Book Review: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, Wai Chim, Allen and Unwin, 2019 From the publisher: Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad’s restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though READ MORE

#BookReview: Max Booth Future Sleuth Film Flip by Cameron Macintosh and Dave Atze

#MaxBoothFutureSleuth #FilmFlip #BlogTour #BooksOnTourPR #Day2 Max Booth Future Sleuth: #4 Film Flip, Cameron Macintosh (author), Dave Atze (illus.), Big Sky Publishing, September 2019. Blurb: In the year 2424, it seems crazy that people once needed film to take photos. Max and Oscar – Bluggsville’s sharpest pair of sleuths – can’t believe their luck when they READ MORE

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: 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

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

Book Review: Barefoot Bea, by Heather Neilly and Ruth de Vos

Barefoot Bea, Heather Neilly and Ruth de Vos, Yellow Brick Books, 2019   From the publisher: Barefoot Bea hates wearing shoes. She sniffs her nose at a sandal, looks aghast at a gumboot and won’t suffer a sneaker. But when Bea’s parents decide to take radical action, their dynamic daughter comes up with an ingenious READ MORE

Picture Book Review: Emily Gravett’s OLD HAT

Old Hat, Emily Gravett, Pan Macmillan, 2018 Synopsis: Harbet had a hat. His Nana had knitted it for him when he was little. Harbet likes his comfy knitted hat, but the others keep jeering at him – OLD HAT! OLD HAT! No matter what headwear he buys – be it a towering fruit platter hat, an old-boot-on-the-head hat or READ MORE

Book Review: I Despair of My Hair by Ann-Marie Finn

I Despair of My Hair, Ann-Marie Finn, Yellow Brick Books, 2018 From the publisher: Do you know the feeling when you just can’t do ANYTHING with your hair, no matter how hard you try? Well Alice has that problem every day, but what can she do about it? At the end of the day is READ MORE

Book Review: Charlie Changes into a Chicken

Charlie Changes into a Chicken, Sam Copeland (author), Sarah Horne (illus.), Penguin Books, 2019 Synopsis: Charlie McGuffin has an incredible secret . . . He can change into animals. All sorts of animals: a flea, a pigeon, even a rhino. Trouble is, he can’t decide when – it only happens when he gets worried. And right now, Charlie READ MORE

Book Review: How Not to Be Popular by Cecily Anne Paterson

How Not to Be Popular, Cecily Anne Paterson, Wombat Books, 2019 From the publisher: Maddie tries to be nice to everyone. Even weird, chicken-obsessed Tahlia. BUT she’d way prefer to hang out with the cool K-girls at school. The only problem is that they don’t seem interested in her anymore. And at Year 6 camp READ MORE