Saturday, 29 December 2012

I'm Feeling: Content.

The last days of 2012 are proving to be peaceful and happy.
How utterly lovely.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas, From My Family To Yours.

Happy holidays to all my cool parent friends!

I am thankful for all the wonderful things 2012 brought to my life, such as your friendship and support. I am grateful for all the challenging things too as they helped make the good times even better.

Hunter realizes he has been wearing a Santa hat for the last twenty minutes.

Cheeky!


Hunter surprises me by trying to put the hat back on! LOL at my expression!



I honestly thank you for your patronage. Together we make something bigger: all over the world cool parents are raising rad little guys and girls to grow up with hearts full of love and kindness, and supporting each other as we do so. I look into the future and I can see so much hope and joy spreading from open hearts to open minds- what an amazing vision. Cool parents unite!

May 2013 bring us peace and prosperity,
Sandi D

Friday, 21 December 2012

Makes Me Happy: Toddler Hunter learns to answer questions correctly by nodding head.

Lately I've noticed Hunter has started responding to questions by nodding his head yes or no. Today, over dinner, I asked him many questions, including one could-have-been-true question. He answered every question.



"Did you go to Daycare today?"
*yes*
"Did you play with some kids today?"
*yes*
"Did you play in a sand pit today?
*yes*
"Did Daddy pick you up from Daycare today?"
*yes*
"Did you play in the back yard today?"
*hesitant/confused/blank/considering the question/no"
"Did you have a play in the shower today?"
*yes*
"Do you like Risotto for dinner?"
*yes*



He amazes me.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Back To The Future Baby, Toddler and Kids Clothes



Thrift Shop < Dear Science








And while floating on this Back To The Future Nostalgia trip I found these totally (Mc)Fly Kids clothes, toys and art...

Roads Shirt
Great Scott Romper or Shirt

Delorean Logo T Shirt
I'm from the future Onesie
Diecast Toy Delorean
I Am The Future Romper



Trilogy of Back To The Future Posters
Delorein Romper
Clock Tower Romper or Shirt
Hoverboard Prop
Oh, and you can also buy skatedeck stickers that look the hoverboard above via ebay. You're welcome.

Make like a tree and get outta here,
Sandi D

Friday, 14 December 2012

Can You Help?

I just read this heartbreaking plea for donations for homeless children in Logan- not ten minutes drive from where I live there is a little girl who sleeps in a car with her family and all she wants for Christmas is a water bottle and a pair of pink shoes. A fucking waterbottle. I can't even...


My computer desk is currently laden with gifts for kids who have no need for another toy, and then there is a teenager who wants work boots so he can get a job. Another wants a skipping rope, another underwear. I feel sick looking at the gifts I bought for kids who will have trouble finding somewhere to fit the toys in, realizing now that the money would have been better spent helping someone who really needs it.

It's too late at night for me to call, but in the morning I will and see how I can help.

If you can help, please phone Ms Hintz on 0408 256 251 or contact Mothers Against Drugs incorporated on 3807 7665. Address: 1 John Lane, Beenleigh, Qld 4207. You can also send an email to enquiries@mad.org.au.

Monday, 10 December 2012

I'm feeling: proud! Hunter has learnt a new thing!

Hunter has learned how to point out parts of his body! Yesterday I was hanging out with him, and we were chatting about wearing sunglasses and how they stay on his face. I asked him where his nose was. He pointed to his nose and sniffed! I was in stitches, laughing so much at how cute he was. We played some more, and he showed me he knows where his mouth, eyes, hair, ears, feet and tummy are too!


In addition, when he puts on sunglasses he does his 'cool guy' dance. He shakes his head from side to side and scrunches his nose up. Not sure where he learned to dance like that (LEEEEE!!!!) but gosh it's adorable.

He is learning so much so quickly, it's amazing.

Eye Nose, I know,
Sandi D

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Guest Post: Can you still be cool while being a parent? What makes a parent cool? How to be a cool parent. Advice for alternative parents.



Back in July, Natalie of Winter Love fame invited me to guest post on the topic of being a cool parent. What follows is reblogged from her brilliant website - follow this link to see the piece in it's original format.

