Reviews of my books

Please note: RE REVIEWS

Due to my current time constraints I am no longer reviewing books.

The following are reviews for my own books,  including my latest,  A Christmas Tail co-authored with children’s author Donna Smith. Available as Hardback on all major online bookstores, and eBook on iTunes and Amazon Kindle.


A CHRISTMAS TAIL – co-authored by Donna Smith and Helen Ross. Illustrations by Aaron Pocock

Click on publisher’s website for all the wonderful reviews:

A Christmas Tail no white space


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Reviews for Bubble Gum Trouble and other Giggle Poems (released 2009) and 10 Yellow Bananas (2010):-

Both published by Little Steps Publishing, Division of New Frontier, and illustrated by Dee Texidor.


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Author: Helen Ross

 Picture book
For: All ages

About: The first poem in this collection, Cats in the Toilet Paper, sets the tone for the rest of the book, making you want to curl up with your little one for a good belly laugh.

A line-up of hilarious verses, one after the other, Bubble Gum Trouble is a book you can all just sit back and enjoy. From the charmingly bizarre (There’s Something Growing in my Cup), to counting fun (One Hundred Indians) and quirky observations (An Egg for Breakfast), this is a set of poems that will keep you coming back for more.

And every member of the family will have their favourite (mine is A Chocolate Cake to Bake – this is a girl after my own heart!).

Each poem is accompanied by vivid, fun, colourful illustrations that add to the appeal, putting faces to the cheeky characters and scenes so well described by Helen Ross. But that doesn’t mean this book is cluttered with colour and pictures. There is still plenty of white space, making it easy to read and giving it a modern feel.

Ross’ gorgeous poems are a great way to introduce young children to poetry in a way that will appeal to kids of all ages.

Reviewed by Megan Blandford of Kids’ Book Review (April 2010)


This book can be bought online –  follow the PayPal links on the right side bar.  OR click on the Book Store tab here.

ISBN: 9781921042898
Author: Helen Ross
Illustrator: Dee Texidor

Publisher: Little Steps Publishing, $16.95
Paperback Picture book
For ages: 4-8

About: “Ten yellow bananas, clutching teddy bears, race through the doorway, then nine sleepy pears…” So begins the story of ten different fruits involved in a frantic, crazy chase. Led by the ten yellow bananas who stole the nine pears’ teddy bears, we follow them as they gather lemons, apples, cherries, pineapples, kiwi fruit, grapes, watermelons and one little berry. But watch out for the near-disaster at the end!

With Helen Ross’ signature of laugh-out-loud, clever rhymes, this book takes children on a reverse-counting escapade that should come with a warning: kids will want it read to them over and over and over again.

The other beauty of the story is the educational aspect. Young children will love naming the different fruits, and as they grow older they will recognise the colours and then begin counting with you.

To be honest, I wasn’t going to review this book just yet. It arrived in the mail today and my plan was to look at it over the weekend and then post a review next week. But then my daughter spotted it. The cover is completely irresistible to any child, with its bright colours and beautifully expressive fruit faces. And this follows right through the book, adding to the charm of the rhyme and the pace and fun of the adventure.

And then, once I’d read it myself, I just had to share it with everyone straight away!

Please note that this is a review of the 2010 release of 10 Yellow Bananas, which is slightly different to the original 2006 version.

Reviewed by Megan Blandford of Kids’ Book Review  (April 2010)



Bubble Gum Trouble

Bubble Gum Trouble is a collection of poems for children.; Full of bright illustrations and short sharp poems, this is a great book to introduce children to the wonders of poetry. With poems such as ‘Where’s Mum?’, ‘Cats in The Toilet Paper’ and ‘The Two of Us’ readers will be giggling away. Easy to read, simple rhymes and cute illustrations all add up to make this a book children will enjoy.

Reviewed by 3 March 2009


Bubble Gum Trouble is a collection of nearly thirty humorous poems for children. The poems cover a wide range of topics that children will identify with and have experience of. This includes poems of everyday life such as smelly socks to baking a cake (and eating it!); poems about children’s games like marbles, playing on the see-saw and making a billy-cart; and the seasonal celebrations of April Fools’ Day and Halloween. Certain difficulties are not neglected either as shown by the frustration of a budding musician in “Music Lessons”. An index or contents page may have been helpful for easier reference. Dee Texidor’s digital illustrations are bright and humorous and are well laid out. The use of ample white space makes for a pleasing visual effect.’

Reviewed in Book Buzz Issue 9 June 2009 

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