I definitely have a soft spot for books about books and The Bush Book Club by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ben Wood does not disappoint.
Little Bilby doesn't like reading as much as the other bush animals. He can't seem to sit still long enough to read. The bush animals all enjoy sharing their favourite books at the Bush Book Club, and one day Bilby decides to sneak in and watch, but he is so bored he falls asleep. When he wakes, he finds himself in the dark, locked in the clubhouse and all alone. What is a little Bilby to do in a room full of books? Build book houses, of course! Finally, he gives in and starts reading and he finds the perfect book for him! He loves the book so much he can't wait to share it with his friends at the book club.
As soon as I saw the cover of this book I knew I would love it. First impressions are certainly important and I admit it, I judge books by their covers and this cover is adorable! Then I opened the book and I swooned again over these divine endpapers:
Make sure you visit Ben's website to get a sneak peek at how the illustrations for the characters evolved and also how he designed the location for the story.
Author: Margaret Wild
Illustrator: Ben Wood
Publisher: Omnibus Books
Publication Date: March 2014
After reading this book it made me think of a recent article I read about finding that one magic book by Australian Children's Laureate, Jackie French. Finding the book that turns a non-reader into a reader can be hard, but once you do, that's when the magic happens! Jackie has some wonderful tips for helping kids find their magic book.
Did your children have a magic book? Can you remember your own magic book?
Disclosure: I was provided with a review copy of this book by the publisher. My opinions are, as always, my own.