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The Important Things - Peter Carnavas

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The Important Things is the tale of Christopher, who lives with his mother. Christopher’s mother does everything, as his father has faded from their lives. When they give away a box of his father’s old things, a series of events takes place that reveal the different ways in which Christopher and his mother deal with the absent father.

Peter Carnavas always been fascinated by the stories behind things, the reasons particular things are important to us. An old typewriter might not work anymore but it may have once belonged to a favourite author, or was passed down through generations in the family. The importance of things, and why they are important, is what led me to write this story.

It’s about remembering. It’s about parents. It’s about absence. It’s about the joy of understanding between a mother and a son.

And, most importantly, it’s about slippers.

About the Author

Peter Carnavas was born in Brisbane in 1980. As a small boy he enjoyed copying out his favourite picture books and occasionally typed a small newspaper about the goings-on of his household. At age ten, Peter’s family moved to the Sunshine Coast, where he gave up the violin, took up the guitar and learned to fish.

Like most children his age, Peter was an enormous fan of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. He spent most of his teenage years playing the guitar and drawing characters all over his school books, often wishing he could draw as well as his brother.

Peter initially studied Media Studies before becoming a primary school teacher. He has conducted cartooning workshops with children, painted school murals and developed an online travel buddy with students, which was awarded an Education Queensland Showcase Award. If it was all up to Peter, he would spend most of his time reading books with his daughter, trying to play the mandolin and drawing little pictures of people.

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The Important Things
 
3.6

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4.0

Great Author

By Stacey

from Perth, WA

About Me Casual Reader

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Fun
  • Thought Provoking
  • Well Written

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Gift
  • Teacher
  • Younger Readers

Comments about The Important Things:

Great book, Great author.

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4.0

Good approach to a difficult subject

By Tinki

from Canberra

About Me Everyday Reader

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      • Older Readers
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about The Important Things:

      Charming little book to help explain to children (and probably some adults) about loss.

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      1.0

      Read the blurb first

      By Nicki

      from Perth

      About Me Bookworm

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        • Not What I expected

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          Comments about The Important Things:

          The content of this story I thought was aimed more at the adult rather than the child - the lesson was there for the parent -

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          5.0

          Beautiful

          By Amanda

          from Lismore AU

          About Me Bookworm

          Pros

          • One Of A Kind

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Loss
            • Special Needs

            Comments about The Important Things:

            I work in childcare and think this is a great book to read to children who have recently lost their father. Its hard to find any books on this topic. I thought it was very sweetly done.

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            4.0

            Simple Cute Lovely

            By Ags

            from Queensland

            About Me Everyday Reader

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            Pros

            • Meaningful
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Passing Of A Loved One

              Comments about The Important Things:

              I think this book is great for a child whose father has passed away - that's how I interpreted the book. And just great for mothers who carry the load after a father has gone. Such a sweet story :)

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              Peter Carnavas

              Peter Carnavas was born in Brisbane in 1980. As a small boy he enjoyed copying out his favourite picture books and occasionally typed a small newspaper about the goings-on of his household. At age ten, Peter’s family moved to the Sunshine Coast, where he gave up the violin, took up the guitar and learned to fish.

              Like most children his age, Peter was an enormous fan of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. He spent most of his teenage years playing the guitar and drawing characters all over his school books, often wishing he could draw as well as his brother.

              Peter initially studied Media Studies before becoming a primary school teacher. He has conducted cartooning workshops with children, painted school murals and developed an online travel buddy with students, which was awarded an Education Queensland Showcase Award. If it was all up to Peter, he would spend most of his time reading books with his daughter, trying to play the mandolin and drawing little pictures of people.

              Jessica's Box is Peter’s first published book.

              To read Peter’s revealing answers to the Booktopia Book Guru’s TEN TERRIFYING QUESTIONS…and to leave a comment - CLICK HERE

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              ISBN: 9781921042287
              ISBN-10: 9781400316410
              Audience: Children
              For Ages: 1 - 4 years old
              Format: Hardcover
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 32
              Published: 1st June 2010
              Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 24.0
              Edition Number: 8