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BOOK REVIEW: A Cornucopia of Fruit and Vegetables by Caroline Ball

BOOK REVIEW: A Cornucopia of Fruit and Vegetables by Caroline Ball

| 25 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Cornucopia of Fruit and Vegetables by Caroline Ball Bodleian Library May 2021 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Botanical Art / History  65% Rocking Plump apricots, juicy mangoes, crisp lettuce. We’re used to seeing close-up photographs of beautiful fruits and vegetables in cookbooks and garden guides. But these detailed illustrations of fruit […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Lily Takes a Walk by Satoshi Kitamura

BOOK REVIEW: Lily Takes a Walk by Satoshi Kitamura

| 24 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Lily Takes a Walk by Satoshi Kitamura Scallywag Press September 2021 Hardcover, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Picture Books / Modern Reprinting 55% Rocking When Lily takes a walk with her dog, Nicky, she notices many lovely things. But poor Nicky only sees monsters lurking at every turn…  A charming book for […]

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BOOK REVIEW: What’s Eating the Universe? by Paul Davies

BOOK REVIEW: What’s Eating the Universe? by Paul Davies

| 20 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: What’s Eating the Universe? by Paul Davies Allen Lane | Penguin Books September 2021 Hardcover, $35.00 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science / Astrophysics / Cosmology / Particle Physics 85% Rocking     Combining the latest scientific advances with storytelling skills unmatched in the cosmos, an award-winning astrophysicist and popular writer leads us on a tour […]

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BOOK REVIEW: PrankLab – Practical science pranks you and your victim can learn from by Wade David Fairclough, Chris Ferrie, Byrne Laginestra

BOOK REVIEW: PrankLab – Practical science pranks you and your victim can learn from by Wade David Fairclough, Chris Ferrie, Byrne Laginestra

| 19 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: PrankLab – Practical science pranks you and your victim can learn from by Wade David Fairclough, Chris Ferrie, Byrne Laginestra Sourcebooks Explore June 2021 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell STEM / Children’s Non-Fiction / Humour / PopScience 97% Rocking Age range 9 to 12 Learn about science while performing fun and hilarious […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Dulcinea In The Forbidden Forest by Ole Könnecke

BOOK REVIEW: Dulcinea In The Forbidden Forest by Ole Könnecke

| 18 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dulcinea In The Forbidden Forest by Ole Könnecke Gecko Press September 2021 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Picture Books / Translated / Beginner Readers / Early Reader Chapter Book 70% Rocking A funny illustrated fairy tale for early readers about the brave and capable Dulcinea, who must save her father from […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Plan B by Shannah Kennedy

BOOK REVIEW: Plan B by Shannah Kennedy

| 16 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Plan B by Shannah Kennedy Penguin Life July 2021 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Self-Help / Motivational 95% Rocking Shannah Kennedy, bestselling author of The Life Plan, takes you on a journey to accept change, heal, reset and move forward with clarity, direction and purpose once again. Change can turn […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Story of Us by Michael Wagner & Beck Feiner

BOOK REVIEW: The Story of Us by Michael Wagner & Beck Feiner

| 14 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Story of Us by Michael Wagner & Beck Feiner ABC Books September 2021 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Record Books / Non-Fiction / Family History 85% Rocking Every family has their stories … An heirloom in the making. Remember the time when Mum … How about when Dad found the … […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave with Tom de Freston

BOOK REVIEW: Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave with Tom de Freston

| 13 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave with Tom de Freston Orion / Hachette Children’s Books September 2021 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Adventure / Mental Health 90% Rocking A captivating, powerful and luminous story from a bestselling, award-winning author about a mother, a daughter and the great […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke

BOOK REVIEW: Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke

| 12 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke Hodder Studio September 2021 Paperback, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction / Dark Humour / Satire 88% Rocking Is it still WFH when you’re now just binary code? Whilst working on a spreadsheet for a New York-based PR firm, Gerald has his consciousness uploaded into […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Slow Down… And Sleep Tight by Rachel Williams, Illustrated by Freya Hartas

BOOK REVIEW: Slow Down… And Sleep Tight by Rachel Williams, Illustrated by Freya Hartas

| 10 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Slow Down… And Sleep Tight by Rachel Williams, Illustrated by Freya Hartas Magic Cat September 2021 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Picture Books / Relaxation / Mindfulness 65% Rocking The sun is getting low, and moon is on her way. It’s time to slow things down… and hug this lovely day. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv, illustrated by Susanna Chapman

