Leigh Hobbs Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781925266771 RRP $24.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Mr Chicken is travelling again and “flying business class for the fine food and extra leg room” of course. This time Mr Chicken heads for Rome where with his guide Frederica and her Vespa he sees everything he has ever dreamt about seeing in Roma. This includes Il Colosseo, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican and he continues […]
Fleur McDonald Annie White Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781925059663 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 6 years Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart After reading noisy nights you will consider that life in the city is a far quieter option than the country. Poor old farmer Hayden struggles to get the animals settled and sleeping at night so he can get some peace. The answer to his problem is obvious of course. This is another lovely book from Fleur McDonald.
Janeen Brian Chantal Stewart Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781921928444 RRP $14.99 Age 3 – 6 Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Here in time for Father’s Day is “I Spy Dad”. Janeen Brian has over 70 books published for children and this one in great rhyming text is beautifully illustrated too. The books acknowledges that there are certainly plenty of different types of Dads around. Gone are the days of stereotyping.
Laine Mitchell Alison Edgson Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760276638 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a dear little book which acknowledges the important role Grandfathers can play in children’s lives. They are all different in their approach as the book illustrates. My own father had a big impact on my children. He was the meerkat grandfather.
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Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760159849 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart How much can a koala bear? Well not much more according to Warren in Aaron Blabey’s latest book “Don’t call me bear!”.This is a great book with a very annoyed koala making a point about his name. Thank goodness someone is “clearing the air” on behalf of koalas.
Blaze Kwaymullina Jess Racklyeft Omnibus books ISBN 9781742991283 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book introduces some lovely Australian animals who help each other. There is also the opportunity to think about alliteration with kooky koalas, tricky turtles and marvellous magpies and the reader counts from 1 – 10 too. There is plenty to discuss as well as admire the illustrations.
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P Crumble Lucinda Gifford Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760155780 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Cat owners know how clever cats can be but this one can even use it’s body to spell the word “custard”. However at the end of the story we are reminded that when we finally get what we want it turns out that actually it’s not quite what we thought it would be. Nevertheless a very likeable and determined cat.
Celeste Hulme New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781925059564 RRP $24.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication July 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a classic and it is beautifully illustrated too. It is important to keep these stories alive and available for young children. There are fractured fairy tales around that use fairy tales you know and change the characters, setting, points. of view or plots and sometimes it’s hard to find a good original. This is one.
Sally Morgan Jess Racklyeft Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991047 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very successful union of writer and illustrator. The story is interesting and thoughtful and the illustrations support it beautifully. In reality possums can be a nuisance especially if they are in the roof at night but we forgive this one for any noise.
Maura Finn Aura Parker New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781925059588 RRP $24.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication 01/05/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Imagine a book about jelly beans? The little sweets that are associated with colour and flavour. This is a beautiful book full of colour book and flavoured with magic. Best read with a packet of jelly beans beside you! It is definitely worth drawing attention to the illustrations by Aura Parker because although this is her first picture book […]
Sue Walker Anil Tortop New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781925059601 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication 01/06/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart My Perfect Pup is a wonderful way to illustrate that what may perfectly suit one situation may not be so perfect in another. The illustrations (by Anil Tortop) reflect her degree in Animation I think and are bold, clear and colourful.
Heath McKenzie Scholastic Australia ISBN:9781760151508 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication 01/05/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book has great illustrations and a great message about sensible eating. Monsters are part of all children’s imaginations and if the sight of this one doesn’t scare you then his eating habits certainly will!
Gordon Winch Stephen Pym New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781925059595 RRP $24.99 Age 4-8 years Date of publication May 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart There is factual information woven into this beautiful book about mountain pygmy possums. However to me the most wonderful part is the truth shown in the illustrations. I know that region and Stephen Pym has created it’s magic perfectly.
Angela May George Owen Swan Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743629000 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication June 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Out has been released to coincide with World Refugee Day 2016. It is really a powerful and beautifully illustrated story and deserves to be widely promoted as it addresses important issues such as refugees, immigration, families and how the human spirit overcomes challenges. The recommended age is 4+ and therefore this book is a good starting point to raise these important […]
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Lisa Shanahan Leila Rudge Scholastic ISBN 9781743629321 RRP $24.99 Date of publication April 2016 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is “a winner” on many levels. It is an imaginative book (Lisa Shanahan CBCA award-winning author) with fabulous illustrations (Leila Rudge CBCA shortlisted illustrator) which makes a winning combination. There are hidden dogs to find on each page, great dog names which will make you LOL and we are reminded through the story about community, companionship and diversty. There is […]
Cassandra Webb Amanda Francey Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781925059533 RRP $24.99 Date of Publication April 2016 Age 5 – 10 years Reviewer Megan Stuart This story address in a light hearted way the sometimes difficult task of convincing children that it is time to go to bed. The illustrations are lovely and it reminds you that there are plenty of words that rhyme with “bed”.
Sally Morgan Ambelin Kwaymullina Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991368 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart It takes someone special like Sally Morgan to give Mother’s Day a special twist and this beautifully illustrated book (Ambelin Kwaymullina) does just that. We see the magic of motherhood through the eyes of a kookaburra. The loving and nurturing although shown in the lives of a bird can easily be transferred. Lovely.
Leah Russack Anil Tortop Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158545 RRP $16.99 Age 4+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Really a book is a suitable gift for any occasion and with Mother’s Day getting closer SUPERMUM would be a very flattering gift for any mum. The mother featured in this dynamically illustrated story is pretty fantastic. As the story says “she can do amazing things” and Mother’s Day might be a good opportunity to remind your children just how amazing their mother is. […]
Tricia Oktober Ford Street Publishing ISBN 9781925272130 RRP $22.95 HC and $14.95 PB Age 5+ Date of publication March 1 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is happy and the bilby really knows how to dance! He just throws himself into it with a look of great joy on his face. He even manages to make friends with a bunyip who proves the love of dance is universal. Lovely.
Lucinda Gifford Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760153687 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This story serves (in a humorous way) to illustrate how difficult it can be for all parties to accept new adults into families. There are no unpleasant people in the story and even the one eyed alien turns out to be a cutie.
Annie White Scholastic Australia (New Frontier Publishing) ISBN 9781925059427 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 6 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart People who got to know got to know Clementine when she wanted a walk will be happy to see her back again. This time Clementine is trying to avoid a bath which is another delightful saga. Again it is written in rhyme and has beautiful illustrations.
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.
Adam Lehrhaupt Matthew Forsythe Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781442450714 RRP $24.99 Age 4-8 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is delightful. The characters are very likeable and the earthy colours used by Matthew Forsythe are great. The book gives the reader an insight into what it is like being a character stuck in a book when the pages are not being turned. An interesting reflection for young people!
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743625781 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon The title says it all. The story is about a Piranha called Brian who loves fruit, whereas his Piranha friends are meat-eaters. Throughout the book Brian tries to persuade them to eat fruit. He is a vegetarian! But do you think he can convince his family to join him? A story of frustration for both herbivores and carnivores told in […]