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!
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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”. […]
Sally Morgan Ambelin Kwaymullina Scholastic ISBN 9781742991122 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book promotes grandparents, wisdom, creativity and imagination. It’s a lovely story and beautifully illustrated. It’s a book you can read aloud and then discuss.
Zack Zombie Scholastic ISBN 9781743818343 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are many Minecraft enthusiasts out there and these books are aimed at them. There are jokes and references to Minecraft which really do amuse and delight children and therefore encourage them to read. Zack Zombie is the pen name for the writing team of William and Genie Pena and their 9 year old son Matthew.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760279059 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the 11th book in this series which first appeared in 2015. The books get my support because they really do promote reading.
Nick Bland Scholastic ISBN 9781743812549 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Thank you Nick Bland for another bear book. This latest “The very sleepy bear” is just as great as the other 5 books about the bear. Perfect to read aloud and plenty to discuss.
P Crumble Lucinda Gifford Scholastic ISBN 9781743811412 RRP $16.99 Age 4+ Date of publication May 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book sees the welcome return of the wily Kevin who has made up his mind this time that he does not want a cuddle. The skills of Lucinda Gifford always enhance our impression of Kevin on every page. He is certainly a cat with personality.
Phil Cummings Shane Devries Scholastic ISBN 9781760277055 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication May 2017 Reviewer Neville Sandon This is a great book. I should declare my passion for his new book “Boy”. As the firstborn child of deaf parents, I can not recall any children’s book addressing “deaf-ness”. “So few of them” (but is this accurate?) so why bother? Phil Cummings is a sensitive observer of people and he bothered to write about people who surround us but we […]
Aaron Blabey Scholastic ISBN 9781743812389 RRP $16.99 Publication date March 2017 Age 3+ Another humorous book from Aaron Blabey which we can all relate to. We get into the swing of the rhyming pages but just when we think we can predict the end we are caught out! Aaron Blabey is a very popular children’s author and this book illustrates why.
Mem Fox Ronojoy Ghosh Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760276218 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ A new book by Mem Fox is always an event and this new one “I’m an Australian too” certainly is worth discussing. The message is simple and straight forward and it rhymes too. Ronojoy Ghosh’s illustrations give each page greater depth and meaning. Another classic.
Sue deGennaro Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760276782 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s easy to identify with the picture of Eddie Frogbert clinging to the edge of the diving board on the front cover of the book. We all have things we don’t like having to do. The story is about courage and planning which are two themes especially relevant as children get ready for school at the end of the long Summer holiday. […]
Peter Combe Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760275082 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Three songs from Peter Combe in a book with a bonus CD and illustrated by Danielle McDonald which are fun and remind us of the past. We don’t see toffee apples or newspapers around as much these days. However this is a fun book with lots of colour and zany characters. The songs are of course performed by Peter Combe who […]
Matt Shanks Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158668 RRP $14.99 Age 1+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Twinkle twinkle little star is probably one of the best known nursery rhymes. Matt Shanks has more than done it justice in this new Australian edition. Each page features Olive the owl who with her old leather satchel across her chest delivers a book to her many friends. The illustrations are great and there is plenty in them to discuss with children […]
Margaret Wild Bruce Whatley Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743629291 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart The great combination of Margaret Wild and Bruce Whatley have done it again. One Keen Koala combines jaunty text and truely delightful illustrations with some very expressive faces on the animal students. Who wouldn’t want to start the new year with this lot?
Rob Palmer Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743625743 RRP $19.99 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart With the Summer holidays just around the corner this book offers an opportunity for some DIY. The book gives expert tips for reasonably simple projects which are reasonably simple to make. There are also colour illustrations and photographs to help. The author Rob Palmer is known to many because of his TV appearances on shows such as “Better Homes and Gardens” and […]
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Activity Books, Children's Non Fiction, Miscellaneous, Non-Fiction, Parent Interest, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Books, family, Fun, learning, Non-Fiction, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Aaron Blabey Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760154271 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Predictably Pig has outrageous expectations for his Christmas stocking. Trevor is more modest of course but Pig does not quite get what he asks for. Pig and Trevor fans will love this new book.
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia