Review: Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems

Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette! Is she set? YOU BET!

Mo Willems’ tongue twister of a picture book, Nanette’s Baguette, followed Nanette on her first big trip to the bakery. But . . . will Nanette soon be beset with regret? Set in a carefully handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, the uniquely vibrant world of Nanette’s Baguette may be one of Mo’s best creations. With the almost Dr Seusian form of fantastic rhyme this is a wonderful tale that you won’t forget.

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Review: Hilda and the Runaway Baby by Daisy Hirst

From the writer of The Girl with the Parrot on her Head comes a fresh, warm-hearted tale of finding new friendship and solace. Daisy Hirst, one of the most exciting new voices in children’s storytelling, introduces two brilliant characters with Runaway Baby and Hilda, who not only come across as conceivable but also depict the classic bond between animals and babies, and the sincere trust that they can develop.

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Review: What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

Whimsical and matted with this notion of keys, literal and metaphorical, Helen Oyeyemi’s short story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, opens the ways for more confusion and a labyrinthine mind, as we progress through the compiled book. In Books and Roses one significant key opens a library, a garden, and the clues to at least two lovers’ destinies. In Is Your Blood as Red as This? an unlikely key unlocks the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. ‘Sorry’ Doesn’t Sweeten Her Tea involves a house where doors can be closed only with a key and in If a Book Is Locked There’s Probably a Good Reason for That Don’t You Think, a key keeps a mystical diary locked.

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Review: Spoek Mathambo – Mzansi Beat Code

His fifth solo album, Mzansi Beat Code, reinforces this notion of Spoek Mathambo as one of the integral core members of South Africa’s international dance-music movement. Mzansi Beat Code has several head nods towards the likes of Chromeo or more distinctly Pharrell Williams, with its electronic high level production which constitutes this coined term, Township Tech, but is in itself an influential album that moves the listener to the dancefloor.

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Review: Jill and Lion by Lesley Barnes

The second Lesley Barnes title in the Jill series with the first being Jill and Dragon, Jill and Lion is the hotly anticipated beautifully illustrated picture book, which weaves in reading and storytelling into a book that celebrates the significance of friendship. Reinventing her signature style with an element of the retro circus, Barnes has created a rather stunning follow-up to the Dragon tale, detailed and ornate on every page.

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