Gorkle Blog Tour

Review: Gorkle

Reviewed by Melissa Gijsbers @ Read For Fun, 30th November 2020.

BOOK REVIEW: Gorkle by Penny Macoun and Anam Akram

Reviewed by Romi Sharp, Books On Tour PR & Marketing, 1st December 2020.

Books On Tour_Review_Gorkle by Penny Macoun

Reviewed by Tabitha Jean Page, 1st December 2020.

Blog Tour: Gorkle by Penny Macoun

Reviewed by Ashleigh Meikle @ The Book Muse, 2nd Decmeber 2020.

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Penny Macoun’s debut picture storybook, Gorkle, imagines what it would be like if Cyberspace were a real place, where gremlins can access text messages from Earth and squirrel them away for their own enjoyment.

When three-eyed gremlin, Gorkle, starts intercepting text messages and stops them reaching their intended recipients, Earthling intervention becomes inevitable. A pair of humans come to investigate, and Gorkle realises that, for the sake of earthly communications, some kind of compromise will need to be reached.


Gorkle is a charming, humorous and vividly illustrated story that explores themes of communication, technology and friendship. It will be an ideal prompt for home and classroom discussions about technological developments and the problems that can arise from them. It will also stimulate young minds to think more deeply about technologies that we all take for granted, and to ask questions about how they work and what our lives would be like without them.


Highly recommended.

    Cameron Macintosh

Children's stories author with qualifications and experience in her field, can't wait to read her works!!

    Marisa Tagliapietra

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I have known Penny for eleven years. During this time we were both members of a highly successful local community theatre company located on Sydney’s upper North Shore.  The company produced four main productions a year each with 18 performances plus children’s shows for 6 or 7 performances.

Penny’s voluntary work with the theatre company took many forms over a nine year period; including Stage Managing eleven full length published plays and three children’s shows, prompting at rehearsals, Front of House duties, props management, acting on stage and assistant to Directors. 

Once Penny was elected to the Committee, where she served for three years, she undertook a significant number of high profile duties such as liaising with members to coordinate volunteers for the Front of House Roster as well as Event Management for Christmas parties and Club Nights. 

Penny also single-handedly produced the monthly Newsletter “Noises Off” from April 2014 to July 2015, reporting on member news, theatre news and general theatre company business, which also required proof reading and excellent literacy.  Penny was relentless in the pursuit of accuracy and perfection and getting the job done with due attention to detail. 

To sum up Penny was a valuable and efficient member of the Theatre Company and I am delighted to congratulate her on her new career and wish her success in her new endeavours.


    Jan Johnson, Marsfield NSW