Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all you readers and writers out there. We’ll be taking a break now until just after Christmas …

But don’t go too far away. From 27 December until 31 December we’ll be posting lists from some of our Junior Reviewers — their favourite reads from 2013.

May you find books and creativity in your Christmas Stockings! Merry Christmas from Alphabet Soup.

~ Rebecca


Giveaway: The Twelve Days of Aussie Christmas

The Twelve Days of Aussie Christmas by Colin Buchanan ill. Glen Singleton, Scholastic Australia, ISBN 9781742833675

Twelve Days of Aussie Christmas (cover)

This picture book is an Aussie take on well-known Christmas song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’—and all set in the Australian summer with illustrations jam-packed with Australian flora and fauna. The picture book comes with a bonus CD of Colin Buchanan singing the familiar tune. (Of course, it gets stuck in your head, but that’s what makes it so sing-along-able.)

FIVE RUSTY UTES! FourfootyfansThreemeattraysTwojackaroosAndaplatypusupagumtreeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

A fun Aussie Christmas book that family members of all ages will enjoy (and possibly groan about) together. (There’s a page at the back of the book with a list of things to look out for, too.)

Merry Christmas!


We have one review copy of The Twelve Days of Aussie Christmas to give away. (The twelve days of Christmas start with Christmas Day, so you’ll still have plenty of days to belt out the tune and read the book even if the copy doesn’t arrive before Christmas Day!)

Just leave us a comment with the name of your favourite Christmas carol in the comments section of this post. (Make sure your email address is in the details section when you leave your comment—or email us after you’ve commented so we can contact you if you’re the winner). Entrants outside Australia welcome—but we will only post the book to an Australian address, so you’ll need to nominate an Australian address for us to post it to if you win.

The giveaway ends 6am WST (that’s when it’s 6am in Perth, Western Australia) on 24 December 2012. We will announce the winner here on Soup Blog by noon on 24th and attempt to get it in the mail to the winner on the same day. Immediate family members of Alphabet Soup magazine employees are not eligible to enter. This is a random draw.

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Win a copy of Wombat Divine by Mem Fox!

This year Wombat is old enough to part in the nativity play, ‘so with his heart full of hope and his head full of dreams, he hurried along to the auditions.’ It’s hard to find a part that’s just right for him and when all the parts have been handed out, he’s a very sad wombat indeed. Everyone crowds around to comfort him but then Bilby has a brilliant idea.

This picture book is a favourite at our house. And the good news is – we have one copy of Wombat Divine to give away! To enter, tell us how you heard about Soup Blog by leaving a comment in the comments box for this post. We will draw a winner at random on 10 December 2009 and ask the winner to contact us with their posting address.

Wombat Divine by Mem Fox, illustrated by Kerry Argent, Omnibus Books for Scholastic Australia, ISBN 9781862918412
This book was selected for review from the Editor’s own collection but we also received a review copy – the prize in the giveaway.
[The winner of this giveaway was Airalynn – see comments below. We’ll be running another giveaway soon, so keep an eye on Soup blog!)
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Merry Christmas from Alphabet Soup

Merry Christmas to our Alphabet Soup readers!

Thanks to everyone who subscribed or bought single copies this year – this ensures we can continue to publish the magazine! (Just a reminder – if you’re thinking of placing further orders, the introductory offer of free postage and handling for delivery to Australian addresses expires on 31 December 2008. We will honour orders postmarked 31 December 2008.)

Alphabet Soup News:

  • On 29 November Gabrielle Bastow officially launched the magazine in Kings Park. (Gabrielle is a Literacy Consultant to the Benchmarking and Educational Measurement Unit who will manage the central components of the 2010 NAPLAN Testing Project.) Gabrielle gave a great speech! She also suggested we consider including a cryptic crossword (or some cryptic clues, if not a whole crossword) in future issues of the magazine. What do you think?
  • We’ve started a new blog for the magazine ( which has information such as book reviews, news about upcoming writer’s festivals with children’s events and behind-the-scenes info about what’s happening at Alphabet Soup.
  • We held our first writing competition and we were impressed with the excellent stories and poems you sent in! Winners will be announced in January and a new competition will appear in the next issue of Alphabet Soup – which is due out in February 2009.
  • If you live in WA we are pleased to advise that children’s bookstore, Westbooks, now stocks the magazine! You can find Westbooks at 396 Mill Point Rd, Victoria Park – they have friendly staff, and shelves and shelves of fabulous books. It’s worth a visit!

We hope you enjoy the holidays and find time to curl up with a good book. If Santa doesn’t leave a few books in your Christmas stocking, you can visit your local library! (And if you live in WA, don’t forget to record your books for the WA Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge.

If you’d like to be added to our email list for updates and news about the magazine and children’s book events, please send an email to with ‘subscribe enewsletter’ in the title.

Keep reading – and writing!


Rebecca Newman
Ph: 0412 820 478

Alphabet Soup Publishing
PO Box 742, Willetton WA 6955


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …

Well, maybe not just yet … but you’re someone who likes to get organised early, right?  So, what will you buy your favourite young bookworm for Christmas? Have you considered a subscription to Alphabet Soup magazine? If you didn’t feel like forking out $25 all in one hit, a single copy would make a great stocking filler at only $7! It’s light to post too!

We now have postage and handling prices for postage to addresses outside Australia. (Free postage and handling for delivery to Australian delivery addresses for orders placed by 31 December 2008.) Visit the Alphabet Soup website for details.

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What we’re reading!

Roland Harvey's Big Book of Christmas

The latest book on our ‘to read’ pile is Roland Harvey’s big book of Christmas. (Roland Harvey’s pictures are always fun and full of detail and we admit that’s possibly what shifted BBOC to the top of the reading pile.)

This is a new and updated edition of an old Australian favourite. It’s an entertaining book, with explanations about Christmas traditions around the world, recipes, activities and crafts, instructions for making your own gifts, games, even pages of sheet music for Christmas carols, and gift tag stickers.

We highly recommend it!

And now we’re off to find a billycan to try out Billycan Pudding. Mmmmm.

Review copy provided by Allen & Unwin.