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

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

| 19 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My First 100 Weather 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 weather! From the #1 bestselling […]

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BOOK REVIEW: It Didn’t Start With You by Mark Wolynn

BOOK REVIEW: It Didn’t Start With You by Mark Wolynn

| 19 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: It Didn’t Start With You by Mark Wolynn Penguin Life July 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Psychology / Self-Help 35% Rocking Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling- the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains-but […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Leilong the Library Bus by Julia Liu & Bei Lynn

BOOK REVIEW: Leilong the Library Bus by Julia Liu & Bei Lynn

| 17 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Leilong the Library Bus by Julia Liu & Bei Lynn Gecko Press July 2021 Paperback $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Picture Books 65% Rocking   A library-loving picture book in which an enthusiastic dinosaur absorbed in storytime threatens to flatten the library—until the children decide to take the books outdoors The children […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Rachel’s War by Mark Wilson

BOOK REVIEW: Rachel’s War by Mark Wilson

| 15 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Rachel’s War by Mark Wilson Lothian May 2021 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Children’s Picture Books / Historical 85% Rocking   Growing up on a farm in country Victoria, all Rachel wants is to help people. When war comes, she travels to distant Europe and the Middle East, working tirelessly […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Storm is Upon Us by Mike Rothschild

BOOK REVIEW: The Storm is Upon Us by Mike Rothschild

| 14 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Storm is Upon Us by Mike Rothschild Monoray | Hachette Australia June 2021 Paperback $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Politics / Internet Culture 95% Rocking   In 2017, President Trump made a cryptic remark at a gathering of military officials, describing it as ‘the calm before the storm’-then refused to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nelson 2 – Broccoli and Spies by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear

BOOK REVIEW: Nelson 2 – Broccoli and Spies by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear

| 14 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nelson 2 – Broccoli and Spies by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear Puffin BooksJanuary 2021Paperback, $12.99Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Humour 68% Rocking The second book in the totally outrageous adventures of Nelson Hunter – the boy who hates vegetables. Featuring a serious spy mystery and an epic broccoli-fuelled battle! […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Backyard Birdies by Andy Geppert

BOOK REVIEW: Backyard Birdies by Andy Geppert

| 12 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Backyard Birdies by Andy Geppert Lothian Children’s Books August 2021 Hardcover $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Picture Books / Humour 90% Rocking   An extraordinarily good looking and somewhat factual illustrated introduction to the birds of Australia from the award-winning author of MEEP. This is a common pigeon. Common because it’s almost […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Fully Human by Steve Biddulph

BOOK REVIEW: Fully Human by Steve Biddulph

| 10 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Fully Human by Steve Biddulph Pan Macmillan Australia May 2021 Paperback $34.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Motivation / Self-Help 90% Rocking A mother of small children trusts her ‘gut feeling’ and it saves her life. A young dad is able to grieve for his lost baby – using a song. What […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester

| 3 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester Hachette Australia March 2020 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Historical Fiction 90% Rocking Natasha Lester certainly knows how to dress her stories for success. The historic fiction writer has published half a dozen books which blend romance with great storytelling. The Paris Secret brings […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno

BOOK REVIEW: Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno

| 31 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno Pan Macmillan April 2020 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Kids & Children’s books / Personal & Social Issues / Sexuality & Relationships for Children & Teenagers 60% Rocking Rules for Being a Girl is a timely novel, written for young adult […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Melbourne Remember When by Bob Byrne

BOOK REVIEW: Melbourne Remember When by Bob Byrne

| 29 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Melbourne Remember When by Bob Byrne NewSouth Books December 2019 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-fiction / Local Interest Topics 75% Rocking Bob Byrne is no stranger to commemorating the past. The radio DJ has written five books where he has looked back at Australian life in the good old days. This […]

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BOOK REVIEW: HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy by Kathy Lette

BOOK REVIEW: HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy by Kathy Lette

| 26 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy by Kathy Lette Vintage Australia April 2020 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 65% Rocking Kathy Lette may be in her sixties but she knows a lot about girl talk. The Australian author first came to fame as the co-author of the book, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Weekend With Oscar by Robyn Bavati

BOOK REVIEW: A Weekend With Oscar by Robyn Bavati

| 25 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Weekend With Oscar by Robyn Bavati Walker Books July 2021 Paperback $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fiction 75% Rocking A moving #LoveOzYA novel about loss, first love and being there for your family, no matter what. “It’s only a weekend. Don’t you want quality time with Selena?” We both […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish

BOOK REVIEW: Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish

| 24 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish Wren & Rook May 2021 Hardcover $45.00  Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Photography / Celebrities / Music & Entertainment 25% Rocking Legendary recording artist Billie Eilish shares an intimate inside look at her life and career—both on and off the stage—in this stunning, photo-filled book. Billie Eilish […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Fat: the Secret Organ: The surprising science behind the most misunderstood part of the body written by Mariette Boon and Liesbeth van Rossum and translated by Colleen Higgins

BOOK REVIEW: Fat: the Secret Organ: The surprising science behind the most misunderstood part of the body written by Mariette Boon and Liesbeth van Rossum and translated by Colleen Higgins

| 23 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Fat: the Secret Organ: The surprising science behind the most misunderstood part of the body written by Mariette Boon and Liesbeth van Rossum and translated by Colleen Higgins Quercus March 2020 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Family & Health 80% Rocking   Fat is an organ that is essential for […]

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