I have been reviewing children’s books since the 1980s for journals such as Reading Time, Magpies and Australian Book Review, as well as for Fairfax Media newspapers. I currently review picture books for the Canberra Times and other Fairfax publications. In 2004, I won the Australian Book Review reviewing competition with a review of Jeannie Baker’s stunning picture book Belonging (‘From Little Things Big Things Grow: Belonging by Jeannie Baker’, Australian Book Review, February 2005: 44).

Reviewing Anthologies

My reviews have been included in two reviewing anthologies:


1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

Edited by Julia Eccleshare, HarperCollins, Sydney, 2009 (Picture books reviewed: One Woolly Wombat; Felix and AlexanderJohn Brown, Rose and the Midnight CatThe Quinkins; Animalia; Drac and the Gremlin; and Are We There Yet?)

The Good Reading Guide: 100 Critics Review Contemporary Australian Fiction

Compiled by Helen Daniel, McPhee Gribble, Sydney, 1989 (Novels reviewed: Dreamhouse by Kate Grenville, and The Bodysurfers and A Cry in the Jungle Bar by Robert Drewe)

Recent Reviews

Some of my recent picture-book review articles can be accessed online, including my laest review on wordless picture books: