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Children's and YA book reviews and interviews
 

The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants
Philip Bunting, Scholastic, February 2020, reviewed by Thuy On
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Ants. What exactly do these tiny, easily overlooked creatures have to teach us? Quite a bit, according to Philip Bunting, whose picture book is funny... Read more
 
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Extraordinary!
Penny Harrison, illus by Katie Wilson, New Frontier, February 2020, reviewed by Katie Haydon
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What a magical book this is! In Extraordinary! Penny Harrison, author of Emily Green’s Garden and Dance With Me, and New Zealand-based illustrator Katie Wilson take the reader on a... Read more
 
 

The Threads of Magic
Alison Croggon, Walker, March 2020, reviewed by Angela Crocombe
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This first foray by Alison Croggon—best known for her ‘Pellinor’ fantasy series—into middle-grade is a sophisticated story of power, friendship and magic. The city of Clavel is in a medieval-style... Read more
 
 

Ready, Set, Code!
Heather Catchpole & Nicola O’Brien, CSIRO Publishing, February 2020, reviewed by Andrew Wrathall
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Ready, Set, Code! teaches computer programming skills to kids aged 8–12 using the open source Scratch language created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This book presents introductory programming concepts... Read more
 

 

 

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