Total Quack Up Again!
Sally Rippin & Adrian Beck
Puffin Books, 2018
320pp., pbk., RRP $A14.99
This time last year, Sally Rippin and Adrian Beck saw the outcome of all their work in getting their mates to write a short story for an anthology whose proceeds would all go to help children through Dymocks Children’s Charities. Total Quack Up featured stories from some of Australia’s leading authors for kids including Deborah Abela, Tristan Bancks, Jacqueline Harvey, Paul Jennings, Alex Miles, Oliver Phommavanh, R.A. Spratt and Matt Stanton and became one of the most popular books of short stories for newly independent readers, especially boys, in the collection of a couple of school libraries that I know.
And now they have done it again. This time they have garnered the services of people such as Nat Amoore, Felice Arena, Adam Cece, Jules Faber, Tim Harris, Kim Kane, Belinda Murrell, A.L. Tait, Shelley Ware, Michael Wagner and Nova Weetman, As with the first, there is also a story from a budding child author – after teaming up with Kids WB and running a competition, The Duck Pond by Coby Sanchez was selected as the entry to be published in this new collection. Add to that Jacqueline Harvey’s Ten Top Tips for Writing which encourage our students to put pen to paper for themselves and you have another volume of what is hopefully a continuing series.
Totally kid-oriented in its focus, support and outcomes, this is the perfect book for the collection or the Christmas stocking to ensure our readers keep reading. For those of you able to get to Camberwell, Vic, there is a charity launch on October 19.