Performed by Justine Clark Illustrated and recorded by Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic Australia ISBN13 9781742836447 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2014 Like Peter and the Wolf, Justine Clarke has given instruments characters in the retelling of this old favourite. The instruments include the tuba, the trumpet and the marimba. Along with the instruments, the words and the illustrations make it easy to follow. The illustrations are lovely soft blues and waterside greens. As well as the ducklings there […]
Rachel Renee Russell Rachel Renee Russell Publisher Simon and Schuster ISBN: 9781471117688 RRP: $16.99 Age 8 – 14 years Date of Publication: 2014 TV Star is the seventh novel in the Dork Diaries series, although it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read any others beforehand, as the story stands alone and explains any prior relationships clearly. It is written in the form of diary entries from the point of view of a young teenage girl (Nikki). In this book Nikki and […]
Alison Jay Alison Jay Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742761145 RRP $14.99 Age 2+ Date of publication November 2014 This is such a beautiful book. It features the original text and is delightfully illustrated, you will find it is a book to keep and read year after year. The paper used in its production is good quality and it has a hard cover so it is made to stand the test of time. If you buy it as a gift it will […]
Colin Buchanan and Greg Champion Glen Singleton Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743620427 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of Publication October 2014 This is a beautifully illustrated and delightful book presenting an Australian twist on “deck the halls with boughs of holly” It incorporates the theme of mateship and also features wonderful Australian flora and fauna. And if that isn’t enough there is also a CD enclosed! Fa la la la la la la la
Penny Matthews Stephen Michael King Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742990279 RRP 24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication October 2014 A delightful look at the part animals played in the stable on the night Jesus was born. The animals remember this with pride and in doing so retell the story. A timely reminder of the reason for the season. Teacher’s notes available at http://www.scholastic.com.au/schools/education/teacherresources/assets/pdfs/One_Night.pdf
Ed Allen Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743624180 RRP $16.99 Ages 3+ Date of publication: October, 2014 Christmas, Children’s book This is a lovely Christmas book for young readers. It is beautifully illustrated with whimsical looking reindeer and hidden numbers to look for in every scene. Akin to the 10 green bottles story, Santa starts with 10 reindeer and after a series of mishaps is left without any.
P. Crumble Louis Shea Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743625255 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Picture Book Date of Publication: October, 2014 Reviewer: Megan Stuart This book will catch your eye with its lenticular moving image cover! Of course it’s as crazy as the title suggests, but don’t be put off. This book is full of Christmas trimmings and the illustrations are bright and cheerful. It might be a little too expensive as a stocking filler at $15.99 but perhaps it is the […]
Meg Wolitzer Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781471123764 RRP: $16.99 Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Age: 12 + Date of Publication: October 2014 Reviewer: Donna Clark Jam Gallahue is a grade 10 student so lost in her grief over the death of her English boyfriend Reeve Maxfield that her parents decide to send her to a boarding school called The Wooden Barn, which is in rural Vermont. It is especially for very intelligent, damaged, fragile youth. Jam is selected with five other […]
Allayne L. Webster Omnibus Books ISBN: 9781742990699 RRP: $16.99 Genre: War stories Age: 12 + Date of Publication: September 2014 Reviewer: Donna Clark How resourceful would you become if war had broken out in your country and you had no running water, electricity and food was in short supply? Paper Planes by Allyayne L. Webster is a story about a family in Sarajevo whose lives will never be the same again. The story is through the eyes of eleven year […]
Aine Carlin Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9780857832528 Published: October 1st, 2014 RRP: $29.95 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Aine Carlin has written an attractive cook book for those who may want to explore a vegan diet. She has three simple rules: Keep it simple, keep it tasty and keep it fun. Keep It Vegan follows these principles with over 100 appetizing dishes to try. The guidelines of vegan diet are explained in Aine’s introduction about why she pursued a lifestyle […]
Susannah McFarlane Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781921931666 Age: 8+ Published: August 2014 RRP: $12.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Ciao EJ! is the 18th book in this popular series and this one is set in Italy. This time, EJ12, who is Emma Jacks when she is not working as a spy for the Shine Agency, has to solve the mystery of who is destroying the great statues of Italy. Evil agency SHADOW is up to something and EJ12 needs to piece together […]
James Dashner Chicken House ISBN: 9781909489448 Age: 12+ Published: September 2014 RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Thomas wakes up in a box-like elevator and gets thrown into an unknown society, known as the Glade. The Glade is surrounded by stone walls that create The Maze, which changes every night. A handful of boys selected to run sections of the maze, known as The Runners, are sent out every day to solve the mystery of what is beyond the walls. […]
