Elliot Perlman’s ‘The Adventures of Catvinkle’

Interviewer: Joy Lawn Title: The Adventures of Catvinkle Author: Elliot Perlman Illustrator: Laura Stitzel Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Themes: friendship, kindness, empathy,  bravery, animals, difference, tolerance, humour.  Teachers’ Notes: Prepared by Penguin Random House Australia and available here. The girls and I have greatly enjoyed  'The...

Once There Was A Boy: on books and empathy by Emily Gale

One of us is a bully.  One of us wants to be understood.  One of us loves a girl who loves another.  One of us remembers the past as if it just happened.  One of us believes they’ve...

Review of ‘Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching’

Reviewer: Dr Sam Lloyd Title: Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching Author/Illustrator/Creators: Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti Publisher/Production: CSIRO Publishing (2018) in partnership with Small Friends Books, an art-science collaborative...

Review of ‘Bonkers About Beetles’

Reviewer: Dr Sam Title: Bonkers about Beetles Author/Illustrator: Owen Davey Publisher: Flying Eye Books (published 2018) Themes: Beetle ecology, diet, behaviour, habitat, camouflage, specialist adaptations. Click on title links or cover image to purchase.  'Bonkers about Beetles' is engaging, informative, beautifully...

Book Party: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I have been buying Nightie Night Lane pyjamas for a few years now and, as happens when you buy from a small business, you chat via email with the owners and get to know...

Jazzy Reviews: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

I was so hoping that Jazzy might review, 'Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow'! I absolutely LOVED it but wanted the opinion of an actual teen reader - enter Jazzy of Jazzy's Bookshelf. I love...

Young Reader and Reviews

A ten year-old family friend of ours is an avid reader and churns through books in paper form and on her Kindle at a great rate. Her mother told me recently that Miss Ten...

On ‘Monsters’ by Anna Fienberg

I have long loved the writing of Anna Fienberg. It's hard to not fall head first into the Tashi series, and 'Horrendo's Curse' (and its companion book 'Wicked's Way') will also always sit on...

On ‘Monsters’ by Stephen Axelsen

This is Part Two of the story behind the story of 'Monsters'. Part One is here. In Part Two, my very dear friend and talented illustrator, Stephen Axelsen, shares with us how on earth...

Review of ‘Gecko’

This review is another by Dr Sam Lloyd AKA one of my neighbours, and also an ecologist and manager for South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium. Sam is also a former dance teacher...

Review of ‘Finn’s Feather’

I feel like I've been waiting for this book for a long time, having read it in manuscript form some time ago and having followed Rachel Noble's own journey with grief since the loss...

Review of ‘The Wonder of Us’

'The Wonder of Us' by Kim Culbertson appeals to me as I love and adore realistic fiction and YA is my happy place. I've got this one to read on my girls weekend away...

Review of ‘How to Hang a Witch’

Jazzy is an incredibly astute reader and reviewer, and very rarely gives a book 5 book bolts, so I admit that I am intrigued by this book, despite it being 'not my genre' of choice! I've ordered...

Review of ‘Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables’

The class in room 12B has a new teacher, and nothing is ever going to be the same . . .  The very best school based stories resonate with children and teachers alike and the...

Jazzy Reviews: Missing by Sue Whiting

I'm buckling under the weight of a million questions. Did she walk along here? Did the people in the shops and on the street see her? Speak to her on her last day here?...

Review of ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio

Jazzy from Jazzy's Bookshelf has been a long time reviewer for me and I always smile when I see one of her emails and reviews pop up my inbox. At twelve years old, Jazzy...

Jazzy Reviews: The Chronicles of Jack McCool: The Amulet of Athlone

It's always great to receive a review from Jazzy. Terrific to see she's using her holidays for reading. And this one does look like a fabulous holiday read. Jazzy has her own blog, and...

Review of ‘Kookoo Kookaburra’

I have most excellent neighbours - I really do. I always knew this, but the past few months has really proven this; the care they have shown the girls and I, as well as...

Jazzy’s Bookshelf: Raymie Nightingale

Tween book blogger Jazzy is back, this time with a review of Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. You can read Jazzy’s complete bio here, see her blog homepage here and ‘like’ her Facebook page,...
A kid review of Akarnae by Lynette Noni | Children's Books Daily

Jazzy’s Bookshelf: Akarnae

Kid book blogger Jazzy is back, this time with a review of Akarnae, the first book in The Medoran Chronicles series by Lynette Noni. You can read Jazzy’s complete bio here, see her blog...