Happy Mother’s Day!

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday we wanted to share with you some of the beautiful images from Waiting for Mummy, by Tae-Jun Lee & Dong-Sung Kim.

Book of the Year in Korea, Waiting for Mummy is a deceptively simple story of a child’s patience rewarded. The little boy in the story waits for his mother at a tram-stop while trams come and go, people alight, yet her devoted son waits stoically and patiently, even as a snowstorm gathers.

Will Mummy ever return? The reader must be as patient as the child, as the story is subtly resolved—for those looking closely—in the final magical illustration. – Reading Upside Down Blog

A universal celebration of the love children feel for their Mum!

Waiting For Mummy


To find out more about the book or purchase a copy for someone special to you, click here.


Clunes Booktown Festival Top 10

Why? by Lila Prap

Lila Prap’s hilarious ‘Why?’ suggests why animals look and behave the way they do.

Here are the top selling Wilkins Farago books at last weekend’s Clunes Booktown Festival:

  1. Why? by Lila Prap
  2. Sam and His Dad by Serge Bloch
  3. Waiting for Mummy by Tae-Jun Lee and Dong-Sung Kim
  4. 3 Wishes for Pugman by Sebastian Meschenmoser
  5. Kampung Boy by Lat
  6. Teaching Kids to Read by Fay Tran
  7. I Love Kissing You by Davide Cali and Serge  Bloch
  8. The Bear with the Sword by Davide Cali and Gianluca Foli
  9. What is this thing called love? by Davide Cali and Anna Laura Cantone
  10. The Enemy by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch


Clunes Booktown Festival 2012

The entrance to Children’s Booktown at Clunes – the wardrobe into Narnia.

Back from Clunes Booktown Festival, which seems to get bigger and better every year.

An estimated 15,000 book lovers descended on the historic gold mining town on the weekend to fossick for books at over 20 locations, including the Clunes Library, site of the new-look Children’s Booktown. That’s where you would have found the Wilkins Farago stand.

As a book publisher, there can be a lot of intermediaries (distributor, bookseller, librarian etc) between yourself and the people who actually read your books. We returned from the Clunes Booktown Festival with renewed energy, after talking about our books to many parents, teachers and librarians and, most encouraging of all, watching kids paw over them enthusiastically.

Children’s Booktown was buzzing all weekend. The colouring table we set up (with illustrations from Lila Prap’s Why?) was a big hit, we ran a competition to win a copy of Waiting for Mummy for Mother’s Day and the Clunes storytellers read some of our picture books to enthralled youngsters.

We must thank the festival’s organisers and the staff and volunteers at the Clunes Library for making us feel so welcome.

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Two great gifts for Mother’s Day

'Waiting for Mummy' was judged Children's Book of the Year in Korea

Finding something a little bit different for Mother’s Day is always a challenge. But if Mum has little ones, what could be better than a children’s picture book to share with them? (After breakfast in bed, of course.)

There are couple of Wilkins Farago books that make perfect gifts for mums at any time, but especially on Mother’s Day.

Waiting for Mummy is an award-winning and hauntingly beautiful picture book from Korea about a little boy who’s waiting patiently for his mum to return from work. Why is she so late? Why isn’t she on any of the trams that pass by? Finally, patience is rewarded in a book that Magpies magazine described as

A very successful, elegant and simply beautiful picture book … Highly recommended.

Author Davide Cali is visiting Australia later this month.

What is this thing called love? is also a celebration of family ties. A little girl wants to know what love is, and asks each of her family members in turn. Surprisingly, they each give different answers. But in the course of the story, the girl discovers love is about doing things for those you care about. We’re sure you’ll agree with the Sunday Tasmanian reviewer who wrote

This is the kind of picture book that gets worn out just from being read, poured over, and loved to death.

Both titles can be ordered from any good bookshop or online postage-free* from our website.

* Within Australia only

State reading challenges approach their climax

On the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge booklist

ACROSS Australia, school kids are gearing up for the last weeks of various state Reading Challenges. These State Government-sponsored read-a-thons encourage kids of school age to read a certain number of books within a fixed period of time. Most of these books have to be from prepared lists.

While the rules vary from state to state, the good news is there are Wilkins Farago books on booklists for several of the challenges across the country.

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

In New South Wales, school students have until 1 September to complete their reading targets. We have three books on this year’s NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge booklists:

  • Davide Cali and Anna Laura Cantone’s marvellous A Dad Who Measures Up is a new addition to the Kindergarten-to-Year 2 Booklist this year. K–2 kids have to read 30 books between 1 February and 1 September, 25 of which have to be from PRC’s booklists.
  • Another by Davide Cali title, the delightful Santa’s Suit (illustrated by Eric Heliot), is on the Years 3 and 4 booklist. Kids at this level have to read 20 books, 15 of which have to be from the booklists.

On the NSW booklist

  • André Leblanc and Barroux’s moving The Red Piano (just reprinted) is on the Years 5 and 6 booklist, as it was last year. Year 5 and 6 kids also have to read 20 books, including 15 from the lists.
The Red Piano

Listed for the challenges in SA and NSW

South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge

Meanwhile, in South Australia, the SA Premier’s Reading Challenge ends on 9 September and our The Red Piano is on the booklist for Year 6 and older. Kids at participating schools in South Australia (and the Northern Territory) are encouraged to read 12 books, at least 8 of which should be from the recommended booklists.

Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge ends on 16 September. Our title Waiting for Mummy is on the reading list for Grades 3 and 4.

Other states and territories

Here’s some information about the other state and territory challenges:

On the NSW list

Reading for charity

There are also two projects that encourage readers to read for charity:

  • The MS Readathon is run to support research into multiple sclerosis and celebrated its 30th year in 2009. Its 2011 readathon runs for any 30 days in June and July.
  • The fabulous Indigenous Literacy Project, a partnership between the Australian book industry and the Fred Hollows Foundation, is this year running a Great Book Swap Challenge to raise money for indigenous literacy. Kids bring a favourite book to school with a gold coin donation and swap it for another book brought in by a schoolmate.

Waiting for Mummy ‘amazing’: Reading Upside Down

A very positive review of our Korean children’s picture book Waiting for Mummy on reviewer Susan Whelan’s Reading Upside Down blog. Among other things, she has this to say about a book she describes as ‘amazing’:

This book is beautiful and it is certainly likely to get a discussion going, if only about how the author and illustrator connect so powerfully with our emotions … the book is a beautiful story to share with children.

Whelan also focuses on the story’s happy resolution, which has caused consternation for some adult readers. It is subtle, but I find kids tend to get it and leave the book satisfied while adults tend not to get it and think the book is therefore unremittingly bleak. Perhaps this has something to do with young kids’ better visual literacy – they tend to stay on a page until they find the visual cue to proceed. Adults tend to move quicker, relying more on the text to guide them.

Still, as Susan notes, once you’ve found the happy ending, the book becomes all the more satisfying. I still recall my visit to the Seoul International Book Fair in 2005, where I first saw this extraordinary book. Other publishers around the world have now picked up on it too, which is great. It’s one of my very favourite Wilkins Farago books.