Episode 9 - Laugh Out Loud

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Artist and author Leigh Hobbs is the creator of the characters Old Tom, Mr Chicken, Horrible Harriet, and the feral students in 4F for Freaks. Old Tom was adapted into a popular animated TV series while Mr Chicken and Horrible Harriet have recently appeared on the Opera House stage. Mr Chicken Goes to Paris was shortlisted for the 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.


Nat, Kate and Liz were lucky enough to meet not only Leigh but also Mr Chicken during Leigh's time as Australian Children's Laureate. 

Leigh's latest book is Freaks on the Loose. 



The hilarious, anarchic antics of One-eyed Eileen, her 4F classmates and their long-suffering teacher in one collectable volume.

We dare you to join Miss Corker and 4F, the class without a yearning for learning.

'I couldn't possibly put this shocker on the shelves.' 

Fenella Frump, Librarian, Tasmania

Now in one volume: 

4F for Freaks

Freaks Ahoy



Check out Freaks On The Loose at:


Kids Capers - What makes you laugh?

Charlotte, Emma and Sofia talk about all things funny on this episode of Kids Capers. Here are their suggestions for the WORLD'S FUNNIEST BOOK!



Charlotte loves Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee and Heath McKenzie, published by Lake Press.


This guy will do anything for you not to open this book!

Threats, bribes, reverse psychology – you name it!

A hilarious new book from radio extraordinaire and all-round funny guy, Andy Lee.

Young readers will love doing everything they’re asked not to!


Check it out at www.lakepress.com.au/collection/do-not-open-this-book/



Emma loves Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, published by Scholastic.


George likes to write. Harold likes to draw. They figure all superheroes look like they're wearing underpants — and so a new comic-book superhero is born. And this one's got Wedgie Power! The boys are just as creative in real life too. At the big football game, they put pepper in the cheerleaders' pom-poms, helium in the football, and itching powder in the coach's muscle rub. And Mr. Krupp, the mean principal, films it all! Now the boys have to behave, or else. That is, until their hypnotising ring arrives. Then watch out, Principal Krupp!


Check it out at www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/adventures-of-captain-underpants-the-by-dav-pilkey/




Sofia loves The Very Bad Book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, published by Pan Macmillan.


In a very bad wood, there was a very bad house.

And in that very bad house, there was a very bad room.

And in that very bad room, there was a very bad cupboard.

And in that very bad cupboard, there was a very bad shelf.

And on that very bad shelf, there was a very bad box.

And in that very bad box, there was a VERY BAD BOOK...



Check it out at www.panmacmillan.com.au/9780330425650/

Haven't seen our fart video that Sofia loves? Well, here it is...

Whatcha Readin?


Kate recommends Just Macbeth! by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton and narrated on audio by Stig Wemyss.


Once Upon A Small Rhinoceros


Liz recommends The Cat Wants Custard by P. Crumble and Lucinda Gifford.


Truly Tan Jen Storer

Nat recommends Super Moopers 

written by Fiona Harris and illustrated by Scott Edgar.


Shout outs

On this episode, we give a shout out to the Children's Book Council of Australia Illawarra-South Coast sub-branch fundraising dinner. 


Not only is this sure to be a fun night, it's also a great way to support a local CBCA sub-branch, who do all sorts of amazing stuff behind the scenes, promoting books and children's literacy. 

Nat also mentions the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program 2018 from the CBCA (applications close June 30th).

Check out the details at http://nsw.cbca.org.au/pages/aspiring-writers-mentorship-program-2018.html

On Our Radar




On Nat's radar is the 104-Storey Treehouse book launch series, Introducing the 104-Storey Treehouse, which is touring Australia and New Zealand in July. Yes, we're getting in early and so should you because these events are bound to sell out. 


Join Andy and Terry as they explore the wonderful world of the 104-storey treehouse, including a stupid-hat level, a refrigerator-throwing level, a bun-fighting level, a tangled-up level and a deep-thoughts thinking room. 


To find out more, visit: 



Competition Details

Head to our WIN page and let us know in 25 words or less why the chicken really did cross the road. 


Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 12th June. The one that makes us laugh the hardest wins the prize. 


Up for grabs this episode are a copy of the hilarious new books GEORGE PARKER GOES GLOBAL by David Metzenthen and MARGE AND THE SECRET TUNNEL by Isla Fisher.

Listener Question

Thanks to @DurieJulia for her great listener question on Twitter this week. Julia asked: I'm looking for graphic novels for children written/illustrated by Australian authors. 


Funnily enough, Kate had also been wondering this, and late last year posed the question to the Your Kid's Next Read Facebook Group. Here is what they suggested: 

The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

The Bloodhound Boys by Andrew Cranna

Sensitive Creatures by Mandy Ord

Evermore by Isobel Carmody and Daniel Reed. 

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean, a YA speculative fiction anthology from Allen and Unwin, edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy. 

Home Time by Campbell Whyte.

KidGlovz by Julie Hunt and Dale Newman

Doom Bunny by Loren Morris

Anders and the Comet by Gregory Mackay

Graphic novels by Queenie Chan including her Fabled Kingdom series. 

The Ubby's Underdogs series by Brenton E McKenna

Rockhopping and Rivertime by Trace Balla. 

Other Bits & Pieces

We can't wait for our special One More Page night of HOKEY POKEY KARAOKE!


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