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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leonard Cronin Marion Westmacott Allen & Unwin ISBN 978176029414 RRP $29.99 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart There are many layers to this book in both the presentation and information supplied. The book shows the regions on a map where species of particular animals are found in Australia and then a detailed picture of each habitat. It’s really beautifully done. The book also reminds us of how many dangerous animals live in Australia and in my experience there are a lot of […]
Categories: Allen & Unwin, Animals, Austrlalian, Miscellaneous, Non-Fiction, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Young Adult • Tags: Allen & Unwin, Non-Fiction, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Lorin Clarke Mitch Vane Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781925266962 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart The regular market visitor (especially one with young children) will recognise many authentic moments in this story. The early morning energy and the many temptations to distract a young visitor. The text flows in a jaunty rhyme and the illustrations are beautiful. Water colours flow across the pages and give the characters expressions which are easy to recognise … and relate to.
Anna Claybourne Abigail Goh Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781782404507 RRP $19.99 Age 5+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a beautiful book featuring 10 well known and loved ballets. The stories of each are told to help understand the ballets. To add to the layers of this book each picture features a hidden ballerina. Fortunately the answers are included!
Categories: Allen & Unwin, Children's Activity Books, Children's Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Allen & Unwin, Ballet, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Peter Combe Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760275082 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Three songs from Peter Combe in a book with a bonus CD and illustrated by Danielle McDonald which are fun and remind us of the past. We don’t see toffee apples or newspapers around as much these days. However this is a fun book with lots of colour and zany characters. The songs are of course performed by Peter Combe who […]
Margaret Wild Bruce Whatley Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743629291 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart The great combination of Margaret Wild and Bruce Whatley have done it again. One Keen Koala combines jaunty text and truely delightful illustrations with some very expressive faces on the animal students. Who wouldn’t want to start the new year with this lot?
Anna Wright Allen & Unwin ISBN 9780571330683 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 7 Date of publication January 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart It is interesting that the word “magnificent” appears on the cover (in gold) as part of the title because this is a magnificent book which focuses on how animals move. In the book the author and illustrator Anna Wright uses her skills as an artist to make the animals move across the pages mixing pen and ink and watercolour. Lovely.
Aaron Blabey Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760154271 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Predictably Pig has outrageous expectations for his Christmas stocking. Trevor is more modest of course but Pig does not quite get what he asks for. Pig and Trevor fans will love this new book.
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia
Aura Parker Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760157067 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book looks at beginning a new school and being overlooked or camouflaged. It’s a great story with wonderful illustrations and who wouldn’t like a story which includes the cockroach twins?
Mem Fox Judy Horacek Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158514 RRP $19.99 Age 0+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Counting and using words to show position (like forward, back, below) are all part of Ducks Away a new books by Mem Fox. The book has clear, colourful pictures by Judy Horacek. It’s probably going to be another Mem Fox classic.
L Anderson & M Parish Matt Shanks Scholastic ISBN 9781760276928 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart It wouldn’t be the season of Christmas without “Sleigh Ride”. This great version (with bonus CD featuring Human Nature and Jessica Mauboy) rocks along nicely. Matt Shanks provides great illustrations too.
Categories: Children's Books, Illustrated, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Music, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
Caron Levis Charles Santoso Scholastic ISBN. 9781742761909 RRP $24.99 Age 5+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a “tearjerker” based on the lives real polar bears (Gus and Ida) who lived in Central Park Zoo in New York. It explores friendship, loss and memories. A lovely story beautifully illustrated by Charles Santoso.
Nick Bland Scholastic ISBN 9781760277659 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart There is just enough menace in the new friends Popcorn makes to make the reader/listener conscious that these friends are not particularly desirable. It’s hard not to like Popcorn though and I hope Nick Bland gives her another adventure.