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CBCA Book Week 2023 is August 21-25, 2023

 

Theme: READ, GROW, INSPIRE

 

“The children were enthralled to see a book come to life in a live performance.” St Therese PS, Mascot, NSW

 

Tony's past Book Week shows (above)

Photos from 2023's "Jorn's Magnificent Imagination" Live & Virtual Shows (above)
For 2023 Book Week
Touring Term 3, 2023 to Term 2, 2024
 
2023 CBCA Notable-listed

"Picture Book of the Year"

LIVE stage show
or interactive VIRTUAL show
 

Jørn's Magnificent Imagination

By Coral Vass & illustrated by Nicky Johnston
Published by EK Books

 

 

Adapted for the stage/screen, music & performed by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed

Technical Design by Zac Krause & Tony

Music by Natalie Calia Dip.Ed & Tony

 

 

"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

 
 
About the book

 

"Jørn loved ideas. He collected ideas everywhere he went. He even collected ideas from his breakfast! But what really inspired Jørn Utzon to design one of the world's most recognizable buildings? A true story about the importance of dreams and the power of imagination."

 

Celebrating new ideas that can make a world of difference, Jørn’s Magnificent Imagination is the true story of Jørn Utzon, the architect of the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. In this gorgeously illustrated book, we follow Jørn through his life as he discovers his love of building and creating, gathering ideas from everything around himself.


Along the way, young readers will be reminded of the importance of taking the time to dream and create, and of the incredible power of the imagination.

 

A year-long season of special events will reach its finale at the Opera House’s 50th birthday in October 2023.

 

     "Author Carol Vass takes the reader on a journey throughout Jørn’s life, including his childhood where his interest in ideas begins and flourishes, influenced by the things around him – swans, flowers, seashells, even his orange peels at breakfast.

 

     As he grows Jørn’s ideas grow too until he has his most magnificent idea yet. Throughout his life not everyone had loved his ideas, but the support of his parents and his own self-belief allowed his imagination and creativity to prosper.

 

     Nicky Johnston’s illustrations are warm and inviting, with interesting elements such as sketches, diagrams, and movement to support the story.

 

     Based on a true story, this book highlights the importance of embracing your dreams, believing in your abilities, and the power of new ideas." Raquel Mayman, The Children's Book Council of Australia Reading Time

 

 

"The architect’s gift to society is to bring joy to the people from the surroundings they create" – Jørn Utzon.

 

 

Curriculum Areas:

 

  • The Arts (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts); 

  • English;

  • Science;

  • Humanities (History).

  • Technologies (Design & Technologies + Digital Technologies)

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths)

 

General Capabilities:

 

  • Literacy;

  • Critical & Creative Thinking.

 

Topics & Themes:

 

  • Creativity;

  • Imagination & ideas;

  • Curiosity;

  • Resilience;

  • Persistence;

  • Embracing and believing in dreams;

  • Overcoming obstacles

  • Architecture;

  • Biographies;

  • STEAM concepts

  • Iconic Australian landmarks;

  • The Sydney Opera House.

 

Teacher notes & activities for the book

 

 

 Reviews for the book

 

"Sensitively written and illustrated in a way that doesn't reveal the mystery to the end, this is a book that not only celebrates a little life that has big dreams that come true but inspires the reader to drift away and imagine... If Jorn could begin a building with orange peels, could they make a city floodproof by playing in their porridge and milk?" Barbara Braxton, Read Plus

 

“EK Books promotes Books with Heart on Issues that matter, publishing an intriguing range of books which suit classroom discussion. This is no exception, raising issues of the shock of the new, boldness in adversity and courage in the face of criticism”. Magpies School Magazine

 

"We see so many ways in which young Jørn could potentially be thwarted and give up, but he obviously is not and does not (in the long term, at least!).  Other people’s opinions of his work aren’t always kind, but it seems that Jørn is able to believe in himself and his dreams enough to follow through on his ideas, regardless of what others think – which is perhaps a life lesson for us all... A wonderful true story. Highly recommended." KidsBookReview.com


5 stars... Visit this magnificent building, the Sydney Opera House, and remember a young boy’s dream that became one of the most wonderous buildings in the whole wide world.” Good Reading Magazine


a lovely and very clever picture book about the importance of ideas and imagination... the book cleverly leaves the reveal of the Sydney Opera House to the last page, so that young readers have many opportunities to guess what the magnificent landmark that the book is referring to might be. This is the perfect picture book to give to any young creators and builders as it shows that not everyone may always like what you do but to never give up trying.” Story Links


“Both the text and the illustrations in this charming picture book are perfectly pitched to deliver both a learning experience about an important episode of our national history, with the creation of one of the world’s most iconic buildings and this amazing ability we humans have to imagine. I congratulate both Coral and Nicky for producing such an exquisite factional narrative for our younger readers.” Just So Stories


‘Based on a true story, this book highlights the importance of embracing your dreams, believing in your abilities, and the power of new ideas.” Reading Time (published by The Children’s Book Council of Australia)


"Written in honour of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Opera House, Jørn's Magnificent Imagination is a story about embracing your dreams, believing in your abilities, and about the power of new ideas.... A great book to begin to explore STEAM with younger readers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths). This learning space sets up our younger generation to be problem solvers, creators, and innovators... Author Coral Vass celebrates Utzon, showing children there are no limits to their dreams. She highlights that creativity and imagination is valued and important... Vass and Johnston will inspire curiosity and empower readers to ask thought-provoking questions that promote creativity and exploration with this interesting picture book based on a renowned architect. ” New Zealand Booklovers


"In this beautiful retelling of the young life of Jørn Utzon, the reader learns not only of the beginnings of one of the world’s most recognisable buildings but the power of the imagination, and the importance of letting dreams lead us into amazing places.” The Bottom Shelf Edu Blog

 

5 stars... A beautiful true story that will inspire children to dream, create, imagine, and learn from the world around them... An inspirational reminder of the power of the imagination.” Good Reading


“This has been cleverly presented in the format of a children’s hardback picture book, designed to be read and enjoyed by all ages... We begin to understand who the architect was with such amazing ideas, and how they developed. For those children who dream and doodle and play with shapes, there may one day come to them a splendid idea.” Blue Wolf Reviews


“This true-life story of a little boy who becomes an architect of one of the most famous buildings in the world is fun, informative and factual.” What Book Next?


“Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination is a moving account of a tumultuous creative career that may well inspire young readers to believe in and forge their own creative connection with the world around them.” Picture Book Parents

 

About the author:

 

"Coral Vass has always had a passion for telling stories and has been writing books for over ten years. She is also an ambassador for Reading Out of Poverty and is passionate about giving all children an equal opportunity to read.

With numerous best-sellers, Coral’s awards include the 2018 Speech Pathology Awards for Best Book- Indigenous Children and the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Eve Pownall Award.

 

Coral is an award-winning Australian Children’s Author. She has over 20 books published with Scholastic Books Australia, National Library of Australia, Penguin Random House Australia, Larrikin House, Wombat Books, EK Books, New Frontier and Windy Hollow Books.

 

Her book, Sorry Day won the 2018 Speech Pathology Awards Book of the Year for Language and Literacy Development Indigenous Children and the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year - Eve Pownall Award. Coral also won the Caleb Book of the Year Award in 2021 for Grandma’s Treasured Shoes and has also been shortlisted for the REAL AWARDS (CROC, KOALA and YABBA Awards) voted by the children of Australia.

 

Coral loves to visit schools, often running writing workshops and inspiring young people with a love for literature. She is an ambassador for Reading Out of Poverty and is passionate about giving all children an equal opportunity to read.

