Ham – Dhana Fox

Illustrations – Anna Demchenko

It’s safe to say that I am obsessed with this picture book. I first borrowed it from my library six months ago. Since then I’ve renewed it as many times as the library would allow, then returned it only to immediately reserve it again.

I lost count of the amount of times I’ve read it months ago. Every reread remains udderly adorable. I love Ham and his friends, and I don’t think I will ever get sick of visiting them.

The story is so simple but so enjoyable. Ham, Satay, Chops and Stew are loving their lives on the farm until one day when they make a horrifying discovery. They’re not beloved pets after all. They’re on the menu!


The animals knew that to save their own bacon,

a grand plan was needed before they were taken.


The chickens come up with an especially clever way to disguise themselves. Or so they think.


Nothing these friends try works until they realise they have the ability to help generate another food source, one that won’t put them on the chopping block.

The rhyming text added to my enjoyment of this book. Anna Demchenko’s illustrations turned a really fun premise into one of my favourite picture book reads of the year. The colours are vibrant and the animals are expressive. Even the flies are cute!

Be on the lookout for a brave fly saving its friend from a spider web.

I know at some point I’m going to have to return this book to the library for the final time. That’s probably not going to happen until I purchase my own copy, though.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

What happens when Ham and his crew discover that they’re destined for the dinner table?

Ham is a hilarious farmyard romp, with lovable characters and bright illustrations. The farmyard animals, Ham, Satay, Chops, Stew (and a few chickens) must work together to save themselves from their inevitable fate – the dinner plate! Everyone knows bacon is delicious, but are there any other food options for us to discover, and could there be another purpose for these adorable animals?

Walking Your Human – Liz Ledden

Illustrations – Gabriella Petruso

If you’ve ever had the honour of being owned by a dog, you will find every page of this book relatable. There’s so much we can learn from our canine fur babies, like taking the time to slow down to appreciate the little things and learning how to relax.

Whether your arm has been permanently lengthened from one too many vigorous leash yanks or you’ve been protected from a horde of dangerous pigeons, you’ll find it here.


Gabriella Petruso’s illustrations feature a diverse range of dogs and humans. They highlight the loveable quirkiness of dogs and how expressive they are in communicating exactly what they want.


Kids will love this book but adults are the ones who will truly appreciate all of the ways dogs take care of us. It’s probably not what the author and illustrator had in mind but I’m all for the unconventional; I’d buy this book for anyone who’s recently been adopted by a dog.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? It turns out they know just what humans want – to be walked! And once they’re on their way, these dogs will share exactly how to do it.

Walking Your Human is a light-hearted look at the very different ideas dogs and humans have about what makes for a good walk. A picture book for dog lovers everywhere!