Kids reviews

Captain Rosalie by Timothee de Fombelle & Isabelle Arsenault

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

This is a story about a brave and determined young girl named Rosalie, aka Captain Rosalie, who’s on a secret mission. Set against the backdrop of World War I, we meet five-year-old Rosalie living a …

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

It is eighteen years since Philip Reeve’s debut science-fiction novel, Mortal Engines, the first in a quartet, was published. It is imminently due for global fame with a film adaptation by Peter Jack…

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Inside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Inside the Villains is a magnificent example of children’s book design at its most creative and innovative. The very size and format of this work looms large and the child reader may wonder if life-s…

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The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This is a highly illustrated, fascinating guidebook to ecosystems, featuring key animals and plants. Rachel Ignotofsky, bestselling author and illustrator of Women in Science, delightfully displays b…

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Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Lenny’s Book of Everything is a book with a stellar cast. There is Cynthia Spink, the proud, hard-working, worn-down, single mother of two; Mrs Gaspar, the eccentric old Hungarian lady who lives in t…

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The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Not since Jaclyn Moriarty’s last book have I been so immersed in a wickedly adventurous story brimming with quirky characters, bravado and irreverent humour.

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Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey by Alison Lester

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Alison Lester is truly a legend; time and time again she delivers perfect picture books. Her illustrations are delightful, her text rhymes seamlessly and her word choices never feel forced. Noni the …

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The Tales of Mr Walker by Jess Black & Sara Acton

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

I fell in love with Mr Walker when he came to a booksellers’ function. He had the insouciant manner of a well bred dog; he was a golden boy.

Trained as a guide dog for the visually impaired, he is n…

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The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold & Emily Gravett

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

A.F. Harrold’s books always explore a parallel, often creepy world that looks at love, loyalty and loss. The Afterwards is no exception, portraying a tight friendship between Happiness (Ness) and Dec…

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Everything I’ve Never Said by Samantha Wheeler

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Queensland author Samantha Wheeler is already a Readings’ favourite, with two of her middle grade novels previously shortlisted for The Readings Children’s Book Prize. Her latest is an incredible pie…

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