Blog Tour: Miss Mechanic by Emma Hart Release Blitz

MISS MECHANIC
By Emma Hart
Release Day: Dec 12, 2017

Two mechanics. One rivalry.
She’ll prove she’s as good as she says she is.
He’ll prove her place isn’t under the hood.
It’s over it.

“Don’t let the bastards get you down.”
For twenty-six years, I lived by my daddy’s motto. Which is why “Mechanic Wanted” is all it takes for me
to apply for the job at the garage we once owned.
And I meet the biggest bastard of them all.
Dexter Ryne. Hotter than Hell in July and a firm believer that my place is on reception, taking phone calls
and looking pretty. Not getting dirty under the hood of a car.
Determined to prove each other wrong, we make a deal.
I have three weeks to prove my worth as a mechanic. If I don’t, I’m on telephone duty.
If I do, he’ll accept defeat and make my job permanent.
Now, all I have to do is fight my attraction to the cocky little… beep.
Problem is, an engine isn’t the only thing he knows how to make purr…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape
and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape,
pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every
available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to
forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto- your-panties hot scenes, and a
whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the
ideas come to life.

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EXCERPT

“Can I help you?” I asked.
He blinked and met my eyes.
“What the hell are you doing over there?” I pushed to stand up straight.
“Right now?” He capped his water bottle. “Well, honestly… I’m just thinking you’d look better over
the hood of that car than under it.”
I unhooked the hood and slammed it down, spinning on the balls of my feet.
Our eyes met properly. I didn’t like what I saw in his—desire, attraction, need. Which was obviously
why a shiver ran down my spine.
I cocked a hip, putting my hand on it. “The only time you will ever get me over a hood of a car is if a
wiper blade needs changing. So, unless you’re a wiper blade…”
Dex pulled his phone from his pocket and started tapping the screen.
I blinked. “What are you doing?”

He peered up at me through his unfairly thick eyelashes. “Seeing if I can get a wiper blade costume
for Halloween.”
“I don’t even know how to respond to that.”
“You can buy wiper blade glasses.”
“What?”
He raised his eyebrows. “And a lady here on eBay will hand-make any costume. There’s my
Halloween sorted.”
I stared at him. “You’re not getting me over anything, Dex. Definitely not a car hood. No matter what
you think.”
He clutched his chest dramatically. “You wound me.”
“Unfortunately not fatally,” I muttered.
“You also underestimate me.”
“There’s a lot of that going around in this garage.” I put the bottle of coolant away.
“Touché.”
“Thank you.”
“Can I ask you something?”
I sighed and turned to face him again. “What?”
Earnestly, he asked, “Can you stop wearing those tiny shorts? Or yoga pants that make me want to
touch your ass every five minutes?”
I looked down at the ripped shorts of my dungarees. “Can you keep your thoughts to yourself?
Control yourself, maybe? Not look at me and see someone worth screwing?”

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

Retail is kicking my butt this year thanks to amped up Christmas shopping, but even tried and exhausted, I always get really really excited when I find a book for a shopper to buy for their loved ones, or for a reader who is looking for their next book. It makes all the early mornings and exhaustion worth while. I can also say I’ve offically had my first “I-can’t-remember-the-author-or-the-books-title-but-they-put-out-a-new-book-each-year” request for help. Which means I can mark my little bingo card of  vague requests off. Sadly, for this particular customer I couldn’t help them, but for the one after the ‘blue’ book and the one who could only name a character, I’m happy to say I nailed those requests for help!

 

Currently Reading:

 

One handywoman.
One single dad.
One set of twins.
And the wall isn’t the only thing being drilled…
I learned the hard way that being a handywoman isn’t easy. The questions, the stares—the assumption I’m the proud owner of a cock and balls. Not that it matters. I’ve proven over and over that I’m ready for anything the judgmental asses throw at me.
Except the hot, single dad of twins who just moved to town.
Brantley Cooper gets the shock of his life when I show up on his doorstep to fix up his kids’ new rooms. His son is confused why ‘the pretty lady has a drill,’ and his daughter has a new obsession—me.
On paper, my job is easy. Go in, do their bedrooms, and leave.
In theory, I’m spending eight hours a day with a guarded, sexy as hell guy, and I’m staying for dinner more often than I’m eating it alone, on my couch, with Friends re-runs.
I shouldn’t be staying for dinner. I shouldn’t be helping him out with the twins. I shouldn’t be falling in love with tiny toes and dimpled cheeks.
And I most definitely should not be kissing my client.
Oops…
MISS FIX-IT is a brand-new, standalone romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart, who brought you BEING BROOKE and CATCHING CARLY.
 

