Friday, August 30, 2013


The magic of spinning a yarn: 'Flick the Page'

26 August 2013 , 2:34 PM by Scott Lamond
FLICK Anne E StewartAre Aussie kids missing out on the beauty of storytelling?
What are the ingredients of a good story?
Today on 'Flick the Page' the art of stroytelling is explored and storyteller Anne E Stewart (pictured) shares a few yarns and tips.
Listen to Author Phil Kettle and Drive's Scott Lamond:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Flick the Page..this weeks special guest Michael Wagner

Drive with Scott Lamond

3:00pm - 6:00pm

Passion at the turn of every page: 'Flick the Page'

19 August 2013 , 6:37 PM by Scott Lamond
FLICK PHOTO  Michael_wagner01What's your crazy passion?
There's an ABC Open project called 'My crazy passion' that has inspired this week's segment.
Michael Wagner (pictured) has done it all. He's worked for ABC Radio, formed a band and today he's a childrens author. But that's just some of his story.
Have a listen to 91.7 ABC Gold Coast's Scott Lamond and author Phil Kettle as they talk to a man who really does love his job. They might even play some music! 
ABC Open My crazy passion!

Monday, August 12, 2013


Borrow a book: 'Flick the Page'

12 August 2013 , 7:23 PM by Scott Lamond
LIBRARYThere are 256,000 active members with 9,000 visitations each day.
Q: To what?
A: Libraries on the Gold Coast.
For the first time 'Flick the Page' with Scott Lamond and Phil Kettle hit the road and visited the Elanora library which is one of 14 in the region.
Alison Kemp (pictured) is the co-ordinator, customer service with Gold Coast Libraries and she explains there are 1 million books to borrow and loads of free opportunities on offer through the network of libraries on the coast.

Friday, August 9, 2013


Review of the ‘TooCool’ and ‘Marcy’ Series

Written by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday
Age Range: 7 years+
Themes:  sports, friendships, outdoors, adventures, action
My name is Toocool, and I’m a legend!
I’m always after books for young readers just starting out on chapter books. The ‘TooCool’ and ‘Marcy’ books have been around for a while now and are perennially popular, but some great new titles have just been released.
The ‘TooCool’ books are squarely aimed at young boys, but I know plenty of sport loving girls who enjoy them as much as they enjoy the companion series, ‘Marcy’. The characters in ‘Marcy’ and ‘TooCool’ are the same so if children enjoy one series, they will enjoy seeing the characters in the other.
Children from around 7 years will feel confident reading the ‘TooCool’ and ‘Marcy’ books; the mix of illustrations and text is great. They can also be read by much older children and are often used with students who are experiencing difficulty with reading. The stories never speak down to the reader and they include topics from surfing to soccer to cowboys and waterslides, so they span a wide interest and age range. Lots of humour, action and sport, and some very likeable characters which children will engage with and want to keep reading about.
Phil Kettle has been writing the ‘TooCool’ books for some time now and he has ensured a mix of text types in the different titles in the series – there is some facts, diagrams, Q&A sections and some excellent jokes. Many other small chapter book series are formulaic and poorly written (even some of the wildly popular series, which I shan’t name!). ‘TooCool’ and ‘Marcy’ are not this – this is clever writing – care has been taken with these books.
The author of the ‘TooCool’ series, Phil Kettle, has some great words of encouragement and advice about young boys and reading here.
Teaching notes are here.  

Monday, August 5, 2013

The latest 'Flick the Page' listen to Meredith Costain... fab author..great interview

Rythm and rhyme: 'Flick the page'

05 August 2013 , 2:27 PM by Scott Lamond
Rythm and rhyme, life on the farm and riding her bike to school.
Al of these things inspired renowned childrens picture book author, Meredith Costain.
Today on 'Flick the Page' she shares her story with Scott Lamond and Phil Kettle. She also has some tips on picture books and how you and your children can get involved.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Great news 'Flick the Page' is going to be pod cast.... 

A book fit for a king: 'Flick the Page'

29 July 2013 , 6:42 PM by Scott Lamond
Pic presentFlick the Page got all inspired by the PM Kevin Rudd's decision to send the new royal baby, Prince George of Cambridge, a Mem Fox book, titled Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes.
Here's a an excerpt from the book:
"There was one little baby who was born far away,
and another who was born on the very next day.
And both of these babies-as everyone knows-
had ten little fingers and ten little toes.
There was one little baby who was born in a town,
and another who was wrapped in an eiderdown.
And both of these babies-as everyone knows-
had ten little fingers and ten little toes."
Author Phil Kettle and ABC Gold Coast's Scott Lamond discussed why books make such good presents but also explore the value of books that are part of a series and also the breaking down of stereotypes in contemporary story telling.