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BOOK REVIEW: Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut with Ben McKelvey

BOOK REVIEW: Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut with Ben McKelvey

| 30 November 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut with Ben McKelvey Hachette Australia October 2016 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Memoir 10/10   NSW Australian of the Year, Deng Thiak Adut, is nothing short of an inspiration. A lawyer with a keen interest in social justice, Adut was born in Southern […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Witch’s Kiss by Katherine & Elizabeth Corr

BOOK REVIEW: Witch’s Kiss by Katherine & Elizabeth Corr

| 30 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Witch’s Kiss by Katherine & Elizabeth Corr Pan Macmillan June, 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Amy Briggs YA Fiction 9/10 She was desperate to be normal. At least, she’d thought that was what she wanted. It was what she’d wished for. Well maybe she was finally getting her wish. Maybe her magic was […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Babble of Words – A-Z of Collective Nouns by Adam Oehlers

BOOK REVIEW: A Babble of Words – A-Z of Collective Nouns by Adam Oehlers

| 30 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Babble of Words – A-Z of Collective Nouns by Adam Oehlers Brolga Publishing October 2016 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 All things that surround us Are attached to a name To separate the different And attach to the same. But when attached to the same This adds to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THE SALAD BOOK by Belinda Jeffery

BOOK REVIEW: THE SALAD BOOK by Belinda Jeffery

| 29 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THE SALAD BOOK by Belinda Jeffery Penguin Random House Australia – rrp$39.99 October 2016 Cookbook Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 “Food doesn’t have to be fancy (in fact, more often than not, the simpler the better), but when it is made with fresh seasonal ingredients and cooked with love, you can’t go wrong,” […]

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BOOK REVIEW: PERFECT PLATES IN 5 INGREDIENTS by John Whaite

BOOK REVIEW: PERFECT PLATES IN 5 INGREDIENTS by John Whaite

| 29 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: PERFECT PLATES IN 5 INGREDIENTS by John Whaite Simon & Schuster Australia – rrp$39.99 August 2016 Cookbook Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 /10 Excepting what Whaite terms the “essentials” – oil, butter, salt, pepper, water – this book attempts to create a collection of ‘perfect’ recipes which only use five ingredients. To some, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs

BOOK REVIEW: Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs

| 29 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs Angus & Robertson August 2016 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 7/10   At first glance, one could be forgiven for thinking that this book hasn’t earned its place on the shelf alongside the other forty dollar titles that Harper Collins has released under the A&R […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Witch’s Cat Wanted-Apply Within by Joy H. Davidson & Nikki Slade Robinson

BOOK REVIEW: Witch’s Cat Wanted-Apply Within by Joy H. Davidson & Nikki Slade Robinson

| 28 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Witch’s Cat Wanted-Apply Within by Joy H. Davidson & Nikki Slade Robinson Scholastic September 2016 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 8/10   The pleasant witch at the center of our tale has everything needed to be a good witch – witch’s hat, broom, and cauldron – but she doesn’t have […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Rébecca Dautremer

BOOK REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Rébecca Dautremer

| 27 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Rébecca Dautremer Hodder Children’s Books November 2015 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book/Illustrated Novel 9/10     We all know the story of Alice in Wonderland, and yet, every so often, a new edition is released.  More often than not it’s the same […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Allison Jay

BOOK REVIEW: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Allison Jay

| 26 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Allison Jay Old Barn Books July 2016 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book/Illustrated Novel 7/10   We all know the story of Alice in Wonderland, and yet, every so often, a new edition is released.  More often than not it’s the same […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Alice In Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Eric Puybaret – a modern retelling by Joe Rhatigan & Charles Nurnberg

BOOK REVIEW: Alice In Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Eric Puybaret – a modern retelling by Joe Rhatigan & Charles Nurnberg

| 25 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Alice In Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Eric Puybaret – a modern retelling by Joe Rhatigan & Charles Nurnberg Koala Books March 2015 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 6/10 The illustrations in this version of Alice in Wonderland are colourful and engaging, befitting the surreal […]

