Book Week shows for students... by teachers!!

Ph. 1300 BOOK WEEK

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Why is it called Books To Life?


“Wonderful to see a story being brought to life in such a unique and interactive way". Mount Pleasant PS, Ballarat, VIC


“Tony has the special gift of bringing the selected book alive for our students" St Joseph's School, Rosebery, TAS


“Brought the book to life in a way that kept the children excited and mesmerised.” St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW


“Great to see the kids get into reading with a book coming alive." Duffy PS, ACT


“The ‘bringing to life’ of the picture book was so imaginatively and creatively put together” Flinders Christian Community College, Tyabb, VIC


"The performance really brings the book to life and enhances the desire to read that book and books in general (which is exactly what we want!)" Maranatha Christian School, Doveton, VIC

How good are the shows?


"Best performance we've seen in school for Book Week.” St Joseph's Catholic PS, Springvale, VIC


"I’ve had many observations of children’s performances over the years, but none have come close to yours." Merriwa Central School, NSW


"I've been a teacher for over 20 years and witnessed many performances, but this production was simply the best - totally professional, true to the book, thought provoking, everything." Narre Warren Nth PS, VIC


"The best children's theatre I've ever seen. I have seen and organised many visiting entertainments and Tony (& his company) was by far the best." Fairfield PS, VIC


“He is a very skilful actor that has you laughing one minute and tugging at your heart strings the next." St Oliver's School, Harris Park, NSW


“It was the best I'd experienced… I couldn't fault it!” Williamstown PS, VIC

How do the students respond?

 

"An action packed event which kept our students entranced." St Mary’s Coptic Orthodox College, Coolaroo, VIC


“Lots of laugh out loud moments… It had me in stitches and the students enthralled.” Woodburn PS, NSW


“A fantastic performance that has inspired us all to READ!" Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Sunshine, VIC


“Had the audience in the palm of their hands.” Lansdowne PS, NSW


“You kept the students spell bound.” Mt Pleasant PS, Ballarat, VIC


"Tony's answers and discussion at the end of the show were sensational… students were engaged and inspired." Goulburn Valley GS, Shepparton Nth, VIC

What's in the show?

 

"Everything you could want in a theatrical performance. Very funny, beautiful singing, dancing, props and costumes." Kotara South PS, NSW


"A perfect balance of narrative, humour, music and dance.” St Francis Xavier PS, Frankston, VIC


“Great props, fabulous songs, lively dancing and great acting all came together in a magical presentation." St Joseph's School, Rosebery, TAS


"A wonderful creative use of puppets, music, storytelling and an entertaining and hilarious production." Tintinara Area School, SA


"The Q + A was terrific… unveiling of themes and issues. Well done!" St Michael's Parish School, Ashburton, VIC


“The elevated platform along with the props, sound, music and singing was a highlight." Templeton PS, Wantirna, VIC

What do the teachers think?

 

“This is the fifth year I have seen Tony... at various schools and as always, loved it!… Outstanding quality with brilliant acting and a purposeful message.” Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus, VIC


"We raced to the library to get the book straight after the show - the children "argue" over whose turn it is to look at it!! An excellent activity for Book Week as has certainly helped to immerse the children in books.” St Peter Apostle School, Hoppers Crossing, VIC


“Clever and creative staging of this story opened up depths and a breath that reading the book alone did not achieve.” Mountain District Christian School, Monbulk, VIC


“Fantastic. Awesome. Entertaining. Totally engaging. Thought provoking... Tony’s shows are always fantastic" Mt Pleasant PS, Ballarat, VIC


"I have never laughed so much at a performance… Enthusiastic, comical, engaging.” Wattle Park PS, Burwood, VIC


"A brilliant performance... Witty, fast moving, engaging, thoughtful and sensitive." Ringwood Heights PS, VIC

Testimonials for Tony's past Book Week shows

 

CBCA Short Listed Books Adapted for the stage by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed for BOOKS TO LIFE Writer, Director & Performer

 

33 - A Walk in the Bush (2018 - based on the picture book by Gwyn Perkins)

 

CBCA Short Listed Books Adapted for the stage by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed for TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT Writer, Director & Performer

 

32 - The Windy Farm (2014 - based on the picture book by Doug McLeod & Craig Smith)

31 - My Life As An Alphabet (2014 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Barry Jonsberg)

30 - Herman & Rosie (2013 - based on the picture book by Gus Gordon)

29 - Other Brother (2013 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Simon French)

28 - No Bears (2012 - based on the picture book by Meg McKinlay)

