The Little Green Goose by Adele Sansone

Published: 1st May 2010Goodreads badge
Publisher:
 NorthSouth
Illustrator: Faust Anke
Pages: 32
Format: Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★  – 4 Stars

Mr Goose longs for a chick of his own. When he finds an abandoned egg, he hatches it and raises a peculiar green-skinned long-tailed chick of his own.

I love this book. This is a great little book about a male goose (technically a gander) who wants to be a father and wishes for an egg of his own. He laments that he has no wife goose provide one for him and so he asks the hens if they have an egg to spare.

When they chastise him and mock him for daring to consider this, Mr Goose gets given one by the friendly farmyard dog who digs one up. The problem is, the egg isn’t a goose, but is a little baby dinosaur.

This whole story is wonderful and it has so many great messages. Mr Goose’s baby loves his dad and vice versa. But of course, others on the farm feel the need to comment and they put ideas in the little dinosaur’s head that Mr Goose isn’t his real dad because they look so different and so the little dinosaur goes on a journey to find out who is his daddy.

It’s such a sweet story and you can’t help read societal issues into it which I think Sansone demonstrates cleverly and creatively.  Coupled with Anke’s colourful illustrations, Sansone’s story is a heart-warming tale about what it means to be a family and sometimes that means not looking exactly the same.

You can purchase The Little Green Goose via the following

Booktopia | Dymocks

Angus & Robinson Bookworld

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford

Published: 28th September 2016 Goodreads badge
Publisher:
 Allen & Unwin
Pages: 294
Format: Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction
★   ★   ★   ★   ★  – 5 Stars

Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Crucially, it is a call to arms for all women to rediscover the fury that has been suppressed by a society that still considers feminism a threat.

Fight Like A Girl will make you laugh, cry and scream. But above all it will make you demand and fight for a world in which women have real equality and not merely the illusion of it.

I had been hearing so much about this book when it was published and I was eager to get my hands on it and experience it for myself. Reading it was all I hoped it would be and more, I filled its pages with Post It’s marking of important and wonderful quotes. I also got to meet Ford at the Newcastle Writers’ Festival which was amazing, as was listening to her in her sessions.

Fight Like A Girl is a book that everyone should read, every girl and every woman, but also every man. So many of my own experiences are laid out in this book. The fact that I can agree with so much of Ford’s words should be worrying, but it’s not. They’re a comfort because it reminds me that I’m not being paranoid or silly when I hold me keys in my fingers walking back to my car late at night, it reminds me I’m not overreacting when I feel uncomfortable having a stranger talk to me at the bus stop when he’s a little drunk, worried what he’ll say and what I’m safe to respond with. It makes me think of all the times I’ve placated a thought to save hurting a man’s feelings and not stood up for something out of fear of personal verbal attack. It’s reminded me that the passion and the fight I feel inside me is one that many women out there are feeling and that it’s ok to feel this way.

Ford addresses many issues and “societal norms” I suppose we could call them through her chapters and she is unapologetic in her words and opinions. Mixed in with her own experiences it’s actually a humorous and enlightening book at times that looks at how society has been constructed to see women as the lesser and the weaker, the one in need of defending and the one who is not only walked over and shut down by the patriarchy, but happy to have it happen.

It’s not all agreement and scoffs at how men are and how childish they can be when their ways of life are challenged. Parts of this book made me sick to my stomach and it makes me angry and sad, but more importantly, it flames the fire I’ve been stoking for the past few years. The feminist I’ve been since my second year of uni and the one who’s gradually doing a little more than fuming internally and sharing Tumblr posts, cheering in the tags.

This is a book for everyone. To quote Ford, it “is a love letter to the girls”. There are some tough topics being discussed in here, but they’re important, and this book is important because if someone doesn’t want to listen to (or believe) a women’s experience from her own mouth, you can always throw this book at them instead.