Christine Bongers Woolshed Press ISBN: 9780857983963 Age: 12+ Published: June 2014 RRP: $18.99 Reviewed by Donna Clark Kat is dealing with some complicated and difficult issues such as bereavement, loss, rejection and child neglect. One night an intruder wakes her up but then disappears. This event forces her to confront a number of the problems she has been ignoring since her mother’s death. Kat’s father works late and leaves her on her own a lot. She hasn’t spoken to the […]
Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina llustrator Craig Smith Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742990330 RRP: $9.99 Age : 6+ Key Words: family, humour, juvenile fiction Published: August, 2014 Reviewer: Debbie Berger Jack has found the perfect way to get out of helping around the house: making a mess of every chore he is asked to complete. His one rule is: if you parents ask you to do something, do it badly. He manages to get out of showering, sweeping leaves off the […]
Gary Crew Naomi Turvey Ford Street Publishing ISBN 9781925000177 RRP $29.95 Suitable for ages 9 + Published April 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a wonderful example of a picture book that has a lot to offer older readers. Unfortunately many adolescents avoid picture books because they associate the genre with younger readers. The Cuckoo’s themes include bullying, survival, courage, determination, remorse and forgiveness. Set in the Blue Mountains there is a fairy tale quality and the illustrations by Naomi […]
Peter Carnavas New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781921928468 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – Published September 2013 Reviewer Megan Stuart Although the boy may wonder what he is doing on the page the answer is there for us to see. This is a touching book containing themes which can be enjoyed and explored by both children and grown up readers. Peter Carnavas has used water colour paints to illustrate this book and it gives it a soft and whimsical feel. There are […]
Mark Macleod May Gibbs Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742830223 RRP $19.99 Age 2 – 7 Published October 2013 Reviewer- Megan Stuart Put this one aside for Christmas. The Gumnuts (with original May Gibbs illustrations) are preparing for Christmas in the Australian bush. The celebration includes a basket of bush tucker, cooling of drinks in the creek and of course a villainous snake! The author Mark MacLeod reminds us that in the end presents can be thoughtful rather than expensive!
Ian Falconer Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471123429 RRP $11.99 Age 2 – 5 Key words: Children picture books, board book, Olivia Published September 2014 Reviewer : Angela Hall From Accessories (because having accessories is one of the rules of life!) to Zzzzzz Olivia has a word for everything. In true quirky Olivia style this hard cover book will please fans old and new. Made tough for little hands this book is a great first book of ABC’s. Simple and delightful!
Edited by Paul Collins Ford Street Publishing ISBN: 9781921665585 RRP$: $24.95 Age: 11+ Keywords: Australian, short stories Published: June, 2014 Reviewer: Debbie Berger Another fantastic anthology of Australian short stories. This is the 2nd in the series edited by Paul Collins. It covers a range of genres, slightly different from the 1st book, Trust Me, and is the same high quality of writing by many favourite and well known authors. This book also includes some graphics and poetry as well. […]
Anna Pignataro Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742838182 RRP $16.99 Age 2 – 6 Key words: Children picture books Published March 2014 Reviewer : Megan Stuart This book highlights words we associate with mothers and babies. Hugs, kisses, snuggles, cuddling, tickling, nestling, and cradling. However, the text is only one part of this lovely book. The soft watercolour illustrations are beautifully complimenting. It’s a restful book and the colours used suggest it is a night time read. This reminds us that […]
Archimede Fusillo Ford Street Publishing ISBN: 9781925000344 RRP: $16.99 Age : 12+ Key Words: Friendships, Australian Published: March, 2014 Reveiwer: Shona Sunebeck Primo has got some problems. His father is in a home, his sister has moved out, one of his brothers is trying to make amends with his wife after cheating on her, and his other brother is twenty two years older than him and a distant and intimidating figure, all while his mother tries to hold it all […]
Sophie Masson Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781743622476 RRP: $16,99 Age: 12+ Keywords: Historical, War, Family Published: August, 2014 Reviewer: Donna Clark June 1914: Louis and his family are enjoying their European summer in a small town near Sarajevo. Theirs is an affluent family where their father is an international diplomat and they enjoy socialising with different nationalities through this family connection. Louis in fact wants to be a photographer and his brother Thomas dreams of being a reporter. Upon witnessing the […]
Sue Lawson Black Dog Books ISBN: 9781742032108 RRP: $18.99 Age: 10+ Keywords: Historical fiction Published: March, 2012 Reviewer: Donna Clark Siblings Thomas and Evelyn Gilmore are about to embark on the ill-fated journey to New York on the RMS Titanic. Whilst fictional, this story is based on the facts surrounding this famous voyage. Thomas is looking forward to the adventure of staring work with his father and Uncle in America, but Evelyn is feeling emotional and does not want to […]
Tristan Bancks Random House Australia ISBN: 9780857982032 RRP: $16.99 Age : 12+ Key Words: Families, mystery, values Published: March, 2014 Reviewer: Donna Clark Ben Silver and his sister don’t know what is going on when the police officers arrive at their home and then, just after they leave, their parents arrive home desperate for them all to pack a few things and leave immediately. They are bundled into their car and are told they are going on a holiday which […]