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Mar 27 2019

Mummy Cuddle by Kate Mayes

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Illus. by Sara Acton. ABC Books, 2019. ISBN: 9780733339431.
(Age: 1-5) Highly recommended. Themes: Bedtime, Parent and child, Mothers, Feel good book. A lovely gentle but very humorous book Mummy cuddle tugs at the heartstrings and leaves the reader feeling happy after reading it. Bunny creeps out of bed and 'brum brum', pushes a little car down the stairs and asks Mummy to play. Mummy is very patient and carries him back upstairs on her back and quietly answers questions while trying to get Bunny to sleep.
The narrative is sparse with most double page spreads having only two words: 'Mummy play?' Mummy talk?' 'Mummy brush?' 'Mummy pat' until finally 'Mummy dream' and 'Mummy cuddle'. Children will have fun predicting just what Bunny will come up with next in the quest to stay awake and many will know just what will happen. Sara Acton's outstanding illustrations done in soft pastels, with Mummy and Bunny outlined in black, are enchanting. The characteristics of both are clear - Mummy is such a loving, unflappable parent while Bunny is persistent but loving as well, even covering Mummy with a blanket as she sleeps on the floor. The endpapers are worthy of close examination, the front ones showing Bunny having a bath and getting ready for bed, while the back ones show an exuberant dance.
This would be an ideal book to share with children on Mother's Day in particular, but the message of parental love is one for any time. I can see it becoming a cherished book that celebrates the bond between mother and child.
Pat Pledger



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On the come up by Angie Thomas

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Walker Books, 2019. ISBN: 9781406372168.
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Mar 27 2019

52 Mondays by Anna Ciddor

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Allen and Unwin, 2019. ISBN: 9781760523480.
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Themes: family, dolls, childhood, Jewish customs. Anna is a young Jewish girl growing up in 1960's Melbourne, Australia. The story follows Anna, her two sisters and her extended family through a year of...
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Mar 26 2019

Master of Sorrows by Justin Call

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Gollancz, 2019. ISBN: 9781473222878. 577 pages, paperback.
(Age: 12+) Recommended. Contains violent scenes and depictions of death. High fantasy. The Academy of Chaenbalu has stood against magic for centuries. Hidden from the world, acting from the shadows, it trains its students to...
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Mar 26 2019

Cowboy and Birdbrain by A. Wallace and J. Hart

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Scholastic. 2019. ISBN: 9781760661588. 185p
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Cowboy is not a ringer - nor an NRL footy player. He's an actual boy with a cow's head! He and his partner Birdbrain, also a hybrid creature, work for a delivery company called 'Iffy'. You guessed it, their motto:...
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Mar 26 2019

The secret runners of New York by Matthew Reilly

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Macmillian, 2019. ISBN: 9781760559076. Paperback, 352 pg.
(Age: Upper primary - Secondary) A must read for thriller and dystopian readers. Think of Gossip Girl meets Mad Max. The story is about a shy girl, Skye, who moves to New York with her brother Red. They move in with...
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Mar 26 2019

Ninja switch by Anh Do

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Ninja Kid book 3. Scholastic, 2019. ISBN: 9781760662820. 186p.
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Themes: Family, Humour. Nelson, Kenny, and their gutsy grandma deliver another hilarious adventure. Nelson, tired of being the school nerd, wants to let his cover slip a little at the annual...
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Mar 25 2019

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

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His fair assassin, Counting darkness duology, book 1. Anderson Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781783448265.
(Age: 16+) Highly recommended. Themes: Historical fantasy, France - History, Brittany, Assassins. After devouring the three books in the award winning His fair assassin series,...
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Mar 25 2019

Little Badman and the invasion of the killer aunties by Humza Arshad and Henry White

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Illus. by Aleksei Bitskoff. Puffin Books, 2019. ISBN: 9780241340608.
(Ages: 9-12) Highly recommended. Themes: Family relationships, Pakistanis in Great Britain, Rap music, Friendship, Missing persons, Good and evil. Humza Khan is a typical 11-year-old who is prone to making up stories...
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Mar 25 2019

