Tim Cahill Scholastic ISBN 9781743816509 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication April 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the fifth book in what has become a popular series. I believe the reason for this is not only because Tim Cahill is a respected Soccer player but because the books have a realistic message. This book deals with being away from home for a few days. There are plenty of students who can relate to this.
Phil Cummings Shane Devries Scholastic ISBN 9781760277055 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication May 2017 Reviewer Neville Sandon This is a great book. I should declare my passion for his new book “Boy”. As the firstborn child of deaf parents, I can not recall any children’s book addressing “deaf-ness”. “So few of them” (but is this accurate?) so why bother? Phil Cummings is a sensitive observer of people and he bothered to write about people who surround us but we […]
Mem Fox Ronojoy Ghosh Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760276218 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ A new book by Mem Fox is always an event and this new one “I’m an Australian too” certainly is worth discussing. The message is simple and straight forward and it rhymes too. Ronojoy Ghosh’s illustrations give each page greater depth and meaning. Another classic.
Kate and Jol Temple Jon Foye Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760291945 RRP $12.99 Age 7 – 10 Reviewer Megan Stuart Jimmy Cook chatters along in his new book Jimmy Cook discovers X marks the spot. He has a very straight forward view of the world and through his eyes we become involved in a secret dinosaur dig at school while at home his father has lost his job. Jimmy’s father thinks his son “has a great outlook on life” and there […]
Leonard Cronin Marion Westmacott Allen & Unwin ISBN 978176029414 RRP $29.99 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart There are many layers to this book in both the presentation and information supplied. The book shows the regions on a map where species of particular animals are found in Australia and then a detailed picture of each habitat. It’s really beautifully done. The book also reminds us of how many dangerous animals live in Australia and in my experience there are a lot of […]
Categories: Allen & Unwin, Animals, Austrlalian, Miscellaneous, Non-Fiction, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Young Adult • Tags: Allen & Unwin, Non-Fiction, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Lorin Clarke Mitch Vane Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781925266962 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart The regular market visitor (especially one with young children) will recognise many authentic moments in this story. The early morning energy and the many temptations to distract a young visitor. The text flows in a jaunty rhyme and the illustrations are beautiful. Water colours flow across the pages and give the characters expressions which are easy to recognise … and relate to.
Michael Panckridge Ford St ISBN 9781925272635 RRP $14.95 Age 10+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Yes more books in the Legend Series are available in March. In the 3rd book in the series there is plenty of action involving tennis and our friends Mitchell, Luci and Travis. Books about sport and winning and losing always get an audience and these books also appeal to less confident or reluctant readers. The books also offer interactive Q codes for the home and the classroom. […]
Categories: action, Austrlalian, Children's Activity Books, Children's Multi-media, Ford St Publishing, Middle Grade, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Sport • Tags: Ford Street Publishing, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, series, Sport
Sue deGennaro Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760276782 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s easy to identify with the picture of Eddie Frogbert clinging to the edge of the diving board on the front cover of the book. We all have things we don’t like having to do. The story is about courage and planning which are two themes especially relevant as children get ready for school at the end of the long Summer holiday. […]
Matt Shanks Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158668 RRP $14.99 Age 1+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Twinkle twinkle little star is probably one of the best known nursery rhymes. Matt Shanks has more than done it justice in this new Australian edition. Each page features Olive the owl who with her old leather satchel across her chest delivers a book to her many friends. The illustrations are great and there is plenty in them to discuss with children […]
Rob Palmer Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743625743 RRP $19.99 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart With the Summer holidays just around the corner this book offers an opportunity for some DIY. The book gives expert tips for reasonably simple projects which are reasonably simple to make. There are also colour illustrations and photographs to help. The author Rob Palmer is known to many because of his TV appearances on shows such as “Better Homes and Gardens” and […]
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Activity Books, Children's Non Fiction, Miscellaneous, Non-Fiction, Parent Interest, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Books, family, Fun, learning, Non-Fiction, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Tania Ingram Christina Miesen Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742991245 RRP $12.99 Age 5+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is one of the “Mates Series” and of course great Australian yarns would have to include barbies, Sir Donald Bradman, a trip to the tip and plenty of laughter….. It’s all in this book and comes highly recommended.
ANH DO Scholastic ISBN 9781760279004 RRP $12.99 Age 5+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart We were all wondering who we would meet after Weir Do left the stage …. who would have guessed that a hot dog and his friends would appear? This book will appeal to an even younger audience because it is funny, well illustrated and introduces some very appealing characters. There is a shortage of suitable books for this age and I think […]
Vicki Bennett John Flitcroft Boolarong Press ISBN 9781925046816 RRP $19.99 Age 6+ Date of publication 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book shows how huge events (such as war) and small events (such as a collection of 2 pennies) can impact on and later even enrich lives around the world. It also tells us about the life of a good man Henry George McGregor (known as George).
Categories: Austrlalian, Boolarong Press, Children's Books, Illustrated, Memoir, Military, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children), War, War stories • Tags: Reviewer - Megan Stuart, truth
Michael Panckridge Ford St ISBN 9781925272499 RRP $14.95 Age 10+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Against the spin is the second book in the legend series. The central characters remain the same but the plot thickens. The competition in this book revolves around cricket but there is enough in the plot and character analysis to be interesting even without a thorough knowledge of the game of cricket.
Adam Wallace Andrew Plant Ford St ISBN 9781925272406 RRP $24.95 Age 6 – 10 Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart In his book “Spark” Adam Wallace personifies fire in a very powerful way. The fire speaks to us and therefore creates a new perspective on what we already know. “First ever book to show a bush fire from the fire’s point of view”. It is most effective.
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, Ford St Publishing, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: 6 - 10 years, Ford Street Publishing, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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 […]
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.
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.
Categories: Animals, Austrlalian, Children's Books, Miscellaneous, Omnibus Books, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: Australia, Omnibus for Scholastic, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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.
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.
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.
Kate Welshman Heath McKenzie Scholastic ISBN 9781743624326 RRP $9.99 Date of Publication April 2016 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very good example of some of the great books available for young independent readers which are in chapter form. The Pony Show is well illustrated and supports important behavior such as trying new things and being a good sport. This is the third book in the Pine Valley Ponies series.
Sally Morgan Ambelin Kwaymullina Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991368 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart It takes someone special like Sally Morgan to give Mother’s Day a special twist and this beautifully illustrated book (Ambelin Kwaymullina) does just that. We see the magic of motherhood through the eyes of a kookaburra. The loving and nurturing although shown in the lives of a bird can easily be transferred. Lovely.