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Jul 03 2020

Puffin Little Cook : Snacks

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Penguin Random House Australia, 2020. ISBN: 9781760897000. 96pp.
(Age: 6+) Highly recommended. A flick through this compact book brought me to a stop with a recipe for little pea frittatas which sounded very easy to make, and very delicious. More skimming through found a recipe for Anzac biscuits, and I was hooked. This book, I decided, was a keeper for me personally and one that I will use often when grandchildren visit.
With the help of a Big Cook to turn on the oven and help with the actual cooking process, children will have a lot of fun making these simple but very appealing snacks for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And some yummy, nutritious, sweet snacks like fruit slushies and frozen banana pops are sure to be ones children make.
This is an ideal recipe book for parents and grandparents to have on hand when budding cooks want to make something in the kitchen. The ingredients are all simple, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. There is a Contents page, Glossary, and Puffin quiz. Each recipe gives the number of items that will be made, and illustrations brighten up the book. A little puffins prances throughout and will be loved by little children.
A well designed, clearly presented and easy to follow book, this will be a hit with all who use it.
Pat Pledger



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Abigail and the restless raindrop by Matthew Cunningham

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Illus. by Sarah Wilkins. Puffin, 2020. ISBN: 9780143774495.
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Jul 02 2020

Date me Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

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Penguin, 2020. ISBN: 9780241435267.
(Age: 14+) Highly recommended. What starts off as a seemingly lightweight story about a silly school dare turns into a moving description of a teenager's gradual development into a trusted and accepting gay relationship - a first time...
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Jul 02 2020

Sneaky shadows by SC Manchild

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Illus. by Sam Caldwell. Berbay Publishing, 2020. ISBN: 9780648529163.
(Age: 4+) The bright end papers will alert the reader to the play which lies within, as two penguins stand on each other, with arms extended up, making their shadow more like a rabbit, and underneath they have their...
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Jul 02 2020

Camp by L.C. Rosen

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Puffin. UK. 2020. ISBN: 9780241428252. 368p.
(Age: 15+ ) LGBTQ Romance. Camp Outland is a summer camp expressly for gay teens. Subtitled, Top or bottom? It's time to bunk up, Rosen's euphemisms are as lewd as they are plentiful. The central problem arises when a Masc (masculine)...
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Jul 01 2020

All about friends by Felicity Brooks

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Illus. by Mar Ferrero. Usborne, 2020. ISBN: 9781474968386. 32pp., hbk.
It can be fun to spend time by yourself, You can play whatever you want and you don't have to share your toys or your snacks . . .
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Jun 29 2020

Gargantis by Thomas Taylor

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The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea series. Walker Books, 2020. ISBN: 9781406386295. 352pp.
(Age: 11+) Highly recommended. Herbie Lemon is a Lost and Founder in the Grand Nautilus Hotel, where the overbearing manager is called Mr Mollusc and the owner is called Lady Kraken. The weather...
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Jun 26 2020

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

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Hodder & Stoughton 2020. ISBN: 9781529330243.
(Young Adult/Adult). Recommended. Chosen Ones is the first in a new series by bestselling Divergent and Carve the Mark author, Veronica Roth. Unlike...
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Jun 26 2020

Black Summer by M. W. Craven

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Washington Poe. Little, Brown, 2019. ISBN: 9781472127495.
(Age: Adult - Senior secondary) Recommended for readers who enjoy the mystery genre. Jared Keaton, Michelin Star chef, is in jail for the murder of his daughter Elizabeth. Detective Sergeant Washington Poe was largely...
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Jun 26 2020

Lottie Luna and the Twilight Party by Vivian French

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Illus. by Nathan Reed. HarperCollins, 2020. ISBN: 9780008343019. 144pp., pbk.
This is the second in this series for newly independent readers about Lottie Luna who is a werewolf and follows Lottie Luna and the Bloom...
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Jun 25 2020

Steerswoman series by Rosemary Kirstein

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Amazon Digital Services
The Steerswoman. ISBN: 9780991354689
The Outskirter's secret. ISBN: 9780991354658
The lost Steersman. ISBN: 9780991354665
The language of power. ISBN: 9780991354672
(Age: 15+) Highly recommended. Intrigued by the...
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Jun 24 2020

Diary of a young naturalist by Dara McAnulty

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Text, 2020. ISBN: 9781922330000.
(Age: 14+) Highly recommended. A book about an adolescent's love of the natural environment of Ireland, the birds, insects, animals, the hum of life; how relevant would that be to readers in other parts of the UK, and in the case of this reviewer, on the...
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