Kids reviews

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

When Louisa May Alcott released the first section of what we now know as Little Women in 1868, she was reportedly surprised by its instant success. Imagine her shock if she were able to learn of the …

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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

There could not be a more pertinent time for a book about a young girl with a vision for a better world! From a young age Sofia has been keen to help out and has cared about others. Along with her be…

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A Trip to the Beach by Gwyn Perkins

A Trip to the Beach is the last adventure in the award winning Iggy and Grandad picture-book series. The first, A Walk in the Bush, won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of the …

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Wild Honey from the Moon by Kenneth Kraegel

This gorgeous, full-colour chapter book is an utter delight. It features the unusual character of a Mother Shrew whose son has a cold head, hot feet and will not stop sleeping. She reads a medical bo…

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The Secrets of Magnolia Moon by Edwina Wyatt & Katherine Quinn

Magnolia Moon can keep secrets. She makes very interesting comparisons that give a unique perspective on life. She likes to ask questions and is inspired by Greek myths. She’s an irrepressible nine y…

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Nevertell by Katharine Orton

This compelling debut novel is full of surprises; it starts like a historical fiction set during Stalin’s reign of terror but quickly morphs into a breathless life and death struggle with a powerful …

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The Impossible Boy by Ben Brooks

After inventing a fake and impossible classmate called Sebastian Cole to trick their substitute teacher, Oleg and Emma are surprised to find that Sebastian, his TARDIS-like spaceship, bottomless back…

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The House of Madame M by Clotilde Perrin & Daniel Hahn

As a kid I remember being completely enthralled by Jan Pieńkowski’s Haunted House, a creepy, kooky spooky, pop-up book by an exceptional illustrator. The House of Madame M, by the French creator Clot…

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Fauna: Australia’s Most Curious Creatures by Tania McCartney

Australia is home to more animal species than any other developed country, with a large percentage of them found nowhere else on earth, and because of the isolated nature of our country many have evo…

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All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell & Jenny Løvlie

This is the picture book of choice this year and it is sheer perfection in every respect! There is so much to love about this book. The rhyming structure reads effortlessly and is lyrical and songlik…

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