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BOOK REVIEW: You Can’t Eat a Princess by Gillian Rogerson, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

BOOK REVIEW: You Can’t Eat a Princess by Gillian Rogerson, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

| 24 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: You Can’t Eat a Princess by Gillian Rogerson, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre Scholastic June 2016 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 4/10 When King Cupcake is captured by hungry aliens, can feisty Princess Spaghetti save him? Only by showing those naughty aliens something even tastier than people… This book is full […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Is That an Elephant in My Fridge? by Caroline Crowe, illustrated by Claudia Rannuci

BOOK REVIEW: Is That an Elephant in My Fridge? by Caroline Crowe, illustrated by Claudia Rannuci

| 23 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Is That an Elephant in My Fridge? by Caroline Crowe, illustrated by Claudia Rannuci Scholastic September 2016 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 When Fred can’t sleep, his mum suggests he try counting sheep, but he doesn’t want to count sheep because they’re so boring, so he decided to count elephants […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson

| 22 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson Scholastic July 2016 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 4/10 There are good things about this book. There are almost definitely good things about this book… But it took this reviewer a second read, specifically with an eye towards the positives, to find them. On […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee, illustrated by Heath McKenzie

BOOK REVIEW: Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee, illustrated by Heath McKenzie

| 21 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee, illustrated by Heath McKenzie Lake Press September 2016 Hardcover, $19.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 This book will appeal to readers on a few different levels.  It’s by Andy Lee, of the humorous Hamish and Andy duo, known for their various radio and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World by Laurence Anholt

BOOK REVIEW: Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World by Laurence Anholt

| 20 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World by Laurence Anholt Frances Lincoln Children’s Books August 2016 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 6/10 When little Mariana goes to Frida Kahlo’s house to be painted by the famous Mexican artist, she is scared. She’s a bit afraid of the beautiful […]

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BOOK REVIEW: How to Look After Your Human – A Dog’s Guide by Maggie Mayhem and Kim Sears, illustrated by Helen Hancocks

BOOK REVIEW: How to Look After Your Human – A Dog’s Guide by Maggie Mayhem and Kim Sears, illustrated by Helen Hancocks

| 19 November 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: How to Look After Your Human – A Dog’s Guide by Maggie Mayhem and Kim Sears, illustrated by Helen Hancocks Frances Lincoln Children’s Books June 2016 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 Keeping Homo sapiens is an immensely rewarding practice, yet one that requires a firm paw and hours of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Tourist by Robert Dickinson

BOOK REVIEW: The Tourist by Robert Dickinson

| 19 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Tourist by Robert Dickinson Orbit November 2016 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction/Thriller 7/10   Agency has been a concern since the early years of travel. It’s still the subject of most entertainments. If you know your loved one is going to be killed in an accident do you try […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Dog on a Train – The Special Delivery by Kate Prendergast

BOOK REVIEW: Dog on a Train – The Special Delivery by Kate Prendergast

| 18 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dog on a Train – The Special Delivery by Kate Prendergast Old Barn Books February 2016 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 7/10   Without words, Kate Prendergast tells the story of a boy who is running late for his train, and on his way out the door he drops his […]

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BOOK REVIEW: La Dolce Vita by Silvia Colloca

BOOK REVIEW: La Dolce Vita by Silvia Colloca

| 18 November 2016 | Reply

Book Review: La Dolce Vita by Silvia Colloca Penguin October 2016 Paperback, $49.99 Reviewed by Amy Briggs Cooking 3/10 As this is my first Cookbook review, I was severely disappointed. This is a cookbook by Silvia Colloca, based on Italian cookery, but a lot of the recipes are also vegan, vegetarian, or diary- or gluten-free. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight by Helen & Thomas Docherty

BOOK REVIEW: The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight by Helen & Thomas Docherty

| 17 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight by Helen & Thomas Docherty Alison Green Books August 2016 Paperback $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 7/10 Leo the knight is the kind of character many book lovers can relate to; he wants to be left to read in peace, but other people think there are […]

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