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The Little Library Cookbook – Kate Young

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Harper Collins Australia

ISBN: 9781784977672

ISBN 10: 1784977675

Imprint: Head of Zeus – GB

On Sale: 18/09/2017

RRP: $39.99

What an absolute delight for bibliophiles this book is! So many people love cookbooks (whether to use to their purpose or just to peruse) and for a book-lover this is magical!

Comprising over 100 recipes inspired from the author’s own bookshelves, one can cater for everything from morning tea to supper and everything in between with a literary flair.

What do you fancy? Perhaps Paddington’s marmalade (yum!) or chocalatl a la Northern Lights, a sweet posset as in Joan Aitken’s Wolves of Willoughby Chase or something more substantial like the Godfather’s spaghetti and meatballs – it’s all here in glorious detail.

Most of my review books are donated either to my own library or to worthy recipients but this one is going straight to that bookshelf of culinary holiday expectations in my pantry.  In the meantime some green (pesto) eggs and ham may well feature on an upcoming weekend breakfast menu.

This would be a handsome addition to your library shelves but probably an even better one to your own personal collection.

 

 

The Great Dragon Bake Off – Nicola O’Byrne

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Allen & Unwin Australia

ISBN: 9781408839560

Publisher :Bloomsbury

Imprint: Bloomsbury Child

Pub Date: August 2016

RRP $14.99

 

With the surfeit of cookery shows most children will have seen at least part of one if not actually The Great British Bake Off. And they may well also be familiar with Jamie Oliver.

Now they can meet Flamie Oliver who attends the Ferocious Dragon Academy. Flamie is invited to attend the academy because he is very FEROCIOUS and the academy is where all scary dragons go to hone their deadly skills. There is just one small problem. Flamie really doesn’t want to be ferocious nor practise deadly skills. His passion is pastry and all he really wants to do is cook.

In fact, he is so enthralled with perfecting his culinary art, that when finals arrive, he fails all his tests miserably. Miss Puffitup the Head is not at all pleased and sets Flamie an additional test to make up for his abysmal marks. He is to kidnap a princess and EAT her! Argghhhh!

Flamie has no problem with the kidnapping part but as for the eating – well, that’s clearly just not going to happen. For a start, he can’t even think what other ingredients would combine with princess flavour.

Together the kidnapped princess and Flamie arrive at a solution which has all the other dragons as well as Miss Puffitup dead impressed and Flamie has no need to fret about failing his Dastardly Dragon Skills Degree. He’s the new star pupil of Miss Puffitup’s Brillant Baking Academy!

This is a fun read for children as well as a great reminder that it’s ok to be different and that everyone has different talents and personalities.

Highly recommended for young readers from around 5 years up

Lulu Bell and the Christmas Elf – Belinda Murrell

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love brought to me………

Random House Australia

November 2014

RRP $12.99

ISBN 978857982254

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Look who’s back in town! Just in time for Christmas as well! Christmas in Australia – concerts, carols, cooking, cricket, crafts and community.

Lulu Bell and her family are preparing for Christmas along with their friends and neighbours. One really exciting event is the school concert and parents are busy making costumes and props with real community spirit. Lulu and her brother and sister help their mum to make and bake lovely gifts for the teachers and are planning their letters to Santa.

Amidst all the happy busyness there is some sadness though as Lulu’s friends, Olivia and Jo, have lost their cat and are completely distraught. It’s a dangerous world out there for a little cat on its own.

The real joy of the Lulu Bell books is the sense of love and warmth and strong community ties that binds the characters together and coupled with that is the opportunity for young readers to learn. In this case, something of Dutch customs and language (through Olivia and Jo’s family), the dangers of scrub ticks for domestic pets and ‘how to’ do things – in this book, making costumes, decorations and cooking delicious recipes.

Thankfully, there is a very happy resolution for all and the  Shelly Beach folk are able to celebrate their Christmas with true joy and gratitude.  This series is one of those endearing ones that will find favour over and over again.

This one is going straight to Small’s Christmas parcel so she can enjoy another adventure from the animal hospital and Lulu.

Highly recommended for young readers of around 6 years and up.

As a wonderful bonus, Lulu Bell’s bunting is attached here as a PDF or you might like to access the activities page here and visit the book’s page here.

Coming up very soon, a Q&A with the delightful Belinda Murrell – stay tuned for that one!

But I KNOW you want more! Thanks to wonderful Random House Australia, Just So Stories has THREE copies of Lulu Bell and The Christmas Elf to give away – so you can also give the joy of Lulu this Christmas (if only to yourself!). Winners will be selected by a Random Christmas elf ****(leave a comment on the post)**** – please supply an email address for contact so that your book can be posted you, in time for the reindeer to deliver.

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