Reviews

Here are some of the wonderful comments people have made about my books:

 

THE CHALK RAINBOW

‘This thought-provoking picture book shows the challengers faced by a family living with Autism, and how love, acceptance and all the colours of the rainbow help them work through the difficulties together.”

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

‘An essential addition to the school library’s collection and the home library of the siblings of an ASD child.’

THE BOTTOM SHELF

‘A wonderful book to share with the children giving them a real insight  into how kids with autism see the world. It encourages acceptance and understanding of difference while showing there are many ways to solve a problem. 5 stars!’

JUNIOR BOOKWORMS BOOK REVIEW

‘I can’t express HOW important I think this book is for all childcare centres, kindergartens and primary schools to purchase.’

TODDLER BOOK REVIEWS

‘I would love to read this story to my classes as we discuss difference and prejudice.
There are many ways of solving problems and sometimes it is important to follow that rainbow.’

BOOKSELLERS NEW ZEALAND

‘Deborah writes in a sensitive and caring manner about the challenges and opportunities for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.’

THE MUMMY PROJECT

‘..clever and perceptive’

KIRKUS REVIEWS

‘Touching and thought provoking’

MARGARET HAMILTON-PINEROLO

‘…this story with its themes of accepting difference, trust and unconditional love, will help readers and listeners to try and see things from behind the head of a child with ASD.’

RED READING HUB

‘The Chalk Rainbow is a story about trusting others and experiencing unconditional love…the illustrations in this book are beautiful and bright…ideal for young readers’

IN THE GOOD BOOKS

‘…empowering and uplifting.’

PARENTS IN TOUCH (UK)

‘… a book for shared story times. With gentle messages about acceptance of difference, overcoming fear and family relationships…general enough to be accepted as a stand alone story, yet includes enough context to spark more direct conversations’

READING TIME

‘…a beautiful book to explain how even though children with special needs can seem different than other kids, we can create rainbow bridges and include them in our fun.’

KISS THE BOOK

‘Sensitive, as well as delightfully enjoyable with a good dose of fun added, makes The Chalk Rainbow a pleasure to read and be read, as well as an excellent teaching and discussion text for small children learning to accept that different is OK, just sometimes, you just have to come at the situation from a different perspective.’

BLUE WOLF

 

ME AND YOU

‘If you could bottle the joys of childhood in a book, it would be the new rhyming picture book Me and You…a great reminder to enjoy this special time with kids as they seem to grow up so quickly..’

THE MUMMY PROJECT

‘So much love crammed into one book….sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face!’

BUZZWORDS MAGAZINE

‘Reading this delightful book is a lot like flicking through a family photo album…Penned in a lively, rhyming voice that’s satisfying to read out loud, the story is heart-warming and buoyant.’

KIDS’ BOOK REVIEW

‘This is a book to be owned, treasured and read again and again. Its a wonderful celebration of family, friends and the simple joys and treasured moments  in the everyday life of a child.’

MELINDA ALLEN- MAGPIES MAGAZINE

‘This book is a celebration of the joy of being a child and the childhood memories that friends, family, pets and neighbours create.’

SANDY FUSSELL-DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘A sweet and endearing book that leaves me reminiscing on my childhood and making plans for fun-filled days with my children…a poetic reminder to make more time for fun!’

SAMANTHA GILKES-FULCHER -WHERE THE BOOKS ARE

‘…the entire story is an all inclusive photo album of little moments and people that make s who we are…the reader and the child will feel like they have been engulfed by a big warm and cherry one of a kind hug.  With themes of love, friendship and acceptance, this book is sure to be a winner.’

THE NEVERENDING BOOKSHELF

‘This warm, cosy book, in perfect read aloud verse reflects a busy and loving family and ends with them snuggled up reading a book. Gentle, expressive illustrations full of movement. Highly recommended.

MARGARET HAMILTON – PINEROLO CHILDREN”S PICTURE BOOK COTTAGE

‘..in fun rhyming stanzas the activities are shown with a lot of movement and adventure….a family doing things together, the warmth that a family offers, the closeness that comes with being together…’

READ PLUS

‘…the richness of the language and its rhyme, rhythm and repetition will engage and perhaps even encourage the young reader/listener to start thinking about the relationships they have and starting to describe them using similar language.’

