John Marks Benjamin Johnston Scholastic ISBN 9781743811429 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart This version features wombats, kangaroos, crocodiles and birds all getting into the Christmas spirit. There is plenty of dancing, gifts and lamingtons too. Colin Buchanan sings this updated version of the old favourite and I’ve noticed children soon swing along even if they don’t know the words.
Dannika Patterson Megan Forward Ford St ISBN 9781925804003 Date of publication September 2018 Age 4 – 7 RRP $24.95 hardcover ($16.95 paperback February 2019) Reviewer Megan Stuart The author says that this is a book “for children with bare feet and wild imaginations” but it’s magic goes much further. It’s a joy for the reader to share with small children too….. due in part to the author’s use of rhyme, alliteration and assonance. The illustrations are soft watercolours and the […]
Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742769691 RRP 17.99 Date of publication September 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Most children (and those reading to them too) see a little bit of this lovable pug in all of us. The message is always the same … whatever the failing Pig never quite gets away with it.
Nick Bland Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742994147 Publication date September 2018 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Everyone from 4 – 84 is delighted that Nick Bland has released a new book and that Nicholas Ickle is back in our lives. This time Nicholas Ickle is faced with the problem of presenting a book full of scary monsters. There are plenty of laughs.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760277086 Date of publication August 2018 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s worth acknowledging that this series does a lot to encourage reading. They are very popular and it is hardly surprising that there are currently half a million copies of the Ella Diaries in print!
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, Diary, humour, Illustrated, Miscellaneous, Reluctant readers, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Series • Tags: Children, Diary, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Press
Ed Allen Nicky Johnston Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742765426 RRP $17.99 Date of publication August 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart With Fathers Day in September it is a good time to think about Grandfathers too. This is a gentle book with soft colours, humour and family fun. A book to share.
Categories: Children's Books, Illustrated, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Rhyme, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: family, humour, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
Philip Bunting Omnibus books ISBN 9781742769660 RRP $24.99 Age 6+ Date of publication August 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart The illustrations are distinctly Philip Bunting but although the story may be an abbreviation of the history of the world it undoubtedly took a long time to write with such brevity and humour. A class act!
Categories: Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, humour, Miscellaneous, Omnibus Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Omnibus, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Ulf Nilsson Gitte Spee Gecko Press ISBN 9781776571796 RRP $15.99 Ages 7 – 9 Date of publication August 2018 This is essentially a detective story but it is full of gentle characters who are wise, gentle and caring. Many of them we have met before in “The first case” and “A case in any case”. The books are well written and beautifully presented. The illustrations, the colours and even the paper they are printed on all contribute to making this book […]
Categories: Children's Books, Gecko Press, humour, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Series • Tags: Children, Detective Stories, Gecko Press, humour, Junior Novel, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Anna Pignataro Scholastic ISBN 9781743817629 RRP $24.99 Publication date August 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a love story full of hope, magic and wonder. It is written and beautifully illustrated by Anna Pignataro. We join the whale on his journey and realise the importance of this majestic animal and his song in the oceans.
Categories: Animals, Children's Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Animal Stories, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
P Crumble Lucinda Gifford Scholastic ISBN 9781742769097 RRP $17.99 Date of publication August 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Hooray the cat is back again. This time the cat has some company to deal with. Although there is a new story line there are the same great illustrations, wry humour and the cat hasn’t changed much either. You don’t have to be a cat lover to appreciate this book.
Peter Millett Jenny Cooper Scholastic ISBN 9781775435280 RRP $17.99 Date of publication August 2018 Age 3 – 7 years Reviewer Megan Stuart New words to “This old man” which actually fit very nicely and are good fun to read. The illustrations support the text beautifully and are full of action. There is a CD of Jay Laga’aia singing the words included. Even if your Dad plays soccer, tennis or golf you’ll like this book.