You can purchase Fight Like A Girl via the following

QBD | Booktopia | Book Depository

Amazon | Dymocks | Allen & Unwin

Angus and Robinson’s Bookworld | Fishpond

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AWW 2017 Update 1

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This was supposed to be my three-month update, which has turned into my four-month update because Things. I was actually worried at the start of this year because unlike last year, I hadn’t read any Aussie women yet. I’m not sure what happened but all the books I was reading weren’t Australian women. I have since made up for that and have read 14 books. I am on a roll now with my Aussie gals so I am hoping my next update will be another jump. One of the delays of my update was because I hadn’t finished my reviews yet for these books but I am going to post anyway and update my post when the links are live.

 

AWW17 BOOKS Jan-Apr

The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

Faking It by Gabrielle Tozer

Before You Forget by Julia Lawrinson

The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster

Good News, Bad News by Maggie GroffReview

The Shadow Thief by Alexandra AdornettoReview

The Lampo Circus by Alexandra AdornettoReview

The Golden Child by Wendy JamesReview

A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy by Libby Hathorn

The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex by Gabrielle Williams

Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior

Little Humpty by Margaret Wild

Sam’s Sunday Dad by Margaret Wild 

Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford – Review

 

AWW17 TOTAL

Read: 14/25

Reviewed: 5/15

 

Grandad’s Medals by Tracy Potter

Published: 2005Goodreads badge
Publisher:
 Reed Publishing
Illustrator: Bruce Potter
Pages: 25
Format: Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★  – 4 Stars

‘I love my grandad. We have lots of fun together.’ Every year Grandad marches in the ANZAC Day Parade and wears his medals, walking proudly beside his old comrades. but this year Grandad’s best mate is too sick to walk and the number of old soldiers still marching is getting smaller.’

The story is about a young boy and his grandfather. With each page the young narrator tells us about the fun things he does with his grandfather and the good times they have together.

The illustrations by Potter are lovely. They are like paintings, very realistic and show off the scenes the words are describing. Potter does a great job of bringing the grandfather and the boy to life on the page. You can easily imagine these silent figures partaking in the events described.

The story isn’t just about ANZAC Day; it brings the occasion into the real life experiences of the young boy and how it relates to his grandfather. His experience of the ANZAC March is touching, he reflects on the ages of the veterans and in the simple words of a young child he is matter of fact and explains things how they have been explained to him.

Duncan uses real words and phrases like cenotaph and the RSA Hall to put the ceremony and march into context without explaining it or simplifying it. Seeing the day’s events from the eyes of an outsider is interesting. He doesn’t understand why things are happening that much but he knows it is important.

This is set in New Zealand but there are a lot of things relatable to an Australian as well. It is also a great book to show that there are other countries that fought in wars, and the NZ in ANZAC does have meaning.

There is a wonderful little page of explanation at the end that explains more about ANZAC Day and the traditions. This is where the events are explained and terms and icons are given more meaning so it doesn’t take away from the story.

Grandad’s Medals is currently unavailable to buy from my online searches, but try your local library for a copy.

Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman

Published: January 2013Goodreads badge
Publisher:
 HarperCollins Children’s
Illustrator: Adam Rex
Pages: 30
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
★   ★  – 2 Stars

Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze.
When Chu sneezes, bad things happen.
In dusty library, diner pepper, circus tent,
Will Chu sneeze today?

This may be the shortest review I’ve done yet, even for a picture book. I just don’t have much to say about it. After seeing Gaiman talk about writing and publishing this book for so long I was excited to find it at the library. Having now finished it, I have to say I’m a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it was cute. But I also kind of expected more.

The layout is nice, it’s suspenseful in how Rex and Gaiman have set out the text and the illustrations, but there is just something missing. I don’t even think I know what it is, but I finished and kind of went, is that it? I’ll give it credit, it’s cute, the story I can see would appeal to some people, but I found it a tad anti-climactic unfortunately.

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