Reviews: Books and Magazines


Ivan and the Lighthouse

Ivan and the Lighthouse

Ivan and the Lighthouse is the very well written story of a boy growing up in Devonport around the turn of the century. Ivan’s Father is a Lighthouse Keeper. Every night he rows his wee rowboat out to the lighthouse to take care of the light and ensure the various steamers and sailboats plying Auckland Harbour stay safe. Read the full review »

Hairy Maclary and Friends – Baby’s first year

Hairy Maclary and Friends – Baby’s first year

Hairy Maclary and Friends – Baby’s First Year Cards is a set of 30 delightful cards featuring Hairy Maclary and all his friends you know so well.

The idea of Baby’s first year is to record 30 precious moments of your baby’s life. From their first smile, to first tooth, from their first steps, to their first birthday. Read the full review »

Feed Your Brain


Feed Your Brain: 7 Steps to a Lighter, Brighter You! is the ultimate guide about keeping your brain in tip-top shape.

Delia McCabe has spent over two decades researching what the brain needs to function at it highest potential. The result is her unique 7-step plan that will help modify your eating habits. This book is set out into two sections: one very in-depth write up of the brain and what it needs, the second section is full of easy to follow recipes.

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Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran


Moranifesto is Caitlin Moran’s collection of some of her favourite pieces that she has written, loosely collected into topics “The twenty-first century, where we live,” “The feminisms,” and “The future.”

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Lonely Planet Kids Paris City Trails


Mais oui bien sûr, Lonely Planet Kids have included a guide to Paris in their new City Trails editions for the 8-12 year old bracket. If you want a fun taste of what it’s like to walk the streets of the City of Light, or to whet your child’s appetite for travel, this little guide will fulfill that purpose.

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Snooze with Hairy Maclary


Snooze with Hairy Maclary is another installation from Lynley Dodd sees Hairy Maclary and friends looking for their favourite spots to take a nap.

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Lonely Planet Kids London City Trails


Lonely Planet Kids London City Trails follows 19 themed trails through London to reveal the city’s best kept secrets. If you’ve got an 8-12 year old who dreams of travel, this little guide will be well received.

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New Zealand Kiwiana to Read, Colour and Keep


This is a great Kiwiana colouring book created by Dave Gunson that gives you true-to-life pictures and unusual facts about all things Kiwiana. This book features 30 simple, black and white drawings of Kiwiana from buzzy-bees to gumboots and the corner dairy to the haka.

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What Could It Be?


What Could It Be, by Sally Fawcett is a picture book about exploring shapes and the endless creativity that comes with this.

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Dear Mummy, You’re Important Too

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Dear Mummy, You’re Important Too is the ultimate handbook reminding mothers how important self time truly is. In this beautifully laid out book is a collection of quotes, tips, tactics and practices that help motivate mothers to take positive action towards nourishing themselves.

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