Books in Discussion - Round 1

I’m a slow reader of late, and an even slower reviewer, but I still hold to my goal of reviewing each book I read (with the exception of the giant piles of picture books we borrow from the library and read over and over every two weeks!), and the reading experience now feels eerily unfinished […]

Review: Othello

The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare Introduction by Russ McDonald Penguin Books 2001 Trade Paperback 145 pages Classics; Play

As I try to catch up on reviews of books read earlier in the year, this being the middle of December, I very nearly overlooked this gem of a play. […]

Review: Rapunzel

Rapunzel by Paul O Zelinsky Puffin Books 2002 (1997) Paperback 36 pages Children’s Classics; Fairytale

Once upon a time there was a happily married couple whose only sorrow was that they did not have a child. Then one day, they learn the woman is pregnant and the sorrow is replaced with joy. The wife […]

Review: A Fortune for the Brave

A Fortune for the Brave by Nan Chauncy Illustrated by Margaret Horder Oxford University Press 1954 Hardback 198 pages Classics; Children’s/YA Fiction; Adventure

On the east coast of Tasmania where the world’s sunshine is doled out in full measure, there stands a gaunt, solid house of stone. Pine trees protect it on three sides […]

Hugh's Library: Australiana

Lots of the picture books I have left over from my own childhood as well as new ones I’ve bought for Hugh are Australian, and they are easily some of my favourites – and Hugh’s. Here are a few such books that we’ve been enjoying (and reading over and over and over…) lately: Snug as […]

Review: Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park Puffin Books 1982 (1980) Mass Market Paperback 196 pages Children’s Speculative Fiction; Historical Fiction; Time Travel

Fourteen year old Abigail Kirk lives with her divorced mother in a high-rise apartment in one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs, The Rocks, right below the giant Harbour Bridge and near the Opera […]

Hugh's Library: Old Classics, New Goodies

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton Houghton Mifflin Company 1977 (1939) Paperback 44 pages Children’s Classics; Picture Book

This was given to Hugh when he was born, a gift from friends of my husband’s parents (I only know/remember this because they inscribed the book, something I wish more people would do […]

Hugh's Library: Get Your Silly On With Dr Seuss

I was never a big reader of Dr Seuss as a kid. I’m pretty confident that I read a few, but not repeatedly – maybe only once each – and I have no memory of reading them or enjoying them. I only know that some of them, like Green Eggs and Ham, are familiar to […]