competitions, National Year of Reading

Win 4 books by Peter Carnavas!

Little Treasures pack (covers)

* This giveaway has now closed. Winner announced soon.*


In the winter issue of Alphabet Soup, we feature author-illustrator Peter Carnavas. (Read his Q&A—including his advice for young writers and artists—in our earlier blog post.)

GOOD NEWS! We’re very excited to have 4 of his books to give away to one lucky reader, thanks to New Frontier Publishing

The ‘Little Treasures‘  pack includes a mini-sized version of Jessica’s Box, Last Tree in the City, The Important Things, and Sarah’s Heavy Heart.

Our winter issue also celebrates the National Year of Reading. So, for your chance to win, leave a comment under this post and recommend a favourite picture book you think everyone should read. (Favourite books published long ago or just last week are equally welcome). We will draw the winner at random at 7pm EST on Friday 6 July 2012.

Fine print: We can only post the prize to an Australian address. (You are welcome to enter from overseas if you can nominate an Australian postal address.) We will announce the winner here on the blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. The winner will have until 14 July 2012 to contact us and provide an address. If we have not heard from the winner by 14 July 2012, we will draw a new winner. Good luck!

Book reviews by Rebecca

George and Ghost–book review and giveaway!

We recently interviewed Catriona Hoy about her new picture book, George and Ghost. Today we’re reviewing George and Ghost—and you can win a copy, too!

George and Ghost by Catriona Hoy and illustrated by Cassia Thomas. Published by Hodder Children’s Books, ISBN 9780340988862. 

(A review copy of this book was sent to us by the publisher.)

"George and Ghost"George and Ghost are friends but George isn’t sure he believes in Ghost anymore. When George suggests that Ghost isn’t real, Ghost asks him to prove it. Can something be real if it doesn’t weigh anything, you can’t take its photo, and it doesn’t take up space?

Just when you think George has proved that Ghost isn’t real, Ghost comes up with some interesting questions of his own. This is a picture book that will have you asking your own questions, scratching your head and thinking hard.

Cassia Thomas’s colourful illustrations match the story well and you’ll love George and his ghost friend … whether Ghost is real or make-believe.

This is a story about friendship—with a good helping of philosophy and science thrown in!

© “Review of George and Ghost by Catriona Hoy”, June 2011, Rebecca Newman (Alphabet Soup magazine)


We have one  copy of George and Ghost to give away. To enter, simply email your name and postal address to and put ‘George and Ghost’ in the subject line. We will draw the winner at 5.30pm (WST) on Friday 17 June 2011. We will email the winner and the book will be posted to the winner’s postal address as per the email entry. Good luck!

[This giveaway has now closed. The winning entry drawn was S Burton in Victoria. We have emailed the winner and copy will be posted to them on Monday. Thank you for your interest—you can find out more about George and Ghost on the author’s website.]