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Jackie Hosking began writing for children after completing a creative writing course and her first children’s poem, “If I Were a Giant” was published by The School Magazine in 2005, and her her first picture book, The Croc and the Platypus, was published in 2014. It was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards in 2015. Jackie wrote the book as a writing exercise to see if she could emulate Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat, with an Aussie twist. In 2019 she was awarded a May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowship where she worked on her writing in Canberra for a month. Jackie loves to write in rhyme and when she’s not writing in rhyme she loves to help others with their rhyme via her Rhyming Manuscript Editing Service or through her writing course, Metre Matters.
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Books by Jackie Hosking
Best Suited 4-7 years
Join Possum and his bush friends in this rhyming read-aloud story, perfect to share for an Aussie Christmas.
From his lofty watch post, Possum is drawn to the sight of a distant tree covered in sparkling trinkets. A Christmas Tree, according to Kookaburra. So begins a quest in which Possum and his crafty crew of helpers try very hard to decorate their very own Christmas gum tree from Bowerbird’s treasure trove. But it’s not as easy as you might think!
Best Suited 4-7 years
Can I have a polar bear? I really want a pet. I’d love a laughing polar bear, I haven’t had one yet. Can I have a polar bear? They’re not that hard to get. A polar bear? A crocodile? A dinosaur?! What kind of pet will this little girl get?
Best Suited 5+ years
An everyday Aussie family leaves their Melbourne home, makes for the Great Ocean Road and finds themselves on the journey of a lifetime to every state and territory of Australia. They visit many iconic places along the way and although it wasn’t their original intention, they experience the whole gamut of landscapes, climates and wonders that Australia has to offer: from The Twelve (now seven) Apostles, to Coober Pedy, Ningaloo Reef, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, the Harbour Bridge, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Port Arthur and finally, back home to Melbourne.
Best Suited 3-7 years
An Australian reimagining of Edward Lear’s nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussycat.
The croc and the platypus trundled off in a rusty old Holden ute.
They took some damper and tea in a hamper and bundled it up in the boot.
Join Croc and Platypus for an Australian outback hullabaloo!
Best Suited 3-9 years
Tabitha is a feisty little girl who likes to get her way. Readers will be bemused and amused as they follow her antics especially when she locks horns with a little boy as determined to get his way as she is. So perhaps the adults will step in to help? Well yes, they do. But not in the way you might expect. This cleverly written story by rhyme & metre expert Jackie Hosking takes an entertaining look at what happens when you don’t keep your cool.