27 - Bungawitta (2012 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Emily Rodda)

26 - Two Peas in a Pod (2011 - based on the picture book by Chris McKimmie)

25 - Duck For A Day (2011 - based on the younger reader's novel by Meg McKinlay)

24 - Schumann the Shoeman (2010 - based on the picture book by John & Stella Danalis)
23 - Matty Forever (2010 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Elizabeth Fensham)

22 - Nobody Owns The Moon (2009 - based on the picture book by Tohby Riddle)

21 - Audrey Of The Outback (2009 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Christine Harris)

20 - The Night Garden (2008 - based on the picture book by Elise Hurst)

19 - Amelia Dee & The Peacock Lamp (2008 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Odo Hirsch)

18 - Water Witcher (2007 - based on the picture book by Jan Ormerod)

17 - Being Bee (2007 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Catherine Bateson)

16 - Irving The Magician (2006 - based on the picture book by Tohby Riddle)

15 - To The Light (2006 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Pat Flynn)

14 - At The Beach - Postcards from Crabby Spit (2005 - based on the picture book by Roland Harvey)

13 - Billy Mack’s War (2005 - based on the younger reader’s novel by James Roy)

12 - Milli, Jack & the Dancing Cat (2004 - based on the picture book by Stephen Michael King)

11 - Stella By The Sea (2004 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Ruth Starke)

10 - Bear & Chook (2003 - based on the picture book by Lisa Shanahan & Emma Quay)

9 - Tom Jones Saves The World (2003- based on the younger reader’s novel by Steven Herrick)

8 - Horrible Harriet (2002 - based on the picture book by Leigh Hobbs)

7 - My Story - A Different Sort Of Real - The Diary Of Charlotte McKenzie - Melbourne 1918 (2002 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Kerry Greenwood)

6 - When Dogs Cry (2002 - based on the older reader’s novel by Markus Zusak)

5 - The Singing Hat (2001 - based on the picture book by Tohby Riddle)

4 - Something's Fishy, Hazel Green! (2001 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Odo Hirsch)

3 - Touch Me (2001 - based on the older reader’s novel by James Moloney)

2 - Captain Mack (2000 - by Tony Appleby based on the younger reader’s novel by James Roy)

1 - Tyro (2000 - based on the older reader’s novel by David McRobbie)

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"Audrey of the Outback " 2009 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"A professional, entertaining and engaging play." St Marys School, Alexandra, VIC

 

"An excellent way to bring literature to life." Kalinda PS, Ringwood, VIC

 

"An excellent performance and students were engaged the whole time." Nulkaba PS, Nulkaba, NSW

 

"Fantastic energy and enthusiasm." Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill, VIC

 

Wonderful! Very professional. You certainly made the books come to life. The children were so engaged and mesmerised by your performance.” Iona PS, Woodville, NSW

 

Creative and inspiring”. St Joseph’s PS, Wonthaggi, VIC

 

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"Nobody Owns the Moon" 2009 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic... We will be booking with you again” Lightning Ridge School, NSW

 

"The children are still talking about the play and the ‘best bits’ whenever they see me (10 days later)." Good Shepherd PS, Amaroo, ACT

 

"A fantastic show... fun, entertaining and really passed on the message of this book beautifully. A great celebration of Book Week.” Wattle Park PS, Burwood, VIC

 

"Great characters, costumes and special effects. The involvement of the students on stage was excellent.... The perfect way to kick off our Book Week experience!" Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill, VIC

 

It told the story of Nobody Owns the Moon through dance, singing and drama so all the styles of the creative arts were covered... Excellent! All students loved it.” Ariah Park Central School, NSW

 

"Having the children (in the show to) work in the factory was fantastic... Loved the vocals and music changes... Great costumes / props very true to text.” Kalinda PS, Ringwood, VIC

 

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"Tyro" 2000 CBCA Shortlisted Older Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"(Allowed) for themes and character interaction to be both well developed and accessible... they brought the characters to life." Croydon Secondary College, VIC

 

"We've never seen the students so transfixed by a performance, so attentive and entertained." Berengarra School, VIC

 

"They loved every minute" Maribyrnong Secondary College, VIC

 

"The boys absolutely loved the show in every way." Scotch College, VIC

 

"Your performance was most impressive.... So skilful was this that it satisfied what I consider to be a 'nightmare' audience." Croydon Secondary College, VIC

 

"You immediately captured the attention of a rowdy and excitable crowd." Maribyrnong Secondary College, VIC

 

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"When Dogs Cry" 2002 Shortlisted Older Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"Very well performed." Nhill College, VIC

