Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Feb 16, 2015

Hasel and Rose

Caroline Magerl
Penguin Viking
ISBN: 9780670077342           RRP: $24.99

Rose is new in town and is lonely. She makes a wish; just for something magical to let her feel that she belongs. Somewhere across the ocean of imagination her wish is heard. When it arrives, Rose is there to welcome it - a raggedy hare-like toy which she calls Hasel. Hasel gives her the courage to venture out and so she meets Emm and her raggedy cat-like toy. And Hasel and Emm become old friends. The writing is poetic, words tinted with further meaning; quirky watercolour sketches carry a touch of mystery, sitting out on the edge of imagination waiting to float in. Children will be attracted to the eccentric whimsy of this enchanting story.