I am Rebecca


Many readers will be aware of Beale’s earlier novel I am not Esther; this new book – I am Rebecca – is the recently released sequel. I am Rebecca takes up where the earlier novel left off – as the Pilgrim family moves to Nelson to be part of another group of the Children of the Faith. The central character in this book is Rebecca – one of the twin sisters.

I won’t give away too much of the plot of this book as there are some twists that caught me off-guard and I don’t want to spoil it for others.

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The Last of Maui’s Dolphins


“It’s true – there are very few Maui’s dolphins left – and every one matters.”

The Last of Maui’s Dolphins written by Maria Gill and illustrated by Bruce Potter, is a short storybook about the plight of the Maui’s dolphins and it includes some information about some of the threats to the species.

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An Awfully Big Adventure


An Awfully Big Adventure explores the truth behind World War One. Through energetic songs and moments of both great humour and poignancy, this show commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1.

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Magic and Makutu by David Hair


We got sent the Magic and Makutu book by David Hair to review a while ago, but it’s the sixth in the Aotearoa Series so I felt that I should read the preceeding five books to fully appreciate Magic and Makutu.

The series starts with The Bone Tiki which won best new book at the New Zealand Post Children’s Book awards in 2010. It begins with Matiu Douglas, who after stealing a bone tiki, discovers Aotearoa – a parallel world populated by people who have died but have a strong tie to the land. Suddenly Matiu is running for his life, not knowing who to trust. Read the full review »

Ko Wai E Huna Ana?


Who’s hiding? Who’s crying? Who’s backwards? Can you tell? Look again…18 fun-loving animals can be found on each question-posing page. This popular Gecko Press book was originally passed in 2008 and has been republished in Te Reo Māori as Ko Wai E Huna Ana?

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Hairy Maclary nō te Tēri a Tānarahana


For the first time Lynley Dodd’s famous Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy is available in Maori. Translated by broadcaster, actor and writer, Waihoroi Shortland.

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The Moose and the Goose


Heaps of fun is to be had in reading kiwi team Juliette MacIver and Jenny Cooper’s The Moose and the Goose. Rhyming text carries you on a journey as the characters board a train, squeeze in the packed-full caboose and meet various other characters doing slightly ridiculous things.

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Mrs Mo’s Monster


Mrs Mo’s Monster is about a monster eating all kinds of stuff. Mrs Mo asks the monster if he wants to try a new thing and the monster says NO, No, NO! At the end of the story, it’s Mr Mo’s birthday and Mrs Mo and the monster pull party crackers to celebrate. The monster finds out that he can do all kinds of things.

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Grandad’s Lucky Storm (at Capital E)


Once again Capital E has created a fantastic holiday program. My 5 ½ year old granddaughter and I were thrilled to see the lastest show ‘Grandad’s Lucky Storm.’ This is a very different, but thoroughly engaging show!

Firstly the audience are all ushered to Grandad’s place, where Grandad opens the door announcing that we’re early. We were ushed into his living room which is more of a shed than a living room, cluttered with motorbike parts and other paraphanelia, setting the scene for an interesting experience for his grandchild (all 30 of us)!

This is an intimate show with only 30 seats created by cushions and a couple of old couches in Grandad’s living room. A storm, pirate and many other characters absorb the young (and older audience), all played by one actor (Jason Whyte) who is a very compelling story teller. He certainly holds the attention of the 5-8 year old audience for the one hour duration of the show.

This no ordinary, run-of the-mill Grandad!

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The Family Cookbook


Food Tube is Jamie Oliver’s YouTube community of food lovers – the series showcases the most popular talent on the channel:

One of the first three books in the affordable Food Tube series, The Family Cookbook features recipes by Kerryann Dunlop – a real mum living in the real world on a real budget!

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