Book Reviews

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Taking Time

Taking Time

Jo Loring-Fisher

Through the eyes of children from different countries, this book reminds us to take time out of our busy lives to stop and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

The Garden of Inside-Outside

The Garden of Inside-Outside

Chiara Mezzalama, illus. Régis Lejonc, transl. Sarah Ardizzone

More than a story of childhood fantasy, this book provides a powerful treatise on civil war and its impact on young lives.

Max + Xam

Max + Xam

Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar

When Max and Xam fall out, they start a competition to see who is the most popular, using all their ingenuity to ‘make’ friends and prove a point.

I’m NOT a mouse!

I’m NOT a mouse!

Evgenia Golubeva

Olivia’s nickname, Mouse, gets her into some sticky situations. But will her mum ever stop using it? This fresh and funny look at pet names holds a deeper message about identity.

A Story about Afiya

A Story about Afiya

James Berry, illus. Anna Cunha

In this beautiful book, award-winning Jamaican poet James Berry creates a magical, dreamy world for a little girl who enjoys the freedom of spending her days outside.

Maia and What Matters

Maia and What Matters

Tina Mortier, illus. Kaatje Vermeire, trans. David Colmer

This is an extraordinarily powerful book dealing with the difficult subject of illness and bereavement.

Lost

Lost

Ele Fountain

Lola and her brother Amit wait for their father to return home after a days work. But days pass, and he fails to arrive…

Belonging Street

Belonging Street

Mandy Coe

Much of the book is a quest, a search for a sense of belonging, whether the searcher is a child, a tree-that-walks, the colour grey, or a butterfly…

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?

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