Reading Rant 15 The Marvels Brian Selznick

 Half drawing half text can tell more of a story than you would think. This book is divided into two. Drawings on one side and the other half writing. But both of the stories link together in some way. Here is the story line I picked up.1766 Billy Marvel was the only one who survived the American shipwreck the kraken starts a job at the theatre in London and since then all the marvel family has been interested in theatre except the youngest of the family. 1990. The writing side of the book.  Joseph wants to find out the history of his past so he runs away from school to his uncle. He meets new friends and new facts and stories about his family.

This book was very creative on the presentation and story line side of things. I think both sides of he stories linked together in a way that I didn’t see coming. There were so many parts of the story I did not see coming. One word to describe this would be unpredictable. But it was not to unpredictable that I could not follow the story line.

I think the genre of this book was adventure. Because there was always something that was happening. I could relate this book to would be the elephant thief. This is because these were both set in olden times and both have adventurous parts .

Overall I will rate this book a 10/10. Brian has done everything possible for this book to be perfect. He even took a risk with writing the book half illustrations and half writing, but everything fitted perfectly like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

#Production stage

Wow. I didn’t know filming with Nan could bring on so many laughs and giggles. I thought it was so much fun cooking and filming with my Nan and Opa. I had lots of successes as well as some bloopers.


I successfully filmed all of my passion project without having to rush and do anything else. I am happy with my filming and happy with the taste of my biscuits. I was also happy with the different ranges of shots I used to make my film look creative.

Not so much successes

As everyone would I had lots of bloopers. And lots of bloopers means a lot of time taken to film the project. We also didn’t have one of the ingredients which was corn flour. So I had to find some scenes I could do without cooking which was extremely hard. I also found I had left out one of the steps that was important but I fixed that in an instant.

I am excited to start the editing phase. I think it will be interesting to see how the project all comes together. And I will need to see if it all fits together!


#Planning Post


This is an image but not just any image. This is an image of the recipe of the cookies I am cooking. Now I am at the planning stage and this recipe is very important. And it was actually one of the hardest parts of the shot list and this is why.

I needed the recipe because I don’t know it off by heart. I have to write in the things I need to say for my voice overs and one of them is the ingredients and the steps. I need to get this part right but I am on track at the moment.

My goal for this planning phase is to complete my shot list and organise a date for the baking session with my Nan.


Reading rant 14 Dear Pakistan Rosanne Hawke




Jaimie (year 11) has been living In Pakistan for most of her life even though she was born in Australia. But when she returns to her birth country (Australia) to she struggles to fit in and find friends . She finds it really hard to even find positives about her home country. She struggles to find the right things to do in that culture, since it is meant to be hers.

This book shows a fair bit of cultural difference which makes the message really powerful. There were so many well used words that felt like it belonged to the story. Every word was used well to describe feelings, people, senses and so many other things . Sometimes I felt I was confused with the jump from a story the main character was writing and her own story.

This genre is fiction but when I say fiction I don’t mean fantasy. Anyone who likes reading young adults books and anyone who can take advanced themes can read this book.

Overall I will rate this book an 8/10. It had a great story line but it was hard to tell what was not part of the story and what wasn’t.

Split Point Lighthouse

 Split point Lighthouse stands proud and tall!  But did you know all the things it has been through. It has so many ghost stories, factual stories and recent stories. Would you like to know some of them?

Split point lighthouse was the least of the safety authorities worries. To them they didn’t need any lighthouse at all. Keep in mind this is during the timeframe of the 1800’s. To be precise 1890. Without a lighthouse to guide the ships to shore it was chaos. Finally after ten shipwrecks the safety authorities were prompted To build the Split Point Lighthouse of Aireys Inlet.

The construction of the lighthouse started that same year in 1890 and finished in 1891. The split point lighthouse was complete and stood 34 meters tall and 66 meters above sea level. The lighthouse was built perfectly and flashed four times in 20 seconds. It saved so many ships, but there was just one ship that wasn’t lucky enough.

