Reviews: Books and Magazines

 

Stripes! No, Spots!

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Tiger and Leopard are having an all-out jungle quarrel about whether stripes or spots are best. More members of the jungle weigh in and try to sort out the crazy fight with an innovative resolution.

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Everyday Easy Eats

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If you were thinking school fundraising cookbooks were the variety that is spiral bound and a simple list of recipes in a basic typeset…. well it would appear those days are over. Or at very least, those others have been surpassed by Auckland’s Balmoral School. Everyday Easy Eats is a stunningly presented, hardcover cookbook that rivals any you’ll find in a bookstore.

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When to Rob a Bank

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When to Rob a Bank is the latest book from the Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, the famous Freakonomics pair and it’s a collection of their best blog posts.

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Wildflower

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Wildflower is a warm, thoughtful collection of Drew Barrymore’s non-chronological memoirs covering childhood, her business, dating and marriage, motherhood, family relationships and friendships.

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Simply Nigella – Feel Good Food

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Nigella Lawson is back – causing us to slow down, pause and enjoy feel good food. Sounds good, right? From bowlfood (soups and noodle dishes) to tasty sides and sticky sweets, this is quite an interesting cookbook.

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Island Home

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Tim Winton’s latest book – Island Home – is a memoir, rather than his usual novel genre. And yet, the book is a beautiful collection of essays which build together to paint a love story starring the Australian countryside where Tim has spent most of his years living. Even if you don’t normally read non-fiction, consider this one of his novels in disguise!

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Landscapes of New Zealand

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Landscapes of New Zealand is a new book by acclaimed photographer Warren Jacobs, which showcases the country’s amazing contours from north to south. New Zealand is such a diverse country in terms of its terrain and landforms that no two areas are the same.

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Sonoma meets Miss Mouse

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Sonoma Meets Miss Mouse is a heartwarming tale of a little girl named Sonoma and her new best friend. Through the warm, vibrant illustrations and rich text, children will learn the value of friendship and the importance of helping all creatures great and small.

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The Bakehouse

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Bert wants nothing more than be old enough to fight in the war—to handle weapons, defend his country, and have a life filled with adventure. Little does he know that the secrets and danger of war don’t always stay at the front line, and that one boy’s actions can change everything.

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He’ll Be OK – 10th Anniversary Edition

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One of New Zealand’s parenting classics, He’ll Be OK by legendary Celia Lashlie has been published in a special new edition to mark ten years since its original release. When Celia Lashlie died last year, it was almost like a new generation of parents were made aware of her work – and so this is a timely tribute to her work and its timeless relevance.

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