Written and illustrated by Elena Topouzoglou Reviewed by Luise Manning Anna is an only child who lives with her parents in a lighthouse on a tiny island off the Mediterranean coast. Whilst living in a lighthouse might sound exciting, it wasn’t. Anna was lonely and the only visitor was Mr Pegg the Pelican postman. Anna … Continue reading Mr Pegg’s Post
Written by Dimity Powell Illustrated by Nicky Johnston Reviewed by Mia Macrossan This quietly powerful story is an extended metaphor about domestic violence in a child’s life. Flick’s life is calm, pleasant and full of play except when unpredictable storms occur which turn her sunny world upside down. She hides from the storm wherever she … Continue reading At the End of Holyrood Lane
written and illustrated by Joanna Francis Reviewed by Justine Lawson This is an accomplished debut picture book for Joanna Francis, an artist and art teacher who lives in New South Wales, Australia. Lucia and Lawrence are neighbours – a girl and a boy who would like to be friends. Lucia is a joyful, imaginative extrovert … Continue reading Lucia and Lawrence
Written by Eddie Ayres Illustrated by Ronak Taher Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zabri Sonam and the Silence is not an easy or carefree children’s book. It has not come from a place of lightness, but it does bring with it an important message of resilience and hope. Eddie Ayres dedicated a year to working at the Afghanistan … Continue reading Sonam and the Silence
Written and illustrated by Philip Bunting Reviewed by Lucy McGinley If your child is asking big questions such as, ‘How did I get here?’ then Philip Bunting’s book of the same name, is what you need. This humorous picture book goes a long way to answering all sorts of questions in simple language that a … Continue reading How Did I Get Here?
Written by Aleesah Darlison Illustrated by Emma Middleton Reviewed by Sandy Driessens George is a little boy who plays all day but at night, struggles to go to sleep. Though the other members of his family make helpful suggestions, it is Gran who shares a bedtime story that soothes him off to sleep. The title … Continue reading The Dream Bird
Written by Kerry Brown, Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo Reviewed by Dajo Finlayson If you were walking through the woods and a hole you came upon, would you stop and take a look? Or simply carry on? One by one, several animals come upon a strange black hole in the middle of the woods and collectively … Continue reading The Hole