Kids reviews

Egyptomania by Emma Giuliani & Carole Saturno

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

What a feast for the eyes! This is a stunning, large-format, coffee-table book that is absolutely thrilling in its elegant design and flamboyant colour, with its sturdy flaps and incredible reveals. …

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Accidental Heroes by Lian Tanner

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Fans of Lian Tanner’s bestselling fantasy adventure series, The Keepers, will delight in her new trilogy, The Rogues, set in the same richly imagined world. It introduces a new cast of heroes and vil…

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The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Mira Bartók’s The Wonderling is a story full of heart and soul, and one of my favourite middle fiction reads of 2017. This is a story about groundlings – beings that are part animal and part human – …

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Odd One Out by Danielle Chaperon & Iris

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Clara and Annabelle are soulmates, complete in their friendship. Then along comes Juliette. Heartbroken, Clara watches Annabelle and Juliette’s friendship blossom as she tags along, feeling on the ou…

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Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan & Rovina Cai

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

In Tintinnabula, a lone young woman sets out on a journey through devastated lands and wind-lashed barren fields to a place of deeper consolation, renewal and peace. The brilliant speculative fiction…

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Good Night Sleep Tight by Kristina Andres

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

In this idyllic world, Fox and Rabbit live in perfect harmony. Their only troubles are finding more creative ways to say good night, and getting to sleep!

Each of the short, eleven-and-a-half stori…

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Hello, Melbourne! by Megan McKean

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This charming picture book from the creator of Hello, Sydney! treats us to a tour of Melbourne hosted by six friendly magpies. The simple, playful illustrations portray Melbourne’s most iconic sites,…

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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Prosper and his little brother Bo have run away to the magical city of Venice, following the death of their beloved mother. They join forces with a group of young runaways taking shelter in an abando…

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the first book in a charmingly odd, breathtakingly adventurous and entirely magical new children’s series. Debut author Jessica Townsend created a major stir…

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The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Following a plane crash, four children are left to fend for themselves alone in the Amazon. They forage for fruit and bugs to eat, find shelter and build a raft as they try to look after each other i…

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