 

"A measure of its success was the fact that almost all the boys were riveted to the performance." Nhill College, VIC

 

"I haven't seen as many of our students willing to ask questions of visitors as they did after this performance." Nhill College, VIC

 

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"Captain Mack" 2000 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"Well presented, engaging, funny." St Albans Secondary College, VIC

 

"Excellent performance!" Newcombe Library, VIC

 

"Amazing reaction by the students and fabulous interpretation of a meaningful book. Everyone loved it" Cranbourne Christian College, VIC

 

"We are certainly interested in having you out again next year!" St Albans Secondary College, VIC

 

"We'll have to get you out to do more shows like this" Newcombe Library, VIC

 

"Our children were entertained and challenged by your performance. All of us thoroughly enjoyed the show" The Basin PS, VIC

 

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"The Singing Hat" 2001 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

"Yours was the most talked about show of the programme." Children's Book Council of Australia - 2001 Victorian Launch of Book Week

 

"Your show was absolutely brilliant (a 2-tissue job - laughed so much I cried)... It was the best I'd experienced. All bases covered… I couldn't fault it!" Williamstown PS, VIC

 

"The students wouldn't stop talking about how much they loved the show and the characters in it" Wesley College, VIC

 

"Both adults and children alike really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really enjoyed it, and I don't exaggerate." Altona Library / Seaholme PS, VIC

 

"Quality performance... All the children were enthralled and entertained... The students were caught sneaking off from class to see the show again." Albanvale PS, VIC

 

"Great show! One of the best I have seen... The children enjoyed it and haven't stopped talking about it. Great job!!" Cranbourne West PS, VIC

 

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"Something's Fishy, Hazel Green!" 2001 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"An excellent live production that presented an important and relevant message.... An excellent and entertaining performance!!" St Albans East PS, VIC

 

"Totally awesome. Very professional, the students enjoyed every minute... A brilliant performance." Maranatha Christian College, VIC

 

"Very funny! I don't think I've seen the students laugh so hard... Great use of a variety of dramatic styles. Kept students interest while teaching valuable drama theory" Cheltenham PS, VIC

 

"Everyone loved the show. We will definitely be booking you again." Geelong Regional Libraries, VIC

 

"Children and teachers loved the "gawky" comedy which was very clever, real and hilarious." Williamstown PS, VIC

 

"Excellent performance. The students and I could not stop laughing... The children's faces said it all. Very creative and inspiring!" Cranbourne West PS, VIC

 

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"My Story - A Different Sort of Real, The Diary of Charlotte McKenzie, Melbourne, 1918" 2002 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"Best performance ever! I've been a teacher for over 20 years and witnessed many performances, but this production was simply the best - totally professional, true to the book, thought provoking, everything." Narre Warren Nth PS, VIC

 

"Excellent performance... allowed the children to have a glimpse into an era they know nothing about! Songs/ singing excellent... Welcome back anytime! 10/10 A+." Maranatha School, Endeavour Hills Campus, VIC

 

"Well performed and captured everyone's attention…Great content and excellent acting." Warranwood PS, VIC

 

"The play covered some delicate subjects which at times are hard to talk about and yet they spoke and acted them very well... It also motivated some boys to buy the book at the "Book Fair" and read it!" Scotch College Junior School, VIC

 

"Fantastic performance of the book. It really brought the characters and the reality of the times to life." Narre Warren Nth PS, VIC

 

"Excellent program... Professionally presented and delivered. Valuable as a vehicle for literacy as well as drama." Roberts McCubbin PS, VIC

 

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"Tom Jones Saves the World" 2003 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

Fantastic full performance. You covered it all… a completely captivating performance”. Kalinda PS, VIC

 

“Entertaining, humourous and thought provoking. The children were captivated throughout.” Dromana PS, VIC

 

"An outstanding production... Laughed till I cried! It was fabulous... Incredibly funny." Croydon Nth PS, VIC

 

"A brilliant performance.... Witty, fast moving, engaging, thoughtful and sensitive." Ringwood Heights PS, VIC

 

"First class dramatisation of an excellent story... Entertaining, funny, thought provoking... A very funny and clever performance." Christian College Middle School, VIC

 

"The acting and singing was fabulous!... Funny, excellent drama, great music... Hysterically amusing!” Wonga Park PS, VIC

 

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"Bear & Chook" 2003 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

"Best performance I have seen... The children of all ages enjoyed it... Performers just fantastic... Easy to see it was prepared by teachers - so appropriate." Wangaratta PS, VIC

