Matt Cosgrove Scholastic ISBN 9781743811702 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication May 2017 Reviewer Neville Sandon What does one say when an author takes a pre-existing classic tale (The Little Mermaid) and graffiti all over the work to present an absurdly, ridiculous piece that is overplayed with nonsense – “ruthless”‘ “batty”, “booger”, “barbarians” mixed in with slime, pirates, zombies explosions, and other narcissistic themes. The decline of story telling races to new depths when this work is allegedly aimed at “children of primary school age”. […]
Adam Frost Sarah Ray Bloomsbury Children’s Books ISBN 9781408876817 RRP $14.99 Date of publication July 2017 Age 8+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very thoughtful book and although it is presented in a light-hearted fashion it nevertheless makes us think about ourselves and our world. There are also some very interesting facts … for example did you know that brothers and sisters fight (on average) between there and four times an hour? (p 23) There are jokes, quizzes, facts, […]
Categories: Allen & Unwin, Bloomsbury Children's Books, Children's Activity Books, Children's Books, humour, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Allen and Unwin, Bloomsbury, Children, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Andy Seed Scott Garrett Boomsbury children’s books ISBN 9781408870099 Date of publication July 2017 RRP $14.99 Age 5+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Forget being indoors because Andy Seed has just had published a book with brilliant outdoor things to do. Admittedly there are some inside activities for rainy days. Some of the suggestions are making natural paints, sock golf, making a volcano, paper spinners, jokes and shadow puppets to name a few. A “must have” before the school holidays.
Stewart Foster Simon & Schuster ISBN 9781471145421 RRP $16.99 Age 9+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Barbara Hoodless The story is told by two high school boys and gives a brilliant insight into their minds. One suffering from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and is being bullied. The other is the bully. How brave and honest is Alex? How thoughtless and angry is Dan? This is an encouraging story for young readers.
Michelle Robinson Claire Powell Simon & Schuster ISBN 978085707598 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Barbara Hoodless What a delightful, imaginative story for young children with plenty of good ideas about how to hide a giraffe too. The book has gorgeous illustrations, great vocabulary and a very satisfactory ending.
Michelle Worthington Andrew Plant Ford St ISBN 9781925272710 Date of publication July 2017 RRP $16.95 ($24.95 hardback) Age Preschool Reviewer Megan Stuart Great to see another book published by Michelle Worthington. Michelle aims to inspire children and create in them a desire to read and she achieves this with “Glitch”. Get caught up in the piles of “scrap metal, spoiled spaghetti and single socks” as Glitch and his friend June compete in a billy cart race. This book is another […]
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, Ford St Publishing, humour, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: Ford Street Publishing, humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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
Sally Morgan Ambelin Kwaymullina Scholastic ISBN 9781742991122 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book promotes grandparents, wisdom, creativity and imagination. It’s a lovely story and beautifully illustrated. It’s a book you can read aloud and then discuss.
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.
Nick Bland Scholastic ISBN 9781743812549 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Thank you Nick Bland for another bear book. This latest “The very sleepy bear” is just as great as the other 5 books about the bear. Perfect to read aloud and plenty to discuss.
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.
Ruth Paul Scholastic ISBN 9781775434894 RRP (NZ) $27.99 Age 2 – 6 Years Date of publication April 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Out in time for Mother’s Day this picture book is more than about motherly love. There is information about meerkats, rhyming text, words which will lead to discussion about position and place and lovely illustrations too.
Categories: Animals, Children's Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
P Crumble Lucinda Gifford Scholastic ISBN 9781743811412 RRP $16.99 Age 4+ Date of publication May 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book sees the welcome return of the wily Kevin who has made up his mind this time that he does not want a cuddle. The skills of Lucinda Gifford always enhance our impression of Kevin on every page. He is certainly a cat with personality.
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 […]
Courtney Adamo and Esther Van de Paal Lizzy Stewart Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781847808172 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication 26 April 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Two successful bloggers, Courtney Adamo and Ester Van de Paal have published ( Months. The book illustrated by Lizzy Stewart (and endorsed by Dr Pippa Kyle) is designed for families to share a pregnancy and prepare for a new family member. The book discusses the mother and the baby but also gives interesting […]
Categories: Allen & Unwin, Children's Books, Children's Non Fiction, Miscellaneous, Parent Interest, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: Allen & Unwin, family, Health, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, truth
Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley Frances Castle Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781847809636 RRP $24.99 Age 7+ Date of publication April 26 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are some really great books published and this is one of them. It is beautifully presented, colourful, humorous, thoughtful and educational. A statue of Henry V111 on the Acropolis, a medieval knight marching with Roman soldiers and a pirate flag on a Viking ship are some examples of mistakes you can find on the […]
Rob Hodgson Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781847809117 RRP $24.99 Age 2+ Date of publication April 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Now here is a book which will delight both reader and listener. The illustrations are clever and there are plenty of things to discuss … such as colours, creatures, shapes, position, size, seasons, weather and more. A great story with a great ending. Recommended.
Aaron Blabey Scholastic ISBN 9781743812389 RRP $16.99 Publication date March 2017 Age 3+ Another humorous book from Aaron Blabey which we can all relate to. We get into the swing of the rhyming pages but just when we think we can predict the end we are caught out! Aaron Blabey is a very popular children’s author and this book illustrates why.
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.
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 […]