Teens and Tweens will be tickled!

This week, 10 Little Insects receives this positive review in Booklist.

Is this a parody of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (1939) or an homage? It’s probably a little bit of both. Ten insects, all with something to hide, 10_Little_Insects_posterreceive invitations to a weekend getaway on a mysterious island. The boat delivering them to the island has gone, the phones are dead, and none of the guests have any idea who their host is. As, one by one, the insects are found dead, the guests begin to turn on each other. Is there a killer among them? Or is this all just one big misunderstanding? The comic timing in this farce is perfect. The causes of death move from silly to sublime, pushing the envelope when it comes to suspension of disbelief. The artwork is simple but expressive. The insects flail their arms in anger and excitement, the colors are obvious and effective, and the ridiculous twist at the end is paced beautifully. Tweens and teens who have outgrown Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew will be tickled by this send-up of the genre. — Eva Volin

Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association that provides critical reviews of books and audiovisual materials for all ages.

Eva Volin is the Supervising Children’s Services Librarian, at City of Alameda Library in California.


‘Empty Fridge’ is a treat: Babyology

Great little review of our latest picture book, Gaetan Doremus’ Empty Fridge, on the Babyology website. Here’s an extract:

A detail from the climax of Gaetan Doremus’ Empty Fridge

So for all the parents who have stood, staring into the cupboard for dinner inspiration, comes Empty Fridge, by French author and illustrator Gaetan Doremus.

Empty Fridge is a story about dinner time at a five-storey apartment building. The residents have all had busy days and, on returning home, find their cupboards practically bare. One has some carrots, another has some peas. One has some eggs and another some capsicum. None of these ingredients alone is enough to make a meal but what happens when all the neighbours get together?

In the top-floor apartment, Rose takes stock of all the ingredients and suggests they make a quiche. Everyone works together, slicing and dicing vegetables and rolling pastry to cook their communal meal. The neighbours decide to eat outside and discover that the whole neighbourhood has gathered to eat together, which is where my favourite line from the book is used:

“Thousands of quiches are shared and eaten. Slices of quiche, slices of life.”


Empty Fridge is a treat – from its large format, fridge-like shape to the beautifully detailed drawings of people in their houses.

Empty Fridge has been chosen as the Focus Book for this year’s Social Inclusion Week.

Babyology is a premium online resource for parents, providing information and reviews on products and services for them and their children. It facilitates a community where parents can discuss products and services and ask questions of experts in the field.

10 Little Insects ‘highly recommended’: Reading Time

An extract from 10 Little Insects

Davide Cali is all over the August edition of the Children’s Book Council’s official journal, Reading Time.

There’s a profile of him, which looks at some of the influences on his work for kids, plus another very enthusiastic review of Cali’s and Vincent Pianina’s latest book, 10 Little Insects. Here’s a snippet of the review:

Cali adopts the classic detective novel structure, introducing the characters through a prologue, and rounding off with a very funny denouement when all is explained, still leaving room for a final surprise … Attractive design within the comic-book tradition, sharp drawing, fresh clear colours, a quirky cover and exceptionally beautiful endpapers make up an appealing presentation. High recommended.

10 Little Insects - Davide Cali & Vincent Pianina

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‘Empty Fridge’ is Readings’ Kids Book of the Month

Readings Kids Book of the Month

New book alert! Our latest kids picture book, Empty Fridge by Gaetan Doremus, is released today. We’re delighted to announce it has been selected by Readings Books Music Film as their Kids Book of the Month for August.

Here it is proudly featured on the front cover of the new Readings Monthly newsletter (right).

Angela Crocombe, children’s book buyer at Readings St Kilda, also reviews the book inside. Here’s an extract from her review:

It’s been a busy day, you haven’t even thought of dinner, and when you look in the fridge it’s empty. What to do? How about visiting the neighbours to see if together you might have enough food to make a meal? That is the simple premise of this delightful picture book set in a busy five-storey apartment block …

This beautiful evocation of modern living and the pleasures of sharing by French author and illustrator Gaetan Doremus was first published in France and won a prominent kids’ choice award there in 2010. It has been lovingly translated and published in English so that now everyone from three-year-olds to adults can enjoy its delectable delights!

  • You can read the full review, and buy the book from Readings’ online store, here. (It’s always better to buy a book from someone who cares.)
  • To view inside the book, click here.

Out today!

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‘Who You Are is What You Do’ on ABC Radio

‘Who You Are is What You Do’ is out now

Heather McAllister, author of Who You Are is What You Do, has been interviewed on ABC Radio by Richard Stubbs about her book, released this month.

Heather’s book is designed to help teenagers plan for life after school.

‘One important thing is to get teenagers moving away from panic,’ says McAllister. ‘Once you’re away from panicking, you can realise: “Hey, I’ve actually got a decision to make here and that’s cool. And I’m not going to blow my life by making a wrong decision now.” It’s a step-by-step process. It’s not one decision: it’s many decisions.’

‘It really works,’ says Stubbs of the book. ‘There are lots of conversation starters here …’

You can hear the excellent conversation between Stubbs and McAllister here.

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Brilliant ’10 Little Insects’: Kids Book Review

10 Little InsectsWriter Tania McCartney has written a passionately positive review of Davide Cali and Vincent Pianina’s 10 Little Insects (a graphic novel based on Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians) for Kids Books Review.

From the Oklahoma-singing bug to the barrage of creepy bug-confessions, this hilarious take on an entymological murder mystery is a joy to read through … Presented comic-strip style, with vibrant and totally contemporary illustrations by Vincent Pianina, this brilliant book has that delicious Euro vibe, funny-bone-tickling characters, a little bit of gore and pockets of bite-sized suspense …

You can read Tania’s full review here.

The French edition of 10 Little Insects has garnered a swathe of awards, including the Best Children’s Comic Book Award at the Paris Children’s Book Fair. Wilkins Farago is publishing the first and only English language edition this month.

10 Little Insects - Davide Cali & Vincent Pianina

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What is this thing called, love?: blog tour day 11

DAY ELEVEN. Today, independent Melbourne bookseller Brunswick Bound highlights Davide Cali and Anna-Laura Cantone’s delightful What is this thing called love? on their news blog:

This book is a wonderful tale, beautifully illustrated and reflects on the beautiful wonder children bring to the world.

Brunswick Bound can sell you any Davide Cali title, so support an independent bookseller today

Brunswick Bound is an independent bookstore in the heart of Sydney Road, Brunswick.  Stocking an eclectic range of books, music (cds and vinyl), stationery and jewellery/gifts.  There is always something different to be found on their shelves.

Upstairs is a light filled gallery space which features bi-monthly exhibitions of Melbourne artists.  Nestled in the corner of the exhibition space is a selection of secondhand books and zines/selfpublished books.

The Davide Cali blog tour is taking place from 1 to 15 May, as a countdown to Davide’s first visit to Australia from 16 to 28 May. Every day, some of Australia’s most interesting book bloggers will be posting interviews with him, reviewing his books, offering giveaways and maybe giving a sneak peak of his award-winning new book, 10 Little Insects.

You can check out the full blog tour here.

Davide Cali’s 2012 Australian tour is an initiative of the National Year of Reading