Posts filed under: Middle Grade

Reviews- The What on Earth Institute of Wonder

I could not love this book any more! @lisanicolauthor has once again blown our minds with a story so fabulously bonkers and so beautifully written that I had to just lie in a dark room for a good while and appreciate what I had just read….. definitely in the running for one of my favourite books of the year!

Rachel Robson, Children’s literacy specialist, Gleebooks, 31 August 2021

…a superbly crafted blend of wonder, action and remarkable characters.

Joy Lawn, Magpie Magazine, May 2022

What a beautiful story Lisa Nicol has written for us to enjoy. It is heart-warming and so full of love, but also loss. By the time you finish The What on Earth Institute of Wonder, you may just want to go out and save the world single-handedly…. This is definitely a book you will want to read more than once.

 Sue Mauger, Glamadelaide, September 24, 2021

The What on Earth Institute of Wonder is indeed itself wonderful, a finely honed, multi-faceted little gem…

Kevin Steinberger, Magpie Magazine, Nov 21

From the moment I began to read this middle grade, speculative fiction novel, I knew it was a goodie…. It will make readers smile, yearn, feel sad and most of all wonder ….. A quirky, heartfelt, unique story of friendship, family and conviction that is sure to be eaten up by kids aged 9-13.

Renee Mihulka, CBCA’s Reading time, Nov 21

This is a hilarious, magical, quirky and just-a-little-bit serious tale about friends, family and the wonders of nature.

Kid’s Reading Guide 2021 -22, Handpicked and reviewed by Australia’s leading booksellers

Charming and surprising and mysterious and whacky. It hooked me from the beginning….One of those books you just put down and sigh with satisfaction.

Pamela Ueckerman, Middlegrade Mavens Podcast, Episode 98

…her writing wraps around me like a warm doona and I slip immediately back into my childhood. …I have to say, Lisa Nicol does not get nearly as many song dedications and street parades as she deserves.

Nat Amoore, Author and Critic, One More Page Podcast, Episode 62

This is a delightful story with elements of fantasy, environmental activism, family dilemmas and friendship all woven together with whimsy to create a charming story for young readers. … uplifting and warm, and quirkily appealing with a touch of the impossible.

 Carolyn Hull, Readplus Oct 28, 2021

With adventure, family life, humour and drama a-plenty, I heartily recommend this for your readers from around Year 4 upwards.

Kid’s Book Review, 21 October 2021

Lisa Nicol’s whimsical way with words is becoming the stuff of legend. Her narratives are an intoxicating mix of wonderment, cheek and incredible heart; a strange combination but one that makes her middle grade novels fulfilling and memorable. The What on Earth Institute of Wonder perpetuates this premise while managing to incorporate an African forest elephant and a New Zealand Kakapo into the same sentence, never mind the same Kombi van!

 Dimity Powell, Dim’s Write Stuff

 

 

SPOT THE KOMBI – THIS WEEKEND! STREETS OF SYDNEY!

It’s on!

This Weekend.

Planning to head around the city’s south on Saturday and inner-city and east on Sunday…

Free stickers of elephant’s bottoms and book marks if you catch us shooting the breeze by the side of the road or in a park somewhere!!

SPOT THE KOMBI COMPETITION

Have you ever wanted to own a stuffed kakapo? If the answer is yes you better keep your eyes peeled round the streets of Sydney this November because I’m running a competition.

All you gotta do is spot the Kombi, take a pic, post it to instagram with the hashtag #thewhatonearthinstituteofwonder and tag me as well! @liasnicolauthor.

Basically, launching a book during a lockdown was impossible so I thought I’d do something a little different to send The What On Earth Institute of Wonder out into the world. 

Stay tuned for more details in the next few days about exactly where and when you can spot the Kombi!

All the lovely reviews What on Earth has been getting will be posted soon too!

 

THE WHAT ON EARTH INSTITUTE OF WONDER

It’s an actual book. And it’s actually out. Just like the jasmine.

From today THE WHAT ON EARTH INSTITUTE OF WONDER is available in all good bookstores. It’s about a gang of friends who kidnap a rare African forest elephant. If I tell you any more than that, I might ruin the story but let’s just say kidnapping an elephant is not an easy thing to do even when it is the right thing to do. Which I’m not saying it is. There’s also a talking kakapo, an eight-and-a-half-year-old doomsday prepper, a villain with a fondness for wearing Peter Rabbit pyjamas and a lot of underage driving.
It’s a strange environment to be releasing a book but an even stranger time to live. As my mother always says ‘Just keep going!’