Children's and Young Adult Books

Stephanie Owen Reeder reviews eight new picture books

Stephanie Owen Reeder
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A matter of style

Stephanie Owen Reeder

 

Once upon a time, Australian picture books were easy to pick because of their distinctive artwork, which often featured Australia’s unique landscape and its flora and fauna. Nowadays, many Australian illustrators adopt a more universal style.

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Jackie French, a prolific author, is best known for her children’s books, with variations on historical themes clearly something of a specialty. A Waltz for Matilda, which seems to be aimed at a broader market, builds on the premise that the Jolly Swagman of Banjo Paterson’s song is not alone. His twelve-year-old daughter, Matilda, is with him and witne ...

Pam Macintyre reviews 'Good Oil' by Laura Buzo

Pam Macintyre
Wednesday, 04 May 2011

There is much to like in this début Young Adult novel: its straightforward storytelling, distinctive central characters, well-tuned adolescent dialogue, and humorous depiction of first love...

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Stephen Mansfield reviews 'Noah's Law' by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Stephen Mansfield
Wednesday, 04 May 2011
The teen detective novel is a rare breed in this post-Famous Five era, now that the catch-cry of popular Young Adult fiction is the familiar and the relatable ... ... (read more)

Anna Ryan-Punch reviews 'Six' by Karen Tayleur

Anna Ryan-Punch
Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Six people. Five seatbelts. Six teenagers involved in a horrific car crash. But who has died?

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Stephanie Owen Reeder reviews eleven new children's picture books

Stephanie Owen Reeder
Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The latest crop of children’s picture books highlights the ability of this versatile genre to cover everything from the ever-popular animal tale, to sparkling stories about fairies, to introspective contemplations on the meaning of life.

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Benjamin Chandler reviews 'Chasing Odysseus' by S.D. Gentill

Benjamin Chandler
Saturday, 26 March 2011

S.D. Gentill’s Chasing Odysseus provides a fresh perspective on Homer’s The Odyssey for young readers. It focuses on the adventures of Hero and her three brothers – Machaon, Lycon, and Cadmus – during the fall of Troy and on their subsequent pursuit of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, throughout his legendary voyages. The siblings are raised among the Herdsmen of Ida, who are ...

Darkness, both literal and symbolic, pervadesthese two recent books. Darkwater, the first Young Adult title by established writer Georgia Blain...

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