Mike Shuttleworth

Mike Shuttleworth works as a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

Reviews

On A Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

Dropping their electronic game into a pond wasn’t part of the plan for the child sent outside to play in this book. Sad for them, but this little mishap unlocks a day lined with adventure and gentle …

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The Boy and the Spy by Felice Arena

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

Drawing satirical pictures of Hitler and Mussolini wasn’t the smartest thing for Antonio to do. Because when he flees from his Nazi accuser, Antonio is faced with a choice: surrender – or leap from a…

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Mike Goes to Carnival by Joshua Button & Robyn Wells

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

There’s so much to like in this exuberant tale of Steve – a jazz-loving, dancing gorilla – and his friend Antonio, the zookeeper who plays saxophone at night. There is the fine balance of vivid colou…

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One Very Big Bear by Alice Brière-Haquet, Olivier Philipponneau & Raphaële Enjary

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

Parents frequently ask for books for their pre-school or prep child to encourage reading. Less frequent is the request to help with numeracy. Here’s a charming picture book from France that will help…

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Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

Meet Bob: black feathers, red beak and skinny legs. Though he doesn’t know it yet, Bob is an artist. But for now he is being teased for his skinny legs by a cat, an owl and other birds.

Visiting the…

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When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

Call me old-fashioned but few things make me happier at work than when a customer buys When We Were Very Young, the collection of poems by A.A. Milne. Why? These poems provide a perfect picture of ch…

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Megalopolis and the Visitor From Outer Space by Clea Dieudonne

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

It seems French illustrators just love to experiment with what picture books can do. Megalopolis unfolds like a scroll to more than three metres long: it’s a book not just for the eyes but for the kn…

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Australian Kids Through the Years by Tania McCartney

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

Australian Kids through the Years is a breezy social history that will spark many conversations within families and classrooms. This picture book touches on changes in technology, food, fashion, work…

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Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer & Oliver Jeffers

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

Sam is pained by loneliness until the imaginary Fred enters his life. But will Fred fade away as Sam fears when Sam befriends someone real who shares his love of comics, music and drama?

We often t…

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The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty by Beatrice Alemagna

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

The youngest member of a brilliant family, Edith thinks she’s not very good at anything. But when Edith – who lives in Paris and is five-and-a-half years old – goes in search of the perfect birthday …

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News

Vale Agnes Nieuwenhuizen

by Mike Shuttleworth

We were deeply saddened to learn of Agnes Nieuwenhuizen’s death last week. Our children’s bookseller Mike Shuttleworth, who worked with Agnes for many years, reflects on her work and lasting legacy.

Agnes died suddenly on 14 September in Woodend, Victoria. A champion of youth literature in Australia and tireless advocate of reading, she leaves a deep and lasting impression on Australian cultur…

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Translation, children’s books and John Nieuwenhuizen

by Mike Shuttleworth

Hawthorn bookseller Mike Shuttleworth reflects on translation, children’s books and the work of John Nieuwenhuizen.

In Australian young adult fiction circles, the name Agnes Nieuwenhuizen is quite well known. Agnes founded the Centre for Youth Literature in 1991, was awarded a Dromkeen Medal in 1994, created several guidebooks on teenage literature, and still writes book reviews for national p…

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What I loved: The Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban

by Mike Shuttleworth

The Mouse and his Child is a perfect book for the word-dreaming child. The tale of two tin wind-up mice in search of their own territory sings with incident, humour and emotion. At its heart is a story of family bonds that cannot be broken. And in Manny Rat the novel also has one of the most villainous figures in children’s fiction.

The Mouse and his Child is undergoing a revival – the Royal S…

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