 

With a background in Media, Coral has always had a passion for telling stories and inspiring children with a love for literature.  She dabbled in script writing, radio drama and video production, before working for a decade in marketing and publications. 

 

Born in Sydney Australia, Coral spent her early years in Bangladesh. She has also lived in Queensland, Japan and currently resides by the beach in Melbourne, Victoria with her husband and four children.

 

Her signature writing style has a splash of rhythm, a dash of rhyme and is stirred with fun!  As well as children's books, Coral loves dark chocolate, good coffee, the theatre and the beach." CoralVass.com

 

 

 

The book's author & illustrator, Coral Vass & Nicky Johnston

visiting the Sydney Opera House

 

About the illustrator:

 

"Nicky Johnston is a mum to four boys, an artist, a primary educator and a children's book author and illustrator. She is based in Melbourne and as well as teaching, she works from home writing and illustrating in her art studio.

 

Her books include Finding Bunny, Amira's Suitcase, Grandma Forgets and Coco Series to name a few. See her entire list of books HERE.

 

Nicky loves visiting schools, sharing her journey of becoming a successful author and illustrator, inspiring students to become writers and illustrators themselves. With a huge range of original artworks from her books, she aims to help children understand the process of creating a children's book. She also loves taking illustration workshops, where the children can have hands-on experience honing their own drawing skills." NickyJohnston.com.au

 

"Nicky Johnston has several bestselling titles published in Australia and overseas. Her illustration style is often described as whimsical, playful, narrative, emotive and colourful. She loves to work in watercolour, ink, pencils and pastel.

 

As a primary teacher and acclaimed presenter, Nicky’s love of books sees her thoroughly enjoy taking illustrator workshops and visiting schools regularly. She is passionate about inspiring young children with a love for reading, writing and drawing, encouraging them to use their imagination and develop their own ideas." EK Books / Exile Publishing

 

 

 

Buy the book:

 

Update 11.06.2023 - Buy the book from us! The publisher has just been able to provide us with a box of brand-new copies of the book fresh off the press to share exclusively with the schools that have booked our show. It even has the shiny new "CBCA NOTABLE BOOK" sticker in the corner.

 

  • We can post you as many copies of the book as you would like right now;

  • The price per book is simply the RRP of $24.99 + postage;

  • No need to pay for it now! You can simply pay for it after the show when you pay for the performance. We'll add the total to your performance tax invoice. Simple!

  • If you like, I can even sign your copy with a little message from me & from the character Jørn for your students to read.

 

Alternatively, you can check any of these great providers to see if they have copies:

 

 

 

About the show:

 

The show will bring the book to life!!! It includes:

 

Drama: a variety of performance styles within the show: Melodrama, Pantomime, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Mime, Puppetry, Game show, Improvisation, etc.

 

Dance: a variety of dance styles within the show: Jazz, contemporary, Hip Hop, etc.

 

Music: a variety of music styles in the show: Pop, Hip Hop, RnB, Rap, Rock, Music Theatre, Folk, etc;


Puppetry: a variety of puppetry styles in the show: Shadow puppetry, Hand puppetry, Marionette / String puppetry, Board puppetry.


Mask: Whole face masks, part face masks, noses, animals, commedia dell'arte, etc.

 

Painted sets:  Painted on fabric, plywood, cardboard & paper.


Digital projections: 2 x 16:9 digital projectors cast images of the book, digital images of sets, animations, explosions & lighting displays onto large freestanding 100" rear projection screens on either side of the stage creating an incredible viewing experience for the students. They are also used for shadow puppetry in the show.


Raised staging: 45cm high staging 2m wide x 1m deep ensure everyone, even in very large groups can see all of the action;


DMX coloured stage lighting: the very latest DMX coloured stage lighting is used throughout the show to create intense & dynamic atmosphere throughout the performance.


Professional sound system & headset microphones: powered EV pro speakers, the DPA D-fine radio headset microphone & the Shure GLX bodypack are used to ensure crystal clear sound for even the very largest halls;


Audience participation: Students are used throughout the show to both participate in the audience (responding, singing or dancing along, creating scenes in the audience) & also join in on stage to operate puppets, dress in costume to become characters, create sets & props during the show, be part of improvised scenes or be contestants in a game show;


Full Q&A session after the show: a full Question & Answer session takes place led by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed, a qualified teacher with over 16 years of experience running these sessions. Tony discusses in depth why he made certain decisions when creating the show (e.g. adding scenes or slightly changing them from the book, sets used, etc), and shows students how the props, sets, puppets, costumes, projections & sound were created for the show, as well as discussing the writing of the script & composing of the songs & music. A 25 minute FAQ video is also available to all staff & students after the show if more questions arise;


Lesson plans for teachers: Custom-created follow-up activities, discussion points & lesson plans are provided for all year levels.

 

Public Liability Cover of $30,000,000 & Professional Indemnity Insurance of $10,000,000. Click here!!

 

 

Ticket Price (excl. GST):

 

Within "Book Week" itself:

 

  • Live show $8.50+GST/student (minimum show fee of $1062.50+GST for up to 125 students then $8.50+GST/student thereafter)

  • Virtual show $5.50+GST/student (minimum 120 students) For schools with less than 150 students it is simply 80% of the entire primary school enrolment plus a $25 booking fee.

 

Any other week outside of Book Week:

 

  • Live show $7.50+GST/student (minimum show fee of $937.50+GST for up to 125 students then $7.50+GST/student thereafter

  • Virtual show $5.00+GST/student (minimum 120 students) For schools with less than 150 students it is simply 80% of the entire primary school enrolment plus a $25 booking fee.

 

How to pay: Direct deposit is our preferred method of payment but we can also accept cheque or cash. If credit card then please note that a 3% surcharge applies.

 

When to pay: No payment is required at the time of booking. Full payment for the show is payable 2 weeks after the performance.


Year Levels: Foundation - Year 6.

 

Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

Reviews for this year's "Jørn's Magnificent Imagination" live show

 

"Truly honoured that Jørn's Magnificent Imagination is now a live show on tour with Books To Life... Nicky Johnston - Author and Illustrator and I are thrilled that Jørn's Magnificent Imagination has been chosen as the latest Live Touring Show, as well as a Virtual Interactive Show created by Books To Life ... What a thrill for Nicky Johnston - Author and Illustrator and I to see Jørn's Magnificent Imagination brought to life in a live stage performance today, by the incredibly talented Tony Bones from Books To Life" Coral Vass, Author of the book.

 

"This was such an honour to watch this show bring our book to life!!!!!... Just wanted to say a huge thank you again for today. It was wonderful to meet you (again!!!) and see your magnificent creation.. You are so clever and talented! It brought me pure joy!" Nicky Johnston, Illustrator of the book.

 

Thanks again for a MAGNIFICENT performance yesterday. There was a real buzz after school yesterday as well as this morning when we were recapping the show... Staff have already expressed a desire to book in for 2024 so let's make that happen!" Phoenix P-12 Community College, Redan Campus, Sebastapol, VIC

 

"Dear Tony & team, Many thanks once again for performing your fabulous CBCA shortlisted play for our students & staff. They loved it!" Forrest PS, ACT

 

"Thanks again for a wonderful performance experience. T'was so much fun!!!" Port Melbourne PS, VIC.