BOOK REVIEW: Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv, illustrated by Susanna Chapman

| 8 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv, illustrated by Susanna Chapman Mit Kids Press September 2021 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Picture Books / Space / Educational 75% Rocking   Stargazers rejoice! In his first book for children, renowned physicist Alan Lightman and collaborators, with help from the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My First 100 Dinosaur Words by Chris Ferrie, pictures by Lindsay Dale-Scott

BOOK REVIEW: My First 100 Dinosaur Words by Chris Ferrie, pictures by Lindsay Dale-Scott

| 3 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My First 100 Dinosaur Words by Chris Ferrie, pictures by Lindsay Dale-Scott Sourcebooks eXplore August 2021 Paperback, $12.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Baby Books / Non-Fiction / Science 90% Rocking Age range 0 to 3 Introduce your little genius to the essential first words related to all things dinosaurs! From the #1 bestselling […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by James Norbury

BOOK REVIEW: Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by James Norbury

| 2 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by James Norbury Michael Joseph | Penguin Books September 2021 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Philosophy / Buddhism / Self Help 95% Rocking   The charming, illustrated story of two friends, who travel through the seasons sharing the lessons they learn on their way; the perfect gift […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Curse of the Vampire Robot by Graeme Base

BOOK REVIEW: The Curse of the Vampire Robot by Graeme Base

| 1 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Curse of the Vampire Robot by Graeme Base Angus & Robertson September 2021 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Picture Book / Humour 100% Rocking Deep in the Scottish Highlands, Many years from now … Gertie Gif, a lowly cleaning droid from the village of Loch Lan, sets out on an […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nelson 3 – Eggplants and Dinosaurs by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear

BOOK REVIEW: Nelson 3 – Eggplants and Dinosaurs by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear

| 30 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nelson 3 – Eggplants and Dinosaurs by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear Puffin Books August 2021 Paperback, $12.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Humour 65% Rocking The third book in the totally outrageous adventures of Nelson Hunter – the boy who hates vegetables. Featuring a serious spy mystery and an […]

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BOOK REVIEW: 1-Minute Gardener by Mat Pember & Fabian Capomolla (The Little Veggie Patch Co.)

BOOK REVIEW: 1-Minute Gardener by Mat Pember & Fabian Capomolla (The Little Veggie Patch Co.)

| 29 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: 1-Minute Gardener by Mat Pember & Fabian Capomolla (The Little Veggie Patch Co.) Plum | Pan Macmillan Australia August 2021 Paperback, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Gardening / Edible Gardening / Australian Gardening 95% Rocking The Little Veggie Patch Co. has taken the mystery out of – and put the fun […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson

BOOK REVIEW: The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson

| 28 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson TitanBooks July 2021 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Horror / Science Fiction / Thriller / Young Adult 85% Rocking Stranger Things meets World War Z in this heart-racing thriller as a group of teenagers attempt to survive the night in a town overcome by a science experiment gone wrong. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My First 100 Bug Words by Chris Ferrie, pictures by Lindsay Dale-Scott

BOOK REVIEW: My First 100 Bug Words by Chris Ferrie, pictures by Lindsay Dale-Scott

| 27 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My First 100 Bug Words by Chris Ferrie, pictures by Lindsay Dale-Scott Sourcebooks eXplore August 2021 Paperback, $12.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Baby Books / Non-Fiction / Science 85% Rocking Age range 0 to 3 Introduce your little genius to the essential first words related to all things bugs! From the #1 bestselling […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Heroes, Rebels, and Innovators by Karen Wyld and Jaelyn Biumaiwai

BOOK REVIEW: Heroes, Rebels, and Innovators by Karen Wyld and Jaelyn Biumaiwai

| 25 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Heroes, Rebels, and Innovators by Karen Wyld and Jaelyn Biumaiwai Lothian Children’s Books August 2021 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Children’s Picture Books / Australian History  95% Rocking   Be inspired and amazed by these incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander icons! With colourful artwork and evocative writing, this book […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Mr Tickle (50th Anniversary) by Roger Hargreaves

BOOK REVIEW: Mr Tickle (50th Anniversary) by Roger Hargreaves

| 23 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Mr Tickle (50th Anniversary) by Roger Hargreaves Puffin Children’s Books April 2021 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Picture Books / Classic Books / Anniversary Editions 80% Rocking Enjoy the story that first introduced the Mr Men to the world in this special 50th anniversary edition! Mr Tickle is small and round […]

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