The Book Chook
I believe our society needs square pegs just as much as we need round pegs, old pegs, new pegs,pegs with two prongs or pegs with three.
Round Fish Square Bowl is a celebration of being different - 'Ugly ducklings turn into beautiful swans' - 'The tortoise beats the hare'.
Pass It On
When this book arrived in the mail, I knew I had a favourite with my children. The 'Can you read this, Mummy,' was an early clue, but the fact that both children wanted it as their bedtime story — over and over again — sealed it.
A clever use of font styles, plenty of white space allowing focus on the flaw/virtue, and vibrant illustrations that caper across each double spread reinforce the encouraging words, Be A Square Peg today.That's what I say!
Here is a simple tale told with great charm. The award winning illustrator Mini Goss has brought the story to life with her quirky and humorous drawings.
The Reading Stack, Volume 1, ISSUE 2, 2007
It introduces “old fashioned sayings” to teach timeless messages reinforcing self-esteem and self-confidence.
Little Kids Magazine
Those sayings people trot out, such as "He's as clumsy as a bull in a china shop", get questioned and turned around in this happy, well-drawn book.
The Sunday Age
Kids hate feeling as if they are the odd one out — the pressures to conform are so strong.
With a delightful spin on what can often be a hindrance to young children, Tom Skinner has presented the issue of being different in a positive light.
Journal of the South Australian Association of State School Organizations
This is a beautifully presented book, which will entertain your children immensely, while teaching them to celebrate their own, and others' differences.
Every Child Magazine VOL.13 NO.2 2007
This book offers scope for teachers to explore with children the meanings underlying various ways of feeling - how different emotions may position individuals in particular ways and the impact this can have on feelings.
Round Fish Square Bowl looks at feeling different and points out that ugly ducklings can turn into beautiful swans, stubborness can be a lifesaving trait, the little pig can, on occasion, overcome the wolf and the slow tortoise beats the hare, while the empty-pocketed church mouse may well enjoy a different kind of wealth.
ACT Minister for Education and Training
”I am pleased to join with Autism Asperger ACT to launch the first ever Bubble Day in the ACT as a way of ensuring greater understanding of those with ASD in our schools and in our community generally. I hope many schools will take part in Bubble Day during public education week, 18 to 22 May.”
Mr Baldock's Year 2/3 Class Blog 2011
Main characters: The little pig, the tortoise, a stubborn mule, the mad hatter, a bull, the ugly duckling and a rich mouse.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a modern twist on a classic German poem which inspired a piece of classical music also called The Sorcerer's Apprentice. It is also reminiscent of Walt Disney's Fantasia. It is set in a car and camel wash where we meet Rizwan, the sorcerer's apprentice, who just wants to cast spells and be noticed by girls.
The Sorcerers Apprentice is a cheerful tale with lively illustrations that match Dukas' colourful palette of sounds.
Buzz Words Books
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a colourful and lively contemporary adaptation of Goethe's famous poem and attests to the enduring popularity of this story. First written in 1797 (and titled Der Zauberlehrling), the poem was put to music by Paul Abraham Dukas in 1897, and has been the basis of two Disney movies; Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000.
Onkaparinga Libraries, Adelaide
This enchanting story contains all the elements children love - magic, bubbles, colour, humour and a little boy who doesn't do as he's told!
Jacqui Mount, Librarian
Reviewed on ABC Radio Canberra Drive Show with Louise Maher
The Music Box series of books has so far included The Flight of the Bumblebee, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and now, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, based on composer Paul Abraham Dukas’ score which was based on a poem by Goethe, in which a young apprentice uses his magic to complete his chores, which works out fine until everything starts to go horribly wrong.
Deborah Abela, Author of Max Remy Superspy series
The Book Chook
New Frontier Publishing (Australia) has a delightful series of books with accompanying CDs based on famous classical compositions. I've previously reviewed Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Flight of the Bumblebee. I very much like the idea of introducing children to classical music wrapped inside a story package.
The Reading Stack
The Music Box Series is an excellent way to introduce young children to classical music and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is the third book of this series.
The Reading Stack
Need to Read This!
The Sorcerer’s car and camel wash (yes, you read correctly), is the place to be, and with esteemed clientele like the Mayor, business is good. Rizwan, the sorcerers apprentice, works at the car and camel wash, but soon tires of his ‘boring’ duties.