Hello there, lovely to meet you. My name is Sandi Darling: military wife to the unbelievably babe-alicious Lee Savage, mother to a one year old chaos-agent named Hunter, and a Brisbane based blogger. I started Milk Eyes as a way of connecting with parents who continue to embrace their unique style, using their alternative point of view and streetwise skills to raise smart, savvy and above all, loved kids. I didn’t have much luck finding this in real life (beyond the few friends I had that had become parents before me) or online, so Milk Eyes became the method by which I created a space to keep connected with all the cool stuff going on in the world, as well as being a place for me to share my thoughts on the amazing transformations parenthood has brought to my life
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If there is one thing Milk Eyes has opened my eyes to, it is that all over this amazing world there are mums and dads remaining in touch with the subcultures they love, even as so many other aspects of their lives change to accommodate their children. I’ve found so many new cool friends as a result, including the wonderful Natalie who is currently taking some time out to get acquainted with the newest addition to her family. How exciting for her- and for me because I get to use this opportunity to connect with you even as Natalie is connecting with her little one! When Natalie approached me to write a guest piece I asked her what to write about, and she suggested something along the lines of “why your style doesn’t need to change when you become a mother" or how to stay 'cool'. This is a good question, and I’m not entirely confident I’m qualified to answer it, but I can try.

Whatever your style, once you have a baby you have less time and money to spend on yourself. You may feel a little weird in your skin for a while, post pregnancy. You might also feel a little out of touch with the lifestyle you led pre-bub. Doubts start to lurk in your mind, unhelpful thoughts about what other people will think of you: If you dress the same as you before strangers will think you are a reckless bohemian, irresponsible or worse: a selfish individual who focuses on their own wants above the needs of their kids; if you 'normalise' your fashion sense your friends will think all the hype about ‘babies cramping your style’ is true and exclude you, or push the idea of having babies of their own even further down their ‘to do’ list. Being dictated to by your ideas about every ones else's expectations is an unenviable position, but the worst part about being trapped in the throws of that emotional turmoil is that you honestly don't know what other people are thinking- unless they outright tell you, it's all in your head. I once heard someone say you wouldn't be so concerned with what other people think about you if you realized how very little they actually do.  In other words, some of the reasons you have for abandoning the style that previously rocked your world are phantoms, imaginary barriers of your own construction that take more mental energy to maintain then they do to abandon. What a delicious, energizing revelation!


But what about when those insecurities are realised? Let me share with you a story.
When my son was a few weeks old I took him with me to the store to buy groceries- as you do. As I walked in to the store a middle aged woman muttered under her breath “they’ll let any freak breed these days”. I looked around, curious to see who she was referring to with such venom and spite, but there was no one else around. 

She meant me. 

I mean come on, me? I have a degree and part of multiple degrees, I won an academic scholarship to study at one of the state’s best schools, I donate to charity, buy Australian made, train my pets, eat healthily, avoid television, pay taxes, don’t litter- I even polish my shoes! She hadn’t just implied that I was a freak either- she implied that because of how I looked I was also unfit to be a parent. I was shocked. Sure I had pink hair and tattoos- but I wasn’t a bad parent by any stretch of the imagination. This complete stranger looked at what I was wearing and made a judgement call on the kind of person I was.
Suddenly I felt small and stupid. Perhaps she was right, maybe it was time I grew up. I bought brown hair dye and when I got home I packed up all but the most banal items in my wardrobe, crying as I filled garbage bag after garbage bag with clothes that hours before delighted me as I decided on what to wear. To make myself feel better I took some time out to cuddle my infant son. He woke in my arms and looked up at me with eyes full of love and trust. In that moment I realized that Hunter didn't care one speck about what I was wearing so long as he had a full tum, a clean bum and the love of his mum to sustain him. I began to feel foolish- I had let a complete stranger make me feel like a bad parent because of what I looked like. As I rehung my clothes I consoled myself with the knowledge that phantom powered people who judge others based on appearance alone (instead of the calibre of their actions) are small minded and mean spirited- exactly the kind of person I would avoid if given a choice.
Looking back at the experience I would say that it solidified in me the desire to fight for my right to be expressive. I fight by being a conscientious human being and an attentive loving parent. My choice of battle armour is whatever the hell I want to wear. My style doesn’t make me a bad parent- it makes me creative, unique, interesting, exuberant, joyful, expressive, stimulating and different- but none of these things are bad qualities. Being judgemental, small minded, abusive, spreading hatred and fear- these are qualities that would make me a bad parent- nay, human.