THE BOTTOM SHELF

‘… filled with gorgeous rhythm and rhyme making it a joy to read aloud…..plenty of play inspiration in this book too, from ‘arty crafty days’, ‘yummy-scrummy’ days and ‘slippery-sliding’ days.’

THE LITTLE BIG BOOK CLUB

 

RUBY WISHFINGERS 4: KING OF THE CASTLE

‘For any girl or boy (or grownup too) that likes glitter, sparkles, lots of mischievousness, family, and someone with great imagination, then this is definitely one that needs to be on your list to read.’

LITTLE BIG READS

RUBY WISHFINGERS: SKYDANCER’S ESCAPE

‘Ruby is a character with inner strength and an altruistic nature. She is playful and tenacious, but also wholesome and infectious… with delightfully energetic illustrations, charismatic language and comical adventures, readers from age six will be itching to relive the magic over and over again!’

BOOMERANG BOOKS

‘…an absolute crack up of a series! Loaded with lovable characters, talking pocket-sized unicorns, indignant felines, jellybean rain and magic, Ruby Wishfingers books will not disappoint those who love adventure and fast zany reads. My pick of the crop.’

BOOMERANG BOOKS

‘Ruby Wishfingers is a sweet and sparkling tale of magic, family, wishful thinking and a healthy dose of unicorn glitter. The story is sprinkled throughout with genuine laugh-out-loud moments, a good share of mystery and a worthwhile lesson for young Ruby and her readers to learn. After reading Ruby Wishfingers, every little girl will want to be her!’

ALEESAH DARLISON-CHILDREN’S AUTHOR

‘Filled with wonderful, quirky characters, lots of humour, and troublesome wishfingers, Ruby Wishfingers: Skydancer’s Escape is the first book in an entertaining new junior fiction series by Deborah Kelly….Ruby is a very appealing main character. She is confident and energetic with a great imagination and an infectious sense of fun.’

KIDS’ BOOK REVIEW

‘A lovely tale of magic and nonsense, woven through with a strong message about the importance of finding our identity and being satisfied with things just the way they were meant to be.’

THE BOOK CURATOR MAGAZINE

‘This is an extraordinarily funny book, with an extremely exciting plot, stirred in with a sprinkle of wishes and a large helping of imagination.’

CREATIVE KIDS’ TALES

‘A great, fun read…’

DUBBO SCHOOL OF DISTANCE ED

‘A fun, fun, fun book….delightful for young primary school girls!’

‘A real treat to read!’

GOODREADS

 

RUBY WISHFINGERS (2): TOAD-ALLY MAGIC!

 …a perfect tale for emerging independent readers. With non-stop action, the pages will fly under young fingers as they rush to find out what will happen next.’

KIDS’ BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAUR DISCO

‘If you looking for a raucous, rollicking book that young dinosaur lovers can really get into, then this is perfect!’

THE BOTTOM SHELF

Lots of fun to read aloud…filled with vibrant illustrations in bright, bold colours, Dinosaur Disco invites kids to get up and dance!

KIDS’ BOOK REVIEW

‘Great for dinosaur-obsessed kids aged 3+. Perfect for reading aloud and acting along – this is sure to be a hit in homes, daycares and kindies!’

ESSENTIAL KIDS

‘Gorgeous and fun…!’

SYDNEY DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Fabulously fun…!’

THE BOOK CURATOR MAGAZINE

‘ It is guaranteed that one small listener will squeal with anticipation when the eerie silence befalls the dance floor. This bright and clever book will expand vocabularies while it suspends belief. This falls easily into the familiar book to read over and over at bedtime, or the little reading treat when young children in a classroom begin to flag at the end of a busy day.’

AUSTRALIAN LITERACY EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION

‘Mix dinosaurs with dance and you are bound to have fun!’

CBCA NSW ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT BOOKS

‘Plenty of great Dino names…rhythm, rhyme and alliteration that makes it a lot of fun to read. It’s just as much fun to look at, with Dinos dressed up in typical disco garb – with a bit of crump style thrown in…there’ll be many happy bedtimes reading this one…’

WHERE THE BOOKS ARE

‘This book is fabulous fun and educational too! Kelly masterfully matches rhyme and rhythm…perfectly pitched to the target readership of Dino and dance loving 3-8 year olds. Fabulous fun to read aloud with great potential to act out in the classroom – this book is a winner!   Highly recommended.’

CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA’S ‘READING TIME’ MAGAZINE

‘We loved the crazy dinos shaking their booties and the boards on the disco floor. Lots of rhythm and rhyme and onomatopoeia abound as the dinosaurs salsa, moonwalk and even crump it up. Strange but true facts are also included making this book not only fun but educational. This is bound to be a favourite with many young readers. Highly recommended for boys and girls aged around 3 to 8 years.’

JUST SO STORIES

‘A fun little romp with engaging, colourful illustrations and rhyming text..it has dancing, tension and a wry humour that would sit well in a drama classroom. Dance on, dinos, dance on!’

MAGPIES MAGAZINE

I can easily see a run of dinosaur onesies flying off the shelves, as kindergartens and foundation classes stage their own dinosaur discos, thanks to this fun, rhythmic story. Kelly has created an entertaining and educational text that will delight young readers.

BUZZ WORDS MAGAZINE

‘Dinosaur Disco’ is a fun addition to any library and a nice change to some of the more traditional dinosaur books available. Be aware though that it might make your little dino want to dance and roar.’

THE MUMMY PROJECT

Sure to ROCK any story time!

SHANNAN HICKS JS CLARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, LA

 

JAM FOR NANA

‘Spare poetic language is intimately paired with subtle pencil illustrations, conveying much in these heart warming pages…’ and ‘(A) poignant message that resonates..’    IPG USA

‘A perfect story to snuggle down to read with someone that you love.’ KIDS’ BOOK REVIEW

‘Jam for Nana is about so much more than having real jam on pancakes – it is the key to a door that will open a myriad of memories and strengthen the bonds between the generations for those lucky enough to have a family history that can still be told.’  THE BOTTOM SHELF

‘A poignant book celebrating the special bond between a girl and her grandmother.’ THE MUMMY PROJECT

‘Kelly’s story is simple but deceptively profound with its implication that practicality is no barrier to giving, whether jam or joyousness..’ GOODREADS

‘A book for all ages that must be shared between generations’ MAGPIES MAGAZINE

‘Destined to be a generational crowd pleaser.’ BOOMERANG BOOKS REVIEW

LUCY’S SECRET

‘In Deborah Kelly’s story about a pet rat, secrets abound– with a delightful twist on the theme of sibling rivalry.’ BUZZ WORDS

 

THE BOUNCING BALL

‘An energetic and adventurous story which has all the hallmarks of a children’s classic…the type of book that will be grabbed from the shelf by little hands again and again.’ THE FREE LIBRARY

‘You can tell a book is a hit with your child when you have to wait until she is asleep to get your hands on it!’ THE MUMMY PROJECT

‘A delight for all ages!’ BOOK LOOK

‘The lovely circular pattern is just right for young readers and we very much enjoyed the speculation of the next possible adventure at the end of the book. Teachers will love the opportunity this book presents to explore prepositions. Highly recommended for Prep to Year 2/3 children.’ AUSTRALIAN TEACHER LIBRARIAN NETWORK

‘An engaging, fun story ideal for stirring the imagination of young readers.’ KIDS’ BOOK REVIEW

‘What’s also great is the picture book’s wide appeal. Children of all cultures and socio-economic backgrounds can connect with the experience and joy of playing with a ball.’ BUZZ WORDS

‘This charming story delighted the little ones I shared it with, particularly as it is perfect for them to make up the final adventure…teaching riches indeed!’ THE BOTTOM SHELF

‘The Bouncing Ball has been polished until it shines. Kids will love following the journey the ball takes, enjoying both twists, similarities and the open-ended conclusion.’ THE BOOK CHOOK

‘The illustrations are wonderful and as a teacher I can see many art lessons that can be created from this book. The text is easy for younger readers and has a focus on the use of verbs and prepositions, but is open ended so older readers can enjoy creating their own adventures from this book and will love reading it as well.’ BOOKTOPIA

‘The children in our Early Childhood classes loved reading ‘The Bouncing Ball’ by Deborah Kelly’ this week. They anticipated where the story was going and were eager to offer suggestions about where the boy/girl in the boat would lose the bouncing ball. A great read-aloud.’ GOODREADS