Staff Reviews

October 20, 2019

  Little Crab and Very Big Crab live happily in their tiny rock pool by the sea. One day, Very Big Crab takes Little Crab to the sea. Little Crab, understandably, is very excited, exclaiming "I can go ANYWHERE!"

  But when they reach the big and scary seeming sea,...

February 22, 2019

  The Wall in the Middle of The Book is a deceptively simple take on the well-worn themes of conquering your fears, opening your mind and reconsidering your biased views on ogres. It's minimal but visually inventive, with plenty of space for the storyteller to point th...

July 13, 2018

  When I was young I knew of an old lodge in the woods near the river where we lived. My brothers and I often wondered who had lived there and if any ghosts appeared after dark.

  Perhaps that is what draws me to this book, with its wonderings and what ifs, its gentle c...

December 11, 2017

In the wake of David Attenborough's wonderful Blue Planet II TV series, many of us are left in awe of the hidden treasures of the deep and the never-before-recorded behaviours of marine animals, as well as concerned about the ongoing destruction of species and plastic...

September 22, 2017

'I AM BAT. I do not like mornings. I like CHERRIES. They are my FAVOURITE of all things. They are JUICY and RED and DELICIOUS and... THEY ARE MINE. Do NOT take my cherries.'

  Bat threatens to get very angry if anyone steals his cherries. He will kNOW if you steal them....

March 29, 2017

D is for Duck by David Melling

An inventive and magical new alphabet story from the author of Hugless Douglas and The Kiss That Missed. Each letter begins a word that tells the next part of the story as Duck performs a series of slightly skewiff magic tricks, beginning...

March 29, 2017

  What Happens Next? is a thoughtful and playful book about the possibilities of death and the afterlife, as considered by a young boy's grandfather. Shinsuke Yoshitake's previous books, It Might be an Apple and Can I Build Another Me? were also brimming with profundit...

November 9, 2016

  Here is a chilly but warming tale of learning to look at the bright side, even when you live in the arctic, cleverly written by Jory John and beautifully illustrated by Lane Smith. It might be the perfect book to help face those winter blues, for adults as well as ch...

November 9, 2016

  One of the most beautiful books of the year features a family who are in the throes of hypergraphia and seem to be ripped from the pages of Edward Gorey and Tove Jansson.

That they spend their days making eclectic lists is a plus. That the book opens to a list of Bowi...

November 9, 2016

    There is Noggin, Nogbad, a dragon, a whale, elephants, a moon mouse, gallantry, chivalry and much kindness in these ancient manuscripts written for young readers and ancients alike. Historical fiction of the highest order, which can be bound in store with metallic...

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