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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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Eddie Woo’s Wonderful World of STEM

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke This 224-page book, which resembles a textbook in size, has a busy cover in blue and yellow. As well as presenting the title of the book in large letters, it is decorated with science and maths symbols with a picture of the author tucked into the bottom lefthand corner of the

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Walk With Us by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Inspired by the Uluru Statement from the Heart this book is an invitation to go on a journey together with family, friends and First Nations people. It is one of a set of children’s books belonging to a Welcome to Our Country series to connect young children, parents and teachers with

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The Quest for the Galleon of Time by Tanya Hunter

Reviewed by Rod McLary There is nothing like a good adventure story to engage the hearts and minds of all those young readers who enjoy being transported to another world where the kids are the heroes.  Tanya Hunter in her debut novel delivers on this well and truly. The story – combining adventure and magic

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I am Lupe by Sela Ahosivi-Atiola

Reviewed by Rod McLary This charming book for young children addresses and affirms diversity and the intrinsic value of each of us regardless of any differences we may have from those around us. Lupe attends school and notices that she looks different from the other children – and they too notice the differences.  She is

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One Little Duck by Katrina Germein

Reviewed by Gerard Healy A charming and engaging variation on the well-known “Five Little Ducks” story suitable for younger pre-schoolers and the adults in their lives. The text by Katrina Germein is most appropriate for younger readers and it is beautifully complimented by Danny Snell’s wonderful illustrations. If you have younger children in your lives

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That’s Not My Rocket by Fiona Watt

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve Usborne’s publishing for children is in highest regard internationally as their sales continue to  exceed the millions. Fiona Watt’s series of That’s Not My…. alone has totalled over 6,000,000 so it is not surprising that this latest addition to the collection of touchy-feely books for little readers is a winner. As

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The Lucky Shack by Apsara Baldovino

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Well, I do not care that Harper Collins classifies this large beautiful book as ‘Juvenile: Age 3+’.  It will be gracing my coffee table for some time to come.  That said, note to parents, this is a must for the Christmas Stocking.  A lovely present for children, aunties and uncles, alike,

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The Truth Detective by Tim Harford

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Search Your Feelings Darth Vader Children get all the best books and now recently published: Tim Harford’s The Truth Detective: How to Make Sense of a World That Doesn’t Add Up.  This is a fun, fact filled, brilliantly explained book, enhanced by Ollie Mann’s illustrations in splashes of colour. The introduction

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the quiet and the loud by Helena Fox

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Helena Fox has written a book called the quiet and the loud. This tells the story of a little girl called George who is autistic. The story begins with a strange happening, where George’s father, on a camping trip, takes her into the middle of a lake, slips overboard and swims

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Little Treasure by Chanelle Gosper

Reviewed by Gail McDonald This is a great story for young children of two to five, of a mother and child who visit a beach on a windy day. The story focuses on the child and her dog exploring the deserted beach finding strands of seaweed and a tiny pink heart shaped shell. On each

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Jamie by L. D. Lapinski

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke The 21st Century has seen a marked change in attitudes. Many traditional beliefs have been questioned and people are more prepared to speak out to support their ideas. The children’s book, Jamie, by L. D. Lapinski highlights some of these changes. The main character and narrator is 11 year old Jamie

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The Big Story of Being Alive by Neal Layton

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The title itself indicates an exciting tale is about to be revealed and it instantly captures a reader’s attention with its positive message – having life is tremendous. The bygone revolutions, agrarian and industrial, have made way for the new age of science and technology. As a result, educators are beseeched

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Found in Sydney by Joanne O’Callaghan

Reviewed by Gail McDonald What a great counting book this is. There are many aspects of the book which are really fresh and educational for young children starting with the Acknowledgement of Country at the front of the book written in Dharug language with the English meaning below. This introduces young people to the fact

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