Kids reviews

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

I have reread Tuck Everlasting twice in the last three years and am always struck by the beauty and simplicity of Natalie Babbitt’s writing; why use many words when one perfect word conjures everythi…

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Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Lighthouses have an iconic charm, but beyond the pristine whiteness fables of shipwrecks and smugglers swirl around them. And then, there is the reality of staffing and maintaining them which was a t…

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47 Degrees by Justin D’Ath

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Readers of Justin D’Ath’s Extreme Adventures series, particularly the second book, Bushfire Rescue, may be shocked when they realise that this new story of survival, loss and ruin is based on his own…

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The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

Reviewed by Bec Kavanagh

The people who survive when the world turns upside down are the first ones who learn how to walk on their heads.

Ella and her brother Emery are learning to survive in a world that’s been tipped ups…

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The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

This story is mythic in stature and full of wonder and enchantment. It is a tale about a family living remotely on a harsh land where winter has an icy hold and threatens to freeze all life to the bo…

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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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Inside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Inside the Villains is a magnificent example of children’s book design at its most creative and innovative. The very size and format of this work looms large and the child reader may wonder if life-s…

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The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This is a highly illustrated, fascinating guidebook to ecosystems, featuring key animals and plants. Rachel Ignotofsky, bestselling author and illustrator of Women in Science, delightfully displays b…

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Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Lenny’s Book of Everything is a book with a stellar cast. There is Cynthia Spink, the proud, hard-working, worn-down, single mother of two; Mrs Gaspar, the eccentric old Hungarian lady who lives in t…

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

It is eighteen years since Philip Reeve’s debut science-fiction novel, Mortal Engines, the first in a quartet, was published. It is imminently due for global fame with a film adaptation by Peter Jack…

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