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Guess How Much I Love You – Here, There and Everywhere


By: Sam McBratney

A wonderful picture book containing four stories from the creator of the classic Guess How Much I Love You. Little Nutbrown Hare is a little older now and loves to discover new places.

The Hiding Tree – he plays a game of hide and seek with Big Nutbrown Hare and overcomes a fear.

On Cloudy Mountain – teaches him the wisdom of listening to his elders.

The Far Field – he proves he can listen to the warnings of Big Nutbrown Hare.

Coming Home – a cute little story about Little Nutbrown Hare’s favourite place to be.

These are delightful little stories illustrated in the same way as the original, keeping the feeling of that book. It is a beautiful addition to the series.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 06 September 2012

Format: Hardback 72 pages

Categories: Family, Love

ISBN 13: 9781406323108

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I received my copy from the publisher.


By : Fiona Wood

A whole term of school in the wilderness, a place where the classes are geared to life skills and survival. Sibylla has known this term was coming for a while, that doesn’t mean she wants to go. Then just before it all starts two very unexpected things happen. She becomes the face of a perfume with her picture appearing on a twenty metre billboard, and as a result she kisses hunk, Ben Capaldi. Sibylla isn’t sure what this is going to mean for the term in the great outdoors. She’s sure things will be fine though because her best friend Holly, is also going to be stuck there with her. Things get complicated though when, for Holly, friendship doesn’t seem as important as having a boyfriend and being popular.

Added to this is new girl Lou, she joins the term because her parents think it will be a good way for her to break the isolation she found herself in after the death of her boyfriend. Lou, is struggling, damaged, a reluctant addition to the cabin. She slowly gets drawn into the drama unfolding in front of her and she has to decide if she will stay on the sidelines or get involved for the sake of a new friendship.

This is a nuanced and engaging read. These characters are so believable, they could be any high school girl trying just to survive being a teenager. Sibylla is an average girl to whom something fortunate happens, she just wants to get through though and isn’t too worried about being popular, her best friend Holly has other priorities. Sibylla isn’t driven to capitalise on her luck but eventually her passiveness, becomes a little frustrating. She is the poster girl for reacting rather than being proactive. Lou is magnetic, her sadness just draws you in. You cannot help but be enthralled as she slowly comes out of herself like a flower starting to bloom, (as dodgy as that cliche may be and as much as Lou would curl her lip up at it). The story itself is a gently told tale of finding who you really are. These characters contrast in many ways and that contrast makes for an beautifully real story. The fragile one finding strength and the one who appears to have it sorted, realising things are not what she thought and finding a way to make up for her mistakes.

A story of discovery, not fitting in, relationships and love. Well worth a read.


Publisher: Pan Australia

Published: 01 June 2013

Format: Paperback 384 pages

Categories: Friendship, Growing Up

ISBN 13: 9781742612317

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One Kiss, One Hug

By: Jason Chapman

It is bedtime daddy bear has read the story and now it is time for Ben and Ursula to go to sleep. Ben can’t get to sleep. He tosses and he turns. He throws the covers off and pulls the covers on. He keeps calling for just one more hug and one more kiss. Will he ever fall asleep?

A warm and amusing story outlining the frustration every parent must surely know when a child just will not drop off to sleep. This is a wonderful family story that seemed so very familiar to me, and I’m sure that I’m not the only one. The illustrations perfectly capture the feelings of love and exasperation of a family around bedtime. A cute little book.

Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books

Published: 02 February 2012

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Family, Bedtime

ISBN 13: 9781849414197

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Love Monster

By: Rachel Bright

Everybody loves cute, fluffy things or at least they do in Monster’s world. When Monster is feeling sad because nobody loves him, he sets off to find someone who will. He looks high and low, inside and outside. Eventually Monster was ready to give up, but sometimes when you least expect it, the best things happen.

This is a wonderful picture book about finding love in the most unexpected places. Monster may be a monster but as a reader you are definitely on his side. The text is fun, the illustrations are simple and appealing. This is a warm and fuzzy read.

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Published: 05 January 2012

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books, Monsters, Love

ISBN 13: 9780007445462

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Guess How Much I Love You – On Stage

Oh I would so take my girls to something like this.

A stage version of the modern classic written by Sam McBratney. It combines books and performance how could you not love this.

No Matter What

By: Debi Gliori

Small is having a bad, grumpy kind of day. Small thinks ‘…nobody loves me at all.’ This simply isn’t true and Small’s mother is determined to prove that no matter what questions and silly scenarios Small comes up with to try and prove otherwise.

This is a beautiful book about the strength and character of love. It is a story to be embraced, cherished and shared. A beautiful tale of unconditional love. The illustrations are big, clear and inviting. This is a book definitely worth sharing with the younger ones in your life. Gliori has given us another wonderful read.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Published: 14 December 2002

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Love, Family

ISBN 13: 9780747563310

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Guess How Much I Love You

By: Sam McBratney

Illustrated By: Anita Jeram

Sometimes you want to tell someone just how much you love them. Little Nutbrown Hare feels this way and so he tries to tell Big Nutbrown Hare how he feels, Big Nutbrown Hare then tries to do the same. They very quickly discover that sometimes finding the right words just isn’t that easy.

This story is a perennial favourite and a modern classic for a reason. This is a simple yet stunningly beautiful picture book. The text is heartfelt and wonderfully descriptive as the two hares try to describe the depths of their feelings. The accompanying illustrations are perfectly paired with the text on both simplistic design and descriptive levels. A true classic and a must have for any bookshelf.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 05 November 2007

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Family, Love

ISBN 13: 9781406300406

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