A Girl Called Justice

by Elly Griffiths reviewed by Mia Macrossan This traditional murder mystery set in a 1930s girl’s boarding school has all the ingredients of a classic whodunnit. Justice Jones is sent to Highbury House School for the daughters of gentlefolk after her mother dies as her barrister father works too long hours to be able to … Continue reading A Girl Called Justice

Squish Rabbit’s Pet

by Katherine Battersby reviewed by Mia Macrossan This story starts at the endpapers as all good picture books should with Squish Rabbit peeking out from behind a large egg. The opening sentence defines the scope of this story with an impressive statement: ‘Squish was a little rabbit but being little led to big dreams.’ Squish … Continue reading Squish Rabbit’s Pet

Squish Rabbit’s Pet

by Katherine Battersby reviewed by Kerry Neary You can’t take the cute out of books for early childhood readers. Where would iconic characters like Miffy and Spot be if they weren’t cute, as well as having their magical adventures. One of own home-grown cute characters for the very young is Squish Rabbit, an irresistibly cute … Continue reading Squish Rabbit’s Pet

Archie and the Bear

Written by Zanni Louise Illustrated by David Mackintosh Reviewed by Sue Wright One of my favourite children’s books is Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough (1992). Archie and the Bear (2017) by Zanni Louise and David Mackintosh has a delightful small boy-meets-bear moment reminiscent of Alborough’s classic, though they’re very different books. While Alborough’s boy … Continue reading Archie and the Bear

Waiting for Chicken Smith

Written and illustrated by David Mackintosh Reviewed by Katrin Dreiling  Ever since I stumbled upon David Mackintosh’s What’s up MuMu?  at the library, I am a massive fan. His style of illustrating and telling the story is so quirky that you are profusely surprised by how much beauty you find in the underlying message. As … Continue reading Waiting for Chicken Smith

The Adventures of Jellybean

Written by Bill Condon and Dianne Bates Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo Reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton Co-authors Bill Condon and Dianne Bates have written a delightful early chapter book for ages 6 and above, published by the University of Queensland Press. Eight-year-old best friends, Rory Hunter and Trang Nguyen live next door to each other in … Continue reading The Adventures of Jellybean

The Things That Will Not Stand

Written by Michael Gerard Bauer Reviewed by Mia Macrossan The latest offering from Brisbane author  is a great read for teenagers especially those still trying to work out what relationships are all about. The main character  Seb, a year 11 student,  is attending a university open day with his best friend Tolly to get some … Continue reading The Things That Will Not Stand