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Pass the book baton: Oliver Phommavanh


Oliver PhommavanhIt’s Friday! And that means it’s time for Pass the Book Baton. Alphabet Soup features a book creator every Friday who will answer one question before throwing a new question to the next Friday visitor. (It’s kind of like a book relay in slow motion.)

We’re pleased to feature author Oliver Phommavanh as he takes the baton today. Oliver writes funny novels and short stories, he’s also a comedian and primary school teacher. Oliver’s first book — Thai-riffic — was published in 2010.

Here are some of his book covers:

Last week Deborah Abela left a question for Oliver to answer.

Deborah asks:
In your writing, you have this wonderful ability to create characters that feel real and who I very quickly feel I know and like. Do you know your characters really well before you write or do they come to life as you rewrite each draft?
Oliver Phommavanh:
It depends on each story that I write. Sometimes it comes to me straight away like in Thai-riffic or Con-nerd and then I just write the draft with the voices of each character fully in my head. Other books, I have a faint voice of what the characters could be like and then I write the draft to build that voice. A lot of my characters are drawn from my own childhood friends and family, but more recently just from observing kids in schools when I visit them. I have a fair idea of what my characters will sound like, so I let them roam around in my head awhile, but some shout louder than others, haha!

Darcy Moon and the deep fried frogs.

And now Oliver passes the book baton to the next author — Catherine Carvell. Catherine is the author of Darcy Moon and the Deep Fried Frogs.

Oliver asks Catherine Carvell:
What is one thing you’d like kids to walk away with after they’ve read your book?

Check in every Friday for a Q&A with children’s authors and illustrators. See you next week!

For other posts featuring Oliver Phommavanh at Alphabet Soup check out:

What’s Funny?

3 Quick Questions and

Meet Oliver Phommavanh




Posted in book reviews, Book reviews by kids, National Year of Reading, teachers' resources, Yidarra Catholic Primary School

Book Review: Hide That Horse

Over the next few days we are pleased to feature book reviews by some keen readers at Yidarra Catholic Primary School. Our first visitor is Sophie. Over to you, Sophie!

Hide That Horse, by David Metzenthen, illustrated by Leigh Hobbs, ISBN 9780143304494, Puffin Books

Reviewed by Sophie, 9,  WA

I read a book called Hide That Horse. It was written by David Metzenthen and illustrated by Leigh Hobbs. I thought it was so funny!

The main characters are Tim, Mr Conroy, and Percy the horse. The story is set in a park, with a great big bridge. Percy is a very small horse so he can hide behind bushes and camouflage with the play equipment. There is also a character called Ranger Dooley. Now, this ranger isn’t a very nice person because she doesn’t allow any farm animals or horses into her park!

I would highly recommend this book to kids between the age of 6 and 10. I personally rate this book 9/10. My favourite part was when Tim had to hide the horse under a branch.

"Undercover Readers Club logo"* Yidarra Catholic Primary School is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. The book reviewed here was Sophie’s own copy.