Monthly Archives: July 2012

Nanberry: Black Brother White | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

Some may feel that, in an earlier post, I may have implied that Jackie French doesn’t earn her spot in the shortlist year after year, that would be true. But let me say now that French’s writing is consistently good … Continue reading

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A Bus Called Heaven | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

What a strange book. A bus called heaven starts before the imprint and continues on in a strange, chaotic sort of way.  Ostensibly this is the story of a ghostly pale girl who claims an abandoned bus for the community … Continue reading

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For All Creatures | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

As teachers we have the ability to abuse our role in indulgent ways. Forcing our students to perform the text of Isabella’s garden  in rounds is one such indulgence. If you haven’t partaken, get on it. For all creatures mines … Continue reading

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Come Down, Cat! | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

Sonya Hartnett has written some terrific stuff over the years and it is easy to see how she has the following that she does (and is shortlisted as often as she is). Come down, cat! shows her versatility in being … Continue reading

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Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

It took me a while to shake off the cravings from my Brotherband experience. For the first few chapters of Ishmael I just found myself wishing they would take to the sea in some inventively designed boat and fight some pirates. The … Continue reading

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The Runaway Hug | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

Not what I expected from Nick Bland and Freya Blackwood. The runaway hug is an extremely cute book about a girl who is given her mother’s very last hug. Nick Bland of The very cranky bear franchise usually writes funny … Continue reading

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No Bears | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

Postmodernism in picture story books is such a common thing that it even has its own wikipedia page. According to the page, No bears fits into the category of ‘books that are aware of themselves’. While some books that are … Continue reading

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