 

 


 

Listening to:

 

 

 

 

hoping TO read:

Bestselling Australian author Cathryn Hein returns with a moving and uplifting rural romance about facing hard truths and moving on in pursuit of life.

After landing a major cookbook deal, star food blogger Tash Ranger swaps city life for the family farm. But Tash’s homecoming is bittersweet, for now she can no longer avoid seeing her best friend Maddie, who was severely injured in a riding accident and unable to communicate. No one knows that Maddie and Tash had a deep falling out and with every visit Tash must pretend to be the friend everyone believes her to be.

Patrick Lawson, Maddie’s fiancé, battles despair and hope daily as Maddie lies imprisoned in her body, gradually losing his faith in her recovery. When Tash returns to Castlereagh Road with her joy and boundless appetite for life, he realises finally what his loved ones have been trying to tell him for months – that Maddie wouldn’t want him to throw his life away. It’s time to move on. But letting go is no easy feat, especially if moving on means Tash. He’s a country boy and she is a star on the rise with ambitions that could propel her out of reach.

Can these two friends step out of the shadow of Maddie’s tragic life and accept love, or is the past forever destined to dictate their future?

 

Just Finished:

Technically I finished this one last month, but I haven’t done one of these since, so I’m including it here.

 

 

 

Last week on the blog:

 

What are you reading this week?

Sunday Shelve It!

Brought to you (and me) by Magan & Estelle @  Rather Be Reading

Last week was an epic book week and I literally screamed when I opened some of these packages sent from the publishers. Not ashamed to admit to being overly excited by the new Loretta Hill novel – doesn’t the cover look divine? – and Emily Barr’s new book. I’m intrigued by the others as I haven’t read the authors necessarily before.

 

 

FOR REVIEW (Ebook)

 

One handywoman.
One single dad.
One set of twins.
And the wall isn’t the only thing being drilled…
I learned the hard way that being a handywoman isn’t easy. The questions, the stares—the assumption I’m the proud owner of a cock and balls. Not that it matters. I’ve proven over and over that I’m ready for anything the judgmental asses throw at me.
Except the hot, single dad of twins who just moved to town.
Brantley Cooper gets the shock of his life when I show up on his doorstep to fix up his kids’ new rooms. His son is confused why ‘the pretty lady has a drill,’ and his daughter has a new obsession—me.
On paper, my job is easy. Go in, do their bedrooms, and leave.
In theory, I’m spending eight hours a day with a guarded, sexy as hell guy, and I’m staying for dinner more often than I’m eating it alone, on my couch, with Friends re-runs.
I shouldn’t be staying for dinner. I shouldn’t be helping him out with the twins. I shouldn’t be falling in love with tiny toes and dimpled cheeks.
And I most definitely should not be kissing my client.
Oops…
MISS FIX-IT is a brand-new, standalone romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart, who brought you BEING BROOKE and CATCHING CARLY.
 

Bestselling Australian author Cathryn Hein returns with a moving and uplifting rural romance about facing hard truths and moving on in pursuit of life.

After landing a major cookbook deal, star food blogger Tash Ranger swaps city life for the family farm. But Tash’s homecoming is bittersweet, for now she can no longer avoid seeing her best friend Maddie, who was severely injured in a riding accident and unable to communicate. No one knows that Maddie and Tash had a deep falling out and with every visit Tash must pretend to be the friend everyone believes her to be.

Patrick Lawson, Maddie’s fiancé, battles despair and hope daily as Maddie lies imprisoned in her body, gradually losing his faith in her recovery. When Tash returns to Castlereagh Road with her joy and boundless appetite for life, he realises finally what his loved ones have been trying to tell him for months – that Maddie wouldn’t want him to throw his life away. It’s time to move on. But letting go is no easy feat, especially if moving on means Tash. He’s a country boy and she is a star on the rise with ambitions that could propel her out of reach.

