Little Bilby’s Aussie Easter Egg Hunt

by Yvonne Mes illustrated by Jody Pratt reviewed by Mia Macrossan This charming board book contains a lot in a small package. It is the perfect way to introduce your child to the joy and fun of Easter egg hunting in an Australian context. Three little bilbies are out looking for Easter eggs – they … Continue reading Little Bilby’s Aussie Easter Egg Hunt

Kensy and Max 5: Freefall

by Jacqueline Harvey reviewed by Sarah Custance Jacqueline Harvey is a successful Australian children’s author best known for her ‘Alice-Miranda’ series (now at 18 books) and the ‘Clementine Rose’ series (now at 15 books). Kensy and Max is a relatively new series with ‘Freefall’ being the 5th and most recent book. 11-year-old twins Kensy and … Continue reading Kensy and Max 5: Freefall

Atticus Van Tasticus 2: The Map of Half Maps

by Andrew Daddo illustrated by Stephen Michael King reviewed by Sarah Custance Andrew Daddo is a versatile man with a career in TV shows, podcasts, and writing. His latest endeavor has been writing middle-grade fiction starting with ‘Atticus Van Tasticus’ and now here is the second Atticus book ‘The Map of Half Maps’. The third … Continue reading Atticus Van Tasticus 2: The Map of Half Maps

Leaping Lola

by Tracey Hawkins illustrated by Anil Tortop reviewed by Sandy Driessens How lovely is this image of a cow leaping in the moonlight and the black and white cow hide print on the end papers. But what is the story behind it? With clip-clopping of hooves and some fabulous moves, Lola the Jersey cow practices … Continue reading Leaping Lola

Moonwalkers

by Mark Greenwood illustrated by Terry Denton reviewed by Kerry Neary Fifty years ago the world was held spellbound by grainy images of a man stepping from a ladder onto the surface of our nearest neighbour in space. A thrill of anticipation reverberated around the globe and this story gives current readers some appreciation of … Continue reading Moonwalkers

The Bogan Mondrian

by Steven Herrick reviewed by Dajo Finlayson From the very outset this book had me captivated. The vibrantly coloured front and back covers caught my attention  as I’ve always been a fan of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s work. His wonderfully abstract, colourful, cubist block designs which he considered to be ‘an escape from reality’ … Continue reading The Bogan Mondrian

Mr Walker Series

Mr Walker and the Dessert Delight Mr Walker Gets the Inside Scoop written by Jess Black illustrated by Sara Acton reviewed by Leslee Anne Hewson These two new hardcover books in the series by Jess Black were published this year. Both are written in an engaging way with easy to follow storylines for the young, … Continue reading Mr Walker Series