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The Book of Australian Trees by Inga Simpson

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke This is a beautifully presented hardcovered 24.5 x 32cm book about fifteen Australian trees.  It is presented as a children’s book and I believe is best suited to middle to upper primary school children. Wording on the back cover states – ‘This book is a love song to Australian trees, from

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Pawcasso by Remy Lai

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve There is so much to enjoy in Pawcasso, a graphic novel written and illustrated by Remy Lai, born in Indonesia but now living in Brisbane.  She has become a successful, much loved author and it all began at the Somerset Storyfest on the Gold Coast. Jo is a girl who lives

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The Big Book of Festivals by Marita Bullock & Joan-Maree Hargreaves

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve In size and appearance, one would wrongly conclude that this is a book for young children. Happily, this is not so. The efforts of the two writers and the illustrator have produced an attractive book that is interesting and informative to us all. The Festivals featured occur all over the world.

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The Treehouse Joke Book 2 by Andy Griffiths

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve This is, like most of its genre, a two-person book.  The reader tantalises and entertains the listener/s. Both are essential!  The reader has the better role, as the chuckles will be accompanied by the enjoyment of the illustrations by the gifted Terry Denton. Like the Treehouse books loved by millions around

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What Do You Call Your Grandma by Ashleigh Barton

Reviewed by Gerard Healy Another delightful winner from the same team of writer Ashleigh Barton and illustrator Martina Heiduczek, that brought us last year’s What Do You Call Your Grandpa?  Following a similar format, we get a look at different cultures around the world and this time, their beloved grandmothers. A clever feature of the

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The Quicksand Pony by Alison Lester

Reviewed by Gerard Healy An engaging tale by Alison Lester of two children: a girl and her horse and a boy and his unusual mum. The girl is ten-year-old Biddy who lives on a cattle property close to the ocean in the rugged Gippsland district of Victoria. The other main character, nine-year-old Joe, has had

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The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve This book, with its eleven-year-old heroine and her father, is a first novel.  It is beautifully written with a strong environmental message. April Wood lives with her father, a scientist and widower, and loves to spend time in her garden, observing nature and befriending a wild fox she calls Braveheart.  Her

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The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

Reviewed by Gerard Healy This is the first children’s book by the renowned J.K. Rowling after her hugely successful Harry Potter series which broke records for world-wide sales. It’s probably fair to say that this one is not in the Harry Potter league, but nevertheless, it’s a charming tale that should entertain children and the

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Code Name Bananas by David Walliams

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve As an avid reader who grew up in the era when Enid Blyton was the most exciting writer of children’s books, it was with a blend of delight and envy that that I read Code Name Bananas by David Walliams. Delight because it is a riotous tale of a young boy,

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The Quokka’s Guide to Happiness by Alex Cearns

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The subtitle reads: a little bit of wisdom from the happiest animal on the planet. The Quokka enjoys its fame by featuring in countless photos and selfies. It is found mostly on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia, a short boat trip from Perth. The quokka is loved by

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The Traitor: Wolf Girl 4 by Anh Do

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke The Wolf Girl adventure series is written for 8-14-year-old readers by Vietnamese-born Australian Anh Do. What a versatile person this author is. Not only does he write books, but he is often seen gracing our screens as the portrait painter in Anh’s Brush with Fame or in movies or as a

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Future Friend by David Baddiel

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve Future Friend is an engaging story that presents an imagined life 1,000 years from now and the contrasting way we existed in 2019. By 3020, the population has reached twenty-four billion.  Chickens become militant and it is accepted as wrong to kill animals for food. Pigs are intelligent beings, some capable

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When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve Maxine Beneba Clarke, passionate about human rights and social justice, has created a book for children that throbs with colour and emotion. This tumultuous year has produced events that must question a young child’s ability to make sense of their world. The media, especially television, depicted horrific scenes of the murder

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Dr Karl’s Surfing Safari Through Science by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The title suggests skimming through Science in the way an intrepid surfer rides the waves. This lavishly illustrated book offers far more, from the much admired and loved Australian icon, Dr Karl. Surfing involves a passion for the sport.  None can deny that the enthusiasm and knowledge Dr. Karl imparts has

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