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Walking the Rock Country in Kakadu by Diane Lucas and Ben Tyler

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Walking the Rock Country in Kakadu is a beautifully illustrated hard-covered book which has much to share with the reader. Although it has been published as a book for Primary School children the detailed, vivid images and information it provides have much to share with young and old. Throughout the story

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Mawson in Antarctica by Joanna Grochowicz

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Best to wear a jumper and a beanie when reading Mawson in Antarctica, Joanna Grochowicz really takes you there.  At times during the narrative I did not want to be there – at all.  This is scary stuff of the non-fiction kind. Joanna Grochowicz has written a well-researched account of Douglas

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How to Move a Zoo by Kate Simpson

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend I love true stories and I love elephants, so though the target demographic for Kate Simpson’s How to Move a Zoo is for children four to eight years, this large hard cover book  will remain on my coffee table for all my adult friends to appreciate a slice of Sydney history. 

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The Apprentice Witnesser by Bren MacDibble

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Bren MacDibble’s middle grade novel, 9-13 years of age, imagines the aftermath of a world impacted by global warming and a pandemic that devastates mainly the male population. The story is centred in a village of women and children who subsist in a caring community living off the land in a

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To and Fro by Anton Clifford-Motopi

Reviewed by Gail McDonald This book is the first published book by Anton Clifford-Motopi although he wrote three other books while completing post-graduate studies in public health, working as a university lecturer and raising four children. The author’s stories explore themes of self-identity, family relationships and friendship drawing from his experiences growing up in a

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Tayta’s Secret Ingredient by Amal Abou-Eid

Reviewed by Gail McDonald Amal Abou-Eid is a passionate educator, mother and author of multiple self-published books. Amal started writing children’s books when she couldn’t find books that depicted characters and stories that related to their Muslim Lebanese Australian identity. This is the third book by Amal. Cara King is a Melbourne based illustrator and

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The Most Amazing Thing by Ian Hayward Robinson

Reviewed by Gail McDonald Ian Hayward Robinson is a former teacher who worked for many years in curriculum development and teacher development for the Victorian Education Department. He has run courses on Story Structure and workshops at many writing conferences across Australia. The Most Amazing Thing is his first picture book. Matt Shanks is an

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Footprint by Phil Cummings

Reviewed by Gail McDonald Phil Cummings the author of this book is an Australian author who has written over 70 children’s books including picture books and novels. His work is published in the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, and throughout Europe. Phil has received many awards including 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia  (CBCA)

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Tree by Claire Saxby

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Claire Saxby, the author of this children’s book worked in Community Health while simultaneously writing for children.  She has won several awards for her work. Jess Racklyeft is an illustrator who creates a variety of works either on paper or digitally. Her work with Claire Saxby on Iceberg, resulted in the

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Roobee Roo by Nico and Candy Robertson

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend The author who presented the world with the first indestructible cardboard baby book should be awarded a Noble Prize for Literature. Saving parents from the inevitable task of rescuing baby’s first set of books from a torn and soggy death, while simultaneously, placing tiny feet on the path of literacy, is

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Wurrtoo by Tylissa Elisara

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke This is the first novel by Tylissa Elisara, a children’s social worker. Her aboriginal and Irish heritage has given her a long legacy of storytelling. This hard covered 20 x 13cm book has been described as an indigenous Blinky Bill meets Winnie the Pooh. In her adventure story Wurrtoo the author

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Your Brain is a Lump of Goo by Idan Ben-Barak

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke This brightly coloured hard covered 26cm square children’s book, is produced by writer of science books for children, Idan Ben-Barak and Christopher Nielsen, Australian children author and illustrator. In 2018 Nielsen’s first picture book saw him shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton Award for best new illustrator, and in 2022 his book

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Rainbow Saurus by Steve Antony

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend When writing for very small children colour is a vital component, worldly logic need not be applied to the narrative. Those enviable little people are free spirits, living in a universe of possibility, no suspension of disbelief needed. Rainbow Saurus by Steve Antony is full of colour and movement as he

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The World’s Worst Monsters by David Walliams

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend It is said that David Walliams’ books for children cross the brick wall built in the sand by the political correctness brigade.  Personally, I didn’t notice, and I have it on good authority that children reading David Walliams think his books are wonderful.  Even children who normally regard reading as ‘work’

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Medieval Monsters and Other Creatures by Timothy Ide

Reviewed by Rod McLary When I was a child – quite a number of years ago now – one of my favourite books was Grimm’s Fairy Tales written by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1812.  When first published, the book’s title was Children’s and Household Tales; and there was much criticism as the

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