Five-star review in Good Reading magazine for Trolls!

Just in time for the release of Two Troll Tales from Norway today , there’s a five-star review of Margrete Lamond and Ingrid Kallick’s beautiful book in the September issue of Good Reading Magazine! Here’s a short extract:

..this book, with its magical and sumptuous illustrations, is one of the best and most exciting I have read from this publisher. 






Excellent review for Brothers in Magpies Magazine

Those fabulous reviews just keep on coming for John Heffernan and Kate Durack’s gorgeous Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia! The latest is in the new issue(July) of the prestigious children’s literature magazine, Magpies. The review is not available online, but here is a short extract:

Two Tales of Brothers is told with lively, colourful language, and illustrated by Kate Durack in rich, vibrant colours. The beautifully-designed book will appeal to children from mid-primary school to upper secondary.



Yet another great review for Two Tales of Brothers!

John Heffernan and Kate Durack’s gorgeous Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia just keeps collecting those great reviews! The latest is from ReadPlus blog.

Here’s a short extract:

These two stories tell of rivalry and bitterness, of forgiveness and love, of bravery and allegiance. The second story tells of Gilgamesh and Enkidu going out of the city to destroy a huge monster. This marvellous story full of blood and gore will appeal to primary people.
The illustrations are bright and vivacious, reflecting the images found in the temples and carvings left in the Middle East by civilisations of long ago.

You can read the whole thing here.


Interview in Books +Publishing

One of our directors, Sophie Masson was recently interviewed for the ‘Small Publisher Spotlight’ feature in Books+Publishing. Here’s a short extract:

What makes your small press unique?

All our imprints focus on very particular areas—we decided early on we did not want to do a general list, as we felt that otherwise our tiny press might get lost in the great ocean of children’s publishing. Because we’ve done that, we’ve been able to market our books in specific ways and give each imprint a flavour all of its own, which makes it easier to brand our books in the trade and to schools and libraries.

You can read the whole thing here.


Another good review for Brothers!

And Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia just keeps collecting those great reviews!

Here’s a short extract from the latest, on The Great Raven blog:

Here is yet another beautiful picture story book from the wonderful Christmas Press. Christmas Press is a fine example of Australian small press publishing, springing up to fill a niche that the large publishing houses have left open. It only does a few books a year, but all of them are carefully and exquisitely produced, retelling folk and fairytales from various countries. 

You can read the full review here. 


Great review for Brothers in Buzz Words

Two Tales of Brothers cover higher resThere’s a fabulous review of John Heffernan and Kate Durack’s beautiful book, Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia, in Buzz Words Magazine. Here’s a short extract:

Durack’s rich illustrations and Heffernan’s tight and descriptive text combine to produce what is a great introduction to the epic sagas of ancient times that also include lessons about good versus evil and the ties of family.

A great read, highly recommended.

You can read the whole review here.