Archive

Browsing

“Vinegar Girl” is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series of modern retellings of Shakespeare. It updates “The Taming of the Shrew.” I love a clever modern adaptation of…

Guji Guji is a crocodile, who, through the event of his egg rolling down a hill is born into a family of ducks. His family accepts him for…

Ice Age Live tells the adventures of an extraordinary herd of Ice Age animals, all living together as one unique big family. The decrease in grassland leads Sid,…

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…

Auckland Zoo probably doesn’t need much of an introduction for most Aucklanders. My three young ones were fortunate enough to spend their first years only minutes from Auckland…

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…

We took our almost 3 year old (and our 4 month old) to see The (Kiwi) Gingerbread Man on Saturday and had a blast! The play is a…

In Capital E’s new show Shu’s Song, the ordinary world become extraordinary as Shu discovers the secret life of everyday objects in a home office. Shu’s imagination brings…

I’ve been a bit slow to the personal blender party and I’m always a bit skeptical about fads. However, the kind people from Nutribullet offered to send me…

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…

The Best of Alison Holst was first published in 1991. There is now a 2015 version of her famous “Big Red Book”. It contains vegetarian recipes, microwave recipes,…

This is a wordless picture book, about a girl who finds a pencil line which becomes all sorts of things.

I haven’t read Amelia Freer’s first book, Eat. Nourish. Glow. However, apparently due to demand for recipes to accompany her first book, she has written this companion cook…

Hello World is a sequel to Mrs Mo’s Monster. Monster is bored because Mr and Mrs Mo are busy, so he takes off for an adventure which turns…

Feel like breathing new life into your home but unsure where to start? Learn how to upcycle your items into stylish and functional pieces with Reclaim That.

The prankster and the ghost is a new book by R. L. Stedman. I’ve reviewed three of Stedman’s books previously and you can find the reviews here:

We’re so blessed to have access to the array of birdlife that we can see every day as a New Zealander.  Eleven iconic birds are detailed in this…

“When the hippo came to Havelock, no one quite knew what to do. There are no hippos in New Zealand. Well, only in the zoo.” So starts this…

The premise of Mum’s the Word is that when people have kids – and particularly, when they leave a career to do so – it can be really…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

One of the most well-known attractions in Rotorua, Rainbow Springs has existed in various forms since 1929. These days, it’s a nature park and kiwi conservation site. In…

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…

We’ve known the good people at Jet Park Auckland for a while now and the Kiwi Families team has often commented that New Zealand could do with more…

This reusable food wrap is an alternative product to regular plastic wrap. It can be used over the top of jars, ends of cheese, or just to wrap…

I had great memories of Rainbow Springs as a kid. Memories of the pools filled with trout have stuck with me for most of my life. So I…

Anyone else find it challenging to travel with kids? I’m pretty sure it’s not just me! Way back in 1952, a father named Kemmons Wilson was sick of being charged…

The Munch Lunch Cooler can be used as a cold and a hot pack. However its primary purpose is to keep lunch cool inside warm summer school bags…

The Bakehouse is powerful novel about war – not set in a warzone, but instead in suburban New Zealand. Bert wants nothing more than be old enough to…

Oh, Chelsea. You just keep getting better. I loved Everyday Delicious more than At My Table. And I might just love Homemade Happiness best of all. But the…

Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start Cookbook is the newest offering from the 2011 MasterChef New Zealand winner and “My Food Bag” founder. It includes over 100 recipes for lasting…

Dictator is a book about Cicero one of Julius Caesar’s associates and sometimes friend. It tells of Cicero’s efforts to keep the ideals of Rome alive and how…

“The Pale North” is a book set in Wellington and elsewhere, by Hamish Clayton from Hawkes Bay. It tells a story about a man wandering the streets of…

Little Elliot lives in a Big City, but leads a quiet life. He’s just a little guy so life can present some challenges. He gets through by enjoying…

You can own the complete adventures of Hairy Maclary in one volume. And it comes with a CD reading the stories and telling the background of where the…

Summer’s a’knockin’ at the door, and I find myself wanting light, delicious, crisp items on my plate in the evenings. This book will help you ‘include more ‘greens’…

With three separate storage compartments, removable snack pods and dividers, as well as the handy sandwich seatbelt, the Rubbish Free Lunch Box ensures your lunch and snacks remain…

The Goodbyn Portions On-The-Go is a compact, versatile set for active, healthy lifestyles. It is the perfect set for both kids and adults. All items fit in the…

When kindy starts posting stern notices about the amount of rubbish being accumulated after a mealtime, you know they mean business! One way to cut the wrap (heh…

The Goodbyn Hero is a bento box that’s perfect for school and work. With Goodbyn Hero, you choose 3 to 5 compartments and the pack includes two leakproof…

Yumbox 4 compartment is a kid friendly bento style lunch box with a single leakproof lid. The pre-portioned illustrated tray guides you in packing a healthy lunch with…

Just occasionally, as a reviewer, a book arrives that takes your breath away. Little Elliot – Big Family has become our family’s new favourite. It is entrancing. “A…

This beautiful adaptation of the beloved The Boy and The Moon, winner of multiple international independent film awards, tells the story of a boy who swims the deepest…

Oh Me, Oh My! Is the story of parrot and all her jungle friends. They’ve lost the sun – where can it have gone? Each has their own…

The gripping sequel to the bestselling YA novels I am not Esther and I am Rebecca. Four years after Rebecca fled the religious community The Children of the…

Rhyme & Reo: aeiou teaches Te Reo to small children, presenting a fun way to learn Maori vowel sounds and illustrated with fun images.

Sneaky Snake happens upon Baby Kangaroo after he’s become separated from his Mother. Should Baby Kangaroo trust Sneaky Snake, or is he trying to mislead the poor little…

A kiwi retelling of the tremendously popular children’s classic ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, this new release illustrated by Patrick McDonald presents beautiful pictures of kiwi vistas…

The cows and sheep think Farmer McPhee should stop frowning and start frisking. But Farmer McPhee just wants to get some sleep! Then one moonlit night, something changes…A…

In a past life, I was an English teacher and I always loved teaching the great classic To Kill a Mockingbird. It has so much depth and resonance…

What happens when a very large dinosaur just can’t stop himself dancing, even though the little tiny dinosaurs need safe areas to play in? Brachio tells the tale…

Got a junior All Black around your house? This sticker and activity book in one has more than 40 stickers and 16 activities to test how big of…