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Book review: Queenie

Queenie by Corinne Fenton and Peter GouldthorpeREVIEWED BY ELIZABETH, 8, VIC

Queenie by Corinne Fenton, illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, Black Dog Books, ISBN 1876372974

Elizabeth read this book in her school library.

Queenie is an Indian elephant. When she gets separated from her mother, where does she go? Will she ever find her mum?

Follow Queenie’s journey to a new life. She grows to be an amazing elephant, strong and big. She becomes a legend.

She carries hundreds of people who feed her lots of peanuts, her favourite food.

My favourite picture is of two elephants playing in a bright green forest, splashing in the glittering water. Their hideaway place is calm and peaceful.

People of all ages, children and adults, who like elephants, should read this book.

I give this book a 10 out of 10 star rating because of the fascinating pictures that fade into the plain light grey outline border.


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Book review: Rodney Loses It

Rodney Loses It by Michael Gerard Bauer and Kristina KrebsREVIEWED BY RACHEL, 8, VIC

Rodney Loses It by Michael Gerard Bauer, illustrated by Christina Krebs,
Scholastic Press, ISBN 9781742991900

Rachel read a copy of this book in her school library.

Wow! Look at Rodney, a crazy rabbit.  He totally lost it, but what did he lose?

Read on to find more clues.

Rodney loved everything, but the one thing he loved the most was drawing.  Rodney sketched all the time. He treasured his pencils, pen and textas.

Chrissie Krebs uses such impeccable pencil skills to give great clues and encourage children to really dive deep into this book.

Michael Gerard Bauer uses amazing adjectives to play with words, such as ‘bonkers’, that children would find funny.

I love this book because it’s hilarious.

I give this book a 10/10 rating for children in aged 8-11.


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Book review: I’m Australian Too

I'm Australian Too by Mem Fox, illustrated by Ronojoy GhoshREVIEWED BY MIRANDA, 9, VIC

I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox,
illustrations by Ronojoy Ghosh, Scholastic, ISBN 9781760276218

Miranda read a copy of this book in her school library.

I’m Australian Too is a beautiful book with its sing-song like words and detailed pictures.

On every page you will get a surprise. You will read about different cultures and countries. Each will page will tell you about immigrants and why they came to Australia.

This book celebrates that we’re all Australians no matter where we came from. I recommend this book for 3-10 year olds because there are not so many words. I rate this book 10/10 because it has a great message for everybody about how we are an international continent.


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Book review: The Great Rabbit Chase

The Great Rabbit Chase by Freya BlackwoodREVIEWED BY CINDY, 7, VIC

The Great Rabbit Chase
by Freya Blackwood, Scholastic,

ISBN 97817438111641

Cindy read this book in her school library.

A girl’s mum goes out to buy a pair of gumboots but comes home with a rabbit instead.

This book is about a little girl, her mum and lots of other people trying to catch a rabbit who is very fast.  Where is the rabbit going?  Why is he escaping?

I appreciate this book because there is a board game in the endpapers.

I recommend this book for kids who love rabbits and games, particularly kids who are 4 to 9 years old.  I give this book a 10 out of 10 rating.


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Book review: The Snow Wombat

REVIEWED BY JEREMIAH, 8, VIC

The Snow Wombat by Susannah Chambers, ill. by Mark Jackson, Allen and Unwin, ISBN 9781760113810

The Snow Wombat by Susannah Chambers, illustrated by Mark Jackson

Jeremiah borrowed a copy of this book from his school library.

The Snow Wombat is a heart-warming story of a curious little wild wombat who sees lots of nature covered in snow, including the high country and his nose!

This is a beautiful story with amazing illustrations and incredibly funny words in it. It encourages little kids to predict the rhyming words.

I rate this book as suitable for 3–4 year olds. My joy rating is 100%.


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Book review: Gary

REVIEWED BY ZAC, 8, VIC

Gary by Leila Rudge, Walker Books Australia, ISBN 9781925081695

Zac borrowed a copy of this book from his school library.

Gary by Leila RudgeGary is like the other racing pigeons but when they depart in the travel basket, Gary stays at home.

Gary can’t go anywhere because he can’t fly!

When the others arrive back home, Gary collects notes about their experiences so that he can remember. But, is Gary still the same as the other pigeons? Will Gary eventually find a way to travel?

I recommend this book for kids aged 4–8 years old.

Leila Rudge’s words and illustrations are outstanding. They hook the reader into the ordinary, but then extraordinary, life of Gary.

I give it a 6-star rating.


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Book review: Chip

REVIEWED BY NICHOLAS, 9, VIC

Chip by Kylie Howarth, The Five Mile Press, ISBN 9781760400736

Nicholas borrowed this book from his school library.

Chip by Kylie Howarth

Every seagull loves chips and Chip is a cute little seagull who loves fish and chips especially. However, when he gets banned from his favourite chip store near the Beach, he tries to form a plan with his friends to get access to his precious chips again.

How will they get their chips back so they don’t starve?

I think this book will be wonderful for children aged 3 and over. It has excellent pictures to show the little ones what is happening and describes the setting in detail. I personally think it is a magnificent book.

I give it a 10 out of 10 rating.


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