Kids reviews

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

The story of the ill-tempered but delicious self-perpetuating Magic Pudding is an Australian icon a bit like the dog on the tucker box really. But I had never actually read it till now, its centenary…

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The Dress and the Girl by Andros Camille & Julie Morstad

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Julie Morstad is a sensitive illustrator and she delicately brings to life this gentle story by Camille Amos about a girl and her favourite dress made by her mother. The girl (never named) lives on a…

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Inheritance by Carole Wilkinson

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Inheritance opens the door on shameful true events in Australian history. We’re introduced to this story through the fictional character Nic Mitchell Gervase, a present-day descendant of wealthy whit…

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The Raven’s Children by Yulia Yakovleva

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Yulia Yakovleva was inspired by her own family’s experiences to write this children’s book about the trauma suffered by Soviet citizens under Stalin’s repressive regime.

The hero of this story is s…

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Help Around the House by Morris Gleitzman

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

When Ludo’s dad is elected to Federal Parliament, Ludo knows this is the perfect opportunity for both his dad and him to make good on the promise they made his dying mum – that they would always cont…

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Brezania by Anthony Breslin

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Welcome to the magical world of Brezania, a colourful, chaotic universe populated by vibrant creatures that embark upon adventures, and invent and play in their extraordinary environment.

Melbourne …

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Wisp by Zana Fraillon & Grahame Baker-Smith

Reviewed by George Delaney

Idris is a small boy in a small, dark world – a refugee camp where he has spent his whole life. The people there are lonely and suspicious, and have slowly had their memories and wishes worn away by …

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Maya & Cat by Caroline Magerl

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

In exquisite poetic language, author and illustrator Caroline Magerl tells the story of a girl who finds a shivering wet stray cat on the roof, befriends it with sardines and then kindly tries to fin…

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The Relic of the Blue Dragon by Rebecca Lim

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Harley Spark isn’t sure why he’s drawn to the dusty vase sitting outside the local antique warehouse. Harley’s mum, Delia, has always counselled him to be honest, not least because his dad Ray’s crim…

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Sonam and the Silence by Eddie Ayres & Ronak Taher

Reviewed by George Delaney

Sonam is a young girl who lives with her family in Kabul and earns money by selling chewing gum on the city streets. Sonam’s world is flooded with beauty and joy when she hears an old man playing mus…

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