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Virginia Lowe

Virginia Lowe

Virginia Lowe has been a Judge for the Children's Book Council's Book of the Year Award and Convenor for the CBCA Crichton Award for new illustrators. She has taught children's literature, English, and creative writing at university. She is a published poet, and has also written extensively on children and books.

Virginia Lowe reviews 'Baby Bear Goes to the Park' by Lorette Broekstra, 'Pigs Don’t Fly!' by Jackie French, 'Jump, Baby!' by Penny Matthews, and 'The Dragon Machine' by Helen Ward

April 2003, no. 250 11 October 2022
Pigs don’t fly, but dragons and kites do, and possums can jump, which is perhaps just as scary if you’re a little one. These four picture books deal with flight, their authors and illustrators using more or less imaginary elements in the process. Jump, Baby! is almost completely realistic. The animals – three ring-tailed possums and an owl – are anthropomorphised only insofar as they can ... (read more)