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Get Back in Your Books by Rory H. Maher, illustrated by Shane McGowan

Title: Get Back in Your Books

A blue cover with a yellow circle surrounded by kids in costumes. The title Get Back in Your Books is in gold. By Rory H. Maher

Author: Rory H. Maher, illustrated by Shane McGowan

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 1st July 2021

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 24

Price: $17.99

Synopsis: My jaw dropped in the picture books, when something caught my eye: first a greedy little caterpillar . . . then three pigs went by!

Why are all these book characters on the loose? They need to get back in their books!

Sales Points:

  • §  There is something strange going on at the library—there are book characters everywhere! Is the narrator dreaming, or is there a perfectly reasonable explanation?
  • §  Another hilarious picture book from Australian children’s author, Rory H. Mather
  • §  Lively retro illustrations from Australian illustrator, Shane McG
  • §  Playful rhyming text and hilarious illustrations make this an

entertaining read for all ages and great for reading aloud

  • §  A beautiful book to celebrate Book Week and reading in


  • §  Themes: reading, imagination, Book Week, friendship


With Book Week coming up, there are many ways we can celebrate the books and characters that we love. To help, Rory H Maher has a beautiful new picture book that is just one of the latest books to celebrate reading, books and creativity, and would pair perfectly with Book Week in schools.

A young boy arrives at school one day and is greeted by an array of book characters from fairy tales, Harry Potter, Where’s Wally, pirates, pigs, the Cheshire Cat, Mary Poppins and many more beloved and fantastical characters as the class celebrates Book Week.

These magical stories and events that celebrate reading and books can bolster literacy and a love of books, and Rory’s exciting and bouncy words work extremely well together, giving the story life and vigour to capture and invigorate the imaginations. This exciting new book is perfect for independent and shared reading, and like many picture books, uses rhyme to tell the story.

Rhyme celebrates the beauty of language and rhyme can help younger and reluctant readers explore phonics and the way words work together to teach kids language and words, but also help them appreciate and learn to love language and reading. This beautiful book is fun and vibrant, and I’m sure kids of all ages will enjoy reading this at any time, not just during Book Week.

These books celebrating books are my favourites – bringing this love of words to life so that readers are celebrated, and kids can find a new way to love books as a diverse cast of characters dances through the words and brings these worlds to life, giving readers a range of role models and friends that live within the pages but that are nonetheless going to be real to these young readers.

Another wonderful picture book.

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