Kids reviews

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Imagine if everything you knew and took for granted about your life was just a facade, a mask to cover the real life you were being groomed for. In the new life, you would adopt a new identity, chang…

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The Day War Came by Nicola Davies & Rebecca Cobb

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

The Day War Came marks the moment when everything changed for the little girl in this story. The simple, spare language of a child reveals the harsh, indiscriminate brutality of war. It begins as a n…

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Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris by Megan Hess

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Look out Chanel, Claris is here! But how the little country mouse yearns for the Parisian life and couture fashion. Quelle surprise, one day she is whisked away to a new life in a grand house in Pari…

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The Mystery of the Magic Stones by Sally Rippin

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

My heart feels swollen with ‘happy-sadness’ after reading this delightful sequel to Sally Rippin’s The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster. Polly and Buster’s friendship is still under threat – so…

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George Parker Goes Global by David Metzenthen

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

In the good fun department, Georgie Parker Goes Global has it all: an unlikely friendship, a worldwide rescue mission, silly disguises and heroic escapes by treacherous villains using every form of t…

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Kat Wolfe Investigates by Lauren St John

Reviewed by Pilgrim Hodgson

Animal lover Kat Wolfe is delighted when her mum accepts a job as a vet in idyllic Bluebell Bay. Kat decides to earn some pocket money by starting the Paws & Claws Pet Sitting Agency – but when her f…

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What a Wonderful Word by Nicola Edwards & Luisa Uribe

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Exquisite in design and presentation, What a Wonderful Word celebrates words from around the world which defy simple, one-word English translation. These are words that give voice to the beauty of la…

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Impossible Inventions by Małgorzata Mycielska, Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Ever wondered what a water clock would look like? How about a ride in a land yacht? These are just some of the wacky inventions in this unusual book. Produced by the team who brought us the bestselli…

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Hansel and Gretel by Bethan Woollvin

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Now, we all know Hansel and Gretel were the poor children cast out of their home into the forest and treated rather badly by a witch – but is this so? What if we heard the story from the witch’s poin…

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The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Cassie is a sweet and inquisitive 11-year-old girl who is known to many as a successful peacock detective. She has been chasing her neighbour’s escaped peacocks (William Shakespeare and Virginia!) al…

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