The Bear in our Backyard

by Emma Middleton illustrated by Briony Stewart reviewed by Kerry Neary Still fresh and joyful even after being around for about a year, this is a companion book to The lion in our living room, which starred the same sibling pair looking for fun, Tom and Tilly. This time they are outside hoping that their … Continue reading The Bear in our Backyard

Collecting Sunshine*

Written by Rachel Flynn Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie Reviewed by Kerry Neary By and large, picture storybooks for children are joyful and uplifting. What could sound more joyful than Collecting sunshine. That’s the title of a book written by Rachel Flynn and illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie, which has recently been listed as a Notable early … Continue reading Collecting Sunshine*

Quick, Barney, Run!

Written by Pip Jones  Illustrated by Laura Hughes Reviewed by Andrea Wilson Can you remember being stuck inside on a rainy day as a child? With themes of cooperation and problem solving, Quick, Barney, Run! is a picture book told from a young girl’s perspective as she and her younger brother try to pass a … Continue reading Quick, Barney, Run!

Lenny’s Book of Everything

by Karen Foxlee reviewed by Mia Macrossan Karen Foxlee says that story writing is about creating a world, breathing characters to life and enticing readers on a journey’. In LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING, her new book for younger readers she has succeeded in creating an instant classic.   This book is so vivid and immersive, so … Continue reading Lenny’s Book of Everything

Children of Blood and Bone

Written by Tomi  Adeyemi Reviewed by Renee Hills This YA fantasy tells the story of Zelie’s quest to retrieve magic for her people and to rid them of the king’s ruthless and implacable dominion over the Maji or as they are contemptuously described – the maggots. The book’s title and cover design shout occult and … Continue reading Children of Blood and Bone