The Best Books of 2017 – or maybe not…..

The Best Books of 2017 – or maybe not…..

This is not the forum for me to share a list of things I detest. (Some of these include:- wet ice lolly (ice block NZ) sticks (I can barely write the words), magicians, ventriloquists and impressionists (not the 19th century artists), pop socks and chard (silver beet...
Bookwagon Winter Reading Recommendations

Bookwagon Winter Reading Recommendations

Recently Mr Bookwagon sent a newsletter to our lovely readers, revealing recent winners of book awards. I shadowed awards in schools- the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway, UKLA, Red House and Smarties’ awards (two of which no longer exist)- but did not realise how...
Happy golden days of yore

Happy golden days of yore

A house in a nearby street has its Christmas decorations primed for an annual reappearance all year. Yesterday, Santa’s boots were lit up anew to swing until February, when the switch will be dimmed. Maybe because of the winter season, Christmas feels magical in...