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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Picture Book Review: Parmesan, the Reluctant Racehorse

Parmesan, the Reluctant Racehorse, Jacqui Halpin (author), John Phillips (illus.), Little Pink Dog Books, 2017 Synopsis: Parmesan, the racehorse, thinks he's a dog. Instead of training with other horses, he's off with his doggy friends, playing doggy games. Will he be ready to run like a racehorse in the Spring Carnival? A humorous light-hearted tale that celebrates the joy of being yourself and running your own race. Review: As an animal lover, and someone who particularly adores both hor...
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Book Review: Max Booth Future Sleuth, a Sci-Fi Adventure Series for Young Readers

Max Booth Future Sleuth: Selfie Search, Cameron Macintosh (author), Dave Atze (illus.), Big Sky Publishing, 2017 Synopsis: Max Booth Future Sleuth is back with more sci-fi adventure and another mystery to solve! Max has been handed an ancient mobile phone. It’s from the year 2017, which makes it more than 400 years old! What’s more, it’s full of photos – all of the same person. Max and his robo-dog sidekick Oscar learn that the photos hold a secret that could lead them to fame and fortune. Bu...
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Review: Rusty, Buster and Patch Versus the Opera

Rusty, Buster and Patch Versus the Opera, Adam Wallace (author), Serena Geddes (illus.), Krueger Wallace Press, 2017. Dynamo Adam Wallace punches out yet another sharp-witted tale in his new series, an ode to his favourite brother-combo - the Marx Brothers. Teaming up with the impeccable Serena Geddes to illustrate the graphic chapter book, you can just see the amount of fun and laughter that went into each page. The book is divided aptly into three short ‘acts’ with large text and 'pun'chy, ...
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A New Eco-Fantasy Adventure from Karen Tyrrell

Just Write a For Kids are thrilled to welcome back resilience and anti-bullying author expert, Karen Tyrrell! Her current blog tour includes the sequel to the fabulous Song Bird Superhero; introducing the 'un-bee-lieveable' The Battle of Bug World! REVIEW: Song Bird: The Battle of Bug World, Karen Tyrrell (author), Digital Future Press, 2017 Synopsis: A superstorm destroys Rosella Ava Bird’s flower garden. All the bees are disappearing. A giant sinkhole cracks open beneath Rosie’s schoo...
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Review of the the Latest in the Ottoline Series by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell

Ottoline and the Purple Fox, Chris Riddell (author/illustrator), Pan Macmillan, 2016 Synopsis: Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who offers to take them on a night-time urban safari. The fox shows them all the hidden animals of the city and Ottoline makes notes on them in her field notebook. Mr Munroe is making notes too - on the anonymous poems he finds stuck to lampposts on their journey. Who is the secretive poet, and h...
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#InterviewByBook with Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Title: Friends Author: Teena Raffa-Mulligan Illustrator: Veronica Rooke Publisher: Serenity Press Genre: Picture book Age Group: Early childhood/junior primary Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Koala and a menagerie of Australian creatures celebrate the many ways in which friends brighten our days, from turning our frowns into smiles to caring and sharing. The rhyming text is complemented by lively, colourful illustrations with an element of humour. What kinds of the...
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Review: A fun-filled junior fiction sports series suitable for kids of all abilities

Ball Stars: The Bench Warmers, David Lawrence (author), James Hart (illus.), Random House, 2017 Synopsis:  Meet the Bench Warmers – Danny, Crystal, Angie, Omyr, Leanne and Cody. They're the new basketball players at Robdale Primary and according to hot shot Greg 'The Goat' McGriffin, they don't have a chance of winning a lunchtime game. But when the gang are picked as part of the school squad things start to look up. SWISH! Can the newbies shake off their name in the upcoming interschool comp...
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#InterviewByBook with Kaye Baillie

Title: Archie Appleby: The Terrible Case of the Creeps Author: Kaye Baillie​ Illustrator: Krista Brennan Publisher: Wombat Books Genre: Fiction, humor, mystery. Age Group: 6+ Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Archie Appleby is a regular boy who finds himself in a weird situation. When his parents go out of town, Archie is left for two nights with his Great Aunt Ruth whose scary old house happens to be on the way. Archie is highly imaginative and is often accused of exag...
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Review: A New Series Perfect for Fans of Horrible Histories

How to Beat Genghis Khan in an Arm Wrestle, Nick Falk (author), Tony Flowers (illus.), Random House, 2016 Brief Synopsis: Join three friends as they use their imagination, settle playground scores and alter the entire course of history in the process! Author Nick Falk and illustrator Tony Flowers have created a number of books together in the past, including the popular Samurai vs. Ninja series. Like those books, How to Beat Genghis Khan in an Arm Wrestle is loads of fun and a guaranteed p...
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