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The Lasting Appeal of "Buddy" Children's Books

As a young child, I was already big on books. Although I had a large collection of picture flats, there were some that I loved more than others. 400 more words

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December -- A Time to Review the Year's Reading

December has quite crept up on me, something it seems to do more quickly each year. While the speediness of the months’ passage always alarms, I… 488 more words

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Reading Festival: Bill Nagelkirke says books are like old friends

Bill Nagelkerke is a writer and translator living in Christchurch. He has some very tasty poems you will get to see in A Treasury of New Zealand Poems for Children  269 more words

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Mr. Pip: A Film Review

The sign reading “Cinema 8” switches from “Cleaning” to “Open.” I hand my ticket to the bored-looking young man and walk down the hall to the smallish theatre. 1,013 more words

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A Window into NZ Writing: The IIML Documentary -- 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

This Saturday I hopped a bus to the Paramount for the world premiere screening of documentary film-maker Richard Riddiford’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird… 338 more words

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Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox -- a Review

Always a bit of an outcast, Canny is more interested in maths competitions than social events. She sees things differently than others do, from her impatience with their difficulty reasoning things out at her speed, to her sense that there is something special about how the world is put together that she could understand if her mind could just pry apart the right cracks. 756 more words

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Oh! The scandal!

So, a couple of weeks ago a book won the best prize it’s possible to get if you’re a kids’ book here in Aotearoa, the… 765 more words

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