Reviews: Books and Magazines




Wolf is an easy to read dark thriller, by popular international best seller Mo Hayder.  This novel is the 7th in the Detective Jack Caffery series.

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I Am The Wolf… and Here I Come!


This book has been a popular title in France for some time, and has now been released in English. I can see why it’s a hit! 20 pages of thick board book fun, with a great ending, make for a wonderful read.

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Beautifully Brilliant Books

Beautifully Brillant Books

Beautifully Brilliant Books are a collection by Nicholas Rumble, who has long dreamed of writing and publishing books. The collection currently consists of 7 books, which are written by Rumble. Some are illustrated with Rumble’s own photography and others but the illustrations of others.

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The relatively new series of brightly-illustrated books on transport by Catherine Foreman is called ‘Machines and Me’. Trains is one title in this series, which also includes planes, boats and tractors.

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Line Up, Please!


Standing in line can be dull, but not when you mix tigers and frogs, sheep and skunks. But what could be worth waiting for…? From Japanese writer and illustrator Tomoko Ohmura, Line Up, Please is a new release from Gecko Press.

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Pom and Pim


Pom and Pim’s day is full of ups and downs, and luck both good and bad. Is eating a huge ice cream truly a good idea? Is it really bad luck that it’s raining? Or is it good luck…?

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Sand by Hugh Howey


Sand by Hugh Howey is a science fiction novel about a world buried under sand with survivors eking out their existence by diving through the sand to salvage remnants from the previous civilisation. That previous civilisation looks suspiciously like it might be current day earth but there are few clues as to what has happened and how the world was buried.

The story focusses on a number of members of one family each of whom has coped with their circumstances very differently.

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Rufus and the Rain


Rufus is a bear who just wants to enjoy a cup of tea in the sun.  But this is not as easy as you might think!

Rufus and the Rain is a story about weather patterns, the importance of the earth seeing a variety of weather, and the consequences of saying ‘go away!’

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True Grit – Junior Edition


Bear Grylls – he’s a hero of sorts.  He chose to live his life on the edge after being inspired by a number of other heroes, and this book brings together those people’s stories.  True Grit: Junior Edition is abridged from the original, making it suitable for the tween/teen age bracket, and probably some of the more resilient younger folks too.

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Tottie and Dot


Tottie and Dot are two little girls who live side by side. Life is very peaceful until one day the girls begin competing with each other to create the best house. As the story unfolds, jealousy takes hold and their competitive spirit gets increasingly out of control until ultimately, things collapse in a disastrous heap. Will Tottie and Dot realise the importance of their friendship before it’s too late?

Written by Tania McCartney and illustrated by Tina Snerling, Tottie and Dot is a fun book and great for stimulating discussion.

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