Category Archives: CBCA

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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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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