Picture Book Review: The Very Noisy Baby

The Very Noisy Baby, Alison Lester (author/illus.), Affirm Press, Nov 2017 Synopsis: Here is the story of a very noisy baby. She could bellow like a buffalo. And roar like a lion. And howl like a wolf for a very long time. The baby loves to make all kinds of sounds. She’s really very loud. But when some animals in the town go missing, can the very noisy baby help? Find out in this wonderfully boisterous story, full of action, fun (and noise!). If you already have a number of picture bo...
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Top 17 of ’17

It's time for the annual book selections that topped our ‘favourites list’. The ones that had us rip roaring with giggles, the ones that made our hearts stop beating, and the ones that simply took our breath away. It's always tough to choose, especially since we literally turn over hundreds of books in a year. But here they are, picture books as picked between my girls and myself. Which ones were your favourites? A Very Quacky Christmas, Frances Watts (author), Ann James (illus.), ABC Books, ...
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Picture Book Review: Wolfie, an Unlikely Hero

Wolfie: An Unlikely Hero, Deborah Abela (author), Connah Brecon (illus.), Random House Australia, 2017 Synopsis: I, The Wolf, am sick of being the bad guy. I’m taking over this book. Dear Readers, Fairytales are nonsense. They’re full of wolves pestering pigs and picking on sweet little girls in red hoods. But I would never do those things. I knit! I bake blueberry pie! You know what I really want to do? I WANT TO RESCUE A PRINCESS! And if I can’t? I QUIT! Yours sincerely, Wo...
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Review: Brave and Strong All Day Long by Elizabeth Cummings

#BraveAndStrongAllDayLong #BooksOnTour #BlogDash #Day2 Welcome back to our sunny blog tour! Here's our take on this important book with a universal, child-centred appeal. Review: Brave And Strong All Day Long, Elizabeth Cummings (author), Johanna Roberts (illus.), EC, November 2017. Aptly dedicated to those who risk their lives to save others, and to the brave and strong role model; lifeguard Fiona, this picture book is an asset to the wider, water-loving community. And coincidenta...
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Review: Do Not Open This Book Again by Andy Lee

Do Not Open This Book Again, Andy Lee (author), Heath McKenzie (illustrator), Lake Press, 2017 Do Not Open This Book Again is the sequel to the very popular Do Not Open This Book by comedian Andy Lee. Throughout the first book, the main character, Whizz - an appealing mix of gross and cute - begs the reader not to turn the page. Using a hilarious combination of bribing, making threats and pleading, Whiz tries everything but of course, kids become more and more determined to make it to t...
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Review: The Howling Sands by Karen Hughes

#TheHowlingSands #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #Day1 We’re thrilled to run this blog blast with Karen Hughes and her exciting middle-grade novel, The Howling Sands! We hope you get swept up in the magic with us! :) Kalika Magic: The Howling Sands, Karen Hughes (author), November 2017. Synopsis: One hundred years ago, the mysterious Veladin vanished into the earth. Now Kai, Indie, Nima and Jabar must find them, or they'll never see Shaman Yanti again. The desert sands are shifting. Time i...
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Esme’s Wish: An Excerpt

#EsmesWish #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 If you've only heard snippets, and rave reviews, of Esme's Wish, here's even more of a taste of this powerful tale and beautiful writing; a glimpse into the fantastical world of the mystical creatures of Esperance... Esme stared ahead at the city, desperately hoping it wasn’t just a mirage. From a distance, Esperance appeared to be drifting on the lagoon’s surface, as if its hold on existence was so tenuous that it could slip back into the depths...
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Review: Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster

#EsmesWish #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day1 Welcome to the blog blitz for Esme's Wish by Elizabeth Foster, a fantastical mystery for tweens. Thanks for your company! 🐉 🏰 Esme’s Wish, Elizabeth Foster (author), Odyssey Books, 2017. Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father's wedding, her protest is dismissed as the actions of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme's mother - so why can't she? But Esme is suspicio...
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Review: Dinner on the Doorstep by Elizabeth Cummings

Dinner on the Doorstep, Elizabeth Cummings (author), Bronte Goodieson (illustrator), Coogee (publisher), October, 2017 Having a chronically ill parent is an immensely difficult and confusing time for a young child. From deeper issues like the fear of death, to the simple disappointment of not having mum's home-cooked favourite for dinner, children's emotional experiences are complex. Dinner on the Doorstep uses beautiful, simple language to eloquently tell the story of two young chil...
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Review: Ballerina Monkey by Nicole Madigan

#BallerinaMonkey #BooksOnTour #BlogBop #Day1 We're back again for another spectacular blog tour! This time we'll be 'blog bopping' through the virtual blogosphere with Ballerina Monkey and its author, Nicole Madigan! Thanks for grooving with us! 🌟 🐒 🌟 Ballerina Monkey, Nicole Madigan (author), Joe M Ruiz (illus.), BlOOturtle Publishing, October 2017. Besides his love of bananas, more than anything else that Malik the monkey yearns to do is stretch his legs in t...
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