Leanne Hall is a children’s bookseller at Readings Carlton, and a writer of young adult fiction.
Alif is an Arab-Indian hacker-for-hire in an unnamed Middle Eastern emirate with a digital policing system so effective it’s referred to as the Hand of God. In an already rightfully paranoid communit…
The best sort of picture book is one that features animals being doctors, and I’ll brook no arguments about this.
An oldie but a goodie is Dr Dog (Babette Cole), which kids love, and which some parents find intolerable due the level of scatological attention.
The disgusting Gumboyles call on Dr Dog, a Bassett hound, when the entire family falls ill. Dr Dog hotfoots back from a medical conferen…
Our children’s book specialist Leanne Hall blogs in memorium of Maurice Sendak, who passed away yesterday aged 83.
There was one book from my childhood that was more important than all the others: Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are. For many, many nights in a row this book was my bedtime request. I listened avidly, waiting for the moment I could recite the final satisfying line ‘and…