Can these two friends step out of the shadow of Maddie’s tragic life and accept love, or is the past forever destined to dictate their future?

 

FOR REVIEW (PRINT)

When you’re stumbling through life, try falling head over heels …

Grace Middleton knew that her ex-husband Derek was a lying, cheating, wife-abandoning bastard.

What she didn’t know – until his untimely death – was that he was also the owner of a secret vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region. And, much to the chagrin of his new wife, he’s left the property to Grace’s three young sons.

With the intention of putting it up for sale, Grace takes the boys to view Gum Leaf Grove. And immediately finds herself embroiled in mysteries from Derek’s past – and becomes the accidental target of the resident ‘ghost’.

Nowadays Grace believes in love even less than she believes in ghosts. So no one is more surprised than her when she’s caught between two very different men – with secrets of their own . . .

A sparkling romantic comedy about trust after betrayal, hope after regret, and falling in love after vowing never ever to do it again . . .

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: BATMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu.

Returning home from his lavish eighteenth birthday party, Bruce Wayne stops a criminal’s getaway – disobeying the police and crashing his car during the chase.

Sentenced to community service in Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, he encounters some of the the city’s most dangerous and mentally disturbed criminals. Among these, Bruce meets the intriguing Madeleine who has ties to the Nightwalker gang that is terrorizing Gotham City.

She’s a mystery Bruce has to unravel but can he trust her? The Nightwalkers target the rich, and Bruce’s name is next on their list.

 

Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .

Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.

And realises her life has been a lie.

Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.

But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .

In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek’s Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding. Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen—and Patrick’s birthday is only a few weeks away.

Determined to save Patrick’s life and the lives of the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites—and what they find is horrifying.

Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.

 

Purchased (Print)

365 questions and inspirations for the writer inside all of us.

Each daily entry in this stylish journal features engaging prompts designed to help writers think about their process, observe the world around them, and focus on the act of crafting thoughtful, beautiful writing.

 

The following book was gifted to me for Christmas:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

 

 

 

Purchased (Ebook & Audiobooks)

 

 

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017 (#AWW2017) Update 11: November

*Click on the book’s title to be taken to its Goodreads entry or on reviewed to see my review

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017 (AWW2017):

Read 60. Review: 50.

Read: 51/60

Review: 20 /50

Additional specific goal to read at least one of each of the following: Non-Fiction, a Classic, and a Poetry book.

 

  1. A Place To Stay by Jennie Jones (REVIEWED)
  2. She’s The One by Bronwyn Stuart (REVIEWED)
  3. Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein (REVIEWED)
  4. This Love by Lea Darragh (REVIEWED)
  5. The Long Paddock by Alissa Callen (REVIEWED)
  6. In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu (REVIEWED)
  7. Florette by Anna Walker (REVIEWED)
  8. Family Forests by Kim Kane and Illustrated by  Lucia Masciullo (REVIEWED)
  9. The Golden Child by Wendy James (REVIEWED)
  10. Me And You by Deborah Kelly and Illustrated by Karen Blair (REVIEWED)
  11. Valentine by Jodi McAlister (REVIEWED)
  12. A Letter From Italy – Pamela Hart (REVIEWED)
  13. Playing By Her Rules by Amy Andrews
  14. Playing The Player by Amy Andrews
  15. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  16. The Impossible Story of Olive In Love by Tonya Alexandra
  17. The Currency Lass by Tea Cooper
  18. Before You Forget by Julia Lawrinson
  19. Situational Critical by Amanda Knight
  20. When Mina Meet Michael by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  21. Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior and illustrated by Cheryl Orsini
  22. Fire by by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  23. Cyclone by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Previously reviewed in AWW2016)
  24. Flood by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  25. Pete The Sheep by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  26. The Tomorrow Book by by Jackie French and Illustrated by Sue Degennaro
  27. Good Dog Hank by Jackie French and Illustrated by Nina Rycroft
  28. Josephine Wants To Dance by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  29. The Beast Of Hushing Wood by Gabrielle Wang (REVIEWED)
  30. Tempting Justice by Fiona Archer (REVIEWED)
  31. Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton
  32. The Irredeemable Prince by Alyssa J Montgomery
  33. Three Words by Lauren Firminger
  34. Wreck by Fleur Ferris (REVIEWED)
  35. Private Lives, Public Property by Jessie L Starr
  36. Sapphire by J A Low (REVIEWED)
  37. The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson
  38. My Brother Tom by Michelle Worthington and Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn
  39. The Three Legged Kangaroo from Uluru by Michelle Worthington and Illustrated by Dave Atze
  40. Vigil by Angela Slatter (REVIEWED)
  41. Corpselight by Angela Slatter (REVIEWED)
  42. Nineteen Letters by Jodi L Perry
  43.  In His Custody by Fiona Archer
  44. Silk Queen (BK 2) by GJ Walker-Smith
  45. Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods
  46. Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
  47. 47 Things by Liliana Anderson
  48. Forgetting Foster by Dianne Touchell
  49.  The Greatest Gift by Rachel Johns
  50.  No One Likes A Fart by Zoe Foster Blake and Illustrated by Adam Nickel (REVIEWED)
  51. Trust by Kylie Scott, narrated by Andi Arndt

