Kids reviews

Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda

Emily Rodda’s Rowan of Rin series is a gentle and exciting introduction to traditional fantasy. The series consists of five books, each a different story that subtly builds on the previous instalment…

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School of Monsters series by Sally Rippin & Chris Kennett

The four chapter books in Sally Rippin’s new School of Monsters series are a marvellous treat for children just starting their reading journey. Each is composed of short, easy sentences with bold, br…

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The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel by Nicki Greenberg

Pepper’s father is the captain of the RMS Aquitania, a huge luxury liner transporting people across the Atlantic Ocean from England to New York. After years of begging, Pepper finally gets to join hi…

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Wow in the World by Mindy Thomas & Guy Raz

The human body is an endlessly interesting subject and this book by two celebrated podcasters is endlessly entertaining. Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz are the hosts of the NPR family podcast Wow in the Wo

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The Edge of Thirteen by Nova Weetman

A new story from Nova Weetman is always a thrill. The Edge of Thirteen is an evocative story about being on the cusp of puberty and the many challenges that it entails. Weetman effortlessly depicts t…

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Blue Flower by Sonya Hartnett & Gabriel Evans

A new book from Sonya Hartnett is always something to anticipate. Blue Flower is her first picture book since 2014 and this magical offering introduces readers to a sweet little character – and their…

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Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat by David Melling

Ruffles is an adorable dog who loves doing all the familiar doggy things like playing, chewing and fetching, but there is one thing he does not care for and that is his new red coat – ugh! How will h…

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My Spaghetti ABC by Deborah Niland

Spaghetti as an art medium wouldn’t be every parent’s choice – but oh, what fun in the hands of a young child, with their baby sibling and even Nana joining in! In Deborah Niland’s new picture book, …

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Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

Amari Peters misses her older brother Quinton, who has been missing for six months. When Amari receives a mysterious delivery, supposedly from Quinton himself, it seems like she might be getting clos…

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The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman & Ryan Graudin

The World Between Blinks is the place where things, buildings, cities and people end up when they are truly lost. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Marisol and Jake, who are certainly not lost, end up…

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