Book Reviews

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The Wanderer

The Wanderer

Peter Van den Ende

A paper boat makes its way around a fantastical ocean world, discovering wonder after wonder until it reaches the shore.

Mrs Noah’s Garden

Mrs Noah’s Garden

Jackie Morris, illus. James Mayhew

As Mr Noah turns their vessel into a house, Mrs Noah sets about growing a fabulous garden… and a new addition to the family.

Ella May does it her way!

Ella May does it her way!

Mick Jackson, illus. Andrea Stegmaier

Children are often encouraged to try new things but feisty Ella May takes that idea to a whole new level.

Calm Beasts

Calm Beasts

Herberts Dorbe, illus. Gita Treice, trans. Žanete Vēv ere Pasqualini and Kate Wakeling

Herberts Dorbe paints a curious world where wolves fall silent and lions lie down to be stroked.

Poems the Wind Blew In

Poems the Wind Blew In

Carmelo C. Iribarren, illus. Riya Chowdhury, trans. Lawrence Schimel

Be careful when you open this book: as soon as you do, the wind will whisk you up and take you on an adventure across the city. These poems reveal the magic in small, everyday things.

Chalk Eagle

Chalk Eagle

Nazli Tahvili

Dreaming of life above and beyond the city.

Corey’s rock

Corey’s rock

Sita Brahmachari, illus. Jane Ray

An exploration of a family’s struggle with grief and loss set in the backdrop of a Scottish island.

Everyone’s the smartest

Everyone’s the smartest

Contra, illus. Ulla Saar, transl. Charlotte Geater, Kätlin Kaldmaa & Richard O’Brien

Poems exploring school and family life.

The book of clouds

The book of clouds

Juris Kronbergs, illus. Anete Melece, transl. Māra Rozīte & Richard O’Brien

Have you ever looked up in the sky at the clouds and imagined what they reminded you of? This book encourages close looking and creativity.

Queen of seagulls

Queen of seagulls

Rūta Briede

What is the reason for Renata’s obsession with the seagulls who live around her block of flats?

Wild Wolf

Wild Wolf

Fiona French

When Proud Girl refuses Bravest Warrior as a suitor, he becomes angry and creates Ice Man in revenge who leads her into great danger.

Mrs Noah’s pockets

Mrs Noah’s pockets

Jackie Morris, illus. James Mayhew

Imagine what Mrs Noah was doing while Noah was building the ark.

Shakespeare’s Bear

Shakespeare’s Bear

Harry Oxford

This delightful story is narrated by Mummer, a bear adopted as a cub by the Shakespeare family in Stratford-on-Avon.

The visitor

The visitor

Antje Damm

A unique and beautifully illustrated picture book about loneliness and friendship.

Travels with my granny

Travels with my granny

Juliet Rix, illus. Christopher Corr

A young child joins her granny on her reimagined journeys from a time before dementia took over her life.

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