Marc Kushner Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471141768 Published: April 2015 RRP: $16.99 Reviewer: Debbie Berger ‘The future of architecture in 100 buildings’ is an interesting and inspiring journey through, you guessed it, 100 fascinating buildings from around the world. Can a building zig? Can you live in a rock? Can you live on a rock? Can a library be a lighthouse? Can architecture hug a tree? These are some of the intriguing questions that are answered in this beautifully […]
Melinda Salisbury Scholastic Aust ISBN: 978 1760151577 Age: 12+ Published: March 2015 RRP: $16.99 Reviewer: Nicola Cain Twylla is blessed. She can withstand the deadly poison, Morningsbane, being in her blood. She is destined to marry a prince. She is considered the Queen’s daughter. She is a descendant of the gods. She is Daunen Embodied. Twylla is cursed. She can kill with a single touch. Anyone that touches her skin is poisoned, unless you are a royal. Her role in […]
Tricia Oktober Tricia Oktober Ford Street Publishing ISBN 9781925000887 RRP $24.95 Age 4+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon Do animals dream? Each blue moon cats come together in a fabulous dream that lasts until dawn. Join the cat on her dream journey, through a incredible garden and then identify the famous cats. You will love the sketches of the cats rolling in the catmint and the catnip growing wild. Children (4 years +) with cats will adore […]
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743625804 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon “If only I could be different! I’m not perfect! I want to be something, someone different, anything but me!” Poor Thelma, rather than a beige pony, she wanted to be a pink unicorn. It’s all about packaging – she wanted bling to go with that. Pink and sparkly! Envy has no reason and will not listen to fair reason Her […]
Neridah McMullin Ainsley Walters One Day Hill ISBN 9780992439736 RRP $24.99 Age 6+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon The delight is that in the 1890s there was a tall Aboriginal boy, Johnny Mullagh. The disappointment is that there is no replay to watch him on the cricket pitch, with a bat, or on the field whether in Australia or in England. Not much is known about cricket in Australia in the 19th century which makes it all […]
Uncle Joe Kirk Sandi Harrold Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743628577 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Date of publication January 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon Talking about indigenous Australian’s culture is long overdue. For those of us who learnt history as “facts” “dates”, “places” along with key “significant individuals”, left us with the society, culture and beliefs of Aboriginals as an enigma. There was little appreciation of how the original Australian’s culture and beliefs were communicated within families and community. Found in Aboriginal myths […]
Emer Stamp Scholastic ISBN 9781407136387 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication October 2014 Reviewer Neville Sandon On the theme of friends. I have giggled my way through this silly story The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig without reading the first book by Emer Stamp. Pig, who is the “author”, is such a naieve character. Mr and Mrs Sandal, who are vege-loving characters, are Pig’s new owners, and are out to make sure pig is looked after. I suspect […]
Sally Morgan & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Tania Erzinger Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990590 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Mr Neville Sandon There is nothing so destructive as jealousy. Jealousy is the cancer of the soul. And the face of jealousy is usually teasing and bullying. Slowly and sadly friendship erodes. It all happens so quietly – it happens within the heart. Here the story of jealousy is found in a young friendship. Magpie, is one of the […]
Goldie Alexander Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743629673 RRP $16.99 Age 11+ Genre Historical fiction Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a realistic fiction book set in Warsaw during the second world war. The story is told by Hanna a Jewish girl. The author Goldie Alexander has written may books in this genre and one of the most popular is the My Australian Story – Surviving Sydney Cove. Hanna’s story ends as she and her brother join the Jewish Combat Organisation before the […]
Sharon M Draper Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN 9781442494978 Age: 11+ Published: January 2015 RRP: $19.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Set in 1932, Stella lives in North Carolina at the peak of the Klu Klux Klan activity. Stella is a black 11 year old girl who, by accident, witnesses Klu Klux Klan members burning a cross at night. The community is scared that this is happening in their backyard but they will not allow it to ruin their lives. When […]
Jeanne Willis Tony Ross Koala Books ISBN 9781742761428 RRP $14.99 Age 0 – 5 Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart From Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross (the authors of Boa’s Birthday and others) comes another winner. Slug Needs a Hug is a lesson in being authentic and practical. Cleverly written in rhyme with wonderful illustrations this book is funny and cute too.
Sally Morgan & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Craig Smith Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990347 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of Publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is an early chapter book about a shed in a back yard …. a shed with some unusual characteristics because it can move and laugh. Cleaning out the shed with her grandmother gives Annie a chance to learn about the past.