 

"Fantastic performance! Witty, lively, interactive... The laughs and smiles on their faces said it all! Highly recommended for all age groups." Holy Eucharist PS, VIC

 

"You were... absolutely brilliant! The children will remember this performance!" Clayton Nth PS, VIC

 

"Excellent. Children were enthralled. Enjoyment from start to finish. Quality of songs was excellent." St Finbar's PS, VIC

 

"Energetic, engaging... Brilliant!!" Geelong Grammar School, Glamorgan Campus, VIC

 

Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!... funny, entertaining and educational... You were wonderful!” Mt Dandenong PS, VIC

 

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"Stella By the Sea" 2004 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

Tony... brings a professional yet fun approach to the production... Really valuable and valued" Ringwood Heights PS, VIC

 

"An engaging, vibrant production… Fantastic! Moved along at a great pace.” The Peninsula School, VIC 

 

“Audience participation was excellent… Excellent production… Fantastic presentation of book… Very professional.” Endeavour Hills Campus – Maranatha Christian College, VIC 

 

Engaging performance. Humorous, energetic, entertaining. All students were totally engrossed, even the reluctant ones!" Glen Eira Secondary College, VIC 

 

Very professional script, props, costumes… Good values teaching through the presentation… Great music”. Croydon North PS, VIC 

 

Fantastic entertaining performance... a great production!... Inspiration for drama in class”. Narre Warren North PS, VIC 

 

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"Milli, Jack & the Dancing Cat" 2004 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

Fantastic full performance. You covered it allColourful costumes and props and music. Fun choreography... A completely captivating performance”. Kalinda PS, VIC

 

Outstanding for both teachers and childrenLoved the combination of storybook, acting, singing, dancing and audience participation.” Mt Pleasant PS, VIC

 

It is wonderful to see and hear P-6 laughing from their bellies. They just loved it, and I did too!Really brought the book to life. Great experience to celebrate Book Week.” St Margaret’s PS, Maribyrnong, VIC 

 

“It was magical, colourful and very entertaining. I liked the way the kids were invited to be an active audience from the start.” Hughesdale PS, VIC 

 

"Very professionally handled from initial contact through to presentation... Best part is that the students have extra enthusiasm to borrow from the library." Glenroy Specialist School, VIC

 

“You had all the audience in the palm of your hand. They were held captive for all the show... Thank you for a ‘high-class’ valuable experience of real theatre.” Cranbourne South PS, VIC

 

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"To The Light" 2006 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"I thought it was fantastic!... The show was great – simple but effective props, great characters & story. Very enjoyable." Wattle Park PS, VIC

 

"Really funny and entertaining... Bright and entertaining songs... Set was very effective – great waves." St Mary's PS, Swan Hill, VIC

 

"Excellent – best incursion I’ve seenValuable at several levels... Advantage of this group is that they are educators and connected at kids level." Montrose PS, VIC

 

"The play captured the imagination and attention of the students, even those who have a reputation of having a short attention span." Glen Eira Secondary College, VIC

 

"Excellent standard, Kids were enthralled." St Jude's PS, Scoresby, VIC

 

"An entreating performance, thoroughly enjoyed by all!" Flemington PS, VIC

 

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"Being Bee" 2007 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

“The number of tears in the audience was an indication of how well the story touched the students.” Flemington PS, VIC

 

Excellent story-telling! I was really enthralled as were the students." St MacArtan's PS, VIC

 

"I enjoyed the character portrayals and the singing was fabulous.” Glen Eira College, VIC

 

This is the fifth year I have seen Tony... at various schools and as always, loved it!... outstanding quality with brilliant acting and a purposeful message.” Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus, VIC

 

"Many of the girls have been motivated to read the novel and it is fabulous to see the non-readers showing an interest in a particular book.” Kilbreda College, Mentone, VIC

 

Excellent, excellent, excellent. The look on the children’s faces said it all.” Araluen PS, Sale, VIC

 

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"Irving The Magician " 2006 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

"I’ve had many observations of children’s performances over the years, but none have come close to yours... energetic, professional and extremely humourous." Merriwa Central School, NSW

 

"Absolutely sensational!!" Dromana Primary School, VIC

 

"Outstanding performance – I love the way you bring the story to life... Quality entertainment! You had a great mix of acting, songs and story that thoroughly entertained both kids and adults. Top Stuff!!" Maranatha Christian College, VIC

 

"Excellent show... Another fantastic performance from a top class group. The children were spell bound." St Mary's PS, Swan Hill, VIC

 

