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Tottie and Dot

Tottie and Dot
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Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling

Tottie and Dot

Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling

Tottie and Dot are two little girls who live side by side. Life is very peaceful until one day the girls begin competing with each other to create the best house. As the story unfolds, jealousy takes hold and their competitive spirit gets increasingly out of control until ultimately, things collapse in a disastrous heap. Will Tottie and Dot realise the importance of their friendship before it’s too late?
Each girl’s house is shown over a series of exquisitely illustrated double-page spreads — Tottie on the left and Dot on the right. The detailed illustrations perfectly complement the simple story line and will provide children aged 4–7 with hours of entertainment, as well as a valuable life lesson!
Specifications: 245 x 255 mm | Hardback PLC | 32 pages | Full colour

About the author and illustrator:

Tania McCartney is an author, editor, reviewer and features writer. The founder of the highly regarded children’s literature website Kids’ Book Review, and an ambassador for the Australian National Year of Reading 2012, she is passionate about literacy and has spent many years presenting and speaking on reading, books and writing. She lives in Canberra with her husband and two kids, in a paper house at the base of a book mountain. Her previous book with Tina Snerling was the bestselling An Aussie Year. Tania is also the author of the very successful Beijing Tai Tai. Described as ‘The Eat, Pray, Love for mothers’, this is her account of the four years she spent living in China’s capital.
Tina Snerling is an illustrator, children’s wear designer and graphic artist. She lives in Brisbane with her husband, two kids and a wild imagination to draw the world with childhood innocence. 


Alphabet Street - review - November 2014

Alphabet Street


Tickle the Imagination - November 2014

Tickle The Imagination


Space Station Kiwi - October 25, 2014

Dunedin's children's radio programme - Space Station Kiwi narrates Tottie and Dot Listen here


Disney Magazine - October 2014

Disney Mag Oct 2014

Kids Book Review - October 2014

Kids Book Review logo Read article here.

Little Angel - October 2014

Little Angel

GirlPower - October 2014


A Little Gentian - feature article on author Tania McCartney - October 2014


ACT Writer's Centre Magazine - October 2014


Buzz Words - September 2014



 My Little Bookcase - September 2014

'Tottie and Dot is a visual and literary feast. It is filled with incredibly cute illustrations in rich, pretty colours and the sweetest of nouns (marshmallow tea, apricot sandwiches, gumballs, strawberries and a lemon drop tree). This book was a delight to read for a mother and daughter who love all things lace and floral, tea and cake, dresses and parties............'

Read full article and make your very own marshmallow tea!

my little bookcase image tottie and Dotmy little bookcase - make marshmallow tea



My Book Corner logo    The Book Corner - September 2014


Grab a warm cup of tea & enjoy this insightful peek into the creation of a picture book. As The Book Corner speaks to Tania and Tina about Tottie and Dot.

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Disney Magazine - September 2014

Disney Magazine


Get Ahead Kids - September 2014

GetAhead Kids


Dimity blogs about the fabulous Tottie and dot blog blast - read it all here



Hold on to your marshmallows because new girls on the block, Tottie and Dot, have invited us all to their megatabulous Blog Blast party. Today with the help of co-hosts, Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling, we celebrate the explosive launch of picture book, Tottie and Dot. And what a feast for the senses it is. Read full blog here



Story Box Library  - August 2014

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Tottie and Dot is a sweet story, but it also explores some topical themes, including friendship, rivalry and ‘keeping up with the Joneses’. Tottie and Dot are best friends who share similar interests and hobbies. Life is rather blissful until rivalry sneaks into their friendship and they lose sight of who they are and why they are friends. The illustrations, striking and comtemporary, are a visual feast for young eyes.   Tottie and Dot offers such versatile possibilities for the classroom, Not only is it a great platform in which to discuss the many social issues that children are faced with today, but there are opportunities to study the importance of homes and artistic design.   The organisation to credit is The Story Box Library www.storyboxlibrary.com.au    


Kidz On The Coast - review August 2014

Tottie and Dot in Kidz On The Coast


Her Canberra-logoHer Canberra - feature blog post - August 18, 2014

'As a child, Tania McCartney would spend countless hours designing houses and making them as outlandish and magical as she could – thinking of everything from tennis courts to zoos. Years later, this playful “obsession” formed the inspiration behind the Canberra author’s latest children’s book, Tottie and Dot, a gorgeously illustrated hard cover about two young girls who live side by side in two perfectly beautiful houses.' Click here to read full blog    


Bookseller and Publisher - May 2014

Margaret Hamilton reviews Tottie and Dot 'The simple text in Tottie and Dot highlights the futility of 'keeping up with the Joneses', and that it is simpler and easier to live in harmony with your neighbours. The chaos that result's from the girls' rivalry is charmingly portrayed through the book's illustrations, which become busier and busier as the story progresses.' BP review

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