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Illustrated, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc, Special Topic Books (For Children), Sport • Tags: humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, sports
Yvette Poshoglian Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742761947 RRP $7.99 Date of publication June 2018 Age 5+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Another book in the series. The topics are always relevant, the price is fair and the books encourage reading …… The books certainly tick a lot of boxes.
Rebecca Young Tull Suwannakit Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743811627 RRP $24.99 Date of publication June 2018 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a lovely story which in a very gentle way looks at the death of a grandmother. A thimble is the key which unlocks some great memories for Mable and in her own way Mable is able to help her Grandfather and her mother begin to adjust to a different life. The book is beautifully written and illustrated.
Anna Pignataro Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743817582 RRP $16.99 Date of publication June 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s easy to love this book about a tiger who causes a lot of trouble. The story is written in rhyme and the illustrations have plenty of detail to generate discussion. It’s a winner!
Chrissie Krebs Omnibus Books ISBN 97817422762654 RRP $16.99 Date of Publication May 2018 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Pig in a Wig by Chrissie Krebs has a “pick me up” cover in bright pink, green and black. The pig has definitely got great energy but how much is driven by the gorgeous wig? Is there a follow up with a cat in a hat?
Heath McKenzie Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742767628 RRP $16.99 Date of publication June 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Zoo House really caught the imagination of my “trial audience”. This I think is because the illustrations ignited discussions and activities. There is humour and rhyme and plenty to examine and reflect on.
Zanni Louise Philip Bunting Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742766300 RRP $16.99 Date of Publication June 2016 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Philip Buntings illustrations are so distinctive and suit the character Errol perfectly. Zanni Louise is a mother but anyone who spends time with children will recognise Errol’s traits and i think children will recognise them too!
Matt Cosgrove Koala Books ISBN 9781743816349 RRP $17.99 Date of publication July 2019 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart The friends Macca and Al are back. This book is about entering a competition but coming first isn’t always the perfect ending to a story. This is a very good choice for the ALIA Simultaneous Read for 2019 because there is plenty to discuss about competing as well as friendships, talent, Alpacas and making music.
Catherine Jinks Stephen Michael King Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742996226 Publication date July 2018 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Here is a great book and a treat to read aloud. It’s flowing rhythm, great illustrations and lovable central character Barney all prove why Catherine Jinks and Stephen Michael King are both multiple award winners.
Sally Odgers Lisa Stewart Scholastic ISBN 9781742769110 RRP $24.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Ocean Lullaby is a really lovely publication. Rhyming song-like text gently moves beneath the waves with a variety of sea life. Page colours and illustrations are soft and dreamlike. The themes of babies and parents and silently moving sea animals and plants is very restful. A perfect bed time story.
Pixel Kid and Zack Zombie Koala Books ISBN 9781742768724 RRP $9.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 8+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Welcome to book 2 of the diary of a minecraft creeper. This series is by the creators of the very popular Diary of a minecraft zombie, William and Genie Pena and their nine year old son Matthew. The books are very popular with children who like to play games on a screen.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760277079 RRP $9.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Well Ella’s little sister Olivia continues to entertain readers (6+) with a story about her puppy called Bob. The book is in the familiar chatty diary style with plenty of highlighted words and purple illustrations. This book will easily find a following.
Categories: Children's Books, Diary, Illustrated, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reluctant readers, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc • Tags: Diary, Junior Novel, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
Aaron Blabey Scholastic ISBN 9781760279493 RRP $14.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 7+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Who would have thought the Bad Guys would reach The New York Times best seller list? Well they have. Catch the latest Episode 7 which features dinosaurs and more illustrations than text. A good book for early readers.
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, Graphic novel, humour, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc • Tags: early reader, humour, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
Danielle Star Scholastic Inc ISBN 9781338151763 RRP $12.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 7+ Reviewer Megan Stuart A magical land called Aura which is home to winged horses with colourful manes and coats called Pegasuses. Some have a special symbol on their wings and these have magical powers and means they must attend school at the Castle of Destiny. This is a recipe which must surely fire the dreamy imagination of thousands of 2nd – 3rd graders world wide. The […]