March picture book roundup part 2

The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpys, Scribe, ISBN 9781925106206, RRP $30 (hardcover) Picture book stories can sometimes be a bit “out there” but they’re also a really good way to address things with kids that they might not want to talk about head-on. And let’s face it, often-times they are […]

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March picture book roundup part 1

I am enamoured with picture books at the moment. If you want to see amazing design and original, creative stories then picture books are where it’s at (as┬áthe kids say [tiny kids because they’re the only kids who think I’m cool anymore]). Note: Age guides given are just suggestions and do not preclude anyone else […]

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Book review: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Chimes by Anna Smaill, Sceptre, ISBN 9781444794533, RRP$34.99 What if we didn’t remember things? What if memory meant so little to us that we let things go, not even knowing what they were? What if our world was so full of music, both beautiful and dangerous, that it crowded out our memories? That’s the […]

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Book review: The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley

The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley, Bloomsbury, ISBN9781408854136, RRP$27.99 Christmas may be well gone but stock up for next year’s present pile or just enjoy a bit of Christmas with this excellent book for kids and young adults. The Last of the Spirits is another retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol but […]

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Book review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury, ISBN9781408856000, RRP $24.99 Some books you read the blurb for and get rather excited about. Expectations run high… which can always lead to dashed hopes. That rather dramatic opening is basically my way of saying I really had high hopes for There Will Be Lies but ultimately […]

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