Anna Wright Allen & Unwin ISBN 9780571330683 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 7 Date of publication January 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart It is interesting that the word “magnificent” appears on the cover (in gold) as part of the title because this is a magnificent book which focuses on how animals move. In the book the author and illustrator Anna Wright uses her skills as an artist to make the animals move across the pages mixing pen and ink and watercolour. Lovely.
Marcus Emerson Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760295554 RRP $9.99 Age 7 – 12 Date of publication January 2017 (books 1 – 4) Feb 2017 (books 5 – 7) and March 2017 (books 8- 10) Reviewer Megan Stuart A whole new series of 10 books will reach books stores and devices this year. The books chronicle the life Chase Cooper an ordinary, skinny eleven year old (and to a degree his cousin Zoe). Book one begins as Chase starts at a new […]
Olivier Latyk Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781782403982 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are lots of wonderful books being published and this is definitely one of them. Ancient Rome in 30 Seconds will appeal to people who like to read non-fiction, people who want a quick reminder of facts or anyone interested in the Ancient Roman Empire. It’s well set out with great illustrations and it’s clever.
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
Tim Cahill Scholastic ISBN 9781760273668 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the fourth in the Tiny Timmy series by Tim Cahill. This book looks at the importance of being prepared for a match and in particular your pre match diet. Studs and Hacker discover that a large serving of pizza and soft drink does not necessarily give you more energy. These are good early chapter books from a first class soccer player.
Categories: Children's Books, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc, Special Topic Books (For Children), Sport • Tags: Health, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Press, sports
Zack Zombie (William, Genie and Matthew Pena) Koala Books ISBN 9781743811511 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another book about the life of Zack Zombie. There are life lessons for the reader in these books and as the title suggests this one deals with friends and bullies. The book is in diary format and has many references to the global gaming phenomenon “Minecraft” which definitely appeals to the younger reader.
Zack Zombie (William, Genie & Matthew Pena) Koala Books ISBN 9781743811504 RRP $5.00 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Minecraft fans (and there are plenty) will enjoy looking at life through the eyes of 12 year old Zack Zombie who gives us some idea of what it is like to be a Minecraft Zombie. I took the book out for a “test run” with some 9 year old children and it was a huge success. Although […]
Aaron Blabey Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760154271 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Predictably Pig has outrageous expectations for his Christmas stocking. Trevor is more modest of course but Pig does not quite get what he asks for. Pig and Trevor fans will love this new book.
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia
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.
Jessica Firpi (editor) Scholastic ISBN 9781338113242 RRP $19.99 Age 5+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the “wild and wacky” edition 2017. Many people may find some of the material a bit wild and wacky but there are plenty of others who will just love this edition.
Aura Parker Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760157067 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book looks at beginning a new school and being overlooked or camouflaged. It’s a great story with wonderful illustrations and who wouldn’t like a story which includes the cockroach twins?
Mem Fox Judy Horacek Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158514 RRP $19.99 Age 0+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Counting and using words to show position (like forward, back, below) are all part of Ducks Away a new books by Mem Fox. The book has clear, colourful pictures by Judy Horacek. It’s probably going to be another Mem Fox classic.
L Anderson & M Parish Matt Shanks Scholastic ISBN 9781760276928 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart It wouldn’t be the season of Christmas without “Sleigh Ride”. This great version (with bonus CD featuring Human Nature and Jessica Mauboy) rocks along nicely. Matt Shanks provides great illustrations too.
Categories: Children's Books, Illustrated, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Music, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
Emily Rodda Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991337 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The Hungry Isle is the fourth book in the Star of Deltora Series. The heroine Britta continues to compete to win the Rosalyn Apprentice contest and be a trader. This is most definitely up the usual Emily Rodda standard and explains why these books are some of the most popular books in the library. There are teaching notes available too.
Caron Levis Charles Santoso Scholastic ISBN. 9781742761909 RRP $24.99 Age 5+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a “tearjerker” based on the lives real polar bears (Gus and Ida) who lived in Central Park Zoo in New York. It explores friendship, loss and memories. A lovely story beautifully illustrated by Charles Santoso.
Nick Bland Scholastic ISBN 9781760277659 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart There is just enough menace in the new friends Popcorn makes to make the reader/listener conscious that these friends are not particularly desirable. It’s hard not to like Popcorn though and I hope Nick Bland gives her another adventure.
Julia Donaldson Axel Scheffler Scholastic ISBN 9781407164953 RRP $24.99 Age 0+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is most definitely another best seller for Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The rhyming, the story, the characters, the theme, the illustrations …… it’s a good read.
Anh Do Laura Wood Recording Simon Mellor Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760276324 RRP $19.99 Age 4+ Date of publication; October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Anh Do has moved into the world of picture books with ease. This is well written and funny of course and it is also well supported by Laura Wood’s illustrations. There is a lot here to read and enjoy … including the recording by Simon Mellor. And what do they do with all the poo in the […]
Michael Adams Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743628010 RRP $7.99 Age 10+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart After reading the gripping prologue it is not hard to get into Michael Adams new book Skyfire. The story revolves around seven young DARE award winners (all from quite different families and countries) who get caught up in dangerous events. The great thing is that this is the first of seven books all published during the next year. Highly recommended.
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
Isla Fisher Templar publishing ISBN 9781848125339 RRP $14.99 Age 6 – 9 years Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Flavia Guarino Marge in Charge is a charming comedy of near misses, mishaps, mischief and mayhem. It is a delightful collection of three short stories about the misadventures of young Jemima, her brother Jake and their new babysitter Marge. Narrated from the point of view of a very sensible 7 year old girl, Jemima, Marge in Charge explores the ways young children […]
Tania Lacy Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760279820 RRP $14.99 Age 9+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book will make you laugh. The book illustrates that although you may strive to be “normal” in fact that can be stretched to include almost all sorts of behaviour in various situations when you are about to begin high school. Tania Lacy effectively brings her background as a comedian into her writing. Looking forward to more.
Lesley Gibbes Lisa Stewart Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743624012 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Little Bear’s First Sleep is about a family of bears getting ready to hibernate for Winter.Little bear doesn’t find it easy to settle down for the long sleep ahead and the book looks at all the possible ways to help yourself get into a sleepy mood. Suggestions in fact for any night of the week.
Carlie Gibson Tamsin Ainslie Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760291563 RRP $19.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is really a gorgeous book. Great subject, great setting, great characters, great cover, and it rhymes! The illustrations are lovely and it even reminds the readers that you don’t have to be big to be great. Looking for a child’s book for Christmas? This is it.