Monthly archives: October 2012

Margaret Mahy and Polly Dunbar (ill.) Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (2012) ISBN: 978-1-84780-220-0 Ages: 0-6 years Reviewed by Tehani Wessely This joyous explosion of rhyme, rhythm and colour will engage little ones as a read-aloud. The Man from the land of Fandango brings with him a riot of crazy animals […]

The man from the land of Fandango by Margaret Mahy

Melina Marchetta  Finnikin of the Rock (2008); Froi of the Exiles (2011) and Quintana of Charyn (2012) Viking Penguin Books Australia Melina Marchetta’s foray into fantasy has been successful, in both literary and popular senses. Finnikin of the Rock was shortlisted in the 2009 CBCA Older Reader category and won […]

The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

Jacqueline Harvey Illustrated by J. Yi Random House Australia (2012) ISBN: 9781742755410 144 p. Interest age: from c 5 years Reviewed by Elinor Couper Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor is the first book in a new series for girls from the bestselling author of the Alice-Miranda series, Jacqueline Harvey, and […]

Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor by Jacqueline Harvey

Edited by Jonathan Strahan Random House (2012) ISBN: 9781471700131 413 p. 12+ Reviewed by Trisha Buckley This short story collection, bound under the premise of ‘witches’, is fairly typical: Some of the stories are sublime, while others are so-so. Western Australian editor Jonathan Strahan has gathered together some of the […]

Under My Hat: tales from the cauldron edited by Jonathan ...