In My Dreams

by Stef Gemmill illustrated by Tanja Stephani reviewed by Sandy Driessens The colourful, fantastical cover for this book speaks of adventure … of dreams. “When the world is quiet and I’m alone, I like to dream.” This opening sentence, floating through the darkness of a small child’s bedroom, prepares you for the coming story. However, … Continue reading In My Dreams

Boo Loves Books

by Kaye Baillie and Tracie Grimwood reviewed by Sarah Custance ‘Boo Loves Books’ is a must-have on the shelf of any dog lover, especially those that have rescue pets. Kaye Baillie is still a relatively new name in picture books but teamed with  Tracie Grimwood’s illustrations and her touching story they have hit a winner … Continue reading Boo Loves Books

The Giant and the Sea

by Trent Jamieson illustrated Rovina Cai reviewed by Barbara Braxton There was once a giant who stood on the shore of the sea. She looked out across the water the water, because that is what she had promised to do long, long ago. On the shore there was a young girl who would often come … Continue reading The Giant and the Sea

The Little Engine That Could

by Watty Piper illustrated by Dan Santat reviewed by Mia Macrossan This famous story has been  re-issued in a 90th anniversary edition with an introduction by Dolly Parton, the founder of the Imagination Library The popular tale of the little engine that could has had many incarnations ranging from the 1930s edition with illustrations by … Continue reading The Little Engine That Could

The Mummy Animal Book

by Jennifer Cossins reviewed by Mia Macrossan Jennifer Cossins has written the popular 101 Collective Nouns, A Flamboyance of Flamingos and The Baby Animal Book and now in The Mummy Animal Book she focuses on mothers and their offspring. She has chosen 14 familiar animals, both domestic and wild, from a range of continents and … Continue reading The Mummy Animal Book