Father’s Day Book Reviews

With Father’s Day just around the corner, I thought it fitting to review two cute new picture books designed specifically to celebrate Dads – yet in two very different ways! If kids are looking for a sweet, heartfelt picture book to give Dad and remind him of how much he means to them, it’s hard READ MORE

Book Review: The Secret Science Society’s Spectacular Experiment, by Kathy Hoopmann and Josie Montano

The Secret Science Society’s Spectacular Experiment, Kathy Hoopmann and Josie Montano, Wombat Books, August 2019. From the publisher: Mona likes to moan. Kiki is a worry-wart. Bart loves following rules. And Zane HATES following rules. When the four of them are put into The Secret Science Society together, this could only mean one thing: DISASTER! READ MORE

Book Review: After the Lights Go Out, by Lili Wilkinson

After the Lights Go Out, by Lili Wilkinson, A & U Children, July 2018   From the publisher: What happens when the lights go off after what might truly be an end-of-the-world event? How do you stay alive? Who do you trust? How much do you have to sacrifice? ‘After the Lights Go Out is READ MORE

#BookReview: Hadamar: The House of Shudders by Jason K Foster

Hadamar: The House of Shudders, Jason K. Foster (text), Big Sky Publishing, May 2019. Blurb: A bastard, a shame, a national disgrace. Nazi Germany is ruled by Hitler’s barbaric policies of racial cleansing. Ingrid Marchand’s only sin was to be born black. Horrifying institutions like Hadamar are where the undesirables – including the mentally and READ MORE

Book Review: Tintinnabula, by Margo Lanagan and Rovina Cai (illustrator)

Tintinnabula, Margo Lanagan and Rovina Cai, Hardie Grant Egmont, October 2017   From the publisher: In wild times and in wartime, in times of fear and illness, I go to Tintinnabula, where soft rains fall. Tintinnabula is a story about moving from discomfort to peace, from violence and uncertainty to a still, sure place. It READ MORE

#BookReview: Claire Malone Changes the World by Nadia L King and Alisa Knatko

Claire Malone Changes the World, Nadia L King (author), Alisa Knatko (illus.), Dixi Books, November 2019. Blurb: A new generation of children… They are not afraid of taking responsibilities any more, but they are rather keen on addressing problems. Claire is one of them. The moment she sees the broken swing and the cracked slide READ MORE

Holiday Book Review Roundup

If you’re looking for ideas for new books to keep your kids entertained and engaged during the remainder of the school holidays, here are some titles to consider: Tricky’s Bad Day Alison Lester is one of Australia’s most treasured author/illustrators and she is back doing what she does best in her picture book Tricky’s Bad READ MORE

Book Review: The Finder, by Kate Hendrick

The Finder, Kate Hendrick, Text Publishing, 2018   From the publisher: When Lindsay meets Elias the signs aren’t promising. She’s a grungy introvert who doesn’t want to talk to anyone. He’s a teen fashionista who can’t shut the hell up. But since Lindsay tracked down a runaway kid, word’s got around that she knows how READ MORE

#BookReview: In the Shadow of an Elephant by Georgie Donaghey and Sandra Severgnini

In the Shadow of an Elephant, Georgie Donaghey (author), Sandra Severgnini (illus.), Little Pink Dog Books, May 2019. Blurb: One terrible night the ground rumbled, and dark shapes appeared in the distance. A cracking sound tore through the air. Lualani’s life was changed forever. ‘Don’t be afraid. I will look after you.’ Jabari reached out READ MORE

Book Review: Birthday, by Meredith Russo

Birthday, Meredith Russo, Flatiron Books, 2019. From the publisher: Two best friends. A shared birthday. Six years… ERIC: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other’s side—as Morgan’s mom died, as he moved across READ MORE