Kids reviews

Running with the Horses by Alison Lester

Originally published ten years ago as a long picture book, this exciting historical story has now been transformed into a beautiful compact hardback suitable for junior readers. Alison Lester has loo…

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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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Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl & Lauren O’Hara

Mabel lives at The Mermaid Hotel, which her parents manage. She is an imaginative ‘adventurer’ who often goes down to the nearby sea, the same sea Madame Badobedah travelled across when she was a you…

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Just Because by Mac Barnett & Isabelle Arsenault

‘Why is the ocean Blue? Every night, when you go to sleep, the fish take out guitars. They sing sad songs and cry blue tears.’

And so begins this surreal and gorgeous picture book. A girl is tucked…

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A Little Bit Different by Claire Alexander

Who are the ‘ploofers’? They look like they could be cousins of the Ribena berries, or maybe they are type of baby Pokémon. Whatever they are, I hope these cartoon cuties feature in more books becaus…

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Bold Tales for Brave-Hearted Boys by Susannah McFarlane

Reading the classic fairytales is a rite of passage for many of us. They are stories that can not only spark a never-ending love for literature, but also teach us important moral lessons for how we l…

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The Glimme by Emily Rodda & Marc McBride

Finn lives in a perfectly ordinary village – a place where nothing strange ever happens (other than the occasional person mysteriously disappearing). Much to his ornery grandfather’s disgust, Finn sp…

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I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak

From Carlie Sorosiak, author of If Birds Fly Back and Wild Blue Wonder, we now have I, Cosmo, her debut for middle fiction readers. I, Cosmo is narrated by the honest, heartwarming and brilliantly hi…

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We Are All Greta by Valentina Giannella

Despite the name, this book is not a biography of sixteen-year- old climate activist Greta Thunberg. Instead, it uses the inspiration provided by Thunberg’s example of people-power to educate young p…

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl, a child prodigy whose intelligence is matched only by his gift for nefarious schemes, begins his escapades through the techno-fantasy world of the fairies with the simple goal of steali…

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