About Vanessa Hatley-Owen

A book lover and children's story writer from New Zealand.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr Seuss.

Small Persons With Wings (a Review)

This is a fairy story with a difference. Set in modern USA, these fairies are not sweet, wish granting Tinkerbelles. They are snooty and completely self-absorbed, and the only magic they are any good at is making themselves and their homes look gorgeous in over-the-top Louis XVI style grandeur. The main character Mellie is delightful […]

Deadtime Stories – Grandpa’s Monster Movies (a Review)

I am so glad to have discovered the Deadtime Stories series! I picked this one up by chance while browsing the shelves and the title kind of leapt out at me. It sounded like a bit of fun – and it sure was. Some investigation has revealed the authors (who are sisters) have written 17 […]

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger (A Review)

If you are looking for a fun, laugh out loud read for your kids, look no further! Fake Mustache was a joy to read and I’m sure you will be treated to many “You’ve got to listen to this bit!” moments. The subtitle of this story by the author of the Origami Yoda series will […]

Tuesdays at the Castle (a Review)

  Long live Castle Glower! I loved everything about this story – the magical castle that grows new rooms, moves corridors and looks after its royal family; the trio of royal sibling who are kind, clever, and brave; the adventure they have trying to save their kingdom from a nasty usurper…it all works together to […]

10 Books About Volcanoes for Kids

Why V for Volcanoes? Well, apart from my name starting with V, we have lots of volcanoes in New Zealand. Much of our nation’s landscape was shaped by them, creating many of our mountains and our largest lake. Today, volcanic activity provides geo-thermal energy to a large area of the country. There are 50 volcanic […]