Kids reviews

When the War Came Home by Lesley Parr

This beautifully crafted historical adventure is set in the 1920s, amid the small, tight-knit community of a Welsh village.This is where our plucky protagonist, Natty, struggles with challenges on mu…

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When You’re Older by Sofie Laguna

As Richard Branson once said, ‘imagination is one of humanity’s greatest qualities’.

Books such as When You’re Older fuel the imagination, encouraging children to dream and wonder. As a young boy i…

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In an Artist’s Garden by Claire Orrell

‘Have you ever wondered where magic is found? Why it’s in the garden, of course.’

So begins this gorgeous, fun seek-and-find book which introduces young readers to the gardens of famous artists (an…

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The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre by Clare Povey

After the mysterious death of his beloved parents, Bastien Bonlivre is sent to an orphanage in Paris, a cold, decrepit establishment run by a mirthless, shadowy director intent on punishing its resid…

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Your School is the Best by Maggie Hutchings

I am a huge fan of Maggie Hutchings and Felicita Sala’s Your Birthday Was the Best! so I was overjoyed to see the return of my favourite picture-book cockroach family in this perfectly timed follow-u…

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I’ll Keep You Close by Jeska Verstegen

Based on a true story that occurred within the author’s immediate family, this is a story of how the experiences of the Holocaust affect the next generations, no matter how much the family tries to k…

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Rockstar Detectives by Adam Hills

Charley P – an up-and-coming TikTok rockstar playing shows all over the world – and her best friend George – a budding comedian and master of the ways of online marketing – are loving their newfound …

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Looking after Country with Fire by Victor Steffensen

Following his 2020 nonfiction book Fire Country, Victor Steffensen has now produced a bright and accessible picture-book introduction to First Nations fire management for younger people.

In Looking

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The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell

The first of Elyne Mitchell’s many books about brumbies, The Silver Brumby is a classic of Australian nature writing with beautiful depictions of the trees and animals of the Kosciuszko area.

The s…

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Plume: World Explorer by Tania McCartney

While we may not be able to travel much ourselves, the utterly delightful penguin Plume can, and he makes for a wonderful guide on a journey around the world, exploring different climates, locations …

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