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.

Jul 19, 2015


Carson Ellis
Walker Books
ISBN: 9781406359428           RRP: $24.95

Essentially this is a book on the different kinds of houses people live in. It is arranged for comparisons, which piques the interest. For example, a Kenyan blacksmith’s house faces the home of a Slovakian duchess. There’s a peculiarity in the choice of house – they include a shoe – but it all has purpose as the houses drift to the fanciful and back to the ordinary again. Elegant in its simplicity, each page of the book has fewer than six words; but together with the illustrations this makes a striking impact and readers will be drawn into browsing the page for several moments as their curiosity is aroused. A very intriguing book, it will capture the attention of readers of all ages and engage inquiring minds for lengthy spells at a time.