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Book review: The Sisters Grimm series

The Sisters Grimm (cover of book 1) by Michael Buckley, ill Peter FergusonREVIEWED BY MATILDA, 12, WA

The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley, illustrated by Peter Ferguson, Abrams Books.

Matilda borrowed this series from her school library.

Daphne and Sabrina Grimm are normal girls that live a normal life, until suddenly their parents disappear. After being in the foster care system for two years the girls are finally placed with their grandma, where they discover that fairytales are real …

I absolutely loved everything about this series and I couldn’t put it down. The plot is quirky but it is written in a wonderful way. These books are definitely my favourites so far this year. I was kept in suspense all through the books, and I really felt as though I was there.

I recommend this book for kids aged 10+, and for readers who love adventure stories and fairytales.

5 stars!


Matilda is one of our regular book reviewers. You can read Matilda’s other reviews here. If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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Book review: Dungzilla

Dungzilla book cover by James FoleyREVIEWED BY MATILDA, 12, WA

Dungzilla by James Foley, Fremantle Press,
ISBN 9781925164831

The publisher provided a review copy of Dungzilla.

Sally has a new invention — a resizenator, which can make things smaller … or bigger. It seems like a great idea at first, but when her friend Charli’s dung beetle gets in the way, things get a bit more complicated.

Dungzilla is a quick-to-read, funny graphic novel, with a hilarious plot. Sally is a quirky girl with lots of passion for inventing, but somehow things always seem to go wrong. The illustrations really grab the reader (and I particularly like the diagram pages).

This is the second graphic novel James Foley has written about Sally Tinker (the first one was Brobot). I would recommend this book for lovers of graphic novels, budding inventors, and fans of toilet humour. It is great for ages 6+.

Read an earlier interview with the author-illustrator, James Foley.


Matilda is one of our regular book reviewers. You can read Matilda’s other reviews here. If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. 

Happy reading!

Posted in Recommended reading, Top Reads

Top reads for March 2018

With the school holidays looming (and an Easter break in there as well), you might be looking for a good book or two (or three!) to keep by your bed. And here’s the good news — it’s the last day of the month and that means members of our Top Reads Team* have a new list of recommended reads for you.

Pro tip: Try not to stack your bedside reading pile so high that it might topple over and squash you while you sleep. It’s difficult to read anything when you’re trapped under an enormous pile of books …

You’ll find a recommended list from our Top Reads Team on the last day of every month (February to November). If you’d like even more recommendations, browse all through all our Top Reads ever!

*All our Top Readers are kids aged 13 and under. No grownups allowed!

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A new kid-friendly podcast

There was considerable excitement at the Alphabet Soup office on Wednesday, when we tuned in to a new podcast called One More Page. It’s a fortnightly podcast and features interviews, book reviews of children’s books, the occasional fart joke … and the latest episode (episode 3) also features some of our 2017 Top Reads team members.

Woohoo — famous!

One more page episode 3

Nat Amoore from One More Page talked to Anishka (age 8, QLD), Xavier (age 9, NT), Albie (age 6, NSW), and Matilda (age 11¾, WA) about books, books, and more books.

You can hear their interviews at around the 26:35 mark of the podcast, but we think you’ll want to listen to the whole of episode 3 because the theme is

WE LOVE LIBRARIES

— and you just can’t beat that theme.


PS One More Page is offering a book pack prize for Episode 3. Check out the details here.

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TOP READS for February 2018

It’s the last day of February — and that means it’s time for our first TOP READS post for 2018!

On the last day of every month — from February to November — our team of young readers recommends their favourite reads from the month. You can read about this year’s Top Reads team members in an earlier post.

Grab your library card or dig up that forgotten Christmas book voucher at the back of your sock drawer … and check out these stories!

 

You’ll find a recommended list from our Top Reads Team on the last day of every month (February to November). If you’d like even more recommendations, browse all through all our Top Reads ever!

*All our Top Readers are kids aged 13 and under. No grownups allowed!

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Top reads: November 2017

This is the LAST Top Reads for 2017 (and it’s only a tiny bit late — sorry — our editor has been off sick).

At the end of each month (from February to November) members of our Top Reads team recommend fantastic books. This year the list has included audiobooks, graphic novels, novels, joke books, picture books, and nonfiction titles.

A big thank you to everyone on our team for this year*, we’ve loved seeing your recommendations. (Keep an eye out in February when we’ll be introducing our 2018 team.)

Add these to your Christmas wishlist or visit your local library — get set for some great holiday reading …

You’ll find a recommended list from our Top Reads Team on the last day of every month (February to November). If February seems too far away, you can check out all the Top Reads posts ever.

*All our Top Readers are kids aged 13 and under. No grownups allowed!

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Top Reads: October 2017

It’s that time again — the last day of the month means book recommendations from our Top Reads team*. Look for these titles in your library, bookshop, or on your best friend’s bookshelves. Or add them to your Christmas wishlist …

You’ll find a recommended list from our Top Reads Team on the last day of every month (February to November). If you’d like even more recommendations, browse all through all our Top Reads ever!

*All our Top Readers are kids aged 13 and under. No grownups allowed!