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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

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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Penny Harrison, illus by Katie Wilson, New Frontier, February 2020, reviewed by Katie Haydon

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

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

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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