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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... July 2016 of Reading Time est. 2013 Reading Time
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* Contents derived from the 2016 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Hijabi Girl : Review, Carissa Mason , single work review
— Review of Hijabi Girl Hazel Edwards , Ozge Alkan , 2016 single work children's fiction ;
'The countdown to Book Week is on and parents and students are already planning their costumes for the annual parade. It’s great fun. The kids love to dress up as their favourite book characters (or superheroes and fairies…) and it’s an opportunity to promote and celebrate reading. ...'
Note: Posted 14 July 2016
Dale (Stuff Happens) : Review, Jane O'connell , single work review
— Review of Dale Adrian Beck , 2016 single work children's fiction ;
'Dale is the latest book in the popular Stuff Happens series, and continues the theme of tackling everyday childhood challenges with subtle advice and humour. ...'
Note: Posted 13 July 2016
Rich & Rare : Review, single work review
— Review of Rich and Rare : A Collection of Australian Stories, Poetry and Artwork 2015 anthology short story poetry art work ;
'This eclectic collection of creative pieces is a treasure trove of tales. With 52 contributors, there is something for every middle to YA reader, even if not all readers will love all the stories. Short stories are divided into contemporary, adventure, crime, fantasy, science fiction, romance, ghost, horror, historical and humour. There are also illustrations, poetry and a graphic story. Styles range from the philosophical (Sofie Laguna’s Hope Cannot be Photographed) to the wry (Lorraine Marwood’s The Frog Diaries). At the back, there’s an interesting paragraph about each of the contributors. ...'
Note: Posted 13 July 2016
[Review Essay] Counting Through the Day, Grace Nolan , single work review
— Review of Counting through the Day Margaret Hamilton , 2016 single work picture book ;
'Counting Through the Day is an attractive picture book, from the colourful front cover and interesting endpapers, to the engaging content. It takes counting beyond the usual 1 to 10, stimulating interest in the unlimited possibilities of number and challenging the child. ...'
Note: Posted 13 July 2016
[Review] Stripes in the Forest : The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine, Grace Nolan , single work review
— Review of Stripes in the Forest : The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine Aleesah Darlison , 2016 single work picture book ;
'Stripes in the Forest is a thought-provoking and memorable picture book suitable for all ages. The messages about endangered animals are strong and powerful and leave a lasting impression on the reader as the text and illustrations work together to create a moving experience. ...'
Note: Posted 13 July 2016
Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville : Review, John Nolan , single work review
— Review of Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville Robert Vescio , 2016 single work picture book ;
'Barnaby the bunny wants to plant seeds and grow fruit rather than just dig in the ground. When the Mayor of Bunnyville hears of this he scoffs that “Bunnies dig” and forbids any rabbit to grow anything. To overcome this edict, Barnaby devises a scheme involving a fake treasure map to encourage all the rabbits into digging and then he uses the abandoned holes to plant his seeds and trees. ...'
Note: Posted 13 July 2016
Game Theory : Review, John Nolan , single work review
— Review of Game Theory Barry Jonsberg , 2016 single work novel ;
'When Summerlee, older sister of sixteen year old Jamie, wins seven and half million dollars in a lottery their younger sister, eight year old Phoebe, is kidnapped and held to ransom. The kidnapper will only make contact with Jamie who, with his keen mathematical brain and a penchant for logical analysis, tries to out think and out manoeuvre the kidnapper using some of the principles of Game Theory. ...'
Note: Posted 12 July 2016
Olive of Groves and the Great Slurp of Time (Olive of Groves #2) : Review, Romi Sharp , single work review
— Review of Olive of Groves and the Great Slurp of Time Katrina Nannestad , 2016 single work children's fiction ;
'Second book in this exciting series, Olive of Groves and the Great Slurp of Time, took me back to my childhood love of The Folk of the Faraway Tree series. Here lies a modern day Enid Blyton classic brimming with quirky and charming language, eccentric characters and wonderfully imaginative adventures to far off lands (and eras). ...'
Note: Posted 12 July 2016
[Review] Mrs Dog, Romi Sharp , single work
— Review of Mrs Dog Janeen Brian , 2016 single work picture book ;
'Unlikely friendships, inter-generational bonds, courage, tenacity and adapting to change all feature as the themes in this heart-rending tale of an old farm dog and a little stray lamb. ...'
Note: Posted 12 July 2016
The Snow Wombat : Review, Liz Derouet , single work review
— Review of The Snow Wombat Susannah Chambers , 2016 single work picture book ;
'A wombat travels through an Australian alpine landscape, making his way past sheep, the stockman’s hut, children with horses, and many Australian animals. After trudging through the snow he eventually makes it home to his warm burrow. Throughout the narrative the wombat passes many animals. ...'
Note: Posted 12 July 2016
This Girl, That Girl : Review, Liz Derouet , single work
— Review of This Girl, That Girl Charlotte Lance , 2016 single work picture book ;
'This picture book is a celebration of differences. Two unnamed girls are the main characters, both very different to each other in what and how they do things. Not only are the girls different to each other, their fathers are also different, with each father very much like the other girl. ...'
Note: Posted 12 July 2016
Fizz and the Police Dog Tryouts (Fizz #1) : Review, Melinda Allan , single work review
— Review of Fizz and the Police Dog Tryouts Lesley Gibbes , 2016 single work children's fiction ;

'This appealing chapter book for newly independent readers is funny, touching and wildly entertaining.'