For some people staying cool is about maintaining wild hair, clothes and makeup; using the experiences that image brings as an opportunity to teach their kids about judgement, prejudice and acceptance. For others it is a choice to not hide their tattoos orremove their body piercings, proud of the personal significance these thingshave at a time when every other aspect of their life is shared with or abouttheir children. For others still these matters of style are superficial and easily discarded like the shell of oyster, knowing that the real meat of the issue is deeper inside. This type of parent knows that conspicuous consumption isn’t the only way to stay true to their roots, they keep engaged in the culture they love by other means. Irrespective of their personal style, all of the parents described above are cool because they are keeping their inner child alive and well, even as they foster that same vitality and enthusiasm for life in their own children.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that being a parent and maintaining your cool aren’t two mutually exclusive states of being. Many qualities that make someone stand out from the crowd are the very same qualities that would deeply enhance the emotional and social development of their children. Your style doesn't need to change at all once you become a parent- let your light burn brightly, the love you radiate will illuminate everything around you and banish those phantoms to the ever retreating shadows. Shine in the knowledge that you look fine and more importantly you are a very fine parent indeed. Your child will bask in the glow that radiates from you, their little face lighting up at your approach. 

Let it shine,
Sandi D.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The Wonder Weeks App for iPhone: Review. Why Is My Normally Calm Baby Suddenly Crying and Naughty?

Strange things are afoot in the Savage-Darling household. It would appear that young Hunter is developing an appreciation for scientific enquiry. Thank God for the Wonder Weeks app, or I would be lost. Witness a typical daily occurrence:
 
Hunter: What happens if I pull the CD’s from the shelves? (Pulling a CD from the shelves)
Mummy: “Those are mummy’s. Put them back.” (Helping a reluctant Hunter put the CD’s back in the case, and showing him his tea set)
Hunter: (plays with the tea set for a while, considering the outcomes of his first experiment, before returning to the shelves to test out his new hypothesis) What happens if I pull the CD’s from the shelves, but turn and grin toothily at Mummy? (grabs a CD and grins at me)
Mummy (slightly raised voice. Firm clear tone): “Hunter, put the CD’s back. They are Mummy’s. Where are your toys? Play with your car.” (Helping an increasingly wriggly and reluctant toddler put the CD back on the shelf. Bodily removing Hunter from the area and putting him in front of his toy car)
Hunter: (running from the toy car, one cheeky lap around the dining table and then straight back to the shelves to test his latest hypothesis) What happens if I pull the CD’s from the shelves, and then throw them? (snatches and throws the CD on the floor in front of the shelves as I approach him)
Mummy (raised voice): “Hunter! Stop! You do not throw CD’s. They are Mummy’s. Put the CD’s back, then you can play with your toy car.” (Hunter throws himself at the ground in what for all intents and purposes appears to be a show of temper. Hunter’s head slams into the tiles, and the tears become tears of pain, not rage. Cuddles and cooing noises to calm him, before putting him in his room in front of his toys. Hunter runs from the room, Mummy chases after him. A hilarious chasey game ensues, during which time Hunter develops a new line of enquiry).
Hunter: What happens if I grab a CD and run away with it before flinging it? (Grabs a handful of CD’s, cases clattering to the ground and he flings them across the room and then throws himself backwards onto the ground, struggling as I pick him up and berate him)
Mummy: “Hunter! Stop! Why are you being so naughty! Pick up the CD’s, put them back (struggles with screaming rage fuelled toddler, decides to just do it myself, and even then he reaches again for the CDs...)              

You can basically substitute CD’s for all manner of things- pushing the buttons on the dishwasher, sitting on the cat, pushing books off the bookshelf, opening the record player lid, pouring his sippy cup over the carpet... 


I have read on the newly updated Wonder Weeks app that this behaviour is perfectly normal for a child of his age. Cold comfort, I know, except that it is really fascinating to me to know why, and the Wonder Weeks is simply unequalled in explaining the why of baby-toddler behaviour.
Have you read the Wonder Weeks book or downloaded the app? If you are interested in cognitive development, want to know why your baby exhibits dramatic changes in personality or behaviour for weeks at a time (clinginess, crankiness and crying), or just want to see the world through your child’s eyes while discovering fun baby-age-appropriate games and activities I heartily recommend you download this app. 

Based on 35 years of research by Dutch researchers Hetty Vanderijt and Frans Plooij, the Wonder Weeks lays out a very clear road map of your babies mental (cognitive) development. Just as baby learns to roll, then sit, then pull up and walk; so too will baby master basic intellectual abilities before moving on to more complex notions (such as the rules which govern social interaction).  For example, baby will notice spatial distance (mum is far away from me! Cry!) before baby can link actions together to reach a goal (if I open my mouth and say ‘yum’ I get given more banana). As you can see, in the hierarchy of understanding our world, noticing that you aren’t always being hugged is less sophisticated that understanding if you make one particular sound while engaging in this activity, you get rewarded with more food.

