What Readers Say
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Louana McCormack, Librarian at Opaheke School in Auckland highly recommended The Birthday Solution in The School Library (review database run by Read NZ). "Although aimed at emergent readers it still delivers real emotion and problems that readers will understand and identify with. Eugene is an admirable, likeable character, coming up with a solution to a problem and young readers will relate to his highs and lows." Full review here.
NZ Booklovers review of The Birthday Solution: "The book helps teach important life lessons like not always getting what we want in life, as well as resilience and patience. As the opening to this series, the premise is really exciting and engaging for young readers. It also provides a wealth of opportunity to share experiences, learnings and conservation techniques at a time when we need it most." Full review here.
NZ Booklovers also reviewed The Christmas Visitors: "Set against the background of conservation, Eugene’s Island is sure to become a family favourite as the values of respect for the environment, resilience in the face of adversity and responsibility are demonstrated strongly. Plus there are some kaka chicks which are ‘quite cute’ according to at least one very impressed six year old." Full review here.
Whatbooknext.com reviews The Birthday Solution, "Eugene’s problem will resonate with young readers and they will love the way Eugene comes up with a solution to not only a problem that affects the whole family, but makes sure of his favourite birthday tea" (full review here); and The Christmas Visitors "Eugene’s Island gives young kiwi kids their own hero to have adventures with and tackle day to day life with an added environmental flavour." Full review here.
“Eugene is a relatable character that I know my students will love getting to know more. We can’t wait to read about his future adventures.” - Jessie Eyre, teacher
“I loved this story of how a boy adapts to his new surroundings with joy and ingenuity—so beautifully relatable, with a real New Zealand flavour!” - Weng Wai Chan, award-winning children’s author
“I loved this book about Eugene and his family. A nice message about the importance of family in a uniquely New Zealand setting. I look forward to reading about Eugene’s future adventures!” - Fiona Pollock, teacher
“Cool kiwi books for adventure loving 5-8 year olds, perfect chrissie pressies and good feels to boot. Great work.”
“After a few minutes of excited squealing all I can hear is the rustle of pages turning… success!”
“Very happy little customer over here! She has already finished her first book.”