Humor


Optimism and humor

Tim Golden | 10 November 2014
A fixture on school reading lists.

A small man with a big dream

Jennifer Minicus | 14 October 2014
Leroy wants to be a cowboy.

Love thy neighbor -  even when it is difficult

Jane Fagan | 13 October 2014
Unusual neighbors bring adventure to Tilda's dull town.

Crazy like a fox

Jane Fagan | 06 October 2014
A rollicking adventure

The origin of the universe

Jennifer Minicus | 24 September 2014
Bernie has always wanted to create his own universe.

Exiles from Troy discover the New World

Jennifer Minicus | 27 August 2014
Mystery, humor and an endearing young sleuth.

An enduring appeal

Jane Fagan | 25 August 2014
Twenty years ago, Horrid Henry hit the shelves.

There’s no friend like a sister

Tim Golden | 18 August 2014
Another story about the four Conroy girls.

Like a dog and his bone

Jane Fagan | 11 July 2014
A dog whose words are worse than his bite.

The worst thing about summer vacation

Jennifer Minicus | 19 May 2014
The dreaded required reading list.

Queens are people too

Jane Fagan | 06 May 2014
A day at Buckingham Palace

Happy as a pig in mud

Jane Fagan | 04 April 2014
Anyone who has owned a pig knows this amusing animal lends itself to a story or two.

Beloved series rereleased

Jane Fagan | 25 March 2014
Flat Stanley turns 50.

Best seller presents heavy topics with optimism

Jane Fagan | 28 February 2014
Author with Guinness World Record for highest number of consecutive best-selling adult novels writes worthwhile children's book.

How big is your treehouse?

Jane Fagan | 14 January 2014
Creativity trumps TV

Squirrel caught in vacuum survives

Jennifer Minicus | 05 January 2014
Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo reveals a lighter side.

Is a car more than the sum of its parts?

Tim Golden | 05 November 2013
A 21st century makeover for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Mystery anyone?

Jane Fagan | 28 October 2013
Number one in a great new series.

One of Amazon’s “Top 20” for 2013

Jennifer Minicus | 31 July 2013
Imagine growing up without a local public library.

Djinni, magic and revenge

Tim Golden | 11 July 2013
A witty and well-paced fantasy adventure.

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