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Book Review: Fish Kid and the Mega Manta Ray

Book Review: Fish Kid and the Mega Manta Ray

Sundays Are For Reading - Fish Kid and the Mega Manta Ray by Kylie Howarth Bodhi the Fish Kid and his friend Emely return for a brand new adventure in Fish Kid and the Mega Manta Ray! Armed with superpowers that let him breathe underwater and swim without flippers, Bodhi’s fun-filled marine animal adventures shine a light on environmental problems facing the world’s oceans. Bodhi and Emely return from the Galapagos Islands, where Bodhi’s parents work as a marine biologist and underwater photographer. Back in Australia, Bodhi’s grandfather has been lonely ever since his wife vanished at sea a year ago....

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Book Review: Last

Book Review: Last

Sundays are for Reading - Last by Nicola Davies Inspired by the story of Sudan, the last Northern White Rhinoceros, Nicola Davies’ story of a last lonely rhino in captivity is a simple introduction to the world of animal conservation that develops the reader's empathy.   In spare and minimalist language, Last is written from the point of view of a lonely rhino, reliving its old memories and describing its present-day circumstances. Stark contrasts characterise the illustrations, the monotonous greys of the animals in their cages against the bright and fresh hues in the rhino’s memories of being young and living...

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Book Review: Captain Green and the Tree Machine

Book Review: Captain Green and the Tree Machine

Sundays are for Reading - Captain Green and the Tree Machine by Evelyn Bookless and Danny Deeptown You don’t need to be a superhero to save the Earth! Captain Green returns in a new eco-adventure about saving the world from deforestation, one tree at a time. Rainforest animals are calling for help, from the hornbill who has nowhere to nest and the elephant who can’t find enough fruits to eat to the orang-utans whose forest homes are being chopped down. Illustrated in a cartoonish style that hews to the bright colours and action of the superhero genre, Captain Green still...

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Book Review: Too Much Stuff

Book Review: Too Much Stuff

Sundays Are For Reading - Too Much Stuff by Emily Gravett A pair of magpie parents, who are so concerned about getting the best for their yet un-hatched eggs, fail to notice that they’ve filled their nest with too many things! Set in the same woodland universe as the picture book Tidy, this Emily Gravett book tackles the subject of clutter and waste with characteristic and gentle humour. Told in rhyme and an excellent pick for a read-out-loud story, the magpies begin their nest with the best of intentions and by taking only what is needed to construct the nest. But...

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