Category Archives: BotY

Outcasts | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

Like Mills and Boon (I hear), John Flanagan writes really addictive stuff. I don’t mean can’t-stop-digging-into-the-leftover-cheesecake-in-the-fridge type addiction, I mean put-on-a-high-vis-vest, drop-by-the-local-retirement-home, borrow-their-flatsceen-and-haul-it-down-to-Cash-Converters-so-that-you-can-pick-up-his-latest-novel-from-the-enterprising-self-starter-on-the-cnr-of-Russell-and-Bourke-streets. Also like Mills and Boon, we aren’t reading it for the quality of the writing. Outcasts is … Continue reading

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One Small Island | Review | CBCA shortlist 2012

Macquarie Island has had a bit of a rubbish time of late. First the sealers came and killed all the seals, then, when they ran out of seals, they introduced rabbits so that they would have something to eat while … Continue reading

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Rudie Nudie | Review | CBCA Shortlist 2012

To get a good relationship between text and illustrations they don’t have to be done by the same person but it helps. Emma Quay has done a great of of capturing the bathtime to bedtime ritual in a way that … Continue reading

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The story so far – CBCA Shortlist 2012

For the past few months I have been reviewing books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia for their Book of the Year award. The award goes to the best book in the Older Readers, Younger Readers, Picture Book and Early … Continue reading

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A Straight Line to My Heart – CBCA Boty 2012

I just can’t tell how I feel about this book. Maybe it’s because I started reading it on my phone and didn’t get a proper sense of the intended audience. In any case I felt that the characters lacked development, … Continue reading

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Flood | Review | CBCA Shortlist 2012

When Lisa Simpson tells Homer that the Chinese have the same word for ‘crisis’ as they do for ‘opportunity’ she is half right – according to the people at the internet, they do share a character. Whether that is like … Continue reading

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The Truth About Verity Sparks – CBCA BotY 2012

There have been some great novels shortlisted recently that are set in the Victorian era. Tensy Farlow and the home for mislaid children and Doug MacLeod’s fantastic The life of a teenage body-snatcher both come to mind. Apparently they fall … Continue reading

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The Last Viking – Picture BotY 2012

It seems that I am completely alone in my lukewarm feelings about this book. According to this blog about the process of writing The last Viking, the book has been shortlisted for an impressive number of awards and earlier this … Continue reading

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Picture BotY 2012 – Look, a book!

Amy and Louis deservedly won the Picture Story Book category in 2007 and so it should have because it is one of the best picture story books of all time. Their follow-up in Clancy and Millie was less spectacular. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Bungawitta – CBCA BotY 2012

Spoiler alert: this review excessively implies the ending. With the drought officially broken last month it seems that this fun little book is a bit too late. That being said, maybe we should see Emily Rodda’s contribution to the shortlist … Continue reading

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