Kids reviews

Get into Art: Animals by Susie Brooks

Animals are a fantastic subject for artists, and they provide an excellent springboard for this handsome art inspiration and activity book. It includes examples of a variety of styles and techniques,…

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Letters to Klaus by Klaus Flugge

Remember the days when letters with stamps were posted? The momentary mystery of what the contents held, deciphering the handwriting to identify the sender.

Times have changed and personal mail and …

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Welcome to My Country by Laklak Burarrwanga & family

The Yolngu people of Bawaka – a beautiful, remote beach in the East Arnhem Land region – are said to be the most culturally intact Indigenous group in Australia. This book, a collaboration by six Ind…

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Don’t Look Now: Book 1 by Paul Jennings & Andrew Weldon

Young readers will enjoy this new, light-hearted series from celebrated Australian author Paul Jennings. With two in each book, these short and amusing stories, illustrated by Andrew Weldon, are a go…

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Silver Buttons by Bob Graham

A new Bob Graham picture book is always a delightful addition to children’s publishing. His gentle stories celebrate family and home and embrace the wider community and multiculturalism. Silver Butto

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The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

Things are not right in crayon world! Oh, I bet you thought they were having a ball happily colouring in and looking bright in kids’ pictures, but you’d be wrong. It seems there is a downside to a cr…

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The Extincts by Veronica Cossanteli

Read on if you love adventure and excitement, as there are a lot of both in The Extincts by Veronica Cossanteli. When George takes on a job at Wormestall Farm, he is very disappointed to find that th…

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The Girl Who Brought Mischief by Katrina Nannestad

This is a little heartbreaker of a story. Think Pollyanna meets Anne of Green Gables with a dash of Heidi. It’s set in Denmark in 1911, so younger readers may need a bit of context to start with, mai…

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Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone and Marjorie Priceman

I’ll bet you’ve met plenty of doctors in your life. And I’ll bet lots of them were women. Well, you might find this hard to believe, but there once was a time when girls weren’t allowed to become doc

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The Apprentices by Maile Meloy

This is an utterly delicious read in so many ways. On one level, it’s rich in everyday realism. On another, it’s full of impossible, thrilling but always believable happenings.

Janie is a clever gir…

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