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Rent a Bridesmaid by Jacqueline Wilson
This story starts with a dress... So first Tilly's  (the main character / bridesmaid) best friend gets a bridesmaid dress that she hates so she gives it to her best friend Matty, but Tilly gets scared that she won't get to ever be a bridesmaid so puts out a...
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What Noise Comes from a Giraffe? by Craig MacLean
The title caught my eye. It reminded me of the song 'What does the fox say' and in my head I was already thinking of the ridiculous things this Giraffe would say. We go through the usual animals that make sounds that kids know and love. Meow. Moo. The pictu...
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Hare & Tortoise by Alison Murray
We all know this classic, but as more and more great books come along, those classics get pushed aside and books like The Gruffalo take more of a centre stage. Hare and Tortoise has a great moral that everyone can manage. I have frequent seen the quote 'Har...
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The Adventures of Hutu and Kawa by Avis Acres
The Adventures of Hutu and Kawa is a classic New Zealand children's book from the 1950s. It isn't your usual picture book, but more of a story book. Hutu and Kawa are two babies of the forest who want to go on an adventure. With the help of Old Grandpa Kiwi...
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The Great White Man-Eating Shark by Margaret Mahy
Margaret Mahy has written many great books over the years. We all have a favourite of hers and we probably haven't read many of her works either (there are so many). The Great White Man-Eating Shark is a very clever twist/parody of The Boy who cried wolf. I...
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Little Kiwi, Whose Nest is Best? by Bob Darroch
Little Kiwi is one of those iconic books that many have seen everywhere. There are many books in the series, and sometimes you have to wonder if the quality is still there after all the years. For me, it is an emphatic yes! I love books that have great pict...
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I'll Wait, Mr Panda
Good things come to those who wait. That's pretty much the motto of this book, the second in the series of Mr Panda books. The pictures are solid and ' I'll Wait, Mr Panda ' is definitely no frills. There is an array of animals to look at from Llamas to pen...
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Stripes! No, Spots! by Vasanti Unka
Vasanti Unka is starting to make a big name for herself. She has designed and illustrated Hill and Hole which won the Russell Clark Award for best illustrated children's book from LIANZA in 2011, as well as the best designed book from BPNZ in the same year....
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The Dinosaur that Pooped the Bed by Tom Fletcher & Dougie Poynter
The Dinosaur that Pooped the Bed is a long line of other books in this series. Technically they called the Danny and Dinosaur series, but every single one of them involved poop. I first encounter this series when I reviewed The Dinosaur that Pooped the Past...
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Ten Little Dinosaurs by Mike Brownlow & Simon Rickerty
I love dinosaurs, kids love dinosaurs and you probably  like dinosaurs. So when dinosaur books come out, I must get it! Ten Little Dinosaurs is a simple and familiar story of ten dinosaurs who go wandering around without their mother and get hopelessly lost...
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