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: Minton Goes! by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble

Minton Goes! by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble, Allen & Unwin, ISBN9781760111960 When you think “cute characters for kids” you don’t immediately think “spotty salamander”, unless, that is, you’ve met the delightful Minton. Yes, Minton our eponymous hero is a salamander and what an energetic little fellow he turns out to be. Minton Goes! is […]

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Three new picture books from Book Island

When it comes to children’s books Book Island is by far the most interesting small press in New Zealand. The books are original and always beautifully produced, and I really like the idea that they are all European books being published into English. Here’s three new titles from them – all perfect Christmas gift ideas […]

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A round up of picture books

It’s prime Christmas shopping time, people! And for the little kids in your life I recommend picture books. There are some beautiful examples out there, and here’s three recent favourites. Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet, Allen & Unwin, ISBN 9781760110956 A very cute and lively book for the young ones. Tullet uses colour and energy […]

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Win a copy of Play in the Garden by Sarah O’Neil

Kids don’t have the patience or the interest in having their own garden patch, they just want to have fun! Sarah O’Neil knows this well. Her series of clever outdoor projects will get kids outside throughout the growing season, having fun in the vegetable garden. While learning to grow vegetables is covered in the book, […]

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