Quick, Barney, Run!

Written by Pip Jones  Illustrated by Laura Hughes Reviewed by Andrea Wilson Can you remember being stuck inside on a rainy day as a child? With themes of cooperation and problem solving, Quick, Barney, Run! is a picture book told from a young girl’s perspective as she and her younger brother try to pass a … Continue reading Quick, Barney, Run!

Thimble

Written by Rebecca Young  Illustrated by Tull Suwannakit Reviewed by Andrea Wilson Losing a loved one is difficult, especially for young children. Thimble addresses the theme of death in a delicate and comforting way. Thimble is a picture book about a little girl whose grandmother has recently passed away. The girl finds a thimble that … Continue reading Thimble

Learn with Ruby Red Shoes

Learn with Ruby Red Shoes: Counting Book Learn with Ruby Red Shoes: Alphabet Book written and illustrated by Kate Knapp Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Ruby Red Shoes is the creation of Australian author and illustrator, Kate Knapp  who here has expanded her successful series with two more titles featuring the 'aware hare'.  Ruby  can do … Continue reading Learn with Ruby Red Shoes

The Brave Knight

Written by Sally Gould Illustrated by Celeste Hulme Reviewed by Zewlan Moor This is an ideal book for toddlers and preschoolers. Indeed, its theme ties into the Being, Belonging and Becoming of the Early Years Learning Framework. On the very first page, a young boy declares I am a knight. Handsome and BRAVE.  The rhythm … Continue reading The Brave Knight

The Story of Eva Carmichael: The Wreck of the Loch Ard

by Gary Crew illustrated by Paul O'Sullivan reviewed by Lucy McGinley I was captivated by the tumultuous true story of Eva Carmichael, as retold by Gary Crew. This historical illustrated story is  based on the experiences of the sole female survivor of  the Loch Ard which was wrecked off the coast of Victoria in 1878. … Continue reading The Story of Eva Carmichael: The Wreck of the Loch Ard

At The End of Holyrood Lane

By Dimity Powell Illustrated by Nicky Johnston Reviewed by  Maria Parenti-Baldey At The End of Holyrood Lane is more than a picture book about a young girl being frightened of storms. It’s a book about the frightening stormy reality of domestic violence. The inside page affirms this with the logos Act for kids, Paradise Kids, Think … Continue reading At The End of Holyrood Lane

Beware the Deep Dark Forest

by Sue Whiting illustrated by Annie White reviewed by Peter Taylor The warmth of Annie White’s delicious artwork and the unusual hand-drawn font used on the cover of Beware the Deep Dark Forrest instantly persuade us to explore the treescape within. Progressing through the tangle-decorated endpaper and title page, we stand on the forest edge … Continue reading Beware the Deep Dark Forest