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I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

Emily and Sam fall for each other against the odds, despite their jarring backgrounds. At first glance this seems like a fairly stock standard romance but Sloan does not let that illusion last long. …

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The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar by Tohby Riddle

In The Greatest Gatsby, Tohby Riddle makes grammar come alive with stylistic images and typography. The premise is simple: grammar is the intangible building blocks of our language and the best way t…

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Home by Carson Ellis

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

The notion of home is beautifully and imaginatively explored in Carson Ellis’s first picture book. She is known for her ethereal illustrations in the Wildwood novels and here her talent shines on its…

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Why I Love Footy by Michael Wagner and Tom Jellett

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Why I Love Footy perfectly reflects the experience of going to an Australian Rules match. For kids who love to go to the footy it mirrors their experience and for those who haven’t been it’s a great …

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The King and The Sea by Heinz Janisch & Wolf Erlbruch (illus.)

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

On one level The King and the Sea is a collection of pithy short stories about a little king who sets out to explore ‘his’ kingdom. His endeavours meet with varying degrees of success. The little kin…

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Mum Goes To Work by Libby Gleeson and Leila Rudge

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

Originally published in 1992, Mum Goes To Work has been updated and re-illustrated for this new edition, and it’s absolutely adorable. The text is simple and engaging but the real treats here are the…

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Too Much For Turtle by Cat Rabbit & Isabelle Knowles (illus.)

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Creative Melbourne duo, Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles, have produced a crafty, quirky picture book about a reclusive turtle that learns to come out of its shell and get to know the neighbours.

When…

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The Island of Dr Libris by Chris Grabenstein

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Escape From Mr Lemoncello’s Library was one of Readings’ bestselling kids’ books for 2014. It was wonderfully puzzling and compellingly un-put-downable. The Island of Dr Libris is not a sequel but is…

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A River by Marc Martin

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Reading A River is like being in someone else’s dream. As the languid waterway meanders through city, fields, forests and waterfalls you succumb to the rich patterns and serpentine serenity that feel…

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Black Rock White City by A.S. Patric

Reviewed by Sally Keighery

Serbian academics, poet Jovan and teacher Suzana, have fled the Bosnian war. Reeling from the loss of their children, they attempt to start over in bayside Melbourne. Beneath the banality of the subu…

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