 

"The Books To Life "Jørn's Magnificent Imagination" performance was absolutely outstanding! The students in my MC class at Lightning Ridge Central School were captivated from start to finish. Tony brought the characters to life in a truly mesmerising way, and the production was both entertaining and thought-provoking. It's heartwarming to see how the performance sparked their creativity and imagination. A truly unforgettable experience that left us all inspired and delighted! Bravo!... Let’s lock in next year. I was talking with (the staff member) in Walgett last week and she said they loved the show also." Lightning Ridge Central School, NSW

 

"We absolutely loved the performance. You are fabulous at what you do." Walgett Community College, NSW

 

"Hi Tony, I wanted to just say a huge ’Thank you!!” for the brilliant show. I thought it was just so creative, the way you brought the story to life the way you did. Such an energetic and inspired performance- well done, it was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students... you managed to pull it off with style and finesse, so thanks!!" Galilee Regional Catholic PS, Port Melbourne, VIC

 

"Hi Tony, Thanks again for your great show. I’ve... only now been able to collate the feedback I received from our staff and students. They all loved the energy you maintained throughout the show and many, that could remember the show from prepandemic times, said it was the best ever. Your choice of book was fantastic, as was the way you involved so many students in different parts of the performance. They loved the costumes and the variety of props you used." Gilles Street PS, Adelaide, SA

 

"Dear Tony, I am only just getting to your books and found the beautiful messages you had put inside. Amazing! What treasures!!! We love them thank you so much. Can't wait until you come... Thank you for the most amazing show! We had the best time. I want to watch it again. I just loved the puppetry and all the clever props. You could definitely tell you were a teacher and not just a performer (by) the way you got the kids involved. I got so much positive feedback from all the staff. I hope you can come back again. Both you and Brendan were delightful to deal with and had the best notes and support material... Best of luck for the rest of the season and thank you so much again for the wonderful experience!!!... I really want you to come out to our school again next year if you free." Redeemer Lutheran College, Rochedale, QLD

 

"The show was fabulous and the students really enjoyed themselves." St Peter's PS, NSW

 

"Thank you so much for yesterday. The students and staff are raving about it!... Thanks again, would like to rebook for next year when able." St Anthony's PS, Alphington, VIC

 

"Hi Tony, The feedback was great... Can we put in an expression of interest for next year?... I really value community and relationships in education. I like that your outfit is a family business and that you come with a very 'human' touch. I'll work to preserve our connection for as long as I'm able to." Forest Lodge PS, NSW

 

To Tony, The general response regarding the incursion were all positive both from staff and students. We wish to book you for next year, during Book Week... Thank you for your wonderful performance and professionalism. We look forward to seeing you next year... Responses from teams- Junior - Great and engaging! Great for all year levels. Book him again,  Middle- Very interactive, fast-paced and comedy prevented boredom, so it kept everyone interested. Varied student involvement and ways of selecting students. High levels of engagement from whole school, most wanted to be selected to be involved in the production. Informative, Upper- The students loved the performance and were eager to be selected to join in the fun. Great to see a performance catering for all levels which also included factual information that our students could take away.  Entertaining and inclusive for all levels. Loved the various media presented which maintained student interest. Definitely need to rebook for next year." Thornhill Park PS, VIC

 

"All reports from students and teachers was that the show was fantastic!" Sathya Sai School, Murwillumbah, NSW

 

"Hey Tony, Thank you SO MUCH for the shows yesterday!!! It was fabulous – the kids had an absolute ball and LOVED it! I loved how you chose heaps of volunteers from the audience to be involved in the show – it kept the students engaged right the way through. The puppets and projections were also AMAZING! Thanks again for coming 😊" Kilberry Valley PS, Hampton Park, VIC P-6

 

"I thought the show was fabulous as always! Kids were enthralled and totally wanted in at every opportunity to be a volunteer... Great fun! Loved the Jorn’s accent! 😂" Roberts McCubbin PS, Box Hill South, VIC

 

"Hi Tony! I would love to book for next year... Thanks again, the kids and teachers loved it!Greystanes PS, NSW

 

"Good morning Tony, Thank you for an amazing show... Thank you again and I'm looking forward to seeing you next year.  All staff and students are impressed by your show and are looking forward to next year's show." St Bishoy Coptic Orthodox College, Mt Druitt, NSW

 

"Hi Tony, Today’s show was fantastic. Thanks again for a great performance. Can we get a date in Book Week next year?" Morang South PS, VIC

 

"Hi Tony, Thank you for bringing such a wonderful performance to our school - Narromine Christian School. The performance was great and the students were very engaged. There was a really nice mix of student involvement... Thanks again for a great show... Could you please book Narromine Christian School in for your 2024 show?" Narromine Christian School, NSW

 

"The students in year 4C at Melton Christian College really enjoyed the show. They said they loved Tony’s enthusiasm. They thought the show was fun and engaging. The word most used by my students to describe the show was magnificent. Thanks for a great show... Hi Tony, My Year 5 students were positively engaged with the show and then reflected on it positively afterwards. They look forward to the audience participation opportunity every year and they connected with the humour... Thank you for the amazing engaging program you put on for our primary students. The students were well entertained and the teachers were too. Lots of great interaction from the audience and the different arts used in your show was incredible. The buzz in the auditorium was loud and it was very clear that the students were entertained." Melton CC, VIC

 

"The show was absolutely MAGNIFICENT! The best performance I have seen to date. All K-6 students were completely captivated, engaged, and thoroughly enjoyed this fully interactive, entertaining and educational performance. Thank you Books to Life for bringing your show to our rural remote school. Our students are rarely provided with an opportunity to engage in such a high-quality educational drama production. Thank you for making the distance and providing this for our children. We look forward to your show each and every year!Lightning Ridge Central School, NSW

 

"Hi Tony, We absolutely loved your show and thank you for sharing it with us. I am in awe at anyone who can keep children aged from 4 to 13 captivated, engaged and on the edge of their seats for a full hour and you managed to achieve this. The children were mesmerised at the variety of Music and Drama skits; from puppets to rap music – there was something for everyone and all the props were next level. I really appreciate you asking me to read the story to the children before they saw the show – it gave it greater meaning and depth. We would love to book you again for next year, please. Hope all goes well for the rest of your busy tour." Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange, NSW

 

"Hi Tony, The show was fantastic. Students and staff have been saying how funny and entertaining it was. Getting student helpers was a huge hit. Can we please book in again for 2024?Sacred Heart School, Tatura, VIC.

 

"Have had great feedback from the kids - funny, amazing, magnificent! to say the least. Thanks again for yet another wonderful show" Nulkaba PS, NSW

 

"Hi Tony, Thanks for coming out to us last Friday. Everyone really enjoyed your show. The kids had lots of laughs and I think you really brought the book to life in a fun way in which all the students could understand. Lots of kids thanked me for organising the show and a number of staff commented on your amazing energy and how entertaining you were. We thought the props were great and you got lots of kids involved which was terrific... Thanks again and I would like to book a date for next year, please... That would be great." St John Vianney's PS, Parkdale, VIC

 

"Hi Tony, Loved the show as always." Melrose Park Public School, NSW

 

"Hi Tony, Thanks again for your fabulous performance this week at Como West Public School. Your presentation, props and music etc were excellent and your manner is always highly professional. Your depiction of the book was extremely thorough and engaging. The students were thrilled to find out we were having the "same guy" as last year to perform for us and the students in my class were saying it was "the best day EVER"... Hi Tony, Thank you for your wonderful performance today. It was very true to the content of the book and was an extremely clever production... I will be happy to send feedback and also to book again for next year." Como West PS, NSW 

 

