I’m so happy to be able to help Tania celebrate the release of the latest book in her Riley the little aviator series, Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo.
Tania has generously agreed to share some of her top writing tips on how she wrote this special book.
Tania’s Five Writing Tips –
- Don’t be afraid to use big words, even for the very young. Kids love the sound of more complicated words, and they comprehend new (carefully-placed) words via association. Oh––and it very quickly grows their vocabulary; always a good thing.
- Employ synonyms. A kangaroo can only ‘hop’ and ‘bound’ so many times in one single text. I researched many and varied ways to help that roo gad about Canberra.
- If you’re working on a series, inject something new into each book, to keep your audience engaged and guessing. A book series tends to employ the same format and theme, so adding something new (eg: in Jumpy Roo, I added colour to the photos for the very first time) really keeps things fresh.
- Be mindful of your message. Subtlety is good. No one, not even the very young, likes to be hammered over the head with morals. I’m also a big fan of the book that has NO message, and is just good fun.
- Let your work marinate. A book is never finished, but allowing your work to settle awhile before revisiting will help hone and clarify the storyline. This can be so powerful, it could be the difference between a good piece of work, and a great one.
Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo – My Review
Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo is the fifth book in the Riley the Little Aviator series.
Riley is visiting Canberra when he encounters a very jumpy kangaroo who is frantically searching for something she is lost.
Small children who are prone to losing things (like I was) will definitely relate to this.
Riley follows the Jumpy Kangaroo around Canberra, and the reader is taken with him on a tour of Australia’s capital.
This book provides a great travel log for kids, but it’s also an appealing story in its own right – and filled with plenty of humour.
I like the fact that this book offers various levels of interest to the reader. There’s the travel/geography aspect, funny text, appealing storyline and the dynamic and colourful illustrations.
The Jumpy Roo book launch is being held at Floriade this year! Anyone living in or visiting Canberra on 15 September is invited along, but RSVPs are essential if you want a goodie bag and balloon! You can find out more here.
You can also visit the Riley the Little Aviator website (www.rileyaviator.com) to see updates, learn more about the places Riley visits, and see behind-the-scenes work. There’s also some Fun Activities for kids.
Learn more about Tania’s books at her website – www.taniamccartney.com.
Blog Tour Schedule
Bound along with Roo on a Very Jumpy Tour! Monday 29 July to Thursday 1 August at the following destinations:
MONDAY 29 JULY
Tania McCartney’s Blog
Kids Book Review
Interview and Review
Boomerang Books Blog
Children’s Books Daily
TUESDAY 30 JULY
Instagram Book Giveaway
Review and Five Picture Book Writing Tips
WEDNESDAY 31 JULY
My Little Bookcase
Guest Post – Behind the Scenes
Sheryl Gwyther’s Blog
Review and Author Interview
Pass It On
Elaine Ouston Blog – On Writing
THURSDAY 1 AUGUST
Creative Kids’ Tales
Guest Post – Roo’s Top 5 Canberra Stops
Bug in a Book
Tania McCartney’s Blog