The Wonder Weeks app shows you when your baby makes a mental development leap, which is extremely helpful because it is not as easy to see a mental leap as it is to see a physical one - unless you know the signs. Sometimes I’ll have noticed Hunter has been a real ratbag for a few days in a row, and it will dawn on me to look at the app and voila! The app has already predicted the behaviour change. The Wonder Weeks supplements this knowledge by explaining what your baby can understand, learn and do after this mental leap; and what you can do to help your baby during this development. It lists simple games and activities you can do with your little one that maximise the learnings of the current leap. Best of all it lets you know that you aren’t a bad parent; your baby hasn’t gone to hell in a hand basket; and this rough patch will be over soon- with the benefit of having a smarter baby at the end of it all. 

With regards to Hunter’s current ‘naughty’ behaviour, the app says that during this period my son is beginning to understand certain everyday principles like:
  • making plans,
  • actions and response, 
  • testing ‘what happens if’ (and ’ what happens if I do the same thing- slightly differently?’)
  • negotiating and bargaining, and 
  • using behaviour to get attention (temper tantrums / being sweet).

In other words, he isn’t deliberately flaunting the rules, he is simply trying to discover just what about his actions I object too, and accordingly, what else must he do to get what he wants. Before this moment, the concept that you can sometimes do things that aren’t allowed (for example, he is allowed to play in the backyard with an adult to supervise, he is only allowed to climb up onto the couch when an adult is there to sit with him) simply did not – in fact, could not- exist in his world.

These developmental leaps brings to mind the hours I spent on my cousins Commodore 64 playing Sim City- start with a farm, add shops, houses, industry and roads, soon you have a town- the game gives you a Mayors house. Your town grows bigger, you get a Town Hall. It becomes a city and you are rewarded with a Sports Stadium. You could never of had a Sports Stadium with just two houses to support it. You needed all the other development to make it happen- and the same goes for developmental leaps too.

The Wonder Weeks app has helped me understand why my previously well mannered, even tempered, calm and easy sleeping son has regressed into one who will not sleep through the night while simultaneously developing new and not-at-all-endearing traits such as hitting me in the face to get his way. It described to me how, while making a developmental leap, my son will pour all of his energy into understanding and exhibiting his knowledge, leaving very little left for things such as emotional intelligence, thus a clingy, crying, cranky baby! This has really helped me keep my temper during the rough times, and also helped my mother who often cares for him. 

The new updated app has sorted out some of the bugs which plagued the first version (such as small grammatical errors, and a fault in which sometimes my son would be referred to ‘she’). If you already own the app, update it. If you still aren’t sure if this app is for you, or if your child is 12 months or older, you can also buy single chapters of the book from the app store. I would like for it to have a little bit more information in the About TWW section (a word about the authors and the science), a link to my calendar which will ‘remind’ me my son is about to enter a new leap and also the ability from within the app to purchase the chapter in full- perhaps these are features we will see in the next update, as the developers are kind enough to continually improve their product. Four out of five stars. 

Buy The Wonder Weeks book here, or download the app via iTunes or Google Play for Android

Sunday, 11 November 2012

These Songs Sound The Same: The Wombats and The Koala Brothers

Am I crazy or do these songs sound the same? Like, the exact same.


About 50 seconds into the song Let's Dance To Joy Division by The Wombats starts to sound the same as the theme song for The Koala Brothers.





Australian Native Animals Abound,
Sandi D

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Winner: Fisher Price Toy Giveaway, and a Small Melbourne Getaway

A big congrats to Kelli Stevens of Morayfield, you have a Fisher Price toy pack coming your way! Check your emails, because for some reason Raflecopter won't let me email you...

Apologies for the late competition winner announcement- I've been in Melbourne on my first ever non-baby vacation!

How was being away from my baby? I cried my eyes out as I drove away from Hunter, and continued to cry the whole plane trip from Brisbane to Melbourne. What a baby!!

Despite the tears, as soon as I touched down I put on my biggest smile and allowed myself to have a great time. Seeing my husband again after six weeks of him being away (military life sucks!) felt amazing, and getting to run around like teenagers again was super fantastic. We ate at Chin-Chin and Rice Queen and Bimbo's and Lucky Coq. We drank at every single bar in Victoria (I exagerate, but my hang overs would have me beleive it). I bought some rad Friends of Couture and Alannah Hill dresses and picked up some beautiful toys for Hunter, because he was on my mind.

