Allergic Alpaca

written by Kiah Thomas illustrated by Connah Brecon reviewed by Kerry Neary For a reviewer it’s always a thrill to receive an alphabet book that is more than the usual letters, matching words and pictures and Allergic Alpaca, is such a book. Alpaca enjoys being at the front of the alphabet along with other A … Continue reading Allergic Alpaca

Fly

by Jess McGeachin reviewed by Kerry Neary Sometimes children’s stories take a leap of the imagination but children are so used to this from their let’s pretend games it doesn’t bother them. In Fly, Lucy finds a small bird that can’t fly. Being a fix-it sort, she thinks she can help. She gathers a few … Continue reading Fly

The Funeral

By Matt James Reviewed by Yvonne Mes This beautiful picture book  reveals a child’s understanding of death and shows her feelings and thoughts leading up to and during the day of a funeral. ‘A few days earlier, there had been a phone call. Her great-uncle Frank had died, and today was for saying goodbye.’ Norma’s … Continue reading The Funeral

The Runaway Pea

by Kjartan Poskitt illustrated by Alex Willmore reviewed by Claire Monsour It's time for tea, the dinner has been served - but one mischievous rogue pea has decided to ping himself off the plate in search of adventure! Thus starts an amazing journey across the kitchen and around the house, full of peril and fraught … Continue reading The Runaway Pea

The Tiny Star

by Mem Fox and Freya Blackwood reviewed by Mia Macrossan Little children are famous for asking difficult questions - ones adults may think they are too young to fully understand the answer. Children ask questions where the adult may not be confident of answering appropriately. Questions such as 'Where do babies come from? Where is … Continue reading The Tiny Star

IBBY Australia Honour List books 2019

IBBY Australia proudly announces its selection of two books to be included in the biennial IBBY Honour List for 2020. One highlights Indigenous history and the environment, and the other, the experiences of a teenage asylum seeker. Every two years an advisory panel of three children’s literature experts makes the selection, and these outstanding books … Continue reading IBBY Australia Honour List books 2019

Lottie and Walter

by Anna Walker reviewed by Kerry Neary Where would children’s picture books be without friendship stories? Some include imaginary friends, like Lottie and Walter, latest release from magical author-illustrator Anna Walker. Lottie has a secret. Of course, I can’t tell you what it is, except that it has something to do with shapes and shadows … Continue reading Lottie and Walter