"Thank you once again for coming to St Mary's to perform.  The show was just fabulous.  Your ability to engage all students, keep them fully entertained along with knowing when to have breaks is just fantastic. The show was funny, engaging and very informative. We would definitely like to book again for next year, so please let me know a potential date. Good luck with the rest of your shows and thanks again... Hi Tony, I am an LSO at Lancefield St Mary's and I experienced your amazing performance of Jorn's Magnificent Imagination. I was captivated by your innovative, engaging performance as I'm sure everyone was, who had the pleasure of this experience. I particularly enjoyed the way you engaged with the audience. You are indeed a very gifted and talented storyteller." St Mary's PS, Lancefield, VIC

 

"Loved your show." Smalls Road PS, Ryde NSW

 

"Hi Tony, The performance was Magnificent!  Staff and children raving about it. Next year we would love to book you for a whole school performance P-6." Middle Park PS, VIC

 

"The Books to Life 3-6 show was fantastic! The students were constantly engaged and were offered many opportunities to participate from individual to whole group participation. Tony had exceptional skills in performing and even engaged the teachers with jokes. The equipment and transit used was seamless and there was no downtime between story elements which meant the students didn’t have time to muck around. My only suggestion would be to have Books to Life visit twice a year! 😊 Thanks!" Greystanes PS, NSW

 

"We loved your performance this year. I had some great feedback from our teachers and students. They really enjoyed and appreciated the live show. Your creativity was wonderful and they particularly liked how interactive it was." Chinchilla Christian College, QLD

 

"The students really loved the performance of Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination. I would like to lock in another performance for next year during Book Week as I know how quickly you get booked out." Newport Gardens PS, VIC

 

"Hi Tony, Thank you again for coming to Andersons Creek Primary School. From speaking with staff and students we all really enjoyed bringing the ‘Book to Life’. The chosen book and how you presented it was outstanding. I’ve really appreciated the communication in the lead up to the event and I have passed this email onto our staff to provide feedback. We would love the opportunity for 2024. 
Thank you!" Andersons Creek PS, Warrandyte, VIC

 

"We would absolutely love to book you again next year if that is possible and we thought the performance was fantastic yet again. We were particularly impressed with the props and the amount of students you were able to incorporate into the performance. Thanks so much." Merriwa Central School, NSW

 

The trailer for our 2023 interactive virtual show "Jørn's Magnificent Imagination"

Our interactive virtual incursion

 

  • More than a third cheaper than our live show;

 

  • Available any day you like from Term 3, 2023 onwards, including any day in Book Week;

 

  • Adaptable minimum student numbers so perfect for smaller schools that don't meet the minimum student numbers of the live show;

 

  • Available to any school in Australia & New Zealand, regardless of location, so a great option for schools who cannot link in with our live tour schedule;

 

  • Simple props list can be collected before the show and then used by students during the performance to make it even more interactive. Exceptionally brilliant when the props are run by the senior students for their junior classes.

 

  • Can be viewed multiple times across multiple days to suit your school schedule;

 

  • Everything from our live show & much more... for much less!!!

 

  • Check out the trailer for the 2021 interactive virtual incursion here.

 

 

Reviews for 2023's "Jørn's Magnificent Imagination" interactive virtual show (launched 21.08.2023)

 

"Hi Tony, Oh my goodness....I've just watched the virtual show....it is absolutely MAGNIFICENT!!! What an honour it is for us to see you turn our book into such an amazing show. You are too clever! I'm in awe! I loved it and thoroughly enjoyed the virtual show. Thank you so much for choosing Jorn for this year's Books to Life show... Thank you again, Best wishes, Coral" Coral Vass, Author of "Jørn's Magnificent Imagination"

 

"Hi Tony, This is absolutely MAGNIFICENT!!! So creative which is perfect for this book!! Well done on a great production, I do love how you used the illustrations…. Very clever indeed!! x Nicky... Coral Vass, author and I are absolutely thrilled that Jørn's Magnificent Imagination has been chosen as the latest LIVE Touring Show, as well as a Virtual Interactive Show created by Books To Life.... It is amazing to see my illustrations used so magnificently!!" Nicky Johnston, Illustrator of "Jørn's Magnificent Imagination"

 

"Hey Tony, our kindergarten class watched the show this afternoon (with the rest of the school to watch tomorrow)... Kinder loved it and thought you were talking directly to them!" Bexhill PS, NSW

 

"Hi Tony, Thank you so much for your amazing show. Having never participated or seen one of your performances we were amazed and definitely enjoyed using the props you suggested. Thank you once again. Hoping we can join you next year." Tarlee PS, SA

 

"Hello Tony, thank you, the show was excellent!Monash Special Developmental School, VIC

 

"Thanks, Tony, The performance was magnificent - we used all your props and all the students got involved... I really enjoyed it. Having props and audience participation was really engaging for the kids, and they all walked out saying that was magnificent!... The students really enjoyed the interactive parts of this performance. It held their interest and engaged them making it fun and exciting.Bute Early Learning & PS, SA

 

"Thank you. It was a fun experience for our little school... Brilliant! The kids did so well and everyone loved it." St Joseph's PS, Coleraine, VIC

 

"Hi Tony, Thank you. The students enjoyed the performance and our Year 6 students did an excellent job. Thanks again" St Patrick's PS, Latrobe, TAS

 

"Hi Tony, As previously, the interactive show this year was fantastic!" Schools as Hubs, High Country, Victoria.

 

"The kids enjoyed the show and we'd love to book in again for sometime in Term 3 next year." Eltham PS, NSW

 

"Hi there Tony, We thoroughly enjoyed your Books To Life Virtual Show this year!... please keep us in the loop about your shows and activities as we will more than likely want to do it again in following years!" Saint Spyridon College, Unley, SA

 

"Your shows are amazing and you have been very patient with our schools requiring changes at the last minute." Omeo PS & Swifts Creek P-12 School, VIC

 

 

Reviews for 2022's "The Imagineer" interactive virtual show

 

 

"Thank you so much for the virtual show, WE LOVE IT, I didn’t know you were so talented, what an amazing performance!!! I’m fascinated and mesmerised to see my flat illustrations becoming 3D and my 6 yo girl laughed so much, especially at the butter churning dance and the lead pencil talk 😆 I hope to be in time for a second look, after school today... We’re definitely going to watch it again this week. Thanks to your show my daughter decided to dress up like Penny for Book Parade this year!" Lucia Masciullo, illustrator of "The Imagineer" for the virtual show of "The Imagineer"

 

"All went well and excited about this morning's (second) performance. Thanks, as always, for your creativity and passion - bringing joy and a love of reading to students... We all enjoyed the performance. Many thanks... All the best and thanks again for sharing your creativity with us over many years." St Patrick's PS, Latrobe, TAS for the interactive virtual show of "the Imagineer".

