Kids reviews

My Happy Life by Rose Lagercrantz & Eva Eriksson

My Happy Life is a gorgeous little book and the perfect next step for children ready to move on from the first readers at school.

Originally published in Swedish before being translated into English…

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On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne & Vladimir Radunksy

I love picture books that teach children about extraordinary human beings throughout history. Sometimes, however, they can be rather pedestrian biographies. Not so for this fascinating book on Albert…

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The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies

Part of a new series by English author Nicola Davies, The Lion Who Stole My Arm is a unique book within a crowded market. Rather than featuring western kids in exotic countries helping the animals, t…

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Evan’s Gallipoli by Kerry Greenwood

When 14-year-old Evan and his evangelical pacifist father travel to Gallipoli as volunteers with the army medical corps during the Great War, nothing can prepare them for what is to come. Evan’s drea…

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Song For A Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt

Nine-year old Peat and her big sister Marlie live in isolation at The Overhang, banished from the nearest settlement because of Peat’s heritage. There they tend cows and long for the infrequent visit…

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is so funny and engaging that as my nine-year-old son sat reading it on the tram, giggling away, he completely missed his stop, twice! In fact, all of the members of…

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The Treasure Box Margaret Wild & illustrated by Freya Blackwood

The serenity of Freya Blackwood’s beautiful illustrations belies the sobriety of the subject matter in this poignant story. War has displaced Peter and his father, and as they flee, the only treasure…

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