#Book Week 2021 | Adaptation of shortlisted Younger Readers Chapter Book

Meerkat Productions


“The performers were very talented. I enjoyed the inclusion of song and humor. It highlighted how stories can be brought to life through drama and music. It also involved the inclusion of the students.”
St Joseph’s PS, Cairns QLD re our 2020 adaptation - The Little Wave

“The performance was suited for the older students. The serious issues were made comical at times but the message still came across.”
St. Mary's Primary School, Rockhampton QLD re our 2020 adaptation - The Little Wave

From Meerkat Productions

To make our incursions more accessible we are offering an online version of our adaptation.
If you would prefer an in-school performance of this show please see our in school performance listing

While we already travel to some of the most remote areas of the east coast, this means we can now reach the entire country! This option also provides a more viable alternative for regional, remote and small schools where the cost of our live in-school performances may be prohibitive.

The show is professionally recorded with multiple camera angles and edited especially for this format. It means students will be closer to the action than ever before.
We will provide a private link to the show specific to your school which can be viewed as many times as you need. Therefore, each class can watch it in their own classroom.

Aster’s Good, Right Things by Kate Gordon
Aster attends a school for gifted kids, but she doesn’t think she’s special at all. If she was, her mother wouldn’t have left. Each day Aster must do a good, right thing—a challenge she sets herself, to make someone else’s life better. Nobody can know about her ‘things’, because then they won’t count. And if she doesn’t do them, she’s sure everything will go wrong. Then she meets Xavier. He has his own kind of special missions to make life better. When they do these missions together, Aster feels free, but if she stops doing her good, right things will everything fall apart?

Each year, in celebration of Book Week and Literacy Week, we adapt two books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia for the Book of The Year Awards.

We choose one book from the Picture Book category & one book from the Younger Readers Chapter Book category and create two 40-minute musical productions including original songs and puppetry.

As far as we’re aware, we’re the only company adapting both a picture book and a younger readers chapter book each year; therefore, ensuring age appropriate performances for all students.

We also support Australian authors by paying royalties for every child that attends a performance of one of our adaptations.

The music is written by Tim Smith (The Lion King, Billy Elliot) & Luke Hunter (Come From Away, The Sound of Music) and the shows are designed by Elizabeth Millington (founder of Dead Puppets Society) and Astrid Mendez (Internationally touring Puppeteer).

Includes a teacher resource pack and a targeted, structured and informative Q&A session which supports the school’s delivery of the Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum. We discuss the themes raised in the book and the show and support Inquiry Learning as we discuss how the shows were produced and how we made the set, puppets, music, etc.

“Was great how it was run by you and not just the kids asking random questions. (10/10)” – Bargara State School, Bargara QLD

To make a booking or enquiry, simply press the GREEN Enquiry/Booking Request Button above right to directly contact the booking team. They will answer you promptly to discuss your booking including when payment will be required.

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More Reviews

"The movement throughout the room was incredible. Every student had their attention fixed the entire time. The Q&A session where the kids got to ask questions was excellent. I liked pulling out some of the positive themes of friendship, etc."
St Michaels PS, North Melbourne, VIC about our 2016 adaptation of Run, Pip, Run by JC Jones

"…very powerful and opened many doors for discussion."
St Kilda Park Primary School, VIC about our 2018 adaptation of The Elephant by Peter Carnavas

"Great show, very funny. Great adaptation of the book."
Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School, Croydon Hills, VIC about our 2017 adaptation of Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Kate & Jol Temple

“Beautifully presented. Drama was wonderfully acted.”
St Peter’s, Clayton VIC about our 2019 adaptation of The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

3-6 to 7-9

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, English, Civics And Citizenship


Book Week, English, Literacy, Friendship, Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Parental Separation, Foster Care


Drama, Music Theatre, Puppetry


40 - 45 minutes plus question & answer time


Bookings will be based on a fee per class basis. Costs will be determined with you but will be in the region of $85 inc.GST / class (assuming an average of 24 students per class). When you enquire please indicate the number of classes you're booking for

School Term:
Term 3


This is an online version of the show therefore it's available Australia wide.
The show will be made available for the whole of Book Week - if you would like the session on a different date please let us know
PRESS the green button to immediately contact the booking team!

Enquiry/Booking Request