 

"It was great! It was fantastic! Really enjoyable. You've done a terrific job again!" Swifts Creek PS, VIC for the interactive virtual show of "the Imagineer"

 

"Loved the positive feedback from staff, so thanks for the performance. Senior class loved the silliness of the play. Good teaching point for Year 3/4s... Overall the teachers said the students loved the performance... Great!" Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School, Glen Iris, WA for the interactive virtual show of "the Imagineer"

 

"Loving this year's performance!!!" Otways MARC / Beeac PS, VIC

 

"The show was great... it held them until the end... We enjoyed the presentation... What a great day we have had. Dress up and a virtual Book Week show." Bonshaw PS, NSW for the interactive virtual show of "the Imagineer"

 

"The virtual performance was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students, particularly with the added props /4D type experience. Thank you for offering this."Eltham PS, NSW for the interactive virtual show of "The Imagineer"

 

"The children enjoyed the show... We all loved the story." Hills Adventist College, Castle Hill, NSW for the interactive virtual show of "The Imagineer"

 

"Thanks for being flexible and giving me the codes for the different days so that I could 'manage' things. Feedback was very positive, and it was interesting seeing the reaction from one school to another.  The more enthusiastic the teachers/me/Year 6 students were in getting 'the crowd' involved the better the result. Your songwriting is excellent, and I will be showing some of the students how you created the performance because it is so well done, I don't think they appreciate the skill and effort involved... I thought the time the performance took was excellent, generally enough time to give a few kids a go at the games and still finish in the hour... Thanks for all your hard work and good luck touring the show." Otways MARC, Beeac, VIC for the interactive virtual show of "The Imagineer"

 

"We have had a brilliant time with your show!  On the first day our Senior teachers were on props with our senior classes, which then led to our student senior leaders on props for the following two shows... which they did a fantastic job of!... Thank you very much Tony, it has been a blast!" St Mary's Catholic School, Tauranga, New Zealand for the interactive virtual show of "The Imagineer"

 

"Students joined in on a virtual performance of the book Imagineer, which they all thoroughly enjoyed." Bonshaw PS, NSW for the interactive virtual show of "The Imagineer"

 

"On Monday, students enjoyed a virtual performance on one of the book week books '(The) Imagineer'Hampton PS, NSW for the interactive virtual show of "The Imagineer"

 

"The incursion last Thursday was also another great opportunity to develop our love of storytelling and books." Birregurra PS, VIC for the interactive virtual show of "The Imagineer"

 

"It was great!" Chinchilla Christian College, QLD for the interactive virtual show of "The Imagineer"

 

 

Images from 2023's "Jørn's Magnificent Imagination" interactive virtual show (below)
How does the interactive virtual incursion work?

 

The live production is cleverly adapted to make it work more effectively for a professionally filmed & edited performance that students can stream & interact with:

 

  • at a school assembly;

  • in their classroom;

  • or even individually by students at home if they are away sick that day.

 

"All went well and excited about this morning's (second) performance. Thanks, as always, for your creativity and passion - bringing joy and a love of reading to students... We all enjoyed the performance. Many thanks... thanks again for sharing your creativity with us."
St Patrick's PS, Latrobe, TAS for 2022's "The Imagineer" VIRTUAL
 
"EVERYONE LOVED IT! They thought it was fun and colourful and the students were all so engaged... It was such a fantastic show, I certainly enjoyed it just as much as the students did"
Mount Waverley North PS, VIC for 2021's 'Littlelight' VIRTUAL

 

"Loved the live-action engaging and interactive nature of the show. It actually felt like we were at a live theatre show even though it was virtual!"
St. Augustine’s PS, Frankston South, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL
 

Everything from the live show & more is captured with:

 

  • multiple top-end 5K cameras;

  • full DMX stage lighting;

  • pro sound;

  • plus several additional visual technical elements & green screen technology integrated to enhance the live production.

 

"It was great! It was fantastic! Really enjoyable. You've done a terrific job again!"
Swifts Creek PS, VIC for 2022's "The Imagineer" VIRTUAL
 
"Thank you so so so much for all your valuable resources and an amazing brilliant 'virtual show'. Our students were engaged throughout the performance and thoroughly enjoyed watching it, from our Prep students right up to our Year 6 students. The teachers enjoyed it too and gave it a thumbs up. Thanks also for the FAQ video which we will be coming back to. Everything worked well and was seamless which was fantastic. The quality was spot on - so clear that it made you feel that you were actually in the room... I will certainly be recommending you to my other teacher librarian colleagues as a 'must have' performance for their schools."
St Leonard's PS, Glen Waverley, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL
 
"After having you perform at our school in previous years, we knew the show would be good, but with having to perform a virtual show, we could never have imagined it would be incredible. Your show exceeded all of our expectations and both staff and students absolutely loved it... Even through a screen, you have the ability to engage, entertain and inspire our students... a truly amazing show - a highlight of our Book Week."

Caulfield Grammar, Malvern, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL

 

Filmed with multiple camera angles & sparkling 4K clarity gives every student the very best seat in the house & make them a part of bringing books to life.

 

"Loved the positive feedback from staff, so thanks for the performance. Senior class loved the silliness of the play. Good teaching point for Year 3/4s... Overall the teachers said the students loved the performance... Great!"
Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School, Glen Iris, WA for 2022's "The Imagineer" VIRTUAL
 
"The kids really enjoyed it and were quite captivated by it. They particularly enjoyed the change of character and how he made them feel like he was in their home. Great show!"
Marist Catholic College, North Shore, NSW for 2021's 'Littlelight' VIRTUAL

 

"The staff and students loved the show... extremely impressed with how you made the illustrations come to life and were able to put yourself into the illustrations. Everyone from Foundation to year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and were extremely impressed by how life-like everything was... Congratulations on a fantastic performance. I hope to book the performance again next year."
St Fidelis' Catholic PS, Coburg, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL

 

The pre-recorded performance is professionally edited to add in a host of special digital effects to make full use of the green screen technology & create opportunities that the live show just can't offer.

 

"The show was great... it held them until the end... We enjoyed the presentation... What a great day we have had. Dress up and a virtual Book Week show."
Bonshaw PS, NSW for 2022's "The Imagineer" VIRTUAL
 
"The students loved the show! We showed it to K - Year 4. They were all engaged... I used 4 Year 6 students (to run the props & activities in the show). They did great. Took the role on proudly and did great engaging the audience... Thanks again for the show"
Sathya Sai School, Murwillumbah, NSW for 2021's "Littlelight" VIRTUAL
 
"Grades enjoyed (the show), teachers enjoyed your jokes! Looking forward to seeing you again... Even though it was on the tv it was great that you found ways to interact with the kids... The green screen effects were great... The show was great, loved that even though it was virtual, it was still interactive"
Morang South PS, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL

 


Multiple interactive activities are included in the filmed performance for students to participate in from the hall, classroom or at home. These are designed to get the students up & moving to be part of the action, making the audience feel as if they are actually in & around the characters in the show.

 

 

"The virtual performance was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students, particularly with the added props /4D type experience. Thank you for offering this.
Eltham PS, NSW for 2022's "The Imagineer" VIRTUAL

 

"As a teacher, it was brilliant. The story that we had been focusing on all week was brought to life and was wonderful. From a students perspective, they loved it. We had students up out of their chairs and engaging in the many interactive moments, singing, dancing, speaking strange languages and using what we had gathered as props."

Melton CC, VIC for 2021's 'Littlelight' VIRTUAL

 

"I received a lot of great feedback on your show this year. Although they love having you in person and the wonderful theatre vibe that brings, this year's virtual incursion had so many pluses!  It was great being able to have 3 shows in our Hall... It meant there was a lot more room to move about when you had the interactive parts. These were really enjoyable and the students commented they wanted more! They particularly liked the signal flags and by you pointing out into the audience, the students organised who came out the front without any direction/instruction from the teachers whatsoever!... Thanks again for the great show you put on this year."
Gilles Street PS, Adelaide, SA for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL

 

 

We also provide a list of optional props to be collected that can then be used by students within the show in their own classroom to enhance the interactive virtual experience. Many schools get their Year 6 students to be in charge of running these props in the shows as a fun leadership activity for them to share with their schoolmates.

