Extracts from Our Previews

Extracts from previews of Magic Fish Dreaming.

Magic Fish Dreaming


Like the work of Michael Rosen and Shirley Hughes, images and words combine to evoke the textures and spirit of landscapes.

Felicity Plunkett, Poet and Poetry Editor University of Queensland Press

Magic Fish Dreaming should be out, open and working its magic in every kindergarten, primary classroom and home—it will certainly stay with me as I set off on my next poetic expedition.

Helen Ramoutsaki, poet, lyricist, performer and educator

The lilting rhythms of June’s verse and the creatures and curiosities that swirl throughout each of Helene’s illustrations will entrance and delight children for generations.

Dimity Powell, Children’s Author and Book Reviewer

In playful language, June Perkins takes traditional forms of rhyme and rhythm, twisting and weaving them into inventive new patterns.

Robyn Sheahan-Bright, Justified Text Writing and Publishing Consultancy Services

Meet all sorts of wonderful characters as Magic Fish Dreaming encourages children and families everywhere to hunt for their…

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Last Chance: Magic Fish Dreaming Pledges


The kickstarter has just 3 days to go.

We are currently at $9491AUD and would love to make it to $10,000AUD if we can – Anything more would be amazing as we would dearly like to print the book hard cover, but we are so thrilled with how much we have been able to raise for our project.

We are preparing our thank you honour roll blog and have been already saying lots of thank yous.  We think maybe it needs to include its own special poem.

We may still look at a few more  creative ways to fund our project up to hard cover level if we can, so keep a look out for future announcements.

To visit the Kickstarter and Pledge for a Book  click here.  KICKSTARTER LINK

For our overseas and blog fans on a budget, there is a $10AUD PDF option and there is still a chance to purchase a top level reward, art by Helene, workshops, Cassowary, education kits.  And don’t forget two books, two calico bag special, and we may have another special tomorrow morning! So look out for that.

We are going to organise and online and real space launch for later in the year, for those who can make it.  We look forward to a very special event for our launch.

A big thank you to everyone who has been following our journey.



Dreaming stretch goals! 6 days to go!

We did it!  We made our goal!  Magic Fish Dreaming is happening!

118 people from ten countries have backed this project.   Six days to go! Why not join them!

Do you want more poems in the book?

Would you like some cool end papers?

Would you love to see it in hard cover case bound?

We can do so MUCH MORE!


KEY:AUD = Australian Dollar USD =US Dollar Euros GBP=British Pound


STRETCH GOAL 1 – More pages of art and poetry!$15,000 AUD / 10348 USD/ 9478.71 Euros/ 7307 (GBP)pounds We can increase number of pages for the book to 40! Do some beautiful end papers with a special design from Helene.


STRETCH GOAL 2 – Cover Charisma $20,000+ (AUD)/ 13679.90 USD /12550.47 Euros/9611 (GBP)pounds Now we can print all the books in hard cover with a durable and attractive case binding. Poems can be translated into French or motu.


STRETCH GOAL 3 – Another Film! $25,000 (AUD)/ 1725 USD/ 15789 Euros/ 12171 (GBP)poundsJune can create another engaging creative short poetry film featuring Helene’s art and June’s photography, voice, and poetry. We’ll give you a chance to vote on which poem has a short film outing. June will also ‘sound cloud’ the most popular poems for those who would like to hear readings by the poet.


STRETCH GOAL 4 – Long term plans possible! $33,000 +(AUD) /23332 USD / 21456 Euros /16392 (GBP)pounds A dust cover will be added to the hard cover book.June builds a publishing company to make more beautiful diverse books, fiction, non-fiction and poetry focusing on culture and nature!She develops the multimedia aspects of her publishing more (looking at ebooks and apps).

Another board book idea - to be developed.

Kickstarter Explained

For those not familiar with the kickstarter platform, it is a form of crowd funding where our project, Magic Fish Dreaming, only goes ahead if we raise the minimum amount for us to cover your rewards and the book, which in this case is $9000 (so far we are at $4800)

If for some reason we are not able to raise funds (which we hope doesn’t happen!) you are not charged anything at all. It is a low risk form of crowd funding.

We know for many of our supporters this may be their first ever kickstarter, and there are a number of platforms out there which can cause confusion.  But the best protection is looking at the track record of those working on the project.  If it is their first project they may not have a track record in kickstarter but they should with any luck have one in the wider community.

In this instance, June has previously produced two books and delivered them as promised to all those who preordered and expected them and  Helene has successfully illustrated three picture books, one of which is already released and available for people to see.

If you want this book to happen please pledge, any amount from $5 and up is welcome.

This is not a charity project, but support to help bring a professionally produced and special project into the world, which does not have access to traditional publishing methods, and in return you receive something for your support, which in most cases is the book and something else of your choosing from the project rewards.

23 days to go!  Check out Magic Fish Dreaming on @Kickstarter http://kck.st/1WYkoxP

For more also see our earlier posting on the project blog  KICKSTARTER EXPLAINED