Claire Atherfold

Claire Atherfold is the children’s book buyer at Readings State Library.

Reviews

Fire Girl, Forest Boy by Chloe Daykin

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Chloe Daykin, the critically acclaimed author of The Boy Who Hit Play and Fish Boy, is at it again with her latest wonder, Fire Girl, Forest Boy. A book that brings magic and science together in the …

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Everywhere Everything Everyone by Katy Warner

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Melbourne local Katy Warner is a playwright and writer with many awards already under her belt for both her short fiction and plays. Her debut YA novel Everywhere Everything Everyone is an exciting c…

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Moving Your Body by Beci Orpin

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Melbourne-based artist, illustrator and designer Beci Orpin has previously produced four beautiful craft books, Make & Do; Home: 25 Amazing Projects; Sunshine Spaces; and Find & Keep. All of her book…

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Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke has already given us such great books as The Patchwork Bike, Wide Big World and The Hate Race, among others, and now we have the gorgeous Fashionista: Fashio

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My Book (Not Yours) (Lento and Fox, Book 1) by Ben Sanders

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Author and illustrator Ben Sanders from Ballarat has done it again. After his rollicking, rhyming text and retro design in I’ve an Uncle Ivan, we now have the hilariously fun My Book (Not Yours) (Len

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Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Visit Starfell, a land where magic is bursting back into the world in unexpected, fantastic ways, but also in the odd and unremarkable – or so they first appear.

Willow Moss has magic like many mem…

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Kindness Rules! by Eunice & Sabrina Moyle

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, the team behind Hello!Lucky and the creators of Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power!, have created another glorious board book, this time about manners.

Kindness Rules

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Little Bird’s Day by Sally Morgan & Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

The latest book by bestselling Australian Indigenous author Sally Morgan tells the enchanting and tender tale of a day with Little Bird. The day begins in the early morning as Little Bird rises and w…

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Written nearly half a century ago, this classic tale about rabbits still vividly resonates today, with another TV mini series released last Christmas to a whole new generation.

With that in mind I’…

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Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Award-winning local author and illustrator Anna Walker, creator of such favourites as Florette, Mr Huff and Peggy, amongst others, has done it again with her latest wonder, Lottie and Walter.

It’s …

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Melody Trumpet by Gabrielle Tozer

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

‘Melody Trumpet burst into the world with a screech that rattled the windowpanes of Trumpet Manor. It was a perfectly ordinary sound for a newborn baby…’

But Melody is a Trumpet. As the daughter of…

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Circe by Madeline Miller

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Ann Patchett calls Madeline Miller’s new novel ‘an epic spanning thousands of years that’s also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner’. Circe definitely had me reading into the early hours of the morni…

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