"HILARIOUS!...Fantastic, engaging show.... thanks for ‘the Magic’ you bought to St Margaret's!" St Margaret's Primary School, VIC

 

"What a fantastic way to bring a book to life!... It is a great way to really get children to look into books." Wattle Park PS, VIC

 

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"Water Witcher" 2007 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

Tony’s shows are always fantastic. They reach across the ages so that everyone enjoys themselves... the children leave wanting more." Mt Pleasant PS, Ballarat, VIC

 

This was a fantastic production – perfect for the age group!... Discussion at the end of the show was fantastic – the best I have seen!... Excellent, A+” St Catherine’s College, Toorak, VIC

 

"Great way to bring the book alive. A lesson in history, literacy and drama.” Glen Katherine PS, Eltham, VIC

 

This show was just fantastic!... Another excellent performance... a very worthwhile and educational event.” Frankston Library, VIC

 

"Absolutely outstanding! The standard of performance (acting and singing) was superb and at times very moving... Exactly what we wanted." Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus, VIC

 

Excellent performance – kept all children absolutely mesmerized... The kids were enthralled and the links to English syllabus were superb – fantastic!” Nulkaba PS, NSW

 

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"Billy Mack's War" 2005 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"Students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the performance... Many of the students are now interested in reading the book, which is great." - Simonds Catholic College, West Melbourne, VIC

 

"Another fabulous performance... Dramatic, emotional and intense. Very well choreographed... You captured the essence of the story well and made us feel a whole gamut of emotions." - Warranwood PS, VIC

 

"Children... thought the musical numbers were great. Many are now inspired to read the book. A moving performance." - St Peter Apostle School, Hoppers Crossing, VIC

 

"Extremely high standard (especially the singing)... Once again, brilliant presentation. We look forward to next year's!" - Roberts McCubbin PS, Box Hill South, VIC

 

"Very professional and most entertaining... Dramatic. Brave.... It was exceptional to see the depth of drama." - Alexandra Library, VIC

 

"A great show... The children found the story very touching and some nearly cried... your show was a great success." - St Michael's Grammar, St Kilda, VIC

 

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"Touch Me" 2001 CBCA Shortlisted Older Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"The kids were engaged for the whole time... All students and teachers had positive comments." St Albans Secondary College, VIC

 

"A good mix of serious and fun scenes to maintain the students' interest. Enjoyed by students who are now keen to read the book."  Kilbreda College, VIC

 

"I was completely absorbed by the performance and thoroughly entertained, let me add. You brought the story to life for the audience in a new and exciting way, using all the advantages that stage has over text on the page... Wonderful stuff!" James Moloney - Author of 'Touch Me'
 
"Staff said it was great - lots of laughs and some well thought out scenes to make key points." St Albans Secondary College, VIC
 
"The students raved, loved the honest language, actors' directness to audience and the choice of story" Stonnington Library, VIC
 
"Very entertaining... Good interaction with the audience. Pitched well to age group... Liked ad-libbing."  Kilbreda College, VIC

 

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"At The Beach - Postcards From Crabby Spit" 2005 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

"The performance really brings the book to life and enhances the desire to read that book and books in general (which is exactly what we want!)... Once again, an absolutely magnificent performance!!" Maranatha Christian School, VIC

 

"Fabulous as always!... The kids absolutely LOVED it! ... Every year you put on an outstanding production... you've encouraged kids to enjoy and read books!" - Roberts McCubbin PS, Box Hill South, VIC

 

"Kept children fascinated... We raced to the library to get the book straight after the show - the children "argue" over whose turn it is to look at it!!"- St Peter Apostle School, Hoppers Crossing, VIC

 

"The best children's theatre I've ever seen. I have seen and organised many visiting entertainments and Tony (& his company) was by far the best." Fairfield PS, VIC

 

"Entertainment plus... Great show that was entertaining, fast moving and visually appealing." - Watsonia Heights PS, VIC

 

Absolutely love the show... 10 STARS... Fantastic show. Draws the kids and adults in from the word go." Pyalong PS, VIC

 

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"The Night Garden" 2008 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

"Absolutely enthralling & thoroughly entertaining... fun, powerful, professional & inspiring." St Joseph's School, Benalla, VIC

 

"The show brought flat pages to life. The show included an educational aspect, that covered Book Week and theatre - not just a simple show". Parkes Shire Library, NSW

 

"Fantastic! Vibrant! Full of energy! A great show!... A perfect balance of narrative, humour, music and dance." St Francis Xavier PS, Frankston, VIC

 

