Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743625781 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon The title says it all. The story is about a Piranha called Brian who loves fruit, whereas his Piranha friends are meat-eaters. Throughout the book Brian tries to persuade them to eat fruit. He is a vegetarian! But do you think he can convince his family to join him? A story of frustration for both herbivores and carnivores told in […]
D Luckett Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990392 RRP $15.99 Age 8+ Historical fiction Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book was given high praise by a Year 6 girl who is not a particularly committed reader. That is enough for me to recommend it. It is one of a new series of books loosely based on fact and looking at the lives of young people moving to Australia. This one is set in the early 1900’s.
Stan Lee and Peter David Illustrator: Coleen Doran ISBN: 9781501107726 $45.00 Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015 Amazing Fantastic Incredible is a beautifully illustrated graphic memoir that tells the story of Stan Lee, perhaps the most famous creator of comic book heroes. He is responsible for bringing the world the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the Amazing Spider Man, the X-Men and many more superheroes. This memoir traces Lee’s life from his early days writing comics through to the legacy he has […]
Rachel Renee Russell Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781471144608 RRP $16.99 Age 7 – 11 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Just in time for Christmas reading comes Dork Diaries (number 10) and a whole new adventure. This time it involves 7 puppies without a home … until of course Nikki adopts them.
Gary Crew Ford St Publishing ISBN 9781925272055 RRP $15.95 Age 13+ Genre Historical fiction Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a great book and I am a huge Gary Crew fan. Again, in his writing, Dr Crew encourages an interest in history and also explores the theme of racial understanding. The book takes up the story of a 14 year old boy (Jack Ireland) who survives head hunters in the Torres Strait and finally returns to England, […]
P Crumble Lucinda Gifford Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760151539 RRP $14.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart There is humour and magic in this book and it rhymes! The illustrations are great too.
Carol Ann Martin Ben Wood Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990880 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a story with some great use of language and some animals with great personalities. The hero is Madge the cow who reminds us at the end of the story that “it’s good to be in a safe place” but “sometimes you have to be a safe place”. The pictures do the story justice also.
Kate Forsyth Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743624104 RRP $14.99 Age 8+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart After a topsy turvy ride we come to the final (and 5th) book in the series The Impossible Quest. These novels have given readers the opportunity to live vicariously through the lives of 4 resourceful and brave young people in a Medieval setting. All thanks to Kate Forsyth.
Beth Ferry Tom Lichtenheld Koala Books ISBN 9781742761671 RRP $14.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Thanks to Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld we have the combination of a good family story and a good teaching tool about friendship. It rocks and rhymes!
Peter Carnavas Peter Carnavas Scholastic ISBN 9781925059410 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Peter Carnavas has written and illustrated another great book for children. This one is about feeling blue and about friends who are there to cheer you up. The reader however could become blue because the story reminds us how much pollution lies beneath the sea.
Jim Dewar Anil Tortop Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760150518 RRP $14.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very entertaining and engaging book on several levels. The book is written in rhyme and has a puzzle to solve. The reader is aided by the illustrations (beautifully done by Anil Tortop) to solve the riddle. Cute.
Skye Byrne Nic George Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781471145193 RRP $19.95 Age 3+ Date of publication October 20 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Children can relate to losing a favourite toy. This book looks at the universal themes of toys, friendship and imagination. The illustrations and the story are also beautifully done. The book is predicted to become an “instant classic”
Ted Prior Simon &Schuster Australia ISBN 9781925030518 RRP $4.99 Age 2+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The month of October is buzzing with 2 new Grug books. In this one Grug spends a night away from home because he is lost. Food is taken from his basket while he sleeps but there are clues! Another great Grug story and also available in ebook form.
Ted Prior Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781925030525 RRP $4.99 Age 2+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Grug lives in Australia and has been having adventures for over 40 years. In the latest book Grug’s dinosaur is in fact a goanna. The books are beautifully illustrated and a perfect book at bedtime because they are not too long but a complete story with plenty to discuss.
Dav Pilkey Dav Pilkey Scholastic ISBN 9781760152611 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This genre is becoming increasingly popular and quite a large number of similar books with more pictures than text are currently on the market. This series is one of the originals and is still in great demand in our library. This new book has a waiting list!
Jack Heath Scholastic ISBN 9781760152109 RRP $12.99 Age 9+ Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The horror genre always has an enthusiastic following. Goosebumps has sold over 13 million copies in Australia! “Scream the haunted book” by Jack Heath is well written and has a strong and gripping plot. The pages are edged in black which just adds to the dark and “spooky” theme.
David Legge David Legge Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743620212 RRP $15.99 Age 4+ Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart A 21st Anniversary edition of David Legge’s Bamboozled has been published. The fabulous illustrations and quirky humour in the book will have a whole new generation of readers captivated. This is such a great book it is only fair to re-introduce it!
Brandon Robshaw Chicken House ISBN: 9781908435897 RRP: $15.99 Published: July, 2015 Reviewed by Megan Stuart What would you do if you were given a million wishes? Well in “The Big Wish” by Brandon Robshaw we follow the fortunes and misfortunes of eleven year old Sam as he finds that a million wishes don’t always lead to an easy life. The old saying “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind as you read this fun tale. An easy to […]
Emily Rodda Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990620 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The introduction of Britta the heroine in this new Emily Rodda story is done with a deft hand and the portrait of a very interesting character is painted. We want to follow Britta’s adventures. Emily Rodda is an experienced and gifted author which is why children invariably go on to read more of her work. There will be fans waiting for the […]
Leah Thomas Bloomsbury ISBN: 9781408862629 RRP: $15.99 Published: July, 2015 Reviewed by Nicola Cain Oliver is allergic to electricity. He is housebound and considered a hermit, and in a strange twist of fate he finds himself befriending Moritz, a German boy. Moritz has an electric pacemaker and was born without eyes and is also a social misfit. They soon become best friends, writing letters to each other as their only way of communicating. And as the title suggests, they can never meet, because one of them may certainly die. […]
Jack Heath Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760154035 RRP: $9.99 Publication date: September, 2015 Reviewed by Debbie Berger 300 Minutes of Danger is a clever concept by Australian author Jack Heath. This book has 10 short stories; each estimated to take about 30 minutes of reading time; each full of suspense and action; and each uniquely different from the next. There is a countdown starting at 30 minutes and working backwards in the margin of every story, which aims to motivate the reader […]
Peter Gouldthorpe Peter Gouldthorpe Scholastic ISBN 9781742990910 RRP $26.99 Age 10+ Date of publication 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Of course Nancy Wake more than deserves to be remembered for her bravery and the important role she played during World War 2. This book is a simply fabulous way to do it. Peter Gouldthorpe is an extremely talented author and illustrator and his graphic style art work in The White Mouse is outstanding.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760153045 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart If you are a 7+ year old student this is the book to be seen reading. These books are very popular and an excellent was to extend young readers.