 

"We have had a brilliant time with your show!  On the first day our Senior teachers were on props with our senior classes, which then led to our student senior leaders on props for the following two shows... which they did a fantastic job of!... Thank you very much Tony, it has been a blast!"
St Mary's Catholic School, Tauranga, New Zealand for 2022's "The Imagineer" VIRTUAL

 

 

"It was amazing! We used the sets & props run by the senior students and everyone absolutely loved it... Thank you for a fantastic virtual performance. For 2 days the library was transformed into the town of Littlelight and generated much excitement with students from Prep to Year 6 attending. They all loved it and enjoyed being part of the show. The information you provided on your website regarding the interactive components of the performance including the optional props was comprehensive and extremely helpful. We took full advantage of your suggestions, involving all the year 6 students in running the interactive activities. It enabled all the students to become part of the show making it a much better experience. We ran 3 sessions over the 2 days and having the virtual performance enabled us to work around the other specialist lessons making it less disruptive to the scheduled learning.  The year 6 students provided some feedback:  They wanted to know if they could run the show again next year... They thought the interactive activities really made the show."

Chinchilla CC, QLD for 2021's 'Littlelight' VIRTUAL

 

"Our students were so highly engaged for the whole show, and erupted into applause at the end!! It was, as always, a very cleverly structured show with student needs in mind and appealed to absolutely everyone. We appreciated being able to pause it a couple of times when needed. And the props were a wonderful way to create interaction. I prepped our year 6/7 class on the day before to be prop managers. They sat down the sides and supported and encouraged all the other students while each having a job such as choosing a student and coaching them to do the Northern Lights or spraying water everywhere! It was a fantastic way to fully engage those older children and have them being responsible and generous. Thank you so very much and congratulations on your successful adventure into virtual incursions!”

Newbery Park PS, SA for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL


Teachers have the ability to pause the show during these activities to organise students in the room to participate safely & join in the fun.

"Thanks for being flexible and giving me the codes for the different days so that I could 'manage' things. Feedback was very positive, and it was interesting seeing the reaction from one school to another.  The more enthusiastic the teachers/me/Year 6 students were in getting 'the crowd' involved the better the result. Your songwriting is excellent, and I will be showing some of the students how you created the performance because it is so well done, I don't think they appreciate the skill and effort involved... I thought the time the performance took was excellent, generally enough time to give a few kids a go at the games and still finish in the hour... Thanks for all your hard work and good luck touring the show."
Otways MARC, Beeac, VIC for 2022's "The Imagineer" VIRTUAL

 

"Great for teaching and observing the aspects of Drama. Props and Sets were effective. The links all worked perfectly. We had all of the props ready to go. We had watched the reading by Kelly Canby and the YouTube preview on Tuesday, which really helped. The interactive segments were engaging and quite funny at times... Many references were made to Australian authors and children’s books, which could flow on to literacy. This performance could effectively be used with different age groups across primary... The Q &A link provided interesting information about props, costumes (cheap easy ones!) etc. It would be useful if you are trying to design and create your own performance. All-in-all it was very well done, and could easily be used in many KLA’s, and as inspiration for a performance."
St Francis Xavier's PS, Urana, NSW for 2021's 'Littlelight' VIRTUAL

 

"Students of all year levels enjoyed the performance... the ability to stop the performance to explain aspects to the students and to organise the students for interacting with the performance was a bonus... the students just loved the way the use of props helped them to interact with the performance. The props really made the whole experience something the students will remember and talk about"
Otways MARC, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL


A filmed in-depth student FAQ session is included where “Tony Bones” takes the students through the creation of the show, the content & messages in the book, plus where he provides answers to common questions. Check out the 2021 version of this hereTeachers then have the ability to email through their students’ additional questions which Tony will reply to via video clips that can be played back to the students within 24 hours. If scheduling allows these extra questions can even be done as a live video call with your school group via Zoom, Webex, Google Meet or Skype at no extra cost. Also included are easy to follow teacher notes & guided discussions for teachers to run before & after the virtual performance to give the students a greater understanding of the content & a more meaningful interaction with the show. This is in addition to the extensive teacher resources & lesson plans already available for the live performance.

 
"I was blown away! It’s obvious you’ve put so much time and effort into the production value of this virtual incursion and I appreciated the quality as well as the content... It was surprisingly interactive and adaptable to the online ‘zoom’ classroom as well as projected for the kids of essential workers at school and it worked well in both environments. The extra classroom resources were abundant and could span several weeks so I’m looking forward to revisiting this book and using your video, songs, resources and the memories the kids made today."
Melton CC, VIC for 2021's 'Littlelight' VIRTUAL

 

"Wonderful entertainment for my class... Students were excited to participate in the actions and sat and watched your portrayal intently.  I also provided as many of the props as possible which added to the student's experience.  They particularly liked it when they were splashed with water during the turbulent water/sea scene!... We watched the Q and A later that afternoon.  I wasn't sure whether my class would be able to sit through this due to their age and concentration span?  Surprisingly they were most interested.  We watched this for about half an hour and will come back to watch this further in the coming week.  This deepened the student's experience of the production. A plethora of further resources was very much appreciated for further and future learning. Overall, the portrayal was magnificent... We all enjoyed this sooooo much!"
S.S. Peter and Paul's PS, East Doncaster, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL


Schools will be provided with a hyperlink & a unique password to unlock the virtual performance on the specific day of their booking. They can then share that link with all teachers at their school who have a class booked for the performance.

 

"The incursion last Thursday was also another great opportunity to develop our love of storytelling and books."
Birregurra PS, VIC for 2022's "The Imagineer" VIRTUAL

 

"I’ve seen a live performance of yours as well and have to say that while the kids obviously miss out on so much in remote learning, they haven’t missed out on this special experience. It was genuinely comparable to a live show and that’s quite an accomplishment!"
Melton CC, VIC for 2021's 'Littlelight' VIRTUAL
 
"It was so well done... The link worked perfectly and there were no issues regarding set-up… I could tell the kids really enjoyed it… as did (the other Year 6 teacher) and I! The students were really engaged throughout"

Chatham PS, Surrey Hills, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL


The price for the interactive virtual performance is over one third off the live show price +GST.

 

 

  • Within "Book Week" itself just $5.50+GST/student;

 

  • Any other week just $5.00+GST/student;

 

  • Minimum 120 students or for schools with less than 150 students it is simply 80% of the entire primary school enrolment.

 

Simply indicate in your enquiry whether you'd like the live show or the virtual incursion option.

 

Teacher Frequently Asked Questions for our 2023 interactive virtual performance:

 

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions by teachers at the moment. Just let us know if there are any other questions that are not covered here.

 

1. Do the students and teachers have to read the book before seeing the virtual show?

 

2. Do we have to collect & use the suggested optional props in the virtual show?

 

3. Do all the students need to watch the virtual show at the same time?

4. Do I need to register for an account to watch the virtual show?

 

5. When will I get access to the virtual show?

 

6. Do I need to run a test of playing the virtual show at school?

 

7. Can the staff watch the virtual show first so they know what to expect?

8. How does the student FAQ's (frequently asked questions) section work after the virtual show?

9. How long does the virtual show & student FAQ section go?

10. Are there lesson plans & teacher resources?

11. How long will it take for you to respond to students’ questions that we email through?

12. Can we keep a copy of the virtual show for the future?

13. Can we have access to the virtual show over multiple days?

 

1. Do the students and teachers have to read the book before seeing the virtual show?

 

This is not mandatory but it is highly recommended. The teachers or senior students running the optional props will better understand where everything happens if they have already read the book. The students who have already read the book before experiencing the show respond far better to our Book Week performances because they understand the source material & can see how we have adapted it. And it is a Book Week show after all so we’d love to encourage the students to read the book, not just experience the show. If a copy of the book cannot be sourced before the show then just let us know & we'll come up with a solution. It is recommended that students have read the book in class at some point in the week leading up to your show date, but maybe not on the day of the show itself as this can mean they are seeing the book twice in one day.

 

2. Do we have to collect and use the suggested optional props in the virtual performance?

 

No, it is optional, but the feedback from our past schools was that the students LOVED LOVED LOVED them & had so much fun bringing "Books To Life" in their own classroom with their teachers & classmates. As stated, many schools get their Year 6 students to be in charge of running these props in the shows as a fun leadership activity for them to share with their schoolmates. Some schools have had a lot of success getting their Year 6 students to experience the show in the very first session of the day then have them run all of the props for all of their junior classes, already knowing exactly what happened when in the show & how to make it work best for the students so that the teachers could sit back & relax. If you only have one set of the props then those senior students can then also be in charge of shuffling props from one class to the next if you have multiple groups seeing the show all starting in 5 or 10 minute intervals. The Year 6 students love the leadership opportunity to "run the show" & the teachers get to relax. How clever is that?

 

3. Do all the students need to watch the virtual show at the same time?

 

No. Many schools run the virtual incursion in their individual classrooms for either their one class or sometimes a few classes together, depending on how many comfortably fit in the room. If every classroom has a decent screen to watch it on then it works fine. If not then just use the best room a few times for the different groups during the day. You have unlimited use of the footage for that entire school day (8.30am to 3.30pm) & can watch it as many times as you like with small or large groups. It is up to you. Even individual students who might be at home can watch the show if you email them the link & password to use.

 

4. Do I need to register for an account to watch the virtual show?

 

You do not need to register for an account with Vimeo. Like Youtube, anyone can watch a video on Vimeo just by clicking on a link.

 

5. When will I get access to the virtual show?

 

We will email you the link & password for the virtual incursion at 9.15am the morning before the show to forward to the appropriate staff at your school. The password will only work from 8am of the day your show is booked until 4pm. On the day of the show whenever each class is ready to watch the show the teachers simply click on the link I’ll have emailed you & enter the password that comes with it. Then the video will play on the screen, streaming from Vimeo. There are instructions for this in the email that is sent with the link & password the day before your virtual performance.

 

6. Do I need to run a test of playing the virtual show at school?

 

We do recommend running a test at school before the day to make sure that the Vimeo website is not blocked by your school's network (unlikely but possible) by playing our 2020 show trailer at this link while at school: https://vimeo.com/469142406 If in the unlikely event that Vimeo is blocked at your school then please contact your ICT staff to ask them to ensure that it is unlocked for the day of the show & for whenever classes want to access the student FAQ footage afterwards.

 

7. Can the staff watch the virtual show first so they know what to expect & when to use the optional props?

 

We're not offering the option to preview the show itself, however:

 

  • The show follows the storyline of the picture book very closely;

 

  • Closer to the show date you can watch the show trailer to get a feel of how it will look; 

 

  • The student FAQ will be available for the students to watch after the show but it will also be available for teachers to watch before the show if you prefer. It will be released a little closer to the show date & will go through in great detail how we made the show;

 

  • Detailed notes & page images will be sent through before the show to let you know exactly when & how to use the optional props.

 

8. How does the student FAQ's (frequently asked questions) section work after the show?

 

If you watch through the short credits at the end there is a little message from me to camera about the questions. The 25 minute FAQ video is at a separate link which will be emailed to all teachers along with the show link. This video has no password & is available to go back to whenever your classes want to work through any of that content. After they have experienced the virtual show the students can watch just the first part of the FAQ about the book or jump to whichever section the teachers would like them to look at (the puppets, props, etc). The FAQ link will also be on our website. You can even check out our 2020 student FAQ video here.

 

9. How long does the show and student FAQ section go?

 

The virtual show is 40 minutes + however much extra time it takes to run the activities with the crowd. The FAQ is 25 minutes. Staff & students are free to just watch a bit of the FAQ directly after the show then come back to it another time if that suits them.

 

10. Are there lesson plans and teacher resources?

 

Yes. A huge amount of lesson plans, videos & teachers resources are available on our website to use before or after the show as your teachers wish. These can be accessed once the book title is announced in May 2023 at: https://www.bookstolife.com.au/2023-Show/#TeacherResources

 

11. How long will it take for you to respond to student questions that we email through?

 

We'll have recorded a 25 minute "FAQ" section that the school has unlimited access to for the rest of the year & this goes through the content of the book, the use of puppets, mask, props, sets, music, etc. There will also be links on our website to the author/illustrator's website as well as many other video & written resources at https://www.bookstolife.com.au/2023-Show/#TeacherResources If there are more questions that we haven't covered in all of that then the classes should feel free to email them through to us at tony@bookstolife.com.au With multiple schools seeing the show each day at various times we will send a video answer to all questions by the next school day so that we always have time to get them prepared, shot & sent overnight.

 

12. Can we keep a copy of the virtual show for the future?

 

Unfortunately no. For the FAQ section you have free access forever, but not for the virtual show itself. Like the live show, no digital recordings of the show can be made. Filming your students getting up & involved is encouraged but no copies of the film itself can be made as it is a breach of copyright. We do not have unlimited rights from the author/illustrator or book publisher to perform the book beyond this season, nor from the musicians that we compose the songs with, nor from the designer of the film. All of these artists sign contracts where the deal is that the students get to see the live show once (or in the virtual show as many times as they like on one school day) but not that they then own the show forever. It is like buying a movie ticket to watch a film at the cinema, not like buying a DVD that you keep afterwards & watch forever. The costs for that would be much much higher. The project is only developed as a term-long tour, virtual or live, so any copies used after that are breaching those artists' copyright.

 

13. Can we have access to the virtual show over multiple days?

 

Yes, if it is necessary for your school to do it that way to run it in library sessions we can accommodate that request. We do however prefer schools to watch the show all on the same day if it is possible, just as they would with the live show, at different times throughout the day if required to suit your school schedule. As a whole school activity, this means students can communicate with other students at school about the show that they have all seen on the same day, which makes it a special shared experience for them.

Past CBCA Short Listed Books that "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed has adapted & performed include...

 

37 CBCA SHORTLISTED & NOTABLE-LISTED BOOKS ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY "TONY BONES" APPLEBY B.ED FOR BOOKS TO LIFE & TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT Writer, Director & Performer

 

37 - The Imagineer (2022 - based on the picture book by Christopher Cheng & Lucia Masciullo)

36 - Littlelight (2021 - based on the picture book by Kelly Canby)

35 - Hello Lighthouse (2020 - based on the picture book by Sophie Blackall)

34 - The All New Must Have Orange 430 (2019 - based on the picture book by Michael Speechley)

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

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)

All books adapted and performed by Tony
 
Where will Books To Life tour in 2023???

 

Our interactive virtual performance is available to schools in all states & territories in Australia and all regions of New Zealand.

 

For our live show tour, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide & Hobart. Sure, we tour the live show of the 2023 Book Week show to these capital cities, but we also tour the 2023 Book Week show absolutely anywhere in Australia, as long as we can cover the cost of touring the show there.

 

Sometimes this involves asking schools who book the show in more regional or even very remote areas to then spread the word to their network of teachers at other schools to increase their own audience numbers or to get another school in the area to also book the show. But rest assured, if you can get enough students there to cover the costs, then we're happy to bring the show to you. So let's get specific. Exactly where & when do Books To Life tour in Australia?

