Book Review: Westy the Western Swamp Tortoise by Cathy Levett

Last Wednesday I attended  the launch of a fabulous (and important!) book.

Westy the Western Swamp Tortoise by Cathy Levett is a picture book with a nonfiction narrative detailing the journey of a Western Swamp Tortoise from birth at the Perth Zoo to his release into wetlands at Ellenbrook.

Westy the Western Swamp Tortoise by Cathy Levett

There is so much to love about this book. Not only does the story flow naturally, its also filled with factual information about Westy’s journey.

The stunning photography includes the growth stages of a Western Swamp Tortoise along with their habitat.

As a bonus for teachers and school libraries it has multiple links to the West Australian Curriculum which includes; endangered animals, habitats, environments and animal adaptations.
(Under the ‘Educators‘ tab  on the Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise you can find lots of information including worksheets to compliment this fabulous book.)

Westy the Western Swamp Tortoise is published by Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise with help from The Book Incubator with all proceeds from the sale of the book going towards education programs.


Book Review: Dino Hunter, D-Bot Squad Book 1 by Mac Park & James Hart

Matching books to beginning readers can sometimes be tricky – even more so for boys than for girls who are presented with a wide range of options; from cute animals, princesses, fairies and a wide range of other mythical creatures.

Dino Hunter, D-Bot Squad Book 1 by Mac Park & James Hart

D-Bot Squad hits the mark, appealing to the boys by combining dinosaurs with computer game technology and fast paced action.

For me, the added bonus of the funky librarian who made a spectacular dino-cave in the corner was a touch I couldn’t help but mention when I showed Dino Hunter to a year one class.

My bad.

Now they want a dino-cave in their library too …



You’ll find more of my recommendations for first chapter books with an easy-to-read font size that will appeal and engage male readers, on my Pinterest Board,



Book Review: Shadow Magic Books 1 & 2 by Joshua Khan

 My guilty pleasure this weekend as I recovered from another hectic Children’s Book Week was to devour the first two books in the Shadow Magic series by Joshua Khan.

Shadow Magic, Books 1 & 2 by Joshua Khan

It’s not every girl that can pull off the odd dab of necromancy while dealing with wayward zombies followed by a romp with her ghost puppy, Custard. But Lily is not your everyday girl. She’s Lady Shadow, heir to the windowless Castle Gloom and she has taken up the Mantle of Sorrows after her family’s murder. Along with Thorn, a former slave, now squire to Lily’s executioner they stand between those who would see Castle Gloom fall.

Favourite Quote (from Dream Magic)

“I know she cursed her husband to drown in a well.” She pointed down the hole. “Which he did – after she had him tied up and thrown in by her two brothers.”


Ideal for readers who like Magisterium series by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare and Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series ~ Perfect for readers who like their fantasy on the dark side.

You’ll find more of my Fantastic Fantasy recommendations on my Pinterest board, Fantastic Fantasy  – Middle Grade Books