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Polly and Buster Break Out: Review Polly and Buster: The Mystery of the Magic Stones by Sally Rippin

May 29, 2018

Despite being the best of friends and constant companions, Polly and Buster have been forced to keep their time spent together a secret. Polly is a witch and Buster a monster and in Blackmoon Coven where they live, witches and monsters don’t become friends.  That is until Polly accidentally unleashes a spell to protect Buster […] - Read more


It’s a Dog Eat Dog World Out There

May 23, 2018

Who doesn’t love a story about our fluffy companions? While the kids are busy playing with the dog you can put on one of these dog themed audio books and celebrate just how wonderful dogs are! Hairy Maclary and Friends by Lynley Dodd Hairy Maclary may be a popular dog, but he also has a […] - Read more

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Childhood Dreams: Lottie Perkins author Katrina Nannestad

May 22, 2018

Charlotte Perkins is Seven years old and can’t wait to grow up – if only she could decide what she wanted to be! Luckily, no dream is too big for little Lottie Perkins. Author Katrina Nannestad tells us about her childhood dreams. Words| Katrina Nannestad Can you recall your childhood dreams? What did you want […] - Read more


They’re simply MAGIC!: Booksellers Choice Awards

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Nielsen Book Data Booksellers Choice Award has been announced and congratulations to Jessica Townsend and Sally Rippin for making the list with Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow and Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of […] - Read more


Superstar Lottie: Review Lottie Perkins Series

Seven-year-old Charlotte Perkins has lots of personality and a huge imagination. Ready to try anything and everything she sometimes finds herself in a spot of bother. However, that doesn’t stop her as she continues to daydream about being in the spotlight. Joined by her best friend Sam, who helps her follow all her dreams and […] - Read more


Peek-a-boo! The joy of lift-the-flap books for kids

May 21, 2018

Whenever we visit a bookshop we stop by the children’s novelty shelf, to discover the ingenious books that have been transformed into interactive objects through paper engineering or the addition of scanimation, holographs or textured elements to ‘touch-and-feel’. One of the most simple and appealing examples of paper engineering is lift-the-flap books, in which a […] - Read more


A secret power for good or evil: Read an extract from Whisper by Lynette Noni

May 16, 2018

Start reading here Jane Doe or Subject Six-Eight-Four, hasn’t spoken a word since she entered Lengard, a secret government facility for people with special abilities.  After enduring a gruelling daily regime of psychological assessments, physical training sessions and thinly veiled torture, Jane can barely remember what life was like before she entered Lengard two and […] - Read more


Podcast: Comic Collaborators with Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts

May 15, 2018

Listen to the podcast In the first of our kids podcasts Cheryl Akle talks to creative duo Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts about their new children’s series, Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Weird Beard. Andrew and Jessica talk about being partners on this project and partners in life, the inspiration behind Bab Sharkey and […] - Read more


Your Essential Kids Reading List for May

A new superhero and two new series, kids are spoilt for choice this month. These are our top picks. Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks A beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess. Daniel Radcliffe, […] - Read more


The monster within: Review of Whisper by Lynette Noni

May 14, 2018

Jane Doe or Subject Six-Eight-Four, hasn’t spoken a word since she entered Lengard, a secret government facility for people with special abilities. After enduring a gruelling daily regime of psychological assessments, physical training sessions and thinly veiled torture, Jane can barely remember what life was like before she entered Lengard two and a half years […] - Read more