Book Review: Dear Sweet Pea, by Julie Murphy

Dear Sweet Pea, Julie Murphy, HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 2019 From the publisher: Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one READ MORE

Picture Book Review Roundup: Christmas Ideas for Children

With Christmas fast approaching, now is a great time to check out some beautiful picture books to buy as gifts for kids, both those celebrating this festive time of year and some wonderful reads in any month. We’re spoilt for choice in Australia when it comes to picture books, so it was hard to choose READ MORE

Book review: The Goldfish Boy, by Lisa Thompson

The Goldfish Boy, Lisa Thompson, Scholastic, 2017 From the publisher: Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn’t been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning. He refuses to leave his bedroom. To pass the time, he observes his neighbours from his bedroom window, making mundane notes about their READ MORE

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