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Book Review: We're All Wonders

Book Review: We're All Wonders

Sundays are for Reading - We're All Wonders by R. J. Palacio A heartwarming picture book read, We’re All Wonders explores themes of difference, kindness, and empathy. Written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio, the author of bestselling book Wonder which kicked off the Choose Kind anti-bullying movement, We’re All Wonders boils the message of Wonder down to its fundamental parts. We’re All Wonders is written from main character Auggie’s point of view. Almost every page contains no more than one line of narration, detailing how others single Auggie out for looking different. The relatively subdued narrative style contrasts against...

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Book Review: Every Child a Song

Book Review: Every Child a Song

Sundays are for Reading - Every Child a Song by Nicola Davies and Marc Martin Written to mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Every Child a Song is an exploration of every child’s potential. Through recurring motifs and metaphors of song, flight, and growth, this picture book is a beautiful poetic affirmation of all children, everywhere. The language of book sings in effective simplicity and lyricism. Its illustrations burst with age-appropriate colour and movement. Yet the true magic of the book comes in how both these elements work together to create a...

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Book Review: Ace Agent Spycat and the Flying Sidekick

Book Review: Ace Agent Spycat and the Flying Sidekick

#BuySingLit, Read Our Stories - Ace Agent Spycat and the Flying Sidekick When penguin king Blackwing encases the tropical island of Boracay in the Philippines in unseasonal snow and ice, ace agent Spycat is on the case! Based on an original short animation shown in 33 countries, Ace Agent Spycat and the Flying Sidekick is an action-packed adventure written by Darren Lim, filled with spy gadgetry, a generous sprinkling of humour, and heroes saving the day from nefarious plots. Spinning quite a few different plot threads together, from the mysterious kidnapping of Professor Wolff to the introduction of Spycat’s new partner,...

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Book Review: The Happy Hunter

Book Review: The Happy Hunter

Sundays are for Reading - The Happy Hunter by Roger Duvoisin When Mr. Bobbin watches the hunters go past from the bench by his front door, he’s so filled with admiration for their shiny guns that he decides to be a hunter too. So begins The Happy Hunter, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 1962, a charming and lighthearted fable of how animals and humans can live together in harmony. Initially, clad in his hunter’s gear, Mr. Bobbin’s first forays as a hunter makes animals take fright.  But it isn’t long before they discover his approach always comes...

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