Leigh Hobbs Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781925266771 RRP $24.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Mr Chicken is travelling again and “flying business class for the fine food and extra leg room” of course. This time Mr Chicken heads for Rome where with his guide Frederica and her Vespa he sees everything he has ever dreamt about seeing in Roma. This includes Il Colosseo, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican and he continues […]
Peter Stefanovic Hachette Australia ISBN 9780733635687 Published August, 2016 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Peter Stefanovic spent the last 10 years as a foreign correspondent for Channel 9 in Europe, North Africa and America. He has witnessed more death and devastation than most of us could imagine. Hack in a Flak Jacket is told from the front line of some of the world’s most terrible events – many caused by terrorism, war and natural disasters. Peter and his cameraman were […]
Michael Gerard Bauer Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991504 RRP $16.99 Age 12+ Date of publication May 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Michael Gerard Bauer’s background as a teacher only partly accounts for his ability to write about teenagers and issues of importance to them. In his latest book, The pain, my mother, Sir TYiffy, cyber boy and me we become involved in the life of a fifteen year old called Maggie Butt. Although the book has a light-hearted approach nevertheless it deals with […]
Fleur McDonald Annie White Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781925059663 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 6 years Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart After reading noisy nights you will consider that life in the city is a far quieter option than the country. Poor old farmer Hayden struggles to get the animals settled and sleeping at night so he can get some peace. The answer to his problem is obvious of course. This is another lovely book from Fleur McDonald.
Janeen Brian Chantal Stewart Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781921928444 RRP $14.99 Age 3 – 6 Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Here in time for Father’s Day is “I Spy Dad”. Janeen Brian has over 70 books published for children and this one in great rhyming text is beautifully illustrated too. The books acknowledges that there are certainly plenty of different types of Dads around. Gone are the days of stereotyping.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760157180 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication May 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s always great to see a new Ella Diary released because they are popular in our library. This one deals with a topic close to most children’s experience – the annual school camp. This book examines personal development, overcoming fears, outdoor activities and friendships.
Laine Mitchell Alison Edgson Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760276638 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a dear little book which acknowledges the important role Grandfathers can play in children’s lives. They are all different in their approach as the book illustrates. My own father had a big impact on my children. He was the meerkat grandfather.
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Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760159849 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart How much can a koala bear? Well not much more according to Warren in Aaron Blabey’s latest book “Don’t call me bear!”.This is a great book with a very annoyed koala making a point about his name. Thank goodness someone is “clearing the air” on behalf of koalas.
Jack Heath Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158798 RRP $12.99 Age 10+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book offers young people the chance to live dangerously through the lives of the young characters in the stories. They are ideal for reluctant readers as they are short but action packed.
Bajo and Hex Scholastic ISBN: 9781760159252 RRP: $9.99 Age: 8+ Date of publication: May 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Pixel Raiders#1: Dig World revolves around the world of computer games. The two main characters, Rip and Mei take you with them on adventures in and outside of games. It’s better than it sounds and themes such as co operation and resourcefulness are explored. The authors are well qualified to write on this subject because they write and present “Good Game and Good Game: Spawn […]
Andrew McGahan Allen and Unwin ISBN 9781760292188 RRP $24.99 Age 10+ Genre Fantasy Date of publication: 27th July 2016 EBook available Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the 4th and final book in the Ship Kings series by acclaimed Australian author Andrew McGahan who is incidentally the recipient of the Australian Vogel Literary Award, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, The Age book of the Year and The Courier Mail Book of the Year Award. Other books in the […]
Blaze Kwaymullina Jess Racklyeft Omnibus books ISBN 9781742991283 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book introduces some lovely Australian animals who help each other. There is also the opportunity to think about alliteration with kooky koalas, tricky turtles and marvellous magpies and the reader counts from 1 – 10 too. There is plenty to discuss as well as admire the illustrations.
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P Crumble Lucinda Gifford Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760155780 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Cat owners know how clever cats can be but this one can even use it’s body to spell the word “custard”. However at the end of the story we are reminded that when we finally get what we want it turns out that actually it’s not quite what we thought it would be. Nevertheless a very likeable and determined cat.
Celeste Hulme New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781925059564 RRP $24.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication July 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a classic and it is beautifully illustrated too. It is important to keep these stories alive and available for young children. There are fractured fairy tales around that use fairy tales you know and change the characters, setting, points. of view or plots and sometimes it’s hard to find a good original. This is one.
Sally Morgan Jess Racklyeft Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991047 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very successful union of writer and illustrator. The story is interesting and thoughtful and the illustrations support it beautifully. In reality possums can be a nuisance especially if they are in the roof at night but we forgive this one for any noise.
Maura Finn Aura Parker New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781925059588 RRP $24.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication 01/05/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Imagine a book about jelly beans? The little sweets that are associated with colour and flavour. This is a beautiful book full of colour book and flavoured with magic. Best read with a packet of jelly beans beside you! It is definitely worth drawing attention to the illustrations by Aura Parker because although this is her first picture book […]
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760157173 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication 01/05/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart These books are enormously popular in our library and not just with 7 year old children. The messages and themes resonate with older students as well. This book deals with friendships, competitiveness and inclusion.
Sue Walker Anil Tortop New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781925059601 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication 01/06/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart My Perfect Pup is a wonderful way to illustrate that what may perfectly suit one situation may not be so perfect in another. The illustrations (by Anil Tortop) reflect her degree in Animation I think and are bold, clear and colourful.
Heath McKenzie Scholastic Australia ISBN:9781760151508 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication 01/05/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book has great illustrations and a great message about sensible eating. Monsters are part of all children’s imaginations and if the sight of this one doesn’t scare you then his eating habits certainly will!
Gordon Winch Stephen Pym New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781925059595 RRP $24.99 Age 4-8 years Date of publication May 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart There is factual information woven into this beautiful book about mountain pygmy possums. However to me the most wonderful part is the truth shown in the illustrations. I know that region and Stephen Pym has created it’s magic perfectly.
Angela May George Owen Swan Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743629000 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication June 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Out has been released to coincide with World Refugee Day 2016. It is really a powerful and beautifully illustrated story and deserves to be widely promoted as it addresses important issues such as refugees, immigration, families and how the human spirit overcomes challenges. The recommended age is 4+ and therefore this book is a good starting point to raise these important […]
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Stan Grant Harper Collins ISBN: 9781460751978 Published: January, 2016 RRP: $29.99 I learned so much about Australia’s Indigenous history reading Talking to My Country. Lots of it shocking and heartbreaking. Stan Grant tells a powerful and personal story of what it feels to be an indigenous person in Australia. He does not offer solutions to the complex problems of indigenous Australians but does a great job of explaining why things are the way they are. I was moved to tears at […]
William Joyce Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781442473553 RRP $9.99 Age 7+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is an unusual book and although it is set in a “toy world” it explores feelings and relationships in a very human way. It will no doubt foster empathy and imagination in the reader. It is a wonderful and uplifting adventure and the illustrations are fabulous.
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic ISBN 9781760159085 RRP $14.99 Age 6+ Date of publication 1st April Reviewer Megan Stuart The fact that there is a Weirdo 6 is testimony to the quality of this series. They are funny, well illustrated and suitable for reluctant readers and good readers alike.