"I have never laughed so much at a performance... An absolutely fantastic show, which brought the book to life." Wattle Park PS, Burwood, Vic

 

"Super show again, Tony... Sets a high standard each year, and always delivers a well put together and well rehearsed show.... 10/10" Donvale PS, Vic

 

"Fantastic!... The kids laughed their heads off and had a great time!" St John Vianney's School, Mulgrave, VIC

 

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"Schumann the Shoeman" 2010 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

"The perfect presentation for the CBCA event... Everyone was mesmerised... I'd be reluctant to do it again... without Tony." Christine Oughtred, Geelong Book Council

 

"Everything you could want in a theatrical performance. Very funny, beautiful singing, dancing, props and costumes." Kotara South PS, Kotara South, NSW

 

"The skill and energy of the performance is something to behold... extraordinary." Peter Butler, Lecturer in Music Education at La Trobe University, VIC

 

"A wonderful, entertaining and educational experience for the children to experience. Schumann the Shoeman came to LIFE!!" Cundletown PS, Cundletown, NSW

 

"Fast moving, incorporated dance, singing, puppetry, storytelling and music. Enjoyed by all." Highbury PS, Hope Valley, SA

 

"Their reaction with laughter and applause was spontaneous... thought it was the best performance I had seen" Conargo PS, Conargo, NSW

 

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"Matty Forever" 2010 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"Another fantastic performance... It really touched in on social and emotional learning and different issues facing many children today." St MacArtan's PS, Mornington. VIC

 

"The presentation was excellent. The verbal, visual and imagery was fantastic." St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW

 

"Brilliant story told through an energetic and exciting performance" Richmond PS, Richmond, VIC

 

"Loved it!...So animated and exciting. Kids enthralled...Great performance!" Bradbury PS, Bradbury, NSW

 

"Themes... were conveyed so well via wonderful characterisation and excellent props, costumes and music." Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill, VIC

 

"The students' attention didn't waver throughout the performance. They were totally involved. Stage, props, costumes, music all added to a wonderful performance." East Maitland PS, East Maitland, NSW

 

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"Duck for a Day" 2011 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

Great diction and expression, props and puppetry excellent... Would highly recommend your show... An ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT SHOW!” Resurrection PS, Keysborough, VIC

 

The students loved the characters, the puppetry and the songs!... Loved the staging, props, and costumes... spell binding... Fantastic performance. It was comical, fun, and well executed.” St Patrick's PS, North Parramatta, NSW

 

A great performance of the book... The kids were completely absorbed. Sound effects and music added to the atmosphere... Sound system fantastic.” Wattle Park PS, Burwood, VIC

 

Girls were engaged and captivated by the performance, use of puppets, humour, dance and song fabulous.... Would book again and recommend to others.” Gilmore Girls College, Footscray, VIC

 

"Props were funny and inventive... The children were enthralled to see a book come to life in a live performance.” St Therese PS, Mascot, NSW

 

“Particularly good was the use of props, costumes, set and chat after the show. My children were inspired to create their own plays.” Camberwell South PS, Camberwell, VIC

 

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"Other Brother" 2013 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"Role playing brought the book to life... The students were captured by the drama of the story." - The Pittwater House School, Collaroy NSW

 

"Students watching (were) spellbound." - Amity College, Prestons PS, Prestons NSW

 

"Great sound and loved the singing/songs." - Al Sadiq College, Greenacre NSW

 

"Great Play - The delivery was clear and precise. Students were really engaged." - St Mark's Coptic Orthodox College. Wattle Grove NSW

 

"I really appreciated the discussion and questioning at the end of the show. It was aimed at high-order and inferential thinking. This was also well modelled for teachers." - Camelot Rise PS, Glen Waverley VIC

 

"A very original and entertaining performance. All kids were fully engaged throughout the entire performance." - Woodport PS, Erina NSW
 

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"Two Peas in a Pod" 2011 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

Anything that stirs your emotions will be remembered. (Your) performance 'Two Peas in a Pod' will be remembered.” St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW

 

Lots of laugh out loud moments... It had me in stitches and the students enthralled.” Woodburn PS, NSW

 

Clever and creative staging of this story opened up depths and a breath that reading the book alone did not achieve... Will happily recommend this to other schools.” Mountain District Christian School, Monbulk, VIC

 

This was one the best productions that I've seen relating to a dramatization of a book... Their slow motion segment was brilliant.” Evatt PS, ACT

 

He is a very skilful actor that has you laughing one minute and tugging at your heart strings the next." St Oliver's School, Harris Park, NSW

 

