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Junior review: Jacob’s Toys – The Big Backyard Adventure! By Claudia Woods

Review by Sam, 8 What was the story about? The story was about toys that Jacob was going to get rid of, but then they blew off the clothes line…

Book review: The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion

I read The Rosie Result at the same time as I was reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved – Simsion’s book was on my bedside table and I read Morrison’s classic during…

Book review: The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna

It is with trepidation that I start reading an author of a book that I adored, and so it was with The Eye of the Sheep. I read The Choke…

Which 30 books would you keep if you had to Kondo your bookcase?

Much has been written about the rumour that decluttering queen Marie Kondo’s suggested in her new Netflix program Tidying Up that she prefers to keep 30 books in her house.…

I’ve resigned myself to unicorns and princesses … but can’t wait for Harry Potter

As a mother of a boy and two girls, I have always tried not to lean on gender stereotypes when choosing toys or books. Tutus, dolls and trucks were for…

This year I’ve decided to outsource my parenting to Pixar

It used to be common for parents of unruly children to invoke the notion of hell to scare them into submission. However, these days it seems inappropriate to promise a…

Book review: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

I read this book under pressure, after borrowing it from the library on a one-week loan that cannot be renewed. So, I read it while wrangling my children on a…

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