Kids reviews

The Marzipan Pig by Russell Hoban & Quentin Blake

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

What struck me immediately about this little treasure was I couldn’t help reading it aloud. There’s a magical rhythm, almost a poetry, which sings off the page. Russell Hoban has distilled the explor…

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Master Detective: A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery by Astrid Lindgren

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

What an absolute treat – three newly translated books by the world-famous author of Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren. First published in Swedish in 1946, these are well-written, exciting detective…

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How to Win a Nobel Prize by Barry Marshall, Lorna Hendry & Bernard Caleo

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

While waiting to meet a famous scientist at her mum’s work, Mary (who wants to win a Nobel Prize when she grows up) stumbles into a room in which a man in a crumpled lab coat is talking to someone wh…

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Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks

Reviewed by Janine Larson

Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different is a welcome addition to the collections of biographies designed to inspire children. Similar to Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, it offers 100 snapshot b…

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The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls by Adam Cece & Andrew Weldon

Reviewed by Pilgrim Hodgson

In Huggabie Falls, something like having a maths teacher who’s also a witch is normal, because Huggabie Falls is the weirdest town on Earth. But when something extremely weird happens! Kipp Kindle an…

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Grandma Z by Daniel Gray-Barnett

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Every year on Albert’s birthday it’s the same thing: birthday socks and birthday toast, no piñatas (too messy) and no musical chairs (too noisy). This year, Albert closes his eyes and makes a wish an…

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The Silver Sea by Alison Lester & Jane Godwin

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

When two of the best in Australian children’s literature get together, it’s time to rejoice. Having worked together with Indigenous children to make books, Jane Godwin and Alison Lester have had lots…

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Robinson by Peter Sís

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Czech-American author Peter Sís is one of the most distinctive picture-book authors working today. His latest is a simply worded, stunningly illustrated story about a young boy who plays pirates with…

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Go Go and the Silver Shoes by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Friendships can start in curious ways and for Go Go, meeting Ellie was not only the start of a friendship but a chance to reunite with a much-loved shoe. Go Go always gets hand-me-downs from her big …

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Shout Out to the Girls

Reviewed by Carrie Croft

I’m pretty excited about the current sweep of consciousness-raising books for young readers celebrating inspiring women.

Due to the wildly successful Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the concept …

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