Excellent in every respect. Nothing to improve on." Queenwood Junior School Medway Library, Mosman, NSW

 

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"Bungawitta" 2012 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"Congratulations on bringing Bungawitta to life. Tony... did such a professional job... Thanks for a great Book Week experience." St Monica's PS, Evatt, ACT

 

"Set was innovative, creative and engaging... Great interaction with audience... Fantastic variety of props that captured children's interest." St Therese PS, Mascot, NSW

 

"The show was awesome!" Forest Lake Secondary School, Forest Lake, QLD

 

Tony showed us simple ways to make props and backdrops and how to make plays come alive.” Forster PS, Forster, NSW

 

"The show was fantastic, engaging and very entertaining!! The students loved it!... They are fantastic story tellers!” Harrison School, Harrison, ACT

 

"What a brilliant way to portray all the characters.... Very clever staging. This was an excellent interpretation of the book." Ringwood Heights PS, Ringwood, VIC

 

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"The Windy Farm" 2014 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

"Variety of media, unbelievable!!... Entertaining on all levels... Question and answer session was done beautifully." Narrabundah Early Childhood School, ACT

 

"Best performance we've seen in school for Book Week!... The students were fascinated by the use of the different puppets to create characters... FANTASTIC!" St Joseph's Catholic PS Springvale, VIC

 

"A wonderful creative use of puppets, music, storytelling and an entertaining and hilarious production." Tintinara Area School, SA

 

"Great props, fabulous songs, lively dancing and great acting all came together in a magical presentation... Tony has the special gift of bringing the selected book alive for our students." St Joseph's School, Rosebery, TAS

 

"Engaging, fun and relevant... FANTASTIC! Loved it! The children enjoyed every minute! Absolutely hilarious... Brilliant performance... Very inspiring and creative". St James Catholic PS, Yamba, NSW

 

"Production was amazing... the students were engaged at every moment." Mackay Regional Council, QLD

 

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"No Bears" 2012 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

"Tony was amazing at engaging the students... We give it 10 out of 10". Mount Pleasant PS, Ballarat, VIC

 

"Brilliant, very funny, the children and adults were in stitches." Swansea PS, Swansea, TAS

 

"Excellent presentation!.. The singing was great (and the) costumes and props outstanding." Reids Flat, Rugby and Bigga PS, NSW

 

"So impressed by the whole performance... The high energy of the performers, songs and wonderful props brought the book to life." St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW

 

"It was an amazing performance... The elevated platform along with the props, sound, music and singing was a highlight." Templeton PS, Wantirna, VIC

 

"I've seen many shows and I was blown away by the talent and professionalism... I am astounded at the sheer depth and quantity of ideas and elements they teased out and packed into the show so seamlessly... Absolutely flawless!" Harrison School, Harrison, ACT

 

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"My Life As An Alphabet" 2014 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show
 

"Wonderful, thoughtful, engaging and stimulating visual performance that did not shy away from the sensitive issues in the text... I love the use of silhouette." Wattle Park PS, VIC

 

"Loved it! Couldn't believe how many issues you covered in a very caring way in an hour.... Gave the students a deeper understanding of the issues in the book which were presented in a really sensitive way." Holy Cross PS, New Gisborne, VIC

 

"A fantastic production... Loved the use of a variety of puppetry techniques, Tony!!... A relatable and beautiful experience for the students." Armadale PS, VIC

 

"Students thoroughly engaged and entertained throughout performance". St Therese PS, Mascot, NSW

 

"Acting superb, convincing and expressive... a fantastic performance that has inspired us all to READ!" Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Sunshine, VIC

 

"The feedback from staff and students was terrific. Staff said it was one of the best performances they have seen." Kyneton PS, VIC

 

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"Herman & Rosie" 2013 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show

 

"Loved the involvement of the children, eg. making the crown, etc. Excellent music and dancing. Great to have the children dancing too." - Ararat North PS, Ararat, VIC

 

"Love everything about this show. Inspirational. Great work!" - Highfields PS, Lindfield, NSW

 

"All the different drama elements kept them engaged throughout... Great example of different performance styles. Dancing, singing, puppets... Students loved it!" - Mt Pleasant PS, Mt Pleasant, VIC

 

"Fabulous show, students were very engaged and loved to be included in the show... Great use of music, instruments, and brilliant children involvement!" - Al Sadiq College, Greenacre, NSW

 

"Loved the combination of puppets, singing, dancing and acting... Engaging! Fantastic!! The students loved it." - Caroline Chisholm College, Chisholm, ACT

 

