have designed teachers’ notes and class worksheets for each book. These sheets are available for bulk purchases or upon request.