Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic ISBN 9781760276775 RRP $14.99 Age 6+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Anh Do has maintained the high standard of jokes throughout this series and in book 9 there is still plenty to laugh about. There are also themes for children to identify with, moving houses and schools and thinking of good costumes. When a change of school seems inevitable Weirdo dreams he might introduce himself as Hans Some! These books continue to […]
Tamsin Janu Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742992006 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Figgy is a great story about family, friendship, courage and how being resourceful can be a great advantage in a tight situation. However the book also reminds us how difficult life can be for some children. Tamsin Janu spent time in Ghana and her novels are inspired by children she met there. Recommended read.
Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga Jared Thomas Scholastic ISBN 9781742762692 RRP $9.99 Date of publication June 2017 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is simply a lovely story about a child (Erica) and wish for a dog. Erica’s father presents her with a water buffalo and not a dog. However she also has the opportunity to look after her friend’s dog which of course forms a friendship with the water buffalo! A satisfactory ending after some misfortunes and with Erica telling […]
Barry Jonsberg Tom Jellett Omnibus Books ISBN 9781782991399 RRP $12.99 Age 8+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is one of the Omnibus Mates Series which are designed for early readers. This book also illustrates how to write to persuade. Mike (Michael when he’s in trouble) really wants a dog. We all know the arguments for and against but they are done well in this book and you have to admire the way Mike persists.
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Omnibus Books, Reluctant readers, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: early reader, Mates Series, Omnibus for Scholastic, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Kyle Mewburn Donovan Bixley Scholastic ISBN 9781775433675 RRP $7.99 Age 5 – 7 Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart The author Kyle Mewburn has had over 40 books published in nine countries…. including the Dinosaur Rescue series. There are some facts in these books and jokes which in The Great Egg Stink centres a lot around vomit. As has been said before “There is no such thing as a bad book for children”.
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Illustrated, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Pre historic animals, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc • Tags: early reader, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
Zack Zombie Scholastic ISBN 9781743818343 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are many Minecraft enthusiasts out there and these books are aimed at them. There are jokes and references to Minecraft which really do amuse and delight children and therefore encourage them to read. Zack Zombie is the pen name for the writing team of William and Genie Pena and their 9 year old son Matthew.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760279059 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the 11th book in this series which first appeared in 2015. The books get my support because they really do promote reading.
Mac Park (Louise Park and Susannah McFarlane) James Hart Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760295974 RRP $9.99 Age 5 – 7 Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Barbara Hoodless Hunter Marks is a lover of dinosaurs. He knows all about dinosaurs. How lucky is Hunter to be in his school library and with the help of Mrs Stegg be introduced to a whole world of dinosaur adventures…… all through a special computer game. Hunter becomes a member of the D – Bot […]
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.
Matt Cosgrove Koala Books ISBN 9781743811696 RRP $5.00 Age 8+ Publication date February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the first book in a series that looks at traditional fairy stories in a completely new way. The author Matt Cosgrove also illustrates the book and his emphasis is on humour. This is definitely a good book for reluctant readers.
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 […]
Zack Zombie Koala Books ISBN 9781743811528 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart For children who are Minecraft enthusiasts these books are extremely popular. In fact they are encouraging children who like games to read more! This is the third book in the series and is called “When nature calls”. It is not surprising that they are on Amazon’s top ten best sellers list.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dav Pilkey Scholastic Inc ISBN 9780545581608 RRP $15.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The thousands and thousands of Captain Underpants fans are going to be delighted that Dav Pilkey is back with a new book called Dog Man #1 (#2 to be released in January 2017). The book is in the same winning graphic novel format as the author’s earlier books. This book is for children who like to see justice is done. Dog Man […]
Michael Panckridge Ford St ISBN 9781925272482 RRP $14.95 Age 10+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Author Michael Panckridge has reintroduced the Legends series. These books are about sport and sportsmanship. They were written initially to appeal to reluctant readers but they are well written , with characters we can relate to and deal with sport so therefore can attract a wider audience. In the first in the series “Chasing the break” a new year begins at Sandhurst […]