"Music and songs were perfect and the students were entertained and engaged throughout as were the teachers!" - Wattle Park PS, Burwood, VIC

 

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"Amelia Dee & the Peacock Lamp" 2008 CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader's Book of the Year Show

 

"The masks and great use of props (such as rubbish bins) was inspiring in creating our own mini productions." Wattle Park PS, Burwood, VIC


"The masks and mannerisms were very entertaining as well as the singing. Great Show! This was a fantastic performance." Watsonia Heights PS, VIC


"Absolutely fabulous! Very entertaining!... It was fantastic! The kids thoroughly enjoyed it." Nulkaba PS, NSW


"The characters were portrayed with humour, the props were simple yet effective, the children's attention was held throughout.... Great show, fantastic acting." Maranatha Christian College, Endeavour Hills, VIC


"Enjoyable, entertaining... Fantastic adaptation... all enjoyed the performance. Excellent show... The students now want to read it!" Donvale PS, VIC

 

"Production was very professional... excellent singing voices... Most enjoyable." St Michael's Lutheran School, Hahndorf, SA
 
"Stage, lighting, music was very good. Children like the puppets. Children enjoyed... singing, music... accent, sound effects, acted convincingly, made them laugh!" Trinity Catholic PS, Kemps Creek, NSW


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"Horrible Harriet" 2002 CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year Show
 

"Your presentation was brilliant, the music, the acting and the singing were all outstanding… engaging and educational… extremely imaginative, entertaining and creative." Abbotsford PS, VIC
 
"EXCELLENT! …Great activity, marvellous music/ singing - a real delight." Holy Eucharist PS, East Malvern, VIC
 
"Brilliant acting... terrific depiction of anti-bullying strategies…A fantastic performance…Teachers and students alike were enthralled." Watsonia Heights PS, VIC
 
"Tremendous…Fantastic. The faces of the kids said it all!... Absolutely brilliant!" 
Monbulk PS, VIC
 
"It was entertaining, funny and educational... The performance was fantastic." Scotch College Junior School, VIC
 
"Kids haven't stopped talking about the show... You really made the book come alive." 
Clyde PS, VIC
 

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"A Walk in the Bush" 2018 CBCA WINNER!!! Picture Book of the Year Show

 

"Hi Tony, I spoke with your wife commenting how interactive the performance was. You read the audience well and it is so energy driven. All the audience were engaged which is testament to your efforts." Geraldine Woolnough, CBCA Victoria from the CBCA 2019 Book Week Family Day.

 

"I only have positive feedback for the show. I loved it and so did everyone that I spoke to. The kids were engaged, the teachers were hooked in and my principal was very pleased. You did an excellent job bringing that book to life and I know it helped a lot of the kids understand the story a little more deeply." Maria Lontos, Holy Name PS, Reservoir, VIC.

 

"Loved the show... I’d been really looking forward to it and wasn’t disappointed.  It was amazing to see how much could be achieved in a one man show (I kept looking around for Tony’s support team).  The puppetry was great, the songs were catchy and clever, and the performance was engaging... Great show... As you would’ve guessed from my response last week...I LOVED THE ONE MAN SHOW! The incursion was engaging on various levels." Andy Pullar & Mary Katsigiannis, Camelot Rise PS, Glen Waverley, VIC


"Your performance was fantastic... You were incredibly engaging, entertaining and informative, I loved how you kept the kids wanting more through your use of engaging techniques. It was lovely to watch students... respond with delight... Older students often feel that picture books are not for them, but providing such an extensive performance based on predominantly pictures is a fantastic way to engage students in literature at all levels.... I have spoken to a number of friends at other schools already and have recommended you as a wonderful way to enhance book week (or any week!). The feedback from the students and staff alike has been nothing but glowing. Thank you for sharing your passion for books with us." Marnie Skerritt, Mathoura Public School, NSW

 

"I think your performance was fantastic. Looking around the room, all the children were engaged in the performance, including our grade 6s, which was great to see. Having so many children involved in the performance itself was fantastic too... You could see the excitement on their faces when they were chosen and became a part of the show and they all did a great job... Very entertaining for adults too!" Karen Nihill, Sacred Heart Primary School, Tatura, NSW

 

"School still buzzing after the show. Enjoyed by all... We've never had a student so moved by the song about being lonely it reduced him to tears... Several very experienced teachers... commented on how brilliant it was. K-6 is a wide range yet the performance and organisation lent itself to catering for all age groups... Fabulous performance all round." Leanne Sharpe , Teacher Librarian, Enfield Public School, NSW.

 

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