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BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Thingies - From Felafel to now by John Birmingham

BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Thingies – From Felafel to now by John Birmingham

BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Thingies – From Felafel to Now by John Birmingham NewSouth Books September 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies / True Stories 9/10 John Birmingham is a satirist, newspaper columnist, writer and blogger. He’s also a man who knows how to find the funny in most situations. The cover […]

2017 GIFT GUIDE by 100% Rock Magazine's Book Reviewers

2017 GIFT GUIDE by 100% Rock Magazine’s Book Reviewers

So it’s December again already, and we all know that panic of trying to find gifts for friends, family, and even colleagues before Christmas has come and gone for another year. How do you know what they might enjoy? How do you know what they already have? Well, you can never know for sure unless […]

BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge Walker Books September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book/Adventure 7/10 Once, there was a small rhinoceros who wanted to see the big world. So she built a boat. And sailed away …  From the duo behind award-winning picture […]

BOOK REVIEW: Koala Bare by Jackie French and illustrated by Matt Shanks

BOOK REVIEW: Koala Bare by Jackie French and illustrated by Matt Shanks

BOOK REVIEW: Koala Bare by Jackie French and illustrated by Matt Shanks HarperCollins Australia September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children/Picture Books/Early Learning 10/10   Jackie French has entertained us before with her Diary of a Wombat. The legendary author of some 150 books once again draws inspiration from Australian wildlife, except that […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé

BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé

BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé Pan Macmillan Australia July 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Modern & Contemporary Fiction 8/10 In her debut novel The Fence, Meredith Jaffé crafted a domestic drama about two feuding neighbours and a story that could have featured on a nightly current affairs show. Her […]

BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth Orion Children’s Books June 2017 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Adventure 7/10 Rule Number One: Don’t Run in Front of a Soldier. Rule Number Two: Never Look at a Soldier. Rule Number Three: Say as Little as Possible Rule […]

BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell

BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell

BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell Atlantic Books November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Non-Fiction / Survival Guide 8/10     The Twitter sensation with 900K followers provides the perfect Christmas gift for parents. Raising kids can sometimes feel like society has ended, so why not go […]

BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested - A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar

BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar

BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar Biteback December 2016 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Politics & Government/Human Rights/Freedom of Information & Freedom of Speech 7/10 When Turkish journalist, Can Dündar was imprisoned in November 2015 he could have remained silent. But instead he used […]

BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon

BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon

BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon Hodder & Stoughton March 2017 Paperback, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction  5/10 Caitlin’s life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option. Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used […]

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin by Martin Handford

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin by Martin Handford

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin by Martin Handford Walker Books November 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers / Picture Books & Early Learning / Interactive Activity Books & Packs 8/10 Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin packages together the first three Where’s Wally? books. For Australian readers, Wally […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Slime Book - All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime by Dorling Kindersley

BOOK REVIEW: The Slime Book – All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime by Dorling Kindersley

BOOK REVIEW: The Slime Book – All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime by Dorling Kindersley Dorling Kindersley November 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activities / Children’s Science 9/10   Over 30 gloopy, gooey, colourful diy slime recipes will mesmerise youngsters by showing them how to make slime. Play, poke, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella by Jane Ray

BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella by Jane Ray

BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella by Jane Ray Walker Books November 2017 Hardcover, $14.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Children’s Books/Interactive & Activity Books & Packs/Novelty Books 7.5/10 We are all familiar with the classic fairy-tale, Cinderella. It’s one that has been told in countless books and films. English illustrator and children’s author, Jane Ray retells this story […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

BOOK REVIEW: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

BOOK REVIEW: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell Two Roads November 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Stories / Myths and Legends / Speculative 8/10 ‘These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button. That’s why I bought her heart […]

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Pound Pom written by Carole Wilkinson and illustrated by Liz Anelli

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Pound Pom written by Carole Wilkinson and illustrated by Liz Anelli

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Pound Pom written by Carole Wilkinson and illustrated by Liz Anelli Walker Books Australia October 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers / Young Adults > Children’s Non-Fiction / History & The Past for Children & Teenagers 8.5/10 Australia is a country that is made up of many immigrants. […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Barrier by Shankari Chandran

BOOK REVIEW: The Barrier by Shankari Chandran

BOOK REVIEW: The Barrier by Shankari Chandran Pan Macmillan May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction / Action / Thriller 5/10 Twenty years ago an Ebola epidemic brought the world to the edge of oblivion. The West won the war, the East was isolated behind a wall, and a vaccine against Ebola […]

MOVIE REVIEW: COCO

MOVIE REVIEW: COCO

MOVIE REVIEW: COCO Directed by Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina Written by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich & Adrian Molina Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 Boxing Day sees the release of Pixar’s nineteenth feature film, arguably their very best yet, proudly showing all of […]

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? Destination: Everywhere! by Martin Handford

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? Destination: Everywhere! by Martin Handford

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? Destination: Everywhere! by Martin Handford Walker Books October 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers/Picture Books & Early Learning/Interactive & Activity Books & Packs 9/10 For 30 years the bespectacled, intrepid world and time traveller known to Australian readers as Wally has entertained children and adults alike. British […]

BOOK REVIEW: Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton Bloomsbury October 2017 Paperback, $12.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Humour / Mystery 9/10 Greta Zargo doesn’t know it, but she is the only one who can SAVE PLANET EARTH from the death robots coming […]

BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole

BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole

BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole Wide Eyed Editions September 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activity Book / Puzzles and Brain Teasers / Children’s Non-Fiction 8.5/10 Welcome on board the Discovery Express! The year is 1937 and a conundrum is afoot: a […]

BOOK REVIEW: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe

BOOK REVIEW: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe

BOOK REVIEW: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe Bloomsbury November 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 6/10 Lex lives on The Strip – the overcrowded, closed-off, bombed-out shell of London. He’s used to the watchful enemy drones that buzz in the air above him.  Alan’s talent as a gamer has landed him […]

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