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.

Jun 4, 2016

Lara of Newtown

Chris McSkimmie
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760112325
RRP: $29.99

Lara is a cat of a different cut. She is moved from owner to owner at first; finally she is dumped in the middle of nowhere. We all feel so sorry for her. Then the Kafoops from Newtown pass by, take her home and name her. They are a little eccentric but that is perfect for this cat. She has unusual surroundings to explore, and unusual characters to love. Children are drawn immediately to the signature child-like illustrations – it’s like reading their own drawings but more fascinating. There are plenty of visual jokes along the way; the image on the last page is recognisable to everyone, as Lara sleeps atop four folded fluffy towels, just as a perfect princess deserves.