Laura Sieveking Scholastic ISBN 9781743834947 RRP $15.99 Age 9+ Date of publication May 2020 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the second book in the series which follows the adventures of Ella who is a student at Eden College. This book involves a mystery and some adventures but I think the book reflects school dynamics, friendships and behaviour realistically. Looking forward to the next one!
Heath McKenzie Scholastic ISBN 9781760158859 RRP $17.99 Age 3+ Date of publication April 2020 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is another cute and quirky book from Heath McKenzie. It features two boys who become absolutely committed to winning a colouring in competition. The theme of the book gives Heath McKenzie wonderful opportunities to show off his great skills as an illustrator. There are some pages just begging for a box of coloured pencils!
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781743832318 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication: June 2020 Reviewer Megan Stuart Even though there are about 18 books in the series the ideas keep coming and “Passion for Fashion” should be of great interest to many young readers. Of course the true hero of the story is Nanna Kate!
Kate and Jol Temple Ronojoy Ghosh Scholastic ISBN 9781743830048 RRP $17.99 Age 3+ Date of publication: May 2020 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a great book highlighting how the ibis has adapted to living in a modern environment. It is a clever rhyming story and the illustrations and text are terrific. Despite the humour, this book gives the reader plenty to think about and discuss. Be nice to the ibis!
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Dan Sultan and Rhys Graham Tali Gal-on Scholastic ISBN 9781743836378 RRP $17.99 Age 3+ Date of publication: April 2020 Reviewer Megan Stuart Dan Sultan (an ARIA-award winning singer and songwriter) and Rhys Graham (a film-maker) have collaborated with Tali Gal-on (an award winning art director) to create books about Nali. The books accompany Dan Sultan’s children’s album, “Nali and Friends”. In this story Nali meets a windy gorilla. It’s a happy story and beautifully presented and illustrated.
Laura Bunting Nicky Johnston Scholastic ISBN 9781743834602 RRP $16.99 Age 4+ Date of publication: June 2020 Reviewer Megan Stuart Gorgeous! What’s not to love about his very city Kitty who knows what she loves and loves what she knows….
Philip Bunting Scholastic ISBN 9781743834084 RRP $17.99 Age 4+ Date of publication June 2020 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another wonderful and thought provoking book by Philip Bunting. In this book he explores the parts of us that make us who we are. Is it our clothes, colour of skin, belongings or something else? This book can be the beginning of many conversations. ….. thank you Philip. The book of course includes Philip Bunting’s unique illustrations.
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.
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.