Olivier Latyk Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781782403982 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are lots of wonderful books being published and this is definitely one of them. Ancient Rome in 30 Seconds will appeal to people who like to read non-fiction, people who want a quick reminder of facts or anyone interested in the Ancient Roman Empire. It’s well set out with great illustrations and it’s clever.
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.
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Vicki Bennett John Flitcroft Boolarong Press ISBN 9781925046816 RRP $19.99 Age 6+ Date of publication 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book shows how huge events (such as war) and small events (such as a collection of 2 pennies) can impact on and later even enrich lives around the world. It also tells us about the life of a good man Henry George McGregor (known as George).
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Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760157173 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication 01/05/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart These books are enormously popular in our library and not just with 7 year old children. The messages and themes resonate with older students as well. This book deals with friendships, competitiveness and inclusion.
William Joyce Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781442473553 RRP $9.99 Age 7+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is an unusual book and although it is set in a “toy world” it explores feelings and relationships in a very human way. It will no doubt foster empathy and imagination in the reader. It is a wonderful and uplifting adventure and the illustrations are fabulous.
Kate Welshman Heath McKenzie Scholastic ISBN 9781743624326 RRP $9.99 Date of Publication April 2016 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very good example of some of the great books available for young independent readers which are in chapter form. The Pony Show is well illustrated and supports important behavior such as trying new things and being a good sport. This is the third book in the Pine Valley Ponies series.
Jackie French Bruce Whatley Scholastic Press ISBN: 9781743623596 RRP: $24.99 – Hardback Publication date: February, 2016 Reviewed by Debbie Berger A beautifully illustrated picture book that tells the story of the devastating tropical cyclone that hit the city of Darwin in 1974, killing 71 people. Cyclone Tracy is imprinted into the minds of Australian’s who were alive during the Christmas of 1974. This book tells the story of strength and courage of Australians and has themes of courage, hope […]
Justine Clarke Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743626382 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This really is a lovely book for both those people learning the alphabet and also those teaching it. The book has glorious pictures, the song itself and it is just a way of telling someone how special they are. It’s a “winner”. Perhaps however there are some houses who don’t have the equipment to play the CD.
Dav Pilkey Dav Pilkey Scholastic ISBN 9781760152611 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This genre is becoming increasingly popular and quite a large number of similar books with more pictures than text are currently on the market. This series is one of the originals and is still in great demand in our library. This new book has a waiting list!
N J Gemmell N J Gemmell Random House ISBN 9780857987334 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book centres around the trials and tribulations of Coco Banjo and her best friend N (Narianna Nicketson) who are students at Banksia Bay Public School. In this first book, in a series to follow, we are introduced to the key characters and some of the staff and students at the school….many of whom we can sort of […]
L Pichon L Pichon Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760153663 RRP $16.99 Age 9 – 12 Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the 8th book in the series. The books have been so popular in our school library that practically every student knows exactly where to find them on the shelves. This book continues to follow the anything but mundane life of Tom Gates.