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The Necklace and the Present by Libby Gleeson & Freya Blackwood

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

The collaboration of author Libby Gleeson and illustrator Freya Blackwood has produced some extraordinarily beautiful works, including Amy & Louis and Look, a Book! Their newest project, The Cleo Sto

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Reviewed by Mark Azzopardi

For a child reader, there are books that, on first reading, create an immediate and enduring impression. These books feel deeply personal, and seem to speak directly to the reader. In Norton Juster’s…

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Animalium by Katie Scott & Jenny Broom

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

If you know what a Sirenia or a Pinnipedia are, you may think you don’t need this book, but oh yes you do!

Looking like some forgotten volume that has surfaced from a nineteenth-century explorer’s l…

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The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale & LeUyen Pham

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Who says princesses don’t wear black? Princess Magnolia may be having tea with Duchess Wigtower and pretending to be a delicate, proper princess, but she has a very big secret. She is actually a supe…

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Little Dog and the Christmas Wish by Corinne Fenton & Robin Cowcher

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

I know it seems a little early to talk about Christmas books, but you may want to catch the overseas Christmas mail and send this to a homesick Victorian – or you may just want to enjoy a charming st…

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Gardening with Soul

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

‘You like gardening – review this,’ so said the Readings DVD buyer. Yes, I do like gardening, though I’m not a keen documentary watcher. But my protests fell on deaf ears and I found myself spending …

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Race to the End of the World by A.L. Tait

Reviewed by Holly Harper

The king has declared a competition: the first person who can deliver to him a complete map of the world will receive whatever they wish, be it money, power or fame. After Quinn is picked to train as…

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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Rejoice readers, two of children’s literature’s celebrated creators are back together again with their wry humour and unique take on the world.

Sam and Dave are on a mission to find something ‘spect…

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Brahms: The Piano Trios by Oliver Schnyder Trio

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

When I listen to Brahms’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, the thought always crosses my mind that it was so close to being destroyed. Brahms destroyed all his early works, including the ones that everyo…

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The Calling by James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

In the tradition of The Hunger Games, The Calling is the first installment in what promises to be an explosive series that will draw readers into a game of apocalyptic proportions. Twelve highly trai…

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