Reviews: Books and Magazines

 

Horton & the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories

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Kids love Dr Suess, and it’s been that way for a long time. New stories have been found and published in Horton & the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories. This is A Grade Suess, and a lot of fun!

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A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

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On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.

For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently? These are the things she explores in A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

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Did you take the B from my _ook?

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The right level of silly-fun, without dragging out the story and with a good resolve – this is a winner for preschoolers and young school-aged children.

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The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection

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At 12 years old I declared my intention to become a vegetarian much to the horror of my mother who hailed from solid sheep farming stock. It was the early 1990s and vegetarianism wasn’t in vogue in South Canterbury. Alison Holst’s Meals without Meat was the only thing that stood between me and sever nutrient deficiencies. To me, the recipes in it were exotic and exciting. Fast forward 26 odd years and Alison and Simon Holst have compiled the best vegetarian recipes from Meals without Meat and their subsequent vegetarian publications into one mega book: The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection.

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Absence by Joanna King

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Joanna King is a kiwi by birth, but she now lives in Vienna and works as a journalist. This is her debut novel about four sisters who take a holiday together – but one goes missing.

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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

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Marie Kondo’s latest book on how to tidy your house once and for all is a great read – if you haven’t already read her original book the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

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Julia & Libby’s Wholefood Kitchen

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They say food should be our first medicine, and that’s the premise of Julia & Libby’s Wholefood Kitchen. If you want to transform your body from the inside out, these two sisters have tried and tested their method presented in this book. They turned their diets from being highly processed and sugar-laden to wholefoods that nourish and promote health.

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Blue by Danielle Steel

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I loved reading this book. The storyline revolves around Ginny, who is a rising star when tragedy strikes her life. She is about to jump off a bridge when she sees Blue – an abandoned boy who needs someone to care about him. How she handles her life going forward and the people that pull her back to reality are the basis of the story.

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The Big Book of Home Brew: A Kiwi Guide

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This is a must read book for any budding Kiwi craft brewer. Well written, and well presented, the book details how to get started, from extract brewing, through to various all grain techniques, fermenting, bottling/kegging, etc. And of course: the sampling, and possible fault finding, an essential step for improving the next batch!

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The Adventures of Hutu & Kawa

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Originally published in 1955, this is a 60th anniversary edition of a celebrated NZ picture book in the bestselling series by Avis Acres. By re-releasing the title, the story is being brought to a new generation of kiwi children.

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