Page 7 of our reviews

Boys Will Be… by Susann Hofmann

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Boasting bold and brightly coloured illustrations, big flaps on every page, and a large easy-to-handle format Girls Are Pretty… and Boys Will Be… by Susann Hoffman are clever, empowering board books …

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Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

In Machines Like Me, Ian McEwan imagines a world in the past that is also the future. Britain has lost the Falklands War and driverless cars are the norm. Alan Turing, the great scientist, is also st…

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Australia Day by Stan Grant

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Stan Grant has an issue with how we are responding to Australia Day. In his new book Australia Day, he argues that not all Australians are racist. Grant believes that the present media coverage of th…

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Alex and the Alpacas Save the World by Kathryn Lefroy

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

There’s much to enjoy in this exciting adventure with its magical twist! There’s an ancient spirit imprisoned in a forest for a thousand years awakened and determined to destroy the world, a prophecy…

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Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Visit Starfell, a land where magic is bursting back into the world in unexpected, fantastic ways, but also in the odd and unremarkable – or so they first appear.

Willow Moss has magic like many mem…

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The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Reviewed by Julia Jackson

In this unusual, yet confidently written debut, Elizabeth Macneal transports the reader to London, 1851. The London of Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray and Wilkie Collins, where the finis…

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Kindness Rules! by Eunice & Sabrina Moyle

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, the team behind Hello!Lucky and the creators of Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power!, have created another glorious board book, this time about manners.

Kindness Rules

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The Witch in the Cherry Tree by Margaret Mahy & Jenny Williams

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

In the back of The Witch in the Cherry Tree there was a recipe: ‘How to Make Gingerbread Witches’. I have very fond memories of my mum helping my siblings and me to make and decorate these when we we…

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The Honeyman and the Hunter by Neil Grant

Reviewed by Bec Kavanagh

‘How do we find the place where we belong?’ asks Neil Grant in his newest YA novel, as he follows Rudra Solace from a beachside fishing village on the Australian coast to a sunken village in India. R…

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A Universe of Sufficient Size by Miriam Sved

Reviewed by Elke Power

With her second novel, A Universe of Sufficient Size, Miriam Sved again demonstrates her ability to write about highly specific human preoccupations in a way that renders them interesting and engagin…

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