Archive for December, 2011


Ray Bradbury & why libraries are important

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2011 by mrsdillemma

I found it nearly impossible to stop smiling after reading this – have a look for yourselves.



Do not push – Kyle Mewburn

In Book Reviews,Childrens Chapter books,NZ lit reviews on December 11, 2011 by mrsdillemma

Mewburn, K. (2011). Do not push. Auckland, New Zealand: Scholastic New Zealand.

[humour / contemporary realistic chapter book]

In Do not push Kyle Mewburn puts our hero, Cam, in an impossible situation.

In an uninhabited forest that’s just over the back fence, down a gully he’s never seen before and standing in front of a large red button labelled do not push….

Cam pushes the button and things change, he returns to a world without rules, without consequences, without repercussions. Mum and Dad behave differently, the entire neighbourhood appears to have gone round the bend…. and now if you need to know how Cam survives and fixes the world then this is one book you need to read.

Mewburn has hit the nail on the head with his short punchy chapters and clipped dialogue; the format is perfectly suited to that group of kids just coming to grips with chapter books, whether they are 6 or 16 and Sarah Anderson’s illustrations add a quirky, yet thoroughly entertaining dimension to this book.

What would you do if there was a big red button with a do not push sign attached? You’d push it, right? I know I would!


The Dreaming – Queenie Chan

In Book Reviews,Graphic Novels,YA literature on December 11, 2011 by mrsdillemma

Chan, Q. (2005). The Dreaming. Los Angeles, United States of America: Tokyopop Inc.

[ fantasy / horror graphic novel ]

If you’ve never read a graphic novel then Queenie Chan’s The Dreaming is a good place to start, designed for teens, the Dreaming is a stunning introduction to Manga.

Amber and Jeannie are sent to live at mysterious boarding school in the Australian outback, once there they begin to experience some strange and creepy goings on, it appears the school is haunted and there are students missing.

The two sisters are wonderful characters; outstanding individually but with enough conflict and chemistry to create a dynamic duo. The plot, characters and setting combine flawlessly so the narrative can move along without a hitch.

As this is part one of a series (of three) Chan deliberately sets up an atmosphere, she sets up more questions than provides answers but this just leaves the reader wanting more, the eerily chilling story is compelling and has me hooked…

If you are interested in stories about forging an identity whilst in a search for truth, and a few ghosts thrown in for good measure, then look no further The Dreaming is what you’ve been looking for.


Quaky Cat

In Book Reviews,Childrens Picture Books,NZ lit reviews on December 11, 2011 by mrsdillemma

Noonan, D. (2010). Quaky Cat. Auckland, New Zealand: Scholastic New Zealand.

[Picture Storybook]

In the aftermath of the Christchurch’s September earthquake, Diana Noonan decided to do her part to help quake victims the only way she could – by writing a story for children about what happened that morning from the perspective of a bright orange cat called Tiger.

Tiger wakes, it is 4:35am and its pitch black, the earthquake strikes and he bolts out of the house. Tiger looks for safety as the town quakes, shakes, rolls and rumbles all around him. Scared, lost and alone, he scours the neighbourhood for his owner Emma in the ensuing chaos.

A thoroughly delightful story, Quaky Cat acknowledges the terrifying and sad experiences children went through during and after the earthquake but also ends with a hopeful and reassuring message for those children and their families left homeless by the quake – Love and hugs are what make a family, not its house.

Quaky Cat is one of this year’s standout picture books. It is perfect as a bedtime story and ideal to be used in a story reading session for little ones and with 50% of the proceeds donated to Christchurch charities, if you don’t already own it – Go out and buy one!



In Uncategorized on December 11, 2011 by mrsdillemma

Well hello there blogsphere, its me dilemma. You may know me from previous incarnations, but I promise this is the real me.

I am a mid 30s one eyed cantab who has a passion for information, a dislike for earthquakes, a husband who drives me crazy, a love hate relationship with my job and a little bit of a shopping addiction for stationery.

This blog is a little of me but a lot of the information, the books I love (and loathe) and a chance to reflect on why we are reading (and watching) what we do.