Darrel &Sally Odgers Janine Dawson Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743623008 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Stamp (Barnaby Station Stamp of Approval) is back with another adventure and this one involves a bush fire and some new animal friends.
Darrel & Sally Odgers Janine Dawson Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743622995 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Staurt This is an early chapter book about a border collie called Barnaby Station Stamp of Approval …. Stamp for short. Stamp is travelling around Australia with James Barnaby in a four wheel drive vehicle when he and James encounter heavy rain and a rising river. The story is told by Stamp and it is “pawfectly” done.
Knife and Packer Knife and Packer ISBN 9781743627242 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The third Wheelnuts Craziest race on earth actually takes place in space. It is the same bright format with crazy pictures. The print is easier to read on some pages more than others. Of course black on yellow trumps black on pink or blue. However those caught up in the crazy adventure may not even notice!
Susannah McFarlane ISBN 9781925206029 RRP $12.99 Age 8+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The EJ12 series is very popular in our school library and it’s easy to see why. This is the 19th book in the series which is about a girl hero (a special agent EJ12) who has adventures and solves mysteries. We, the readers, are taken along with her into all sorts of places from the world of music and musicians to safaris and beaches. […]
Shane Koyczan Various illustrators Walker Books Aust ISBN: 9781925081510 Date of publication: September 1, 2014 Age: 12+ RRP: $19.95 Reviewed by: Debbie Berger This powerful book details the effects bullying can have on an individual. Created from the experiences author Shane Koyczan had as a bullied child himself. Through poetry, Koyczan exposes the emotions and thoughts that go along with being bullied at school. The introduction gives you a great insight to what he has been through and how the […]
Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss (Performed by Deborah Mailman) Kerry Argent Scholastic ISBN 9781742839776 RRP 19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Wonderful illustrations by Kerry Argent are the striking feature of this book. The animals are out for a day at the beach but for those who know the song one member of the party is too embarrassed to be seen in a bikini. The revival of the 1960’s song (performed by Deborah Mailman) is […]
Knife and Packer Scholastic ISBN 9781743627235 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Read the first chapter for free on line at http://www.wheelnuts.net.au/images/read/Wheelnuts_Book2_sampler.pdf and see for yourself the colourful and imaginative pages first hand. This is the second book in the wheelnut series and like its predecessor it is cute and quirky. This time the race includes haunted castles, ferocious dragons and vampire bats.. Perhaps not bedtime reading for some but it is light hearted […]
Kate Forsyth Scholastic ISBN 9781743624074 RRP $14.99 Age 9 – 12 Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Kate Forsyth has deservedly had a lot of publicity for this series and they have been well marketed. For readers caught up in the series there is a lot to support them. See http://www.theimpossiblequest.com/ (for quizzes and information) or follow Kate at http://www.kateforsyth.com.au/ Kate Forsyth is an internationally best selling authorand her books are certainly well written. This series allows readers to enter […]
Kevin Sherry Kevin Sherry Scholastic Inc New York ISBN 9780545556170 RRP $12.99 Age 6 – 8 Children’s picture book Reviewed by Megan Stuart With visual literacy fast becoming one of the most popular genres borrowed in our school library this book, written and illustrated by Kevin Sherry, looks like a success. The book is about a great guy who also happens to be a yeti. The target audience is from grades 2 – 5 so it will also appeal to […]
Uncle Joe Kirk Sandi Harrold Scholastic ISBN 9781743623114 RRP $15.99 Ages 3+ An Indigenous Australian story Date of publication January 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Duelgum is a book worth owning. it is about the spawning of freshwater eels near Moreton Bay in Southern Queensland. The freshwater eel is a spiritual totem in the Wakka Wakka culture and the story is told by Uncle Joe Kirk who is a Brisbane and Wakka Wakka elder. Sandi Harrold is the illustrator and her […]
Craig Smith Scott Tulloch Scholastic ISBN 9781775432692 RRP $21.00 Age All Date of Publication October 2014 Reviewed by Megan Stuart As the name suggests this book aims to impress upon children the importance of exercise and warns about the dangers of spending too much time watching television. A worthwhile message! The illustrations are great and there is a CD enclosed if you still have the antiquated equipment necessary to play it. The author Craig Smith is the author of The […]
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743627051 Published November 2014 RRP $14.99 Age 6 – 8 Reviewed by Megan Stuart Well Weirdo 3 is here and with the same animated cover too. It’s difficult not to like Anh Do”s third book featuring the very cool Weir Do. Jules Faber’s illustrations are fun and make this book appealing to children who may not find reading easy. Note that Weir Do was recently awarded ABIA book of the year 2014.