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The Fabulous Friend Machine - Nick Bland

The Fabulous Friend Machine

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2016
ISBN: 9781760277659
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 4 - 7 years old

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Popcorn is, quite simply, the friendliest chicken at Fiddlesticks farm! When she finds a Fabulous Friend Machine in the barn, she sets about making some brand new friends. But behind the screen of the Fabulous Friend Machine, maybe her new friends are not so friendly after all...

A cautionary tale from the globally best-selling Nick Bland.


An important modern day tale


This is a fabulous story about a very friendly chicken who in her quest to find even more friends discovers the power of connecting to " friends " has never met. This story is a simple, engaging but very powerful modern day tale. It is perfect for children and would even resonate with adolescents, because it beautifully conveys how making friends in the virtual world is nothing like having real friends who you know and can trust. I use this book in my practice as a therapist with children and it is a wonderful tool when talking about social media. A must have.



excellent, must have for young readers


Bought this book for all my children to read to their children. A creative catchy way to get an important message across. A must needed relevant modern parable

Eumundi, Qld

The Fabulous Friend Machine

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ISBN: 9781760277659
ISBN-10: 1760277657
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 7 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st October 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.7 x 24.6  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.39

Nick Bland

About the Author

Nick Bland was born on a farm in the Australian Yarra Valley in 1973. The son of an artist and a primary school teacher, he spent his early childhood climbing haystacks and making mischief in his father's studio. When he moved to “the bush” at age 6, he discovered a wonderful new world and his creativity bloomed. Nick always told family and friends he was going to be a cartoonist and a writer. It wasn't until 1996, when he stumbled into a bookshop job, that he finally found the medium that would bring those two loves together. Untrained, he spent the next couple of years reading every picture book that hit the shelves and began honing his style as a storyteller and illustrator. He illustrated several readers before sending A Monster Wrote Me a Letter to Scholastic Australia in 2001. Since then, Nick illustrated I Lost My Kisses and created The Very Cranky Bear. He lives in tropical Darwin, where he works as a guardian for 120 aboriginal boys who board nearby. He loves both of his jobs and hopes to combine them in the near future.

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