Reviews: Books and Magazines


Australia: Illustrated


Australia: Illustrated is big, beautiful and diverse. This is a book with huge cross-over appeal, that will engage children and adults alike, in home and in schools. It captures everything that makes Australia unique, and is written and illustrated by Tania McCartney. Read the full review »

The Hoppleplop


The Hoppleplop is a beautiful book that takes¬†the reader on a tour through a charmingly offbeat house. ¬†The story’s narrator tries to show us that the only thing strange about this house is the¬†Hoppleplop living there! Read the full review »

Girl Stuff for Girls Aged 8 – 12


Here’s everything you need to know about being a pre-teen, from Kaz Cooke, author of Girl Stuff for Teens. Girl Stuff for Girls aged 8-12 is the fun, friendly antidote to the nasty, hard-sell, negative and sexualised messages that bombard girls. Read the full review »

Lonely Planet Kids – How Cities Work

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Lonely Planet Kids, How Cities Work is a book all about the explorations of cities; inside, outside and underground. This amazing book is packed with flaps to lift, and folded pages, to discover the workings of a city. Read the full review »

Scrumptious by Chelsea Winter


Scrumptious is the latest instalment from New Zealand MasterChef winner Chelsea Winter. Read the full review »

Dr Libby’s Women’s Wellness Wisdom


Dr Libby’s Womens Wellness Wisdom: What Every Woman Needs to Know is an inspiring book for women of all ages. Whether you’re just starting out on your wellness journey or have been exploring your heath for a while now Women’s Wellness Wisdom will have something for you. Read the full review »

Hare by Deborah Hinde


Or dear, Hare had an idea… but he’s lost it. Don’t worry though as the Kiwi forest is full of friends who want to help Hare find his idea again. Hare’s friends are¬†a quirky mix of New Zealand forest birds and critters, as well as a few farm foul, and even a tortoise for good measure. Read the full review »

Patch and Ruby by Anouska Jones

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Patch and Ruby¬†is a story about a lonely pony. Sometimes it feels as if he doesn’t quite fit in on the farm. But one day something happens that changes his life forever… This is such a sweet tale, full of different friendships, and working out where one belongs in the world. Read the full review »



Bud-e-reading is designed to begin children on the road to reading for themselves. It is a fantastic set of resources that are not only print-based but also available as a reading app. Jill Eggleton the creator of the Bud-e-reading system has designed these books to help teach your children high frequency words and build upon their reading skills gradually.¬† Read the full review »

Lonely Planet Kids Amazon Adventure


Take the trip of a lifetime along the world’s largest river – the Amazon – and find out all about the countries and rainforest that dot along this truly amazing and fascinating geographical landmark.

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