Yvette Poshoglian Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760660833 RRP $16.99 (HB) Age 5+ Date of publication September 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart There’s always new readers coming along to enjoy these books. They are aimed at beginner readers and are hugely popular.
Hilary Rogers Josh Lefers Scholastic ISBN 9781742765983 Age 5+ RRP $12.99 Date of publication February 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another in this great series which examines personalities of fruits in a fruit bowl. It’s a great way to get children who may be reluctant about eating fruit to take a new interest.
Categories: Children's Books, Food, humour, Illustrated, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia • Tags: fruit, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia
P Crumble Dean Rankine Koala Books ISBN 9781743810392 Age 7+ Date of publication December 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart Simon Sidebottom might not be the first book I’d take down from the shelf but it certainly would be for a lot of children. Poos toilets, farts, vomits … it’s all there and aimed at reluctant readers too. If it starts a child along the road to becoming a reader then the series deserves to be a wild success.
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742997926 RRP $15.99 Date of publication April 2019 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Although this is the 12th in the series the books are still very popular with both Australian and International students. In this book Weir copes with school work and his mothers new job at an animal hospital.
Categories: Animals, Austrlalian, humour, Illustrated, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia • Tags: animals, Australia, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Press
Mem Fox Judy Horacek Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742996240 RRP $19.99 Publication date October 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Any new work by Mem Fox will probably become a classic! “Possum Magic” and “Where is the Green Sheep” are two of Australia’s favourites. “Bonnie and Ben Rhyme Again” highlight old and new rhymes. Rhyming is important because it helps children to learn about words, sounds and language. The text is again supported by the great Judy Horacek illustrations.
Categories: Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, Illustrated, Miscellaneous, Omnibus Books, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: omnibus books, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, rhyming
Sarah Alberto Murdoch Books ISBN 97801631065286 RRP $29.99 Date of publication October 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart At a time when mindfulness can include colouring in comes this lovely book called “The art of doodle words”. Here is an opportunity to reduce stress, be creative and enjoy calligraphy. The book shows you how to artistically combine hand lettering and carefree doodles based on the work of the artist Sarah Alberto. (Doodles by Sarah on YouTube)
Dave Hughes & Holly Ife Philip Bunting Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742997896 RRP $17.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are lots of books on the market that take advantage of the fact that small children see rumbling tummies and farts hilarious. This book is one of them however the illustrations by Philip Bunting lift it to another level.
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
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
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.
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
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 […]
Sally Sutton Kirsten Richards Scholastic ISBN 9781775434863 RRP $14.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 7+ Reviewer Megan Stuart The fourth book in the popular Miniwings series is here for readers reintroducing the tiny winged toy horses that only come to life when adults are not watching. These books bring likeable characters, colourful illustrations and a good strong plot together. A great series.
Tania Lacy Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760275969 RRP $14.99 Publication date November 2017 Age 10+ Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s great to welcome Tracy Lacy back. In this volume Tracy is at her critical best in the secondary school setting. No matter how exaggerated the problems Tracy does triumph and show humility in the process. There are definitely laughs along the way!
Anh Do Dan McGuiness Scholastic ISBN 9781760279028 RRP $12.99 Date of publication November 2017 Age 5+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a great book for children who learn to read early or who struggle to find a book to suit their reading age. The text, illustrations and jokes will appeal to a wide audience. Enjoy the work of Anh Do in this Hog Dog series.
Jaclyn Moriarty Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760297176 RRP $22.99 Date of publication 25th October 2017 Age 10 – 14 ebook available Reviewer Megan Stuart Such a delightful and enjoyable read which takes you with the heroine Bronte Mettlestone on a quest to some bizarre places and to meet some intriguing characters… many of whom are strong and independent women. A great read which will empower the spirit and feed the imagination. It also has a thoroughly satisfactory ending too. Highly […]
Categories: adventure, Allen & Unwin, Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, fantasy, humour, Illustrated, Middle Grade, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: ebook available, humour, Illustrated, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
A.F Harrold Joe Todd-Stanton Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408869482 RRP $12.99 Date of publication October 2017 Age 7 – 10 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a funny and lighthearted book with a quirky heroine. It’s the sort of book that would suit a whole range of readers … early, late and in between. Greta (Great) Zargo, an orphan, is determined to win the Prilchard-Spritzer Medal for great journalism but is afraid she is never going to find a good story. It’s certainly […]
Categories: Bloomsbury Children's Books, Children's Books, humour, Illustrated, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reluctant readers, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: Bloomsbury, Fun, humour, Music, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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
Lisa Nieschlag and Lars Wentrup Julia Crawley Murdoch Books ISBN 9781760631567 RRP $39.99 Date of Publication October 25 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Christmas in New York is magical and this book has a magic feel on every page. Recipes, photos and stories are all gorgeous. Candy cane cupcakes, snow caps, cheese cake, blueberry brownies and lots more luscious recipes which make you think of cold weather and New York. If you can’t get to New York this Christmas or if […]
Categories: Cook Books, Guide Book, Illustrated, International, Miscellaneous, Murdoch Books Australia, Murdoch Press, Non-Fiction, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: Murdoch Books, New York, Recipes, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, travel
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
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.