The Ultimate Survival Guide to Monsters Under the Bed

by Mitch Frost illustrated by Daron Parton reviewed by Melissa Salisbury Mitch Frost’s debut picture book uses humour to make monsters less scary, while incorporating themes of bravery, resilience and independence. On the surface, the book sets out some simple and silly steps that help kids tackle their fears. At first these steps seem random, … Continue reading The Ultimate Survival Guide to Monsters Under the Bed

There’s Only One Dad Like You

by Jess Racklyeft Reviewed by Maria Parenti-Baldey Author Illustrator Jess Racklyeft has created a picture story about family and relationships using joyously comical collage and watercolour images.  Each scene shows a Dad spending quality time with their children allowing a child to see him as their ‘hero, friend and guide.’ Whether father/son or father/daughter, Racklyeft … Continue reading There’s Only One Dad Like You

100 Ways to Fly

by Michelle Taylor reviewed by Maria Parenti-Baldey 100 Ways to Fly is a collection of easy paced relatable poems which allows you to fly through your day with a light heart. Selecting a poem is easy with seven catchy headings in the contents table including Great Balls of Poetry, The Time of our Lives, and … Continue reading 100 Ways to Fly

Atticus Van Tasticus

by Andrew Daddo illustrated by Stephen Michael King reviewed by Sarah Custance Adults will know Andrew Daddo from his many TV and radio shows, podcasts, stage productions, movies and even some of his other books. Daddo writes across many genres including picture books, chapter books, biographies, short stories and YA. With the release of his … Continue reading Atticus Van Tasticus

The Secret Dragon

by Ed Clarke reviewed by Yvonne Mes Even a tiny secret can be big trouble. During her search for fossils along the cliffs of the New South Wales coast, Mari discovers a fossilised egg. To her astonishment it hatches into a dragon which she calls Gweeb. Mari lives with her mother on a farm on … Continue reading The Secret Dragon

Annabel, Again

by Meg McKinlay reviewed by Sarah Custance Meg McKinlay is the award winning author of ‘A Single Stone’ and the more recently acclaimed ‘Catch a Falling Star’. The book ‘Annabel, Again’ was first published in 2007 to much critical acclaim and is now being republished for a new generation and audience. There is a lovely … Continue reading Annabel, Again

Running with the Horses

written and illustrated by Alison Lester reviewed by Mia Macrossan Running with the Horses written and illustrated by Australian national treasure Alison Lester is a new edition of an old picture book favourite. Now in a smaller hardback format it is more of an illustrated story for emerging readers. It is a stirring adventure tale … Continue reading Running with the Horses