He was on Lee's mind too- the two of us are hopelessly in love with our little man, we are both as bad as each other when it comes to speaking about him and eagerly showing pictures of him to anyone who would look.

Anyway, here are some shots from the trip, each on of which was no doubt taken by someone subjected to endless talk of how adorable our little man is.







Every day should be a holiday
Sandi d

Saturday, 20 October 2012

I'm Feeling: Sandy.




Hunter went to the beach for the first time yesterday. He had a whale of a time paddling in the water and was very taken with the building and demolition of sand castles. Coolum beach is seriously gorgeous. I wish everyday were as beautiful.

Sand and sun,
Sandi D

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Giveaway: Fisher Price Baby and Toddler Toys

Since the 1930’s Fisher-Price has been a trusted name in early childhood development, becoming arguably the most widely recognised brand of infant and preschool toys in the world. What started out as a small venture has gone on to become a veritable institution. And yet, the more some things change, the more they stay the same. As I type this my son is playing with a stacking ring set that is remarkably like the one I played with as a child, and it feels good.

On Instagram I often see Fisher-Price toys peeping out from toyboxes across the globe- a little girl in Tokyo deep in discussion with a friend on the other end of her chatterbox phone, a little guy in Reykjavik learning to balance as he pushes his walker around the house, and here in Australia lots of little people playing with their Little People toys! Fisher-Price has rightly earned a reputation for high-quality toys that are both fun and educational, toys that exemplify the true spirit and character of the company motto "Our Work is Child's Play" (a motto which I get our a real kick out of! Corporate humour- is there anything better?).

Regular readers might recall this post from a while back in which I basically lost my mind over the discovery that Fisher-Price had re-released some of its classic toys, and this post in which I discuss Hunter’s newfound ability to stack the rings on his stacking ring set: Fisher-Price is a big deal in our household. Is it a big deal in yours too? Would it be if I you opened your emails to discover you had won a Fisher Price toy set? Because you may well find yourself doing just that, as I am proud to announce I have a Fisher-Price toy pack to giveaway!

Giveaway Prize Pack consists of one Pull and Spin Caterpillar and one Friendly Flip Phone.
Oooooh, ahhhhhhh! Wouldn’t your little one go nuts for these awesome toys? The giveaway consists of one Pull and Spin Caterpillar and one Friendly Flip Phone, and if Hunter's reaction to them sitting on the couch is anything to go by they certainly will- it doesnt even matter that Hunter already owns the same caterpillar toy, he can't help himself!

To enter, all you have to do follow the Raflecopter prompts below (Like Milk Eyes on Facebook, and leave a comment on this post which states your name, city and a favourite Fisher-Price memory). This giveaway is open to all cool parents, and ends October 31st.


I would like to add a small note of thanks to all my regular readers for coming back to catch up with what’s happening in the Savage-Darling household, sharing your love of Milk Eyes with your ‘cool parent’ friends and keeping in touch too. To watch my visitor counter grow, see how many of you find me so Pinterest-ing and receive invitations to guest blog and review or giveaway products is a really rad feeling. Us cool parents really are uniting and taking over! For all your support, I thank you and wish you the best of luck.

Gratitude and giveaways,
Sandi D

Saturday, 15 September 2012

We Have A Winner AND More Giveaway Madness On The Way!

A big congratulations to Bocomomma O, winner of the Zeb and the Great Ruckus giveaway. 


For those of you not lucky enough to grab a copy through Milk Eyes, Zeb and the Great Ruckus is available from Odyssey books or from Amazon. Or you could stay tuned to www.milkeyes.com because...

To celebrate my fast approaching 50,000th visitor I have a super rad giveaway in the works. I am very excited, but can't say anything just yet... watch this space!!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Giveaway! Childrens Book: Zeb And The Great Ruckus By Brisbane Author Josh Donellan



Have you ever had to interview prospective tenants for a share-house situation? I have. It was eye-opening to say the least. I have share housed with about fourteen different people in at least as many houses and as I am still friends with all but one of them I consider myself to be somewhat of a connoisseur. Perhaps one of my favourite housemates was a chatty and vivacious young man by the name of Josh Donellan.

What makes a housemate ‘favourite’? Well, being able to borrow clothes and make up for one, but while Josh has a certain panache and style, we were not the same shoe size or complexion (Actually, I doubt he has any makeup at all unless its face paint) and so that was not a factor in my decision to bestow upon him the glorious ‘f’  word. Sharing books- now that is something special. Josh answered our housemate wanted add and showed up on time with a polite smile and a burning curiosity to learn as much about us as we wanted to learn about him. 

