The Lost Book of Adventure

edited by Teddy Keen reviewed by Mia Macrossan The Lost Book of Adventure – what a marvellous title - purports to be ‘from the notebooks of the Unknown Adventurer’, a person who traveled the globe and had spent most of his time out in the wild. It is an absolute treasure trove of practical and … Continue reading The Lost Book of Adventure

Malaysian Picture Books – a snapshot

Malaysian Picture Books by Inda Ahmad Zabri Growing up, I read books in my native tongue, Malay or Bahasa Melayu, as well as English. Eventually, it was English literature that I fell in love with, but my search for Malay books resurged when I was home for the holidays a couple of years ago. My … Continue reading Malaysian Picture Books – a snapshot

Waiting for Chicken Smith

Written and illustrated by David Mackintosh Reviewed by Katrin Dreiling  Ever since I stumbled upon David Mackintosh’s What’s up MuMu?  at the library, I am a massive fan. His style of illustrating and telling the story is so quirky that you are profusely surprised by how much beauty you find in the underlying message. As … Continue reading Waiting for Chicken Smith

The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky

By Holly Smale Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Happy Girl Lucky, is the first in the new romantic-comedy series The Valentines by Holly Smale, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Geek Girl books. It is a book that is lots of bubbly fun on the surface but has a deeply serious core.   Sisters Hope, Faith … Continue reading The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky

The Adventures of Jellybean

Written by Bill Condon and Dianne Bates Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo Reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton Co-authors Bill Condon and Dianne Bates have written a delightful early chapter book for ages 6 and above, published by the University of Queensland Press. Eight-year-old best friends, Rory Hunter and Trang Nguyen live next door to each other in … Continue reading The Adventures of Jellybean

Maya & Cat

Written and illustrated by Caroline Magerl Reviewed by Mia Macrossan A new picture book by local artist and writer Caroline Magerl is always an event. Maya & Cat is a quirky imaginative tale about a girl who sees a cat sitting on a roof opposite her window. When she tries to entice it to come … Continue reading Maya & Cat

The Things That Will Not Stand

Written by Michael Gerard Bauer Reviewed by Mia Macrossan The latest offering from Brisbane author  is a great read for teenagers especially those still trying to work out what relationships are all about. The main character  Seb, a year 11 student,  is attending a university open day with his best friend Tolly to get some … Continue reading The Things That Will Not Stand