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.
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”.
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
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.
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
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
Yvette Poshoglian Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742761947 RRP $7.99 Date of publication June 2018 Age 5+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Another book in the series. The topics are always relevant, the price is fair and the books encourage reading …… The books certainly tick a lot of boxes.
Rebecca Young Tull Suwannakit Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743811627 RRP $24.99 Date of publication June 2018 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a lovely story which in a very gentle way looks at the death of a grandmother. A thimble is the key which unlocks some great memories for Mable and in her own way Mable is able to help her Grandfather and her mother begin to adjust to a different life. The book is beautifully written and illustrated.
Zanni Louise Philip Bunting Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742766300 RRP $16.99 Date of Publication June 2016 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Philip Buntings illustrations are so distinctive and suit the character Errol perfectly. Zanni Louise is a mother but anyone who spends time with children will recognise Errol’s traits and i think children will recognise them too!
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.
Bruce Whatley Scholastic ISBN 9781743810354 Publication date August 2017 RRP $29.99 Age 9+ Reviewer NJ Sandon Is returning to a book over and over again for yet another immersion, one criteria for a “good book”? You’ll return to this one just to dive onto the sketches but… Something in the sketches underscored by the story resonates, attracts, stimulates reflection and gets you hooked. The thing with Bruce Whatley’s book, like P Dick’s, Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep or G. Orwell’s, […]
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
Narelle Oliver Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743811634 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Cecil (great name for a character) exists only as a drawing pinned to a notice board waiting to be put into a story. He finally gets what he wants and the adventures begin. A very engaging book both text and illustrations which were created using collage of photography, sketches, lino cuts and objects. Narelle Oliver (1960 – 2016) was an Australian artist, print maker […]
P Crumble Kim Dale Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760276331 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is such a sweet little book and although it is recommended for children 3+ I think younger children will love it too. How affirming to have a book read to you before going to sleep about love, warmth, security and permanence. The illustrations and bonus song all match the high quality of the text.
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.
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic ISBN 9781760276775 RRP $14.99 Age 6+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Anh Do has maintained the high standard of jokes throughout this series and in book 9 there is still plenty to laugh about. There are also themes for children to identify with, moving houses and schools and thinking of good costumes. When a change of school seems inevitable Weirdo dreams he might introduce himself as Hans Some! These books continue to […]
Tamsin Janu Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742992006 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Figgy is a great story about family, friendship, courage and how being resourceful can be a great advantage in a tight situation. However the book also reminds us how difficult life can be for some children. Tamsin Janu spent time in Ghana and her novels are inspired by children she met there. Recommended read.
Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga Jared Thomas Scholastic ISBN 9781742762692 RRP $9.99 Date of publication June 2017 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is simply a lovely story about a child (Erica) and wish for a dog. Erica’s father presents her with a water buffalo and not a dog. However she also has the opportunity to look after her friend’s dog which of course forms a friendship with the water buffalo! A satisfactory ending after some misfortunes and with Erica telling […]
Aaron Blabey Scholastic ISBN 9781743812754 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart In the continuing story of Pig the Pug and cute little Trevor we see Pig disguised in some iconic clothing. Despite the disguise his usual character traits shine through and we are relieved to see that good (in the form of Trevor) triumphs again. Hot dog!
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia • Tags: Aaron Blabey, humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Press
Matt Cosgrove Scholastic ISBN 9781743811702 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication May 2017 Reviewer Neville Sandon What does one say when an author takes a pre-existing classic tale (The Little Mermaid) and graffiti all over the work to present an absurdly, ridiculous piece that is overplayed with nonsense – “ruthless”‘ “batty”, “booger”, “barbarians” mixed in with slime, pirates, zombies explosions, and other narcissistic themes. The decline of story telling races to new depths when this work is allegedly aimed at “children of primary school age”. […]