2023 Season Dates
 
All tour dates are subject to change depending on availability. If you'd like the show to perform in your area out of the advertised season dates then just ask & we'll try our best to accommodate you.

 

  • Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat & the rest of Victoria (VIC) Primary School Book Week Tour 2023

  • July 17th to 21st, 2023 (Term 3, Week 2, 2023)

  • August 21st to 25th, 2023 (Term 3, Week 7, 2023 / Book Week 2023)

  • August 28th to September 1st, 2023 (Term 3, Week 8, 2023)

  • September 4th to 8th, 2023 (Term 3, Week 9, 2023)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in Victoria? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast & the rest of New South Wales (NSW) Primary School Book Week Tour 2023

  • July 24th to 28th, 2023 (Inland NSW - Term 3, Week 2, 2023)

  • July 31st & August 4th, 2023 (NSW North Coast - Term 3, Week 3, 2023)

  • August 7th & 11th, 2023 (Sydney NSW - Term 3, Week 4, 2023)

  • August 8th to 10th, 2023 (Newcastle NSW - Term 3, Week 4, 2023)

  • August 14th to 17th, 2023 (Sydney - Term 3, Week 5, 2023)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in New South Wales? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Canberra & the rest of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Primary School Book Week Tour 2023

  • July 25th to 26th, 2023 (Term 3, Week 2, 2023)

  • August 18th, 2023 (Term 3, Week 5, 2023)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in Australian Capital Territory? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns, Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Maryborough, Mount Isa, Gympie & the rest of Queensland (QLD) Primary School Book Week Tour 2023

  • July 31st to August 4th, 2023 (QLD Term 3, Week 4)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in South Australia? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Adelaide, Gawler, Mount Gambier, Whyalla, Murray Bridge, Mount Barker, Victor Harbour, Crafers, Bridgewater, Port Pirie, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta & the rest of South Australia (SA) Primary School Book Week Tour 2023

  • September 12th - 15th, 2023 (SA Term 3, Week 8)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in South Australia? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

 

  • Perth, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Albany, Busselton, Karratha, Broome, Port Hedland, Esperance & the rest of Western Australia (WA) Primary School Book Week Tour 2023

  • We are offering our interactive virtual show from August 21st 2023 to July 1st 2024

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Desperate to find a Book Week 2023 performance for your primary school in Melbourne, VIC?

 

Then click here for season dates for regional & urban Victoria for 2023 & search no more!! Includes specific dates for our 2023 tour in Melbourne (including touring dates for Northern suburbs, Western suburbs & South East Melbourne), plus all towns & cities in VIC including Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Melton, Shepparton, Wodonga, Sunbury, Pakenham, Mildura, Warrnambool, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Bacchus Marsh, Torquay, Jan Juc, Horsham, Moe, Newborough, Warragul, Morwell, Sale, Lara, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Colac, Drouin, Leopold, Portland, Swan Hill, Castlemaine, Gisborne, Benalla, Hamilton, Wallan, Healsville, Wonthaggi, Yarrawonga, Maryborough, Kilmore, Ararat, Portalington, St Leonards, Lakes Entrance, Kyabram, Seymour, Stawell, Cobram, Leongatha, Inverloch, Bannockburn & Cowes. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

Need a primary school show for Book Week 2023 in Sydney, NSW?

 

Season dates for regional & urban New South Wales are available for 2023 if you just click here!! Includes specific dates for our 2023 tour in Sydney (including touring dates for The Blue Mountains, Cantebury, The Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Forest District, Falls District, Western Sydney, Macarthur, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Blacktown, Penrith, Sutherland Shire, Berowra & Hawkesbury), plus all towns & cities in NSW including Newcastle, Central Coast, Wollongong, Maitland, Tweed Heads, Wagga, Albury, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Orange, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour, Queanbeyan, Lismore, Bathurst, Coffs Harbour, Richmond, Windsor, Bomaderry, Nowra, Goulburn, Armidale, Broken Hill, Wentworth Falls, Katoomba, Forster, Tuncurry, Bellbird, Cessnock, Grafton, Taree, Ballina, Griffith, Sawtell, Singleton, Raymond Terrace, Weston, Kurri Kurri, Kiama, Lithgow, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Lawson, Hazelbrook, Muswellbrook, Parkes, Ulladulla, Inverell, Moree & Casino. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

What 2023 Book Week shows tour to primary schools in Canberra, ACT?

 

Ours does!! Click here for all our season dates for Australian Capital Territory for 2023. Includes specific dates for our 2023 tour of all ACT suburbs in and around Canberra, Palmerston, Belconnen, Canberra Central, Curtin, Narrabundah, Queanbeyan, Kambah, Gordon, Gungahalin, Jerrabomberra, Majura, Molonglo Valley, Tuggeranong, Weston Creek & Woden Valley. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

Can't find a Book Week 2023 stage show that blows your primary school away in Brisbane, QLD?

 

Then click here and stop looking!! Season dates for regional & urban Queensland have been released for 2023. Includes specific dates for our 2023 tour of all suburbs in Brisbane plus all other areas of QLD including South East Queensland, Wide Bay, Burnett, Far North Queensland (FNQ), Darling Downs, North Queensland, Central Queensland, Gulf Country, South West Queensland & Central West Queensland. Specific towns & cities in QLD to be toured include Ipswich, Logan City, Redland City & Morton Bay Region, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns, Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gladstone, Maryborough, Mount Isa, Gympie, Bongaree, Woorim, Nambour, Yeppoon, Warwick, Emerald, Dalby, Bargara, Innes Park, Kingaroy, Tannum Sands, Moranbah & Bowen. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

Scratching your head for a Book Week 2023 performance for your primary school in Adelaide, SA?

 

Well you've come to the right place. Click here for all our season dates for regional & urban South Australia for 2023. Includes specific dates for our 2023 tour of all suburbs in Adelaide plus all towns & cities in SA including Mount Gambier, Whyalla, Gawler, Port Pirie, Bridgewater, Port Augusta, Murray Bridge, Port Lincoln, Mount Barker, Victor Harbour, Aldinga Beach, Naracoorte, Renmark, Millicent, Goolwa, Berri, Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Kadina, Roxby Downs, Loxton, Strathalbyn, Moonta, Clare, Nairne, Wallaroo, Coober Pedy, McLaren Vale, Ceduna, Bordertown, Kapunda, Mannum, Barmera, Angaston, Willunga, Hahndorf, Waikerie, Kingscote, Lobethal, Peterborough, Woodside, Port Elliot, Balaklava, Sellicks Beach, Kingston, Tailem Bend, Jamestown & Williamstown. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

What can I do at my primary school in Hobart, TAS for Book Week 2023?

 

See our show!! Click here for all our season dates for Tasmania for 2023. Includes specific dates for our 2023 tour of all TAS suburbs in and around Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Burni, Somerset, Blackmans Bay, Kingston, Ulverstone, Gagebrook, Bridgewater, New Norfolk, Wynyard, George Town, Sorell, Midway Point, Smithton, Penguin, Longford, Latrobe, Dodges Ferry, Lauderdale, Queenstown, Legana, Deloraine, Perth, Old Beach, Port Sorrell, Scottsdale, Hadspen, St Helens, Stieglitz, Huonville, Ranelagh, Pontville, Bridport, Turners Beach, Westbury, Beauty Point, Rosebery, Seven Mile Beach, Evandale, Beaconsfield, Sheffield, Margate, Zeehan, Railton, Geeveston, Richmond, Cygnet, Snug & Currie. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!