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.

Apr 22, 2015

The wild one

Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo
Penguin Viking
ISBN: 9780670076970           RRP: $24.99

Charlie met his imaginary friend while walking through the town park one day. They played vigorous outdoor games together. Charlie visited often, his playmate always waiting. Intently, they explored the wild woods around them. Then Charlie had to go to school and learn more useful things. Many years later Charlie is walking through the park with a granddaughter. They marvel at the mopoke in the tree branches – while the reader marvels at something else. The lyrical text gathers in the joy of childhood and the warmth of family. Outlined watercolours bring a wistful softness that casts scenes in a quiet mystery. This is a lovely book to share with children.