Up to Something

USD $17.99

One day, Dad invites Billy into his shed to build something, but Billy soon finds out that he is only allowed to watch. As Dad becomes engrossed in his project, Billy takes Dad’s off-cuts and other items from around the yard and starts to copy what his Dad is building. When they reveal their creations, Dad discovers that Billy has more talents than his dad had ever imagined! Up to Something  explores the father–son relationship, and the satisfaction to be gained from making things ourselves.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9.5 x 10 inches | Colour | 32 Pages

Blue Wolf Reviews
“Perfect for reading together and perfect to remind parents that children are capable of achieving great things, even though they may not be perfect, when they work together as a team” Click here to read


One More Page Podcast
“this story has just the right amount of heartwarming. 10 out of 10!”. Click here to listen to the episode (The reviews start at approx. 22:00)


Reading Time (CBCA) reviewed
“The story gives readers encouraging resources for bridging play and construction and rejoices in recycling fun and inventiveness.” Click hear to read


2BS Bathurst – Sarah Boorer 
“a very special children’s book”.


SEAFM Davenport TAS – Breakfast hosts Jess and Lee chats to Katrina McKelvey.
“a gorgeous new book that talks about the father son relationship”. Click here to listen


Best Weekend in the Daily Telegraph – May 4
“This delightful book is at face value about a father and son building a billy cart together – but more deeply it is about how most children have a creativity and ability that is under estimated by the adults around them”


The Bottom Shelf reviewed
“Lots of scope for creative thinking embedded in a story that is just a joy to read in itself.” Click here to read the full review


SAPOWER FM Mel Dee chats to Katrina McKelvey –
Up To Something is “the most beautiful book”. Click here to listen


Read For Fun reviewed
“Too often, grown ups forget what children are capable of…. This is a fantastic book that reminds parents to listen to their children and work with them on projects rather than taking over”. Click here to read in full 

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GoodReadswithRonna Reviews
“Up to Something serves as an ideal reminder on Father’s Day that there’s more to being a dad than simply being around.” Click here to read more


jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Review
“This is an ideal book for DAD’S to read with children on Father’s Day, it tops my list of book’s for dads on Father’s Day.” Click here to read more. 


Nayu’s Reading Corner- Reviews

“Illustrations are vital for a great picture book, and Billy’s tale is no exception. I loved the watercolour effects which used realistic colours for Billy, his dad, and their dog, who gets into a bit of mischief while they are working on their project. Pet antics always make me smile!” Click here to read more