Kate O’Brien

Book cover - Princess Olivia Investigates: The Wrong Weather

Princess Olivia Investigates: The Wrong Weather

Hawking’s book does a great job of mixing facts with fiction. The story follows Princess Olivia from the palace to her new home and readers get the opportunity to learn about climate change which is an increasingly important topic. Princess Olivia, who isn’t fussed about being a princess at all, is a very determined protagonist. She is delighted when she learns that she will not be a princess anymore.

Book cover - The King’s Ship

The King’s Ship

Vidali’s picturebook teaches a very important lesson: you must learn when to stop.
The king has everything, but he still wants more. He wants the biggest, most beautiful and most terrifying ship of all. The king’s orders are obeyed, but one voice keeps asking ‘isn’t this too much?’ The voice is ignored, the ship is built, but it is too heavy after all. The greedy king is not disappointed. He thinks he still has his beautiful palace, but us readers know that his greed has destroyed his castle.