Boy

by Phil Cummings illustrated by Shane Devries reviewed by Claire Monsour Boy is the story of a young boy, named "Boy", who lives in a village in a land ruled by a powerful king. The kingdom is being terrorised by a fire-breathing dragon. Boy can't hear, but he's a very happy child. He communicates with … Continue reading Boy

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

The Troll Heart #2 The Witching Hours

by Jack Henseleit illustrated by Ryan Andrews reviewed by Sandy Driessens WARNING: DO NOT look for fairies. You will not find them. And if you do. YOU WILL REGRET IT. In this, the second book of The Witching Hours series, this warning still applies. Our young adventurers, Anna (10 years) and Max (8 years) arrive … Continue reading The Troll Heart #2 The Witching Hours

Thimble

by Rebecca Young illustrated by Tull Suwannakit reviewed by Sandy Driessens Attracted by the delightful, gentle illustration on the cover, then tracing my finger over the embossed lettering of “Thimble” with running stitch not quite lining up, I knew this book was going to touch my heart. Then turning to the back cover, “When her … Continue reading Thimble

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