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TOP READS: July 2018

Here we are at the start of Term 3, and every booky person knows that TERM 3 IS THE BEST TERM. Term 3 includes Children’s Book Week — and for many schools that means a dress-up book week parade, and libraries sometimes have visiting authors or illustrators, and everyone around Australia celebrates good books!

If you need to work on building up your reading muscles before Book Week, our Top Reads team* have some great books to add to your reading list.

This month we welcome a new team member, Matthew (age 10), who joins the team as Vivaan is stepping down. A big thank you to Vivaan for his recommendations this year.

You can read about Matthew here.

And now, here are the must-reads for July:

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: June 2018

It’s chilly at Alphabet Soup — if it’s cold where you are, we hope you have a cosy corner (or a patch of sunshine) and stack of good books …

It’s the last day of the month, and you know what that means? More booky recommendations from our Top Reads team!* Add these titles to your ‘must read’ lists:

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: May 2018

It’s the last day of May — and that means it’s time for our Top Reads team* to stop by with this month’s book recommendations. If you’re looking for something to read, check out these great 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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TOP READS: April 2018

Here in the Alphabet Soup office summer is finally behind us and the mornings are definitely cooler. Rebecca (our editor) has her umbrella out, ready to race you to the library … because here is the April list of recommended reads from our Top Reads Team*.

On your marks, get set, GO!

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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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

Matilda received a review copy from the publisher.

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!

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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!