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 […]
Julia Donaldson Axel Scheffler Scholastic ISBN 9781407174198 RRP $24.99 Age 2 – 6 Date of publication October 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another wonderful book from the award winning combination of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. We all have heard people say that mothers love their babies no matter what … well this books turns that around. Julia Donaldson has been on safari in South Africa and this book was inspired by the visit. It is surly headed for the best […]
Coral Vass Gabriel Evans Koala Books ISBN 9781743811689 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Just when you think this book, about an afternoon tea party, is going to reinforce gender stereotypes the tables are turned.The girls throw themselves into the mud and the boys enjoy the elegant cakes and tea. It’s a great story and it rhymes too.
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.
Kylie Westaway Tom Jellett Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760294724 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 6 Date of publication August 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Author Kylie Westaway and Illustrator Tom Jellett have produced a great story around a theme most parents know well. The problems which can arise when children are determined to choose what they want to wear…. usually at the worst possible time. However the parents show great patience and there is a wonderful family wedding too. An ebook is […]
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 […]
Aaron Blabey Scholastic ISBN 9781743812754 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart In the continuing story of Pig the Pug and cute little Trevor we see Pig disguised in some iconic clothing. Despite the disguise his usual character traits shine through and we are relieved to see that good (in the form of Trevor) triumphs again. Hot dog!
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia • Tags: Aaron Blabey, humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Press
Michael Gerard Bauer Chrissie Krebs Omnibus Books RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Unlike some picture books this book can be enjoyed multiple times and different themes can be explored. Tantrums, hobbies, favourite things and boredom to name a few. This is Michael Gerard Bauer’s first picture book and let’s hope it is the first of many. A tantrum is a part of the life of young children and Rodney does it well […]
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.