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REVIEWS

BOOKS

APPS

THE HAPPY COOKBOOK

BEST OF ABC SPLASH (PRIMARY)

Lola Berry, Plum, RRP $34.99 To be quite honest, my diet hasn’t been overly ‘happy’ of late and it’s been difficult to kick the habit of unhealthy eating, until I received The Happy Cookbook that is. The bright colours, flowers, birds and butterflies on the front cover of the book are enough to inspire happy cooking and a healthier lifestyle, but I’m never one to judge a book by its cover (ahem) and was pleasantly surprised to see that the happiness continued inside. Leading Australian nutritionist Lola Berry, a regular on television shows such as The Project, Mornings and A Current Affair, is the creator of this book. You may have heard of her 20/20 Diet which she based around her own personal weight journey. I love the vision she sets out at the beginning of the book – “... good health isn’t about being on a crazy detox, it’s about honouring yourself and being the best you can be.” Yes! The 200+ pages of gluten-free recipes, based on nutritious wholefoods that mostly contain little dairy and include no refined sugar, paired with gorgeous food photography, take healthy eating to a whole new and exciting level. Sweet potato gnocchi with kale pesto and pine nuts is definitely something I could make (and inhale in an instant) and I’m definitely going to ditch the Jatz and dip for zucchini chippies with vegan chilli and lime aioli! One of my favourite things about this cookbook is that it doesn't forget about those with a sweet tooth like me – the cookie dough cake batter smoothies, raw vanilla and passionfruit tart, and paleo chocolate cake make me very happy. This isn’t just a cookbook; it’s a book about wellbeing, it’s about celebrating happiness and wellness through exercise, mindfulness, sleep, mental health and, of course, nutritious foods. Cooking from this book will make you glow! Review by Eva Lewis

By Australian Broadcasting Corporation, iPad, FREE ABC Splash is making digital learning even more accessible with the launch of three new tablet apps - Best of ABC Splash primary, Best of ABC Splash secondary and Gobbling Goblins. Splash was developed by ABC Digital Network in conjunction with Education Services Australia, supported by the Department of Communications and the Department of Education. It is one of the largest digital projects ever undertaken by the ABC and delivers world-class interactive educational resources for primary and secondary school students, their teachers and parents. We had a closer look at the Best of ABC Splash Primary app, an app that has been designed for primary school teachers, parents and students and allows children to explore topics including Antarctica, Dinosaurs and the Australian Wilderness, along with national history themes such as Convicts and Colonial Australia. Under each of the 10 topics there were numerous educational video clips to watch and clip extras for parents and teachers including lesson starters and transcripts. Once a child has finished watching a video clip, they can take a quiz which earns them a percentage towards a badge. If you’re going to let your kids sit down and use an app on the iPad, this is certainly one to consider. It’s online learning that goes beyond the typical entertainment offered by other applications. You never know, if you join in with your child, you might just learn something too! To find out more about the ABC Splash apps and for more resources, visit http://splash.abc.net.au

PEAS IN A POD Tania McCartney, Exisle Publishing, RRP $24.99 Perfect for kids aged 3 – 7 years Meet Pippa, Poppy, Polly and Peg – quintuplets who do everything the same … eat, sleep, cry and sit … everything. But one day the girls decide that they don’t like being the same. Will they be able to break the mould and let their true personalities shine? Peas in a Pod follows the story of five little girls growing up, as they each try to find their own unique character, while causing all sorts of mischief and mayhem along the way! This fun-filled story by award-winning author Tania McCartney combines exquisite illustrations by Tina Snerling with a text full of humour to gently guide children towards being true to themselves. It’s a charming story that parents and kids everywhere will be able to identify with, as well as a great tool for teaching young children about uniqueness and why being you is the best thing ever!

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Kids on the Coast – JULY / AUGUST 2015

MOVIES * Movies for Teens *

PAPERTOWNS In cinemas 16 July. Rating: TBC Adapted from the bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars by author John Green, Papertowns is a coming-of-age story centred on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbour Margo. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears – leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship – and true love.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR In Cinemas 30 July. Rating: TBC The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centres on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Reviews by Eva Lewis

DINNERTIME+ PARENTAL APP By ZeroDesktop (iPhone & Android) FREE (in-app purchase available) When we were kids, all mum and dad had to do was turn off the television to get us to come to the dinner table because that’s all we had. These days it’s not the battle over the television, but the various gadgets that seem to divert our children’s attentions when they need to be focused elsewhere. The DinnerTime+ app was created with a goal to help families enjoy more quality time together, especially at dinner time, by allowing parents to remotely lock up to two children’s Android phones or tablets at a time. The app can even give parents the ability to disable certain apps and pre-set ‘dinner time’ which will automatically lock devices during meal time. The app also has an option where a countdown clock can be activated so children can see when their gadget will be available again. If you want to get really serious, you can upgrade the DinnerTime Plus app to allow you to set time limits on devices, view usage reports and disallow certain apps. You may have your dinner time routine down pat and find it easier to simply tell your kids to put down their gadget and come to the dinner table, but for many it can be a challenge and perhaps this app is the next best solution. Who knows, it could even work on adults that find it hard to give up their tech too! www.kidsonthecoast.com.au

Kids on the Coast Magazine - Sunshine Coast - Issue 69. July/August 2015  

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