Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

2018 Notable Book, Younger Readers

Enchanting, timeless and surprising – this extraordinary novel will touch the hearts (and ears) of children and adults alike.

Dr Boogaloo was no ordinary doctor. Not at all like the one you might visit if you had a sore tummy. No, Dr Boogaloo was a very different type of doctor. He treated folks who suffered from rather unusual complaints. And how did he treat them? Why, with the most powerful medicine known to mankind . . . Music!

Blue was no ordinary girl. For starters, her name was Blue. But what was truly extraordinary about Blue was the fact that she hadn’t laughed for 712 days. Not a hee hee, a ho ho or even a tiny tee hee.

According to Dr Boogaloo, music can cure anything. (Of course, you need the right dose of the right music. No point listening to a jive if you’re in need of some boogie-woogie, and you can’t just substitute a toot for a blow!) But no laughter was definitely a case for alarm.

Can Dr Boogaloo compose a cure before Blue loses her laughter forever?


One of my favourite younger reads of the year has been Dr Boogaloo and the Girl who Lost her Laughter by Lisa Nicol. Funny. Edgy. A warm heart too.

Paul Macdonald, The Children’s Bookshop

I cannot tell you how joyous it was to read a book full of heart and soul and music

Megan Daley, Children’s Books Daily

If you’re after a chapter book for middle readers, then look no further than this fantastic read! I adored this book. ….. It is a whimsical and enchanting tale that both young and older readers will enjoy.


Dr Boogaloo and the Girl Who Lost Her Laughter is heartwarming and beautifully written. This is an engaging and unique chapter grade book, that is sure to make you laugh and possibly cry.

Alex, The Younger Sun Bookshop

Lisa Nicol has created a world full of heartfelt, funny and thoughtful characters……Hand this book to readers who might need a lift or a laugh. They are certain to get both.

Madeleine Crofts, CBCA


The Ballad of Dexi Lee

Painting by Lucy Culliton
Dexi Lee

Dexi Lee is a regular girl, except for one thing. Her hands are gigantic! Everything she does leads to absolute chaos. But one day she meets some extraordinary animals and suddenly life doesn’t seem so gloomy…..

This quirky, rhyming, picture book is illustrated by one of Australia’s best and most loved oil painters, Lucy Culliton. Uniquely Australian right down to Dexi’s Blundstone boots, The Ballad of Dexi Lee was selected by The Australian’s Stephen Romei as one of his favourite picture books of 2013.

A wonderful, heart-warming tale of difference and happiness