Adam Lehrhaupt Matthew Forsythe Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781442450714 RRP $24.99 Age 4-8 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is delightful. The characters are very likeable and the earthy colours used by Matthew Forsythe are great. The book gives the reader an insight into what it is like being a character stuck in a book when the pages are not being turned. An interesting reflection for young people!
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic ISBN 9781760155346 RRP $14.99 Age 6 – 8 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Children continue to enjoy the Weirdo series because they deal with familiar topics and because they are genuinely funny. The fact that this is book 5 simply proves this.
Daniel Goleman Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408863497 RRP $35.00 Age 15+ Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book reminds us of the importance of strengthening “our better natures” and therefore making a better a world. This is an ideal book to have sitting around to pick up randomly and reflect.
Kathryn Lomer University Press QLD ISBN 978070225369 Published: August, 2015 RRP: $19.95 Talk Under Water tells the story two teens, Will and Summer, who meet online on a Jessica Watson social media page. They share a love of sailing, an admiration of Jessica Watson and a connection to the same small town in Tasmania. Written in dual point of view, it is mostly presented in the form of email exchanges. The book explores friendship and subsequent first love; divorce and […]
Brian Selzniak Schoalstic Inc ISBN: 9780545448680 RRP: $34.99 Published: October, 2015 Reviewer: Nicola Cain They say, a picture really does paint a thousand words, and this book proves it. Brian Selzniak’s The Marvels tells two stories in one. The first is story of Billy Marvel. He survives a ship wreck and then finds work in a theatre. As time goes on, the Marvel family blossoms into generations of talented actors. Then in 1900, Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. […]
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 […]