Kids reviews

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

The Jolly Christmas Postman has delighted children for almost 30 years and over that time has lost none of its magic; it’s as wonderful now as it’s always been. Written in a cheerful rhyme that, when…

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Glassheart by Katharine Orton

Right from the beginning, Glassheart is a heart-stopping encounter in the foreboding quiet of the night, and a compelling mystery to be solved by both our protagonist, Nona, and the reader.

Nona an…

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What Adults Don’t Know About Architecture by The School of Life

Winston Churchill said, ‘We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.’ The influence that architecture has on how we live our lives is grand in scale, but easy to miss. The first boo…

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When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke

When We Say Black Lives Matter explains to the reader why Black lives matter. It talks about what ‘Black Lives Matter’ means exactly and why it still needs to be said, whispered, sobbed, shouted, and…

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How to Make a Bird by Meg McKinlay & Matt Ottley

How To Make a Bird is a stunner of a picture book. In heart-shivering, lyrical prose, Meg McKinlay details the process of creating a bird, and, in doing so, illuminates the transformative potential o…

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How to be a Real Ballerina by Davina Bell & Jenny Lovlie

What does it take to be a ‘real ballerina’? Do you have to conform to a particular size and shape? Do you have to execute all the steps in perfect order to qualify? Is there only one way? How to Be a

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The Odds by Matt Stanton

Sydney author Matt Stanton has amassed many fans with his picture books and the popular Funny Kid novels. He has now turned his hand to graphic novels and The Odds is the first book in a new series. …

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Catvinkle and the Missing Tulips by Elliot Perlman & Laura Stitzel

Here comes the delightful feline Catvinkle and her dalmatian friend Ula for a new adventure, one in which they have to defend their new sheep friends who have been accused of eating the tulips of Ams…

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Windows by Patrick Guest & Jonathan Bentley

No doubt, there will be a number of books published in the wake of our year of lockdown, but none quite so beautiful or pitch perfect as this one. As a variety of solitary children in very different …

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Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow returns in the long-awaited third book set in the magical world of Nevermoor. Mog is eager to get a handle on her Wundersmith powers and to finally start learning the Wretched Arts. Aft…

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