Love and Retribution

Catherine McCullagh

It’s July 1943 and the world has been at war for almost four long years. One morning, young widow Emmy Penry-Jones discovers two men washed up on the beach below her house on the west coast of Cornwall. Emmy is used to rescuing washed-up sailors, the deadly Battle of the Atlantic exacting a heavy toll on shipping. But these men are not like the shipwrecked sailors she has rescued before and Emmy is soon drawn into a web of intrigue that will test both her ingenuity and her patriotism.

Cleverly illustrated by David Atze that takes it out of the realm of the usual cutsie graphics of nursery rhymes, this is fun and perfect for those who like something out of left-field.

- Barbara Braxton - the bottomshelf blog

Book one in John Barwick’s Nursery Crimes series is an hilarious twist on the fractured fairytales genre that will have huge appeal for both confident and reluctant readers aged 7–10. This is more than just a quirky retelling of a nursery rhyme – it stretches the old Baa Baa Black Sheep rhyme into a crime story with multiple twists and surprises, not to mention delicious puns. Adult readers will also enjoy Barwick’s knack for gently poking fun at fairytale tropes and clichés.

- Cameron Macintosh author Max Booth series

What a funny re-imaging, with a clever twist, of the popular nursery rhyme, Baa baa black sheep.
The book’s illustrations, in black and white, feature cartoonish characters and add to the humour of the book.

- Donna Isgar - Readplus

historical saga

Catherine McCullagh

Catherine McCullagh

Big Sky Publishing

Big Sky Publishing is an Australian Publisher proudly focussing on supporting Australian authors, illustrators and content. Alongside our diverse adult list, we have an award winning children’s category featuring ”little books with big messages” across the picture book genre, and early reader and middle-grade genres full of adventure, mystery and humour. We are always looking for great content that helps children learn and grow.

Love and Retribution
World excl ANZ
Emily Randle