'Fizz and the Police Dog Tryouts is the first in a series of four books starring Fizz, an adorable, fluffy white Bolognese pup who dreams of being a Police Dog. ...'

Note: Posted 10 July 2016
Blueberry Pancakes Forever : Review, Melinda Allan , single work review
— Review of Blueberry Pancakes Forever Angelica Banks , 2016 single work children's fiction ;
'This sweeping fantasy filled with magical worlds, eccentric characters and ripping adventures is anchored by plucky young heroine Tuesday McGillycuddy. Young fantasy fans will be swept up in this tale that imagines the worlds created in the minds of writers exist in a kind of parallel universe, and that writers can travel into these worlds and meet the characters of their own creation. ...'
Note: Posted 10 July 2016
Yong: The Journey of an Unworthy Son : Review, Grace Nolan , single work review
— Review of Yong : The Journey of the an Unworthy Son Janeen Brian , 2016 single work children's fiction ;
'What could be worse than living a lie? This is the burden thirteen year old Yong must carry as he lives the life of a dutiful son when his heart wishes to defy his father. He is tormented by this realisation and hopes his ancestors cannot see his honour is a farce. Yong’s Father and other villagers have borrowed a great deal of money from a moneylender for their passage from the poverty of China to the promised wealth of the Australian goldfields. ...'
Note: Posted 10 July
My Dog Dash : Review, Amanda Tarlau , single work review
— Review of My Dog Dash Nicki Greenberg , 2016 single work picture book ;
'Dash isn’t a very well behaved pet— he doesn’t behave at puppy school, he chews books and wrecks the garden, he’s not very good at playing fetch and he takes absolutely ages to go for a walk. He dribbles, leaves puddles and makes a mess which makes mum mad. What a naughty puppy! Dash’s owner, and we the reader, believe Dash is a dog, but after exploring their world, we discover that Dash isn’t a dog at all but a misunderstood snail! ...'
Note: Posted 6 July
The Midnight Possum : Review, Jane Carstens , single work review
— Review of The Midnight Possum Sally Morgan , 2016 single work picture book ;
'I read Sally Morgan’s wonderful book My Place many years ago and it left a lasting impression, so I was very excited to review her picture book The Midnight Possum. It tells the story of a possum who helps reunite a mother possum with one of her twin babies through a dangerous mission that involves falling down a chimney into a house. ...'
Note: Posted 6 July 2016
Take Ted Instead : Review, Jane Carstens , single work
— Review of Take Ted Instead Cassandra Webb , 2016 single work picture book ;
'Anyone who has had to put a reluctant toddler to bed will smile at this book’s storyline. Mum is trying to put ‘sleepy head’ to bed, but he resists and offers multiple alternatives instead from his cat to his goldfish to his elderly neighbour (whose names all rhyme with sleepy head). ...'
Note: Posted 6 July 2016
The Truly Terrible Mistake (Penelope Perfect #4) : Review, Jane Carstens , single work review
— Review of The Truly Terrible Mistake Chrissie Perry , 2016 single work children's fiction ;
'I took this book with me to read while the dentist put braces onto my daughter’s teeth, and was laughing so much that I had to read paragraphs out to the dentist to justify my outbursts. That’s because the humour in this book is of the wonderful ‘laugh-out-loud’ variety. ...'
Note: Posted 6 July 2016
Incredibilia : Review, Chris Dayman , single work review
— Review of Incredibilia Libby Hathorn , 2016 single work picture book ;
'Little Georgie is trailing her older siblings on a walk on a windy day. Vainly trying to keep up as they run ahead, she makes her own adventure using the imaginative powers that have been sparked by the beauty of nature around her. Leaves, flowers, clouds and a web fire her elfin mind to create anew game, Incredibilia. Naturally Harriet and Max eventually join in. ...'
Note: Posted 6 July 2016
The Ricker Racker Club : Review, Chris Dayman , single work review
— Review of The Ricker Racker Club Patrick Guest , 2016 single work picture book ;
'A joyous romp of a story where the rules of an freshly minted club are tested and refined to include Poppy who proves herself to be more than worthy of membership of a club that began with an unfair and biased premise that boys could rule. Max and Ollie after taking advantage of Poppy’s eagerness to please, acknowledge her spirit and bravery and make her an equal partner and seal the deal with their “silly Ricker Racker” dance. ...'
Note: Posted 5 July 2016

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