Books

All I Want for Christmas is Rain

An Australian Christmas is threatened when drought takes hold. A little girl has only one wish – for rain. Will her wish come true?

Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood Book of the Year 2017 Short List

Released 1 November 2016


Fearless with Dad

A little boy’s loveable celebration of the endless possibilities and adventures he has with his dad.

Released 1 July 2015

My new book Fearless with Dad, published by New Frontier and illustrated by fellow Brisbanite Giuseppe Poli, was released in July 2015. Here is a sneak peak from the New Frontier 2015 Catalogue. The book looks amazing and I am so thankful to Giuseppe for bringing my vision to life.


max-and-george

Max & George

Max only had one friend.
Max’s friend was called George.
George lived in windows.

Max is lucky to have a friend like George. George loves to do everything Max does. He also knows what it feels like to be Max…

Released 1 March 2013

Featured Review

“Max has just one friend. His name is George, and he appears in any kind of window – shop windows, car windows, train and house. Max loves hovering near windows to find his sweet bunny friend. He loves chatting to George and sharing jokes.

“What are you laughing at? Who are you talking to?” adults ask Max. They just don’t understand.

Max and George share a lot of the same qualities. They are around the same height, dress the same and even move the same. When Max is feeling happy, George is, too. Same for when he’s feeling jittery – and today, Max is feeling particularly jittery.

Why? Because it will soon be his first day of school. But not to worry – George will be with Max the whole way. Will his new school chums find his friendship with George strange? Or will school herald a whole new way of being for Max?

This is a lovely story about courage, growing up and stepping into new friendships whilst still holding close the comforts of childhood. Sentimental yet without schmaltz, Max and his ‘imaginary’ friend is something many children will relate to.

As is her way, Sue deGennaro’s astonishingly beautiful, creative, ultra modern yet whimsical illustrations perfectly portray the connection between Max and George – and a friendship that will last forever.” (Kids Book Review)

More Reviews

“5-8 year olds display a great variation in reading and cognitive abilities. Max and George by Cori Brooke and Sue deGennaro is a wordy sort of picture book with a whole lot of subtext that will be interpreted differently by different kids. 

Sweet illustrations of little boy Max and his bunny friend George complement a straightforward storyline for younger children, whilst more insightful children may understand this as a gently melancholy tale about making friends. ‘Max only had one friend. Max’s friend was called George.  George lived in windows.’  

Max is about to start school and he’s feeling ‘jittery’. Luckily Max has a special friend, George, who Max (and only Max) can see when he looks at his reflection.

George understands what it’s like to feel jittery and  Max is relieved to find that George is in the windows at school, too. Soon, though, Max meets Sam – a boy in his class who likes the same jokes as George. Maybe Max can make friends who don’t live in windows after all?  

Max and George tackles the insecurities that go with new experiences and that tricky transitional age between the fantasy world of imaginary friends and the ‘real world’ that arrives with the start of school.”
(
This Charming Mum)

“A charming story of starting things anew, of finding friends, of losing your imaginary friend.”
(read more – ReadPlus Review)

“It’s a wonderful tale for children, with a gorgeous message. A book about starting fresh, meeting new people, and learning how to deal with a lump in the throat.”
(read more – Onya Magazine Review)