Phil Cummings Owen Swan Scholastic ISBN 9781743622544 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Phil Cummings has had two outstanding books published this year. Ride, Ricardo, Ride! and now Newspaper Hats. This latest one has been described as “a gentle yet powerful story” and it certainly is. Owen Swan supports the story with wonderful illustrations and the inside covers feature old newspaper articles which is such a clever idea. This is really a great book.
Sean Ferrell Charles Santoso Koala Books ISBN 9781742761497 RRP $24.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book examines the significance of a favourite toy through the eyes of a child and his parents. It is funny but the humour is challenged by the art work which is quite powerful.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Bruce Springsteen Frank Caruso Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781501 103858 12+ RRP: 22.99 Publication Date: 4th November, 2014 Reviewer – Debbie Berger Outlaw Pete is a picture book written by singer Bruce Springsteen. It is illustrated with great detail by Frank Caruso with drawings that support the story at each page turn. This adult book tells the story of the legend of Outlaw Pete, a cowboy who is trying to outrun his past sins. The story is based on […]
P Crumble Simon Williams Scholastic ISBN 9781743622377 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Published October 2014 Counting down from 10 to 0 with the most improbable situations from blind mice learning how to water ski to an elephant squashed in a limousine. The illustrations are particularly good with strong bold colours and good definition. This is a hard cover book with bonus CD and an invitation to sing along with Jay Laga’aia …. and who wouldn’t want to? Reviewer Megan Stuart
Julia Donaldson Scheffler Axel Scholastic UK ISBN 9781407144412 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 8 Published August 2014 The creators of The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler) have produced another book called “The scarecrows’ wedding” which has for various reasons attracted a lot of publicity. Written by Julia Donaldson (a British writer who was Children’s Laureate from 2011 – 2013) the book has received criticism from various sources because the villain in the story, Reginald Rake, smokes a cigar. Whatever. […]
Nick Bland Nick Bland Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742838250 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Children’s picture book Published September 2014 Nick Bland has written and illustrated another great book. This time the central character is a monster who can’t scare anyone with anything but his food. It is “a must” for foodies. There is a great rhyming pattern in the book and he has added new layers to the illustrations with lots of different patterns. There is plenty to “unpack” in […]
Emma Allen Hannah Sommerville Scholastic ISBN 9781862918733 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Hardback picture book September 2014 This is a lovely story about introducing a new baby to siblings and the importance of grandmothers. This grandmother is wise. She doesn’t outstay her welcome when the new baby comes home but she gives love and support and anticipates reactions to the change a new baby brings to family dynamics. The illustrations are soft watercolours and give the reader plenty to discover and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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!
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 […]
Anna Branford & Linda Catchlove 9781921977589 ISBN: 9781921977589 RRP: $24.95 Age: 2+ Key Words: Family, Siblings, Pregnancy, Fairies Published: 1st Feb 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Lilli-Pilli’s mother is going to have a baby. Lilli-Pilli is very excited about having a baby sister, she knows it is going to be a sister because she can feel it in her wings. Lilli-Pilli is helping her dad make the baby’s crib and he sends her out to collect some soft things to put in […]
Chris Houghton Walker Books ISBN: 9781406342321 RRP: $24.95 Age: 3+ Key Words: Animal Stories Published: 1st March 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell There in the woods is a pretty bird, now Shh! because they have a plan to catch this bird. Unfortunately things don’t go quite according to plan. The three big companions think they know best, but sometimes it’s the little people that have the good ideas. This is a very simple little story accompanied by very stylised illustrations. The text […]