Shelly Unwin

Shelly Unwin is the author of several books for kids, including Blast Off and There’s A Baddie Running Through This Book.

She’s popped in today to share her  author journey and process for writing.

We take a look at Blast Off, which is a Narrative Non Fiction Picture Book. Shelly shares her process for making non-fiction character-based and fun for kids to read.

Blast Off Shelly Unwin


Title: Blast Off!

Author: Shelly Unwin

Illustrator: Ben Wood

Publisher: Penguin, Australia


Baddie by Shelly Unwin


Send us your story:

Write a story with pictures and words (no more than a page or two) that captures the Baddie Racoon.

For more details, tune in to Shelly Unwin talking to Ken and Elodie on the Mini Taco Podcast. In this episode, we discuss how the Racoon is missing, what he is like, what he has done, and why he must be caught.

Shelly Unwin also has details on her website. If you’d like to see more of Shelly’s awesome work, you can visit her website here. 


You could WIN!!

The winner will receive for their school a 6-pack of books, including a signed copy of There’s a Baddie Running Through This Book.

Plus, the winning entry will be read on an upcoming Mini Taco Podcast.

And, win or lose, we’ll post our fav pictures up on our site.


How to Enter:

Via Email:

All you have to do is get your teacher, librarian, mum or dad to scan your story into a document and email to

Via Post

Simply post your story directly to Mini Taco Podcast, PO Box 71 Watsonia Vic, 3087


What to Include:

Make sure your story has your name, the name of your school, and an email address for correspondence. 

All entries must be in by Wednesday 16th November 2022.

To accept the prize, you must have an Australian Postal address.