Valanga Khoza Matt Ottley Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742994116 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Although initially the story reminds us of the Aesop fable as it unfolds we realise that it has its own plot with a surprising ending. The themes include bravery, harmony, animals and compassion. The book includes a CD with orchestral music composed by Matt Ottley and sung by Valanga Khoza.
Laura Bunting Philip Bunting Omnibus Books ISBN 9781743831571 RRP $17.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Oddly enough “Liarbird” is about honesty and always telling the truth. Without opening the cover you know already that it will be well written (Laura Bunting) and have the distinctive illustrations from Philip Bunting. This book won’t disappoint you.
Pip Smith Beau Wylie Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760661861 RRP $17.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart I hope there are more Pip Smith and Beau Wylie books to come because this is such a good story. A lion who although lacking confidence and decision making qualities pulls it together and triumphs with a most interesting solution at the end. Definitely worth reading.
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.
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic ISBN 9781742997933 RRP $15.99 Age 6+ Date of publication September 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Although recommended for ages 6+ the humour in these books is such that the series has been used for teenage International students who are just learning to read and write English. The first book “Weirdo” was published in 2013.
Krys Saclier Rebecca Timmis Ford St ISBN 9781925804317 RRP $24.95 (HB) and $16.95 (PB) Age 4+ years Date of publication October 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart A great story about aspects of family life. Most children know all about dealing with siblings but Super Nova is certainly talented! Beautifully presented with great illustrations and text which tells the story without rhyme.
Liz Ledden Andrew Plant Ford St ISBN 9781925804355 RRP $24.95 (HB) or $16.95 (PB) Age 3 – 6 years Date of publication October 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book has a lot to offer because of its themes dealing with animals, diversity and habitats. However it is also beautifully presented with clear font and illustrations.
Chris McKimmie Ford St ISBN 9781925804287 RRP $24.95 (HB) or $16.95 (PB) Age 4+ Date of publication September 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Here is a great book for children, prents and teachers. It’s got a big future because it deals beautifully with lots of worthwhile ideas…. like animal needs and human wants.
Categories: Animals, Children's Books, Ford St Publishing, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: animals, Ford Street Publishing, humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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
Tim Cahill Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760666118 Age 7+ Date of publication April 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another in the Tiny Timmy series which address real situations faced by young readers. In this book (the ninth in the series) Tinny Timmy learns to decide what is “right” for him and this may mean he has to follow his own path which may not be the same oath as the “cool group”.
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.
Natalie Jane Prior Stephan Michael King Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760663339 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication May 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book captures with words, colours and illustrations the sensation of riding through a dreamlike landscape without fear on a beautiful horse. It’s both charming and uplifting and the text just flows along with the watercolour pictures. Lovely.
Juliet M Sampson Karen Erasmus Ford St ISBN 9781925804218 RRP $24.95 Age 3+ Date of publication March 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Grace’s mystery seed is a lovely story which also highlights the pleasure to be found in gardens and the virtue of patience. The back page also reminds older readers of the pleasure gained from reading books by Bryce Courtenay.
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, Ford St Publishing, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Ford Street Publishing, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Matt Cosgrove Koala Books ISBN 9781742998848 RRP $17.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Matt Cosgrove has given the relatively unknown alpaca a whole new focus. In this new book we see Macca in the role of an Uncle. It’s funny but it has a worthwhile message…..
Heath McKenzie Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760152673 RRP $17.99 Age 4+ Date of publication May 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart A really good story with great illustrations to support. There is plenty visually to discuss with children in this book which explores the importance of family and special talents we all have to contribute to a joint project. The story also reminds us that having a plan is useful but in the end the journey is as important as the destination.
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, humour, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc • Tags: family, humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Press
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
Alan Tucker Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742994314 RRP $16.99 Date of publication April 2019 Age 8+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Alan Tucker’s favourite genre of realistic fiction is a wonderful way to explore history and enjoy a good read at the same time. Other topics he has covered are Cyclone Tracy, Gallipoli and Kokoda. This new one “Rebellion at Eureka” is set in 1854 at Ballarat where the central fictitious character, Alf, meets Peter Lalor and other real life characters. The story […]
Categories: action, adventure, Austrlalian, Historical fiction, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Omnibus Books, Realistic fiction, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: Historical, omnibus books, Realistic fiction, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Jack Heath Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742761930 RRP $14.99 Date of publication December 2018 Age 10+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Jack Heath has to be recognised as an important children’s author because although his books are well marketed they are also thoroughly enjoyed and promoted by thousands of young readers. His books are full of action and the topics are relevant. “No survivors” is the second in the “Liars” series.
Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw Murdoch Books ISBN 9781760523855 RRP $24.99 Age 12+ Date of publication December 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart With the long Summer holiday stretching ahead young people have time to reflect and this book is a good place to start. It gives ideas about how to be social, how to cope with bullies and body changes and relationships … in fact it covers a lot of areas. The two authors are good role models and they […]
Michael Gerard Bauer Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742997582 RRP $18.99 Age 12+ Date of publication September 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is full of hope and some funny puns too. The action takes during one day which is an open day for prospective students at the University of Queensland. Although the location is Brisbane the themes are universal. Some of the themes addressed are coming to terms with the past, families, loss, bullying and standing up for what you believe […]
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)
Matt Cosgrove Koala Books ISBN 9781742998824 RRP $17.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart Matt Cosgrove has introduced us to some endearing alpacas this year so it is fitting that Christmas should have Macca with crackers. We look forward to the ALIA simultaneous read in 2019 which features “Alpacas with Maracas”.
Categories: Animals, Austrlalian, Children's Books, humour, Koala Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: animals, Christmas, humour, Koala Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Elise Hartley Shannon Horsfall Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742993683 RRP $17.99 Age 4+ Date of publication October 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a delightful book with real letters to take out and read. Each animal’s requests are somewhat predictable. The turkey is thinking about a possible vegetarian Christmas and the skunk is exploring the idea of perfume. It’s thoughtful and funny and backed up with lovely illustrations. It’s a winner!
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Christmas, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia