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.
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 […]
P Crumble Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760156930 Age 3+ Date of publication: September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart We are happy to welcome Me and Moo back into our lives …. however the gift of Roar into the household doesn’t prove to be easy. However a satisfactory solution is found. This book deals in a simple but effective way about having pets and friends and about family life.
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 […]
Craig Cormick Ford St ISBN 9781925272420 RRP $12.95 Age 6-10 Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book has a light-hearted style and the author communicates with the reader “You see, your teachers might never tell you this, because they don’t know”.The story involves ghost ships from many eras – Goths, Romans and Vikings with tit bits of accurate history dotted through the book.
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
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 […]
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.
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.
Categories: Animals, Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: 3+ Years, Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia
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.
Categories: Animals, Austrlalian, Children's Books, Miscellaneous, Omnibus Books, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: Australia, Omnibus for Scholastic, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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.