The blue bench by Albert Asensio

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Berbay Publishing, 2019. ISBN: 9780648397304.
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Themes: Diversity, Friendship. First published in Catalonia, this evocative picture book reveals more of its subtle depths on rereading. A park bench is at the centre of the tale, surveying all it sees as life goes on...
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Mar 25 2019

Bizz Buzz Boss by Natalie McKinnon

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Ill. by Margaret Tolland. Starfish Bay, 2018. ISBN: 9781760360566.
(Age: 3-6) Themes: Bees, Spiders, Animals, Respect, Behaviour Management. In Natalie McKinnon's picture book Bizz Buzz Boss a very bossy bee lords it over all the other garden creatures who are busy with their...
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Mar 22 2019

Kensy and Max Undercover by Jacqueline Harvey

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Kensy and Max, book 3. Random House, 2019. ISBN: 9780143791904.
(Age: 9-12) Highly recommended. Themes: Brothers and sisters, Spies, Mysteries, Missing persons. After a week's intensive training in spy craft, eleven-year-old twins Kensy and Max return to their London home to...
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Mar 22 2019

Ivanhoe Swift left home at six by Jane Godwin

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Ill. by A.Yi. Allen and Unwin, 2019. ISBN: 9781760631864.
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Themes: Adventure, Growing up, Independence. Ivanhoe is determined to see what lies over the hill, to travel to places unseen, to explore the world beyond his home. His parents are concerned as they...
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Mar 22 2019

The Curses by Laure Eve

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Faber and Faber 2019. ISBN: 9780571328048.
(Age: 12+) Recommended. The Curses, sequel to The Graces, follows The Grace children and their recently resurrected friend, Wolf. Wolf is the first person who has ever been resurrected but something's off with Wolf, is it just that...
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Mar 22 2019

The Runaway by Jane Smith

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Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy book 7. Big Sky Publishing, 2018. ISBN: 9781925675894. 111p.
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Themes: Historical, Speculative. Francis is 'that' friend who has a knack of getting his mates into trouble. He wasn't even supposed to go on holiday to Carly's place in...
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Mar 22 2019

Happy Camper! By Shamini Flint

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Ill. by Sally Heinrich. The Susie K Diaries. Allen and Unwin, 2019. ISBN: 9781760528287.
(Age: 7 - 10) Recommended. Themes: Camping, Life skills, Problem-solving, Friendship. The idea of going on a school camping trip is very stressful for the main character, Susie K., who is...
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Mar 21 2019

Love lie repeat by Catherine Greer

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Penguin Books, 2019. ISBN: 9780143791225.
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. All Annie wants is to be loved. By Trip. By Ash and Ruby. By her parents. Even by her dead aunt, Margaretta, who ruined everything.
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Mar 21 2019

Baz and Benz by Heidi McKinnon

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Allen and Unwin, 2019. ISBN: 9781760523688.
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Themes: Friendship, Visual literacy, Humour. A story promoting friendship despite the annoying behaviour of one, will find a place in every classroom as friendships and their resultant disharmonies take up a lot of...
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Mar 21 2019

Blabbermouth: Oops, I've done it again! by Chrissie Perry

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Illus. by Pete Petrovic. Scholastic, 2019. ISBN: 9781760660956.
(Ages: 8-11) Recommended. Themes: Personality, Communication skills, Reputation. What happens when you're nervous and you can't help blurting things out, even other people's secrets? Chrissie Perry's Blabbermouth is a...
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Mar 21 2019

Queen of air and darkness by Cassandra Clare

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Dark Artifices book 3. Simon and Schuster; 2018. ISBN: 9781471116704. 880p; p/b.
In this third instalment in the Dark Artifices series of Shadowhunter novels, Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn must deal with the loss of Julian's sister and the Inquisitor, as well as...
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Mar 21 2019

Pearl the proper unicorn by Sally Odgers

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Illus. by Adele K. Thomas. Scholastic, 2019. ISBN: 9781760661854.
(Age: 6+) Themes: Magic, Unicorns. Sally Odgers continues her delightful magical series in Pearl the proper unicorn. Colourful pages, borders, and magical words, make this an easy-to-read and share story, just right...
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