I grilled him for home-life details “Do you recycle? Can you wash up? Do you use all the hot water and then leave wet towels on the floor? Do you do lots of drugs and then go wandering off for weeks leaving behind a pile of unpaid bills and a suspicious stain on the carpet? Do you turn on the TV as soon as you get home and then leave it on even as you sit in another room doing something else which also uses up electricity and fills our house with static? Do you have friends? Do you insist on always inviting your friends to our house even though they are total downers and eat all the snacks?”, but I never had the opportunity to be grilled back. There was no need. 

Having answered all the above questions satisfactorily, he was granted a tour of our home. He saw my book shelf and hurried over, and as daylight turned to dusk we found ourselves carried away, speaking about stories and sharing stories until finally, soft summer darkness slipping in all around, we realised we had begun a shared story, and naming our first shared chapter ‘the tale of Ellena Street’ declared ourselves the best housemates ever. And we were. Together the three of us (yes, there was another housemate, but that is a story for another time) were the textbook definition of awesome share house. We went on many adventures together and became the heroes in a tale of youth and endless summers. We had music, and art and style and no one stole all the snacks and the towels were hung up to dry and the water was always hot and the stories... The stories have outlasted the seasons and to this day we are good friends.


 The thing about Josh that I have failed to mention thus far is that he is great with kids. Like, crazy good. He works with young children for a living, and is motivated everyday to inspire and encourage the development of their young minds. Josh has this knack for taking the big concepts and unfolding them in such a way that the bigger picture is easily grasped, but better than that he can capture these grand ideas and lay them out upon a page for all to enjoy. No child left behind, Josh is probably the best, most engaging and inspiring teacher these kids will ever have the pleasure of being taught by. The other amazing thing is that he can translate this talent into writing- a format which enables many more to benefit from his skill.

Quirky, vibrant and joyful, his books draw praise and attention from all who read them. Invigorated by the success of his first book “A Beginners Guide To Dying In India” (CHECK IT OUT! It’s brilliant!) and inspired by his work with children, Josh went on to write a tale for younger readers. From his website:

Hello! You are reading this in order to determine whether or not this book will be of interest to you! Well, congratulations, you obviously have fabulous taste! Zeb and the Great Ruckus is a story about magic, music, fireworks, bewilderbeasts, clockwork birds and weaponised toffee. It has some funny bits, some scary bits, some sad bits, and a rather large bit about a cave-dwelling ruttersnarl which we would tell you about but we don’t want to give away the ending. If you like the sounds of any or all of the above, then this is the book for you! If you would rather read a complete history of European haberdashery, please consult your local book emporium.
I sent Josh an interview sheet, and he went well beyond the call of duty in his response. 


He also had this to say:

When my first book came out, I had emails from people all over the world telling me that it had made them laugh, made them want to travel, helped them deal with the passing of a loved one. Touching the life of someone who lives on the other side of the world that you’ve never even met, you can’t put a price on that. With this book, I want to encourage a generation of children to pick up pens and paintbrushes and plectrums and start an artistic insurrection. That said, it’s a book for grown ups too. My other job is I work as a music journalist, so I’ve filled with heaps of obscure jazz and blues references that music nerds will love and lots of humour inspired by Roald Dahl and Calvin and Hobbes.

As both a teacher and writer, I don’t see my job as information transmission so much as soliciting a love of curiosity, investigation and imagination. I think we need to teach kids to have a love of exploration of the world through both logical and creative means. As Einstein famously said, ‘imagination is more important that knowledge’. I want a world where art and science high five each other on a regular basis instead of glowering at each other across the playground.

My first experience with Josh was a literary one, and for one lucky reader, your first experience of Josh will be literary too, for I have one signed first edition copy of Zeb and the Great Ruckus to giveaway. To enter, all you have to do is ‘like’ Milk Eyes on facebook and let me know about it by following the Rafflecopter link below:


For those of you not lucky enough to grab a copy through Milk Eyes, Zeb and the Great Ruckus is available for pre-order now (official release September 15) from Odyssey books: http://www.odysseybooks.com.au/bookstore#ecwid:category=0&mode=product&product=14404311

or from Amazon for people outside Australia:

You can meet the author at the book launch, which will be held at Black Cat Books on September 21st at 5pm.



Cause a RUCKUS!
Sandi D
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