The Surprising Lives of Animals: How They Can Laugh, Play and Misbehave

by Anna Claybourne illustrated by Stef Murphy reviewed by Mia Macrossan This book is bursting with fascinating facts about  animal behaviour that is sure to appeal to a young inquiring mind. In five chapters Claybourne uses  familiar and some not so familiar examples to  describe how animals live their lives. She shows how animals have … Continue reading The Surprising Lives of Animals: How They Can Laugh, Play and Misbehave

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

The Australian Survival Guide

by George Ivanoff reviewed by Mia Macrossan Even if you think Australia is trying to kill you, The Australia Survival Guide can save your life!  Australia is famous the world over for the deadliness of many of its native species so Ivanoff's survival guide is a very useful resource if you want to stay alive … Continue reading The Australian Survival Guide

The International Space Station

Written by Clive Gifford Illustrated by Dan Schlitzkus Reviewed by Dajo Finlayson This interesting work deals with the structure and workings of, and living conditions aboard, the International Space Station (ISS). With detailed, stylised illustrations complemented by simple, easy to understand fact boxes, a comprehensive table of contents, glossary, further information including relevant and interesting … Continue reading The International Space Station

Raising Readers

How to nurture a child's love of books by Megan Daley reviewed by Mia Macrossan Nurture is the key word in this warm, almost intimate, guidebook which describes in enthusiastic detail how to inculcate a love of reading in your child from birth. Written in an engaging conversational style the book is an absolute treasure … Continue reading Raising Readers