The Inverlochy was the name of the ship. Everyone was happy on board on their third day until the ship glided into some rough currents. most of the crew survived but the ship was brought into the jagged rocks and the remains of the ship are still below in the deep dark sea.

Ever since that last shipwreck everything has been working fine. Now days the ships make it safely toward the shore

I hope reading my blog post has helped you learn something.

Reading Rant 13 Boy Overboard By Morris Gleitzman

Brother and sister Jamal and Bibi love to play soccer in their home in Afghanistan. They love their home until they have to leave due to war time and illegal jobs sports and rules. The family of four set on a journey in hope to one day reach Australia and live a happy life with no worries and to be free form all the war.

I liked this story. I think it had quite a clear and inspiring message the whole way through the book. It also gave me a sense of reality while I was reading this book which made me feel several different emotions. The only constructive or negative criticism was sometimes it was hard to tell if the main character was dreaming. But other than that it was a really interesting read.

If I was to compare this book to another it would definitely compare it to one of Morris gleitzman’s previous books “Once” since they are both based on war times and are both written in a similar style. The genre I would pick for this book would be adventure and sometimes I put it into the category of suspense and people who love those types of genres then this book would be for you. But I would advise people who don’t like getting to emotional to not read this book.

Overall I will rate this book a 9/10. I hope Morris Gleitzman keeps writing incredible stories that take you on an amazing journey.



My First Check Point With My Passion Project

 My passion  project is going to be about. . . Baking traditional Austrian cookies. Since I have a huge passion for baking and my Opa is Austrian I thought I would combine the two and create traditional biscuits called vanillekipferl that my Nan and Opa and I usually bake at Christmas. I am going to be making a film on how to cook them. If you want to know more read my next blog post.

Reading Rant 12 The Fall By Tristan Banks

Sam Garners parents are sadly split up but apart from that he is a normal 10 year old. But while staying at his Dads place, Sam overhears two men having an argument and when he goes to see what is happening, he witnesses one man push another of the balcony of the sixth floor. Shortly after witnessing the death Sam is seen by the killer. Now he has a murderer after him.

This was a very thrilling book for me. I found it was extremely hard from the first page to put it down. I felt this book was very exciting and a gripping crime story that even gave me a taste of real life. I don’t have anything negative to say about the book only that it is a young adults book and in our library it is red dotted so if you want this book, you will have to buy it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is up for an adventure and anyone who likes action. I will rate this book a 10/10 because I absolutely loved how the author hooked me in from start to finish.

Reading Rant 11 Once By Morris Gleitzman

Young Felix is a Jewish orphan who is living in Poland in the time of World War II. Felix is desperate to find his bookkeeper parents who gave him up to the orphanage to keep him safe. After he watches Nazis burning  books from a catholic orphanage library he sets on a quest to find and reunite with his parents.

What a book! The main character took me on an adventure that I could never have imagined. I loved all the adventures and how each one of them led Felix to the truth to where his parents were. This book was intense since it is set in world war II but nothing that.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about history and anyone who likes adventure.

I will rate this book a 10/10. Felix took me on an adventure that gave a taste of what happened may years ago.


Reading Rant 10 Whimsy and Woe By Rebecca McRitchie

  After being left all alone by their thespian parents during a weekly family game of hide and seek, Whimsy and Woe Mordaunt are left in the care of their stern Aunt Apoline. Forced to work in their aunts boarding house completing extremely unpleasant chores and assisting the guests boarding there, Whimsy and Woe lose every hope and dream of finding their parents. Until the sibling stumble upon a half charred up letter that could be the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle to finding there parents.

This book was incredible. The reason I quote this book incredible is because I loved how it started and how the writer continued to hook me in. The very first paragraph and the very first word instantly took me on a journey.

But the way it concluded could have been made longer. I felt it stopped a bit to soon. The ending left tears rolling down my cheeks and it certainly didn’t end how I thought it would, but in saying that it was a very powerful ending.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves theatre productions and anyone who loves a bit of mystery.

I will rate this book a 9/10. It took me on an adventure that I will never forget.