Bruce Whatley Scholastic ISBN 9781743810354 Publication date August 2017 RRP $29.99 Age 9+ Reviewer NJ Sandon Is returning to a book over and over again for yet another immersion, one criteria for a “good book”? You’ll return to this one just to dive onto the sketches but… Something in the sketches underscored by the story resonates, attracts, stimulates reflection and gets you hooked. The thing with Bruce Whatley’s book, like P Dick’s, Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep or G. Orwell’s, […]
John Field Tull Suwannakit Scholastic ISBN 9781743815892 RRP $19.99 Age 4+ Publication date September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Here’s a book you don’t even have to read! The CD included really rocks along and will have children up and dancing… and a great way to introduce the trumpet and the drums too. It also reminds us that if we can’t quite make it in some areas we might just be highly talented in another. John Field was a founding member […]
Categories: Children's Books, Children's Multi-media, Illustrated, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Music, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
Narelle Oliver Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743811634 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Cecil (great name for a character) exists only as a drawing pinned to a notice board waiting to be put into a story. He finally gets what he wants and the adventures begin. A very engaging book both text and illustrations which were created using collage of photography, sketches, lino cuts and objects. Narelle Oliver (1960 – 2016) was an Australian artist, print maker […]
P Crumble Kim Dale Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760276331 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is such a sweet little book and although it is recommended for children 3+ I think younger children will love it too. How affirming to have a book read to you before going to sleep about love, warmth, security and permanence. The illustrations and bonus song all match the high quality of the text.
Aaron Blabey Scholastic ISBN 9781760279486 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication October 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Lots of children will be very happy to see the 6th book in this series.The books are very popular for children aged 7+ and even younger.The Bad Guys can’t be all bad when they have so many children reading!
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, humour, Illustrated, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc, Series • Tags: Australian, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic, series
P Crumble Thomas Fitzpatrick Koala Books ISBN 9781743815663 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart A Christmas book with an Australian flavour. Once Santa arrives in Australia he decides he needs a break from his work to go surfing even though his schedule is tight. Fortunately Trev, his ute and some emus step in to help out. There is also a CD as part of the package if you still own a CD player – […]
Categories: Austrlalian, humour, Illustrated, Koala Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Christmas, humour, Koala Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Tracey Turner Fatti Burke Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408884621 RRP $22.99 Age 4+ Date of publication October 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is an interesting book with some truly bizarre facts…. some I just can’t get out of my mind, for example tinned food was invented 45 years before tin openers, regular playing of the didgeridoo helps reduce snoring and most people fart 14 times a day. Who would have thought? A “must have” book to keep children entertained for hours.
Categories: Bloomsbury Children's Books, Children's Books, Children's Non Fiction, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Bloomsbury, Children, Non-Fiction, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic ISBN 9781760155025 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart At a time we are promoting STEM and maker space here is a child called Stanley who really can make some interesting inventions. It also happens that his neighbours are also inventors. However during the course of the story Stanley discovers that sharing and cooperation are also important. A great story supported by distinct and clever illustrations.
Freya Blackwood Scholastic ISBN 9781743811641 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart The Great Rabbit Chase introduces us to a neighbourhood. Unfortunately we don’t know our neighbours as well as I suspect we used to some years ago but for a short time the people in this neighbourhood join together while looking for Gumboots the rabbit. The neighbours all stop and enjoy their surroundings together. What a pity it only seems to happen in books! […]
Adam Frost Bloomsbury Children’s Books ISBN 9781408885130 RRP $11.99 Age 4+ Date of publication October 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Well although I am mildly interested in the fact that elephants need to drink a bath full of water per day and a pig only needs a bucket full and a Chinese couple got married covered in bees in 2009 and gorillas east their own poo … there are simply thousands of children who are just delighted to read these facts. […]
Categories: Animals, Bloomsbury Children's Books, Children's Books, Children's Non Fiction, humour, International, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: animals, Bloomsbury, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Robyn Osborne Sadami Konchi Ford St ISBN 9781925272826 RRP $24.95 (hc) $16.95 (pb) Age 3 – 8 Date of publication October 2017 (hc) March 2018 (pb) Reviewer Megan Stuart This book cleverly uses rhythm, rhyme and alliteration. There are some great words, ideas and illustrations to discuss in this beautifully written and illustrated book. This book is essentially about the love of pets but it has lots more to offer.
Categories: Animals, Austrlalian, Children's Books, Ford St Publishing, Illustrated, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: animals, Ford Street Publishing, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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.