Review: All Aboard the Dinosaur Express by Timothy Knapman and Ed Eaves

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by Timothy Knapman

Illustrated by Ed Eaves

The engine’s like a T-Rex head, the carriages have scales! It’s faster than a pterosaur – it flies along the rails!

With doors like pterodactyl wings and seats as comfy a allosaurus paws. The Dinosaur Express is the best train in the world!

Quick it’s about to set off…all aboard!

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Review: The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton

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The Dawn Chorus

by Suzanne Barton

When Peep awakes one morning to the sound of beautiful birdsong, he follows the melody and finds the Dawn Chorus. Their music enchants him – if only he could sing with them! But despite trying his hardest, Peep realised he doesn’t fit in with the other birds in the Dawn Chorus.

What Peep doesn’t know is that he’s about to meet someone very special who will change everything…

A heartfelt story of a tiny nightingale desperate to belong, by an exceptionally talented new author-illustrator.

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Review: You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman

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You Can’t Take an Elephant on the BUS

by Patricia Cleveland-Peck

Illustrated by David Tazzyman

You can’t take an elephant on the bus…

It would simply cause a terrible fuss!

Elephants bottoms are haevy and fat.

and would certainly squash the seats quite flat.

Elephants on busus? Monkeys in shopping trolleys? Hippos in hot air balloons? A whale… on a bike?

Join in the crazy chaotic fun (and chortle loudly) as an array of animals ride all sorts of unsuitable vehicles in this energetic picture book.

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Review: Wendy the Wallpaper Cat by Jason Hook and Ilaria Demonti

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Wendy the Wallpaper Cat

by Jason Hook

Illustrated by Ilaria Demonti

Wendy can’t sleep, no matter what she tries. she counts sheep, reads books and even turns somersaults – but nothing works. Eventually Wendy’s parents take her on holiday to stay at her grandfather’s house, and he invites Wendy to stay in whichever room is her favourite, Wendy is amazed to discover interiors covered in wallpapers that come to life, and their sights, sounds and smells fill her head with images and ideas. As she wanders happily from room to room, she finally finds a way to drift off to sleep.

A beautiful new children’s book from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, featuring the work of designer Walter Crane (1845-1915).

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Review: The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin


The Cloudspotter

by Tom McLaughlin

His real name was Franklin. But everyone called him The Cloudspotter. The Cloudspotter didn’t have many friends. It was just him and his clouds, always… Read more of this post

Review: It Started With a Kiss by Lisa Heidke

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It Started With a Kiss

by Lisa Heidke

After the pain of her marriage breakup, Friday Jones makes some major blunders – from a misguided affair to online dating disasters. But can heartbreak actually be the best thing that ever happened to her? Read more of this post

Review: Mother and Daughters by Kylie Ladd

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Mothers and Daughters

by Kylie Ladd

Four mothers. Four teenage daughters.

An isolated tropical paradise with no internet or mobile phone reception.

What could possibly go wrong?

There’s tension, bitchiness, bullying, sex, drunken confessions, bad behaviour and breakdowns – and wait till you see what the teenagers get up to…

How can we let our daughters go to forge lives of their own when what we most want to do is hold them close and never let them go? How do we let them grow and keep them protected from the dark things in the world at the same time? And how can mothers and daughters navigate the troubled, stormy waters of adolescence without hurting themselves and each other? A clear-eyed, insightful and wildly entertaining look into the complicated, emotional world of mothers and daughters by the acclaimed author of Into My Arms, Last Summer and After the Fall.

This book follows a week in the lives of four mothers, Fiona, Morag, Caro and Amira along with their daughters, Bronte, Macy, Janey and Tess. Three mothers and their daughters travel from Melbourne to Broome to spend time with their friend, Amira who relocated there to teach. The weeks holiday brings many issues to the front of the tight knit group and forces them to look at their own personalilities, parenting skills and priorities.

The book covers many subjects, from the complexities of different relationships (marital, parental, friendship, working), holidaying with different personalilites, the difficulties in letting children grow and have their own independence, to name a few. The author manages to cover these topics with skill and expertise, as with her other books she deftly introduces different layers and elements to the story and the characters. I felt that in the weeks holiday, all of the characters grew and developed and my favourite person was Bronte. At the start of the book she was portrayed as being meek and easily taken advantage of. But by the end of the story she had developed into a confident and mature young lady.

Favourite Quote: ‘You knew you were getting middle aged when you found yourself wondering where the time had gone. But where had it gone?’ page 11

Published by Allen and Unwin August 2014, with thanks to Allen and Unwin for supplying this copy to review.

Recommended Retail Price $29.99

Recommended Age: women 18+

My Rating: 4.5/5

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