Kids reviews

News Hounds: The Puppy Problem by Laura James

News Hounds: The Puppy Problem is a gorgeous chapter book and heralds the beginning of a charming new series. Its hilarious doggy shenanigans, coupled with colourful, cheeky illustrations are guarant…

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Story Doctors by Boori Monty Pryor & Rita Sinclair

The legendary Boori Monty Pryor has written an evocative poem about healing humanity through restoring our relationship with the earth. Drawing on thousands of years of First Nations knowledge, this …

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Grandfather Emu and How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch by Rhonda Collard-Spratt & Jacki Ferro

Aunty Rhonda Collard- Spratt and Jacki Ferro’s Grandfather Emu and How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch is the first in a series called The Spirit of Dreaming. It’s about the Great Spirit who comes to Eart…

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Kafka and the Doll by Larissa Theule & Rebecca Green

What a charming story this is! Kafka and the Doll is based on a factual event in Franz Kafka’s life, when he and his love, Dora Diamant, encountered a crying girl in a Berlin Park. In this fictionali…

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Red Panda Rescue by Jess Butterworth & Kirsti Beautyman

Tilly has just moved to a new town and has created an Adventure Book to help her have fun over the school holidays. Mostly her adventure goals are things like ‘make new friends’, but soon she gets a …

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Welcome to Camp Croak! by Taylor Dolan

Feisty young Lexie Wilde is not looking forward to attending a joyful, fun-time camp for boys and girls. Fortuitously, she winds up at the spooky Camp Croak run entirely by witches! The energetic fem…

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When Days Tilt by Karen Ginnane

This fantasy novel is set in two cities; an alternate 1858 Victorian London and a shadow city called Donlen, ruled over by the Green Witch. Time is sometimes malleable in this world and the Green Wit…

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Are You There, Buddha? by Pip Harry

The path from childhood to young adulthood is neither easy nor straightforward, even for those with supportive family and friends. But for tenacious, thoughtful Bee (who’s mindful of looming environm…

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Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

There are some classic children’s books that will invariably result in wistful exclamations of, ‘oh yes, I love that book!’ in bookish conversations with others. Harry and the Purple Crayon is always…

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The Story of Australia by Don Watson

In The Story of Australia: For the Young (and the Curious), Don Watson has created a toolbox of critical thinking for young readers. Not just a catalogue of the highlights of the Australian story, it…

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