 

REVIEW: Barefoot Investor by Scott Page

Published: 22nd November 2016 / 1st August 2017 (updated Version)

Publisher: Wiley

Pages: 248

Format: Soft cover, non-fiction (2016  version)

RRP: $29.99

4/5 Stars 

If you’re like most of us, you spend your whole damn life working for everyone else: the bank, your spouse, or your kids – it’s rare that you carve out some time to stop and focus on the vitally important questions. You know, the one’s that are critical, but not urgent, like: “Why am I still in this job? Wasn’t this supposed to be a stepping-stone? Why do some people seem to be doing better financially than me? Will I end up eating home-brand bangers and watching Family Feud in retirement?Am I on the right path?”Together we’re going to answer these questions. I’ll give you a step-by-step plan that will clear away the cobwebs of doubt and give you clarity and confidence. But to get the most out of it, you need to do your part: sit uninterrupted in an easy chair, with a biro, a cuppa and a Tim Tam or two.To be truly happy you must be in control of your financial life – or lack of money will control you forever. So in this book, I’m going to step out my plan — a plan that’s allowed me to tread my own path, and will allow you to do so too.Over the years I’ve successfully taught this plan to thousands of people, from elite athletes to single mums on Centrelink. I’m confident it will work the same for you as it did for for them.I understand how busy life is. The average visitor to my website stays for around 2.38 minutes (or so my web geek tells me)… and I’m asking you to spend an afternoon with me?!So at the start of this journey together, I want to honour your commitment, and that’s why I’ll make this promise to you: You will be able to buy everything you need, while achieving your number one goal: whether that be dumping your debts, radically paying off your dream home, or retiring with dignity. You’ll achieve it without using a strict budget, or living like your poor old Aunty Mavis. Above all, I’ll give you the freedom to tread your own path.Sounds like bulldust, right?All I ask is that you keep an open mind. Read this book in your comfy chair, enjoy the bikkies, and follow all the instructions.Trust me on this: as you begin to see the plan working, your confidence will soar.

As a bookseller, this is a book I both love and loathe. I love it because it’s so easy to read and understand, offers some great advice and is so easy to hand sell. I loathe it, because, in recent months, Scott Page and his finance book The Barefoot Investor has become one of the MUST have finance books, not only here in Australia, but all around the world. Thus, I spend a good proportion of my day fielding questions about this particular title and explaining to people that we are once again sold out. All of which is to say, The Barefoot Investor is a fantastic finance book for anyone looking for a book to get their money back on track.

The older I get, the more I start to take aspects of my life a hell of a lot more seriously, especially when it comes to money. Back in high school, we learnt about depreciation and percentages and taxes etc, but I feel like perhaps there should have been an entire class dedicated to life skills and money management for the everyday person. In the current world/climate, it is so easy for people to fall into money traps and make bad decisions that can haunt you for the rest of your life. Sometimes those money mistakes turn into bigger financial woes that can see everything you know and love come crashing down. While I’m not in any of these dire situations, I knew it was time for me to start getting ahead and learning as much as I could about financial stability, superannuation, shares, credit ratings etc.

I read this book a few weeks ago, and while there are giant chunks of this book that aren’t applicable to my situation, I found it really useful and a great starting point to get my financial stability not only back on track, but ahead!

Scott Page is a financial guru that has spent years helping people out of their money debts. The Barefoot Investor is a straight shooting, hold no bares book about money and how to handle it better for the everyday person. In easy to understand language, he breaks down credit, debt, daily budgeting that isn’t strict or limiting, shares, superannuation and what you should be doing to get ahead in life financially.

His strategy is easy to follow, with weekly-turned monthly ‘dates’ set aside for you to look at your money situation and make sure you are on track. He gives out practical advice and even uses everyday situations and examples to show how to implement his ideas into your lives no matter your living situation.

Having read The Barefoot Investor from cover to cover in the space of a couple of hours, I can see why this book has taken off. It’s easy to understand and offers practical advice to people from all walks of life and financial situations.

All in all, I do recommend this book to anyone who looking for help or simply to better understand some of the more confusing aspects of finance in a clear and decisive manner. The Barefoot Investor is a great starting block to get your confidence back on side and get your money situation back on track so that you too can live a more stress-free and happier lifestyle.

For anyone looking at learning more about their finances, I strongly encourage you to take the Open2Study free Financial Literacy course. This course covers the basics of financial literacy in broken down easy to understand snapshots to help you understand some much bigger and broader terms, concepts and financial problems. To learn more about this course, visit Open2Study.

 

To purchase a copy of The Barefoot Investor, visit the following online retailers:

Amazon Aus | Amazon US | Angus & Robertson’s Bookworld | Barnes & Noble | Booktopia | Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD |

 

REVIEW: Die Hard Christmas by Doggie Horner and Illustrated by JJ Harrison

Published: 24th October2017

Publisher: Insights Editions

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture Book (Purchased)

RRP: $24.99

5/5 Stars

A delightful Christmas storybook for adults based on the action-packed Die Hard movie

All John McClane wants for Christmas is to reunite with his estranged family. But when his wife’s office holiday party turns into a deadly hostage situation, he has to save her life before he can get home in time for Christmas!

The unconventional fan-favorite movie Die Hard is now an illustrated storybook—complete with machine guns, European terrorists, and a cop who’s forced to rely on all his cunning and skills (and the help of a fellow officer) to save the day. Based on the classic “Night Before Christmas” poem and filled with whimsical illustrations, this cleverly reimagined homage is destined to become a holiday classic.

Contains adult material including violence and strong language. Reader discretion is advised. Ho-ho-ho.

 

 

Die Hard is the Christmas movie in my house (followed closely by the 1994 version of Miracle of 34th Street). So much so that it doesn’t feel like Christmas until we’ve watched at least the first movie. Thus, it comes as no surprise about how excited I was to learn about, and then pre-order, this brilliantly quirky and amazing Christmas book for adults.

Die Hard Christmas by Doogie Horner and illustrated by JJ Harrison is exactly what you expect it to be. An illustrated copy of the 1988 Die Hard movie, presented as a picture book for adults. Written in rhyming verse, in a style that mimics The Night Before Christmas poem, Horner’s adaption of the movie is pretty much spot on, minus a few scences and the odd character. The book reads as a complete story that is neither rushed or incomplete and the echoing of the christmas poetry creates a beautiful and somewhat hilarious contrast between what is happening in the story and on the page at times.

Don’t be fooled by the picture book format, rhyming verse or the concept however,Die Hard Christmas is the ultimate picture book for adults this year; with it’s blood, bombs, machine guns and “yipee-ki-yay ….” slogan it is most certainly not for kids, and remains as close as it possibly can be to the movie we all love and adore.

JJ Harrison’s illustrations are bold and cartoon like as they take on the iconic 1988 movie and bring it on to the page. What I love most about this book is perhaps the way in which Horner and Harrison have created the ultimate Die Hard fan book that is both true to the original, but also with a tiny spark of creativity and their own take on the story without compromising or dishonouring the original story. All the known characters feature heavily in the book, and Harrison has done an outstanding job at making them both easy to recognise and somehow, sutbly different as well.

All in all, Die Hard Christmas is the book that fans of the franchise have been waiting almost thirty years for without even knowing it. It’s the ultimate book that answers the age old questions as to whether Die Hard is a suitable Christmas movie (a big resounding fat YES from my family!) and it’s honesty and originally are sure to make this book a much love Christmas classic in it’s own right.

If you are looking to buy Die Hard Christmas for a loved one this Christmas, I wouldn’t delay. Online book retailers appear to be selling out of this gem quickly, and with Christmas just around the corner, I wouldn’t leave it too long!

 

 

 

To purchase a copy of Die Hard Christmas, visit the following online retailers:

Print = Amazon USAngus & Robertson’s Bookworld | Barnes & Noble  | Boffins Books Aus   Booktopia | Book Depository | Dymocks  Ebay (Aus)  |   Indigo (CA) |

 

REVIEW: No One Likes A Fart by Zoe Foster Blake, Illustrated by Adam Nickle

Published:13th November 2017

Publisher: Penguin Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House Australia

Pages: 32

Format: Hard Cover Picture Book courtesy of the publisher

RRP: $19.99

4/5 Stars

A sweet, funny story about accepting yourself and finding a friend who loves you just the way you are. Mostly, though, it’s about a fart. And fart jokes. Loooots of fart jokes.

Fart is excited! He’s desperate to make friends and have fun. But no one likes a fart. Not even a fart with a heart. Too smelly. Too embarrassing. Too gross.

Zoë has written lots of grown-up books, none of which mention a single fart. She is the mother of two little people and a cat with a permanently cranky face. She wants it known that despite writing this book, she still doesn’t like farts, even if her husband Tooty McFluffson refuses to acknowledge this.

In full disclosure, I adore Zoe Foster Blake’s adult rom-coms. I’ve gobbled each and every one of them up and my eyes were glued to the Australian Tv-Series adaption of The Wrong Girl. So needless to say when this picture book turned up as a review copy from the publisher, I was both intrigued and confused as I wasn’t aware Foster Blake had moved into picture books.

Move over Aaron Blabey’s Pig The Pug, there is a new Australian picture book making waves this Christmas. In just over two weeks since Zoe Foster Blake’s first foray into picture books was launched, Australian shoppers have gobbled up No One Likes A Fart and made it possibly one of the most popular and biggest picture books to have this Christmas. Having been sent a copy from the Publisher, Penguin Random House Australia, I can totally understand why.

Everywhere you look these days, there are picture books filling the shelves of bookstores trying to engage children, particularly young boys to read. Books with titles featuring the words ‘fart’, ‘bum’ and ‘spew’ are taking over the shelves at an alarming rate, and yet it’s this latest edition from Zoe Foster Blake that is taking the booksellers and shoppers by storm this Christmas and rightly so.

No One Likes A Fart is a comprehensive story about a Fart whose life has just begun (yes, he gets farted on to the pages) and who is looking to find some friends and find his place in the world. Through a bunch of trials and misunderstandings, Fart is wafted through houses, buses, cafes and even back alley’s unable to find anyone to like him for him – bad smell and all. Rejected on all accounts, Fart is forced to come face to face with some hard truths about himself and the world at large, until he meets Burp, a girl much like himself and his new best friend.

What I loved about this book was not only how Zoe Foster Blake’s text and Adam Nickel’s illustrations complement each other so effortlessly, but also how poignant this story is and how they conveyed it with just the right amount of humour and seriousness. Here is a story about fitting in, learning to love and accept yourself for who you are and the often painful realisation that the world isn’t the nicest of places sometimes. It’s a book perfect for young and old and filled with some typically gross toilet humour (it is a book about farts after all), it is sure to leave readers of all ages laughing.

Zoe Foster Blake’s text is rather simple and effective. With sentences tending to consist of easy to understand language and shorter and snappier sentences. It’s printed in black bold text that is both clear and well placed around the pages. Adam Nickel’s illustrations are full double page illustrations with bold black outlines and typically consist of a more drab, but appropriate, sepia style colour palette of brown, orange, poo-green and blacks. The little farts themselves are presented as clouds with stick arms and legs and the most expressive little faces that make you want to hug them if they weren’t just drawings in a book.

No One Likes A Fart is a poignant book that relies on the right balance of toilet humour to entice young readers into its pages where a more serious, but perfectly balanced message of self-worth, respect and acceptance await their little ears and eyes. It’s the type of book, children will keep reaching for and will form an integral part of bedtime stories with a soundtrack of laughter thrown in for good measure.

 

 

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