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.
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.
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
Dave Hughes & Holly Ife Philip Bunting Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742997896 RRP $17.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are lots of books on the market that take advantage of the fact that small children see rumbling tummies and farts hilarious. This book is one of them however the illustrations by Philip Bunting lift it to another level.
Johnny Marks Louis Shea Scholastic ISBN 9781742993638 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart Johnny Marks composed Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer in 1949 and it is still a great favourite with children aged 3+. This version has beautiful illustrations by Louis Shea and Penny McNamee sings the song on the accompanying CD. It’s a favourite with children.
Categories: Children's Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: CD, Christmas, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
John Marks Benjamin Johnston Scholastic ISBN 9781743811429 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart This version features wombats, kangaroos, crocodiles and birds all getting into the Christmas spirit. There is plenty of dancing, gifts and lamingtons too. Colin Buchanan sings this updated version of the old favourite and I’ve noticed children soon swing along even if they don’t know the words.
Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742769691 RRP 17.99 Date of publication September 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Most children (and those reading to them too) see a little bit of this lovable pug in all of us. The message is always the same … whatever the failing Pig never quite gets away with it.
Nick Bland Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742994147 Publication date September 2018 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Everyone from 4 – 84 is delighted that Nick Bland has released a new book and that Nicholas Ickle is back in our lives. This time Nicholas Ickle is faced with the problem of presenting a book full of scary monsters. There are plenty of laughs.
Anna Pignataro Scholastic ISBN 9781743817629 RRP $24.99 Publication date August 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a love story full of hope, magic and wonder. It is written and beautifully illustrated by Anna Pignataro. We join the whale on his journey and realise the importance of this majestic animal and his song in the oceans.
Categories: Animals, Children's Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Animal Stories, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
P Crumble Lucinda Gifford Scholastic ISBN 9781742769097 RRP $17.99 Date of publication August 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Hooray the cat is back again. This time the cat has some company to deal with. Although there is a new story line there are the same great illustrations, wry humour and the cat hasn’t changed much either. You don’t have to be a cat lover to appreciate this book.
Peter Millett Jenny Cooper Scholastic ISBN 9781775435280 RRP $17.99 Date of publication August 2018 Age 3 – 7 years Reviewer Megan Stuart New words to “This old man” which actually fit very nicely and are good fun to read. The illustrations support the text beautifully and are full of action. There is a CD of Jay Laga’aia singing the words included. Even if your Dad plays soccer, tennis or golf you’ll like this book.
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Illustrated, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc, Special Topic Books (For Children), Sport • Tags: humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, sports
Anna Pignataro Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743817582 RRP $16.99 Date of publication June 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s easy to love this book about a tiger who causes a lot of trouble. The story is written in rhyme and the illustrations have plenty of detail to generate discussion. It’s a winner!
Heath McKenzie Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742767628 RRP $16.99 Date of publication June 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Zoo House really caught the imagination of my “trial audience”. This I think is because the illustrations ignited discussions and activities. There is humour and rhyme and plenty to examine and reflect on.
Matt Cosgrove Koala Books ISBN 9781743816349 RRP $17.99 Date of publication July 2019 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart The friends Macca and Al are back. This book is about entering a competition but coming first isn’t always the perfect ending to a story. This is a very good choice for the ALIA Simultaneous Read for 2019 because there is plenty to discuss about competing as well as friendships, talent, Alpacas and making music.
Catherine Jinks Stephen Michael King Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742996226 Publication date July 2018 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Here is a great book and a treat to read aloud. It’s flowing rhythm, great illustrations and lovable central character Barney all prove why Catherine Jinks and Stephen Michael King are both multiple award winners.
Sally Odgers Lisa Stewart Scholastic ISBN 9781742769110 RRP $24.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Ocean Lullaby is a really lovely publication. Rhyming song-like text gently moves beneath the waves with a variety of sea life. Page colours and illustrations are soft and dreamlike. The themes of babies and parents and silently moving sea animals and plants is very restful. A perfect bed time story.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760277079 RRP $9.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Well Ella’s little sister Olivia continues to entertain readers (6+) with a story about her puppy called Bob. The book is in the familiar chatty diary style with plenty of highlighted words and purple illustrations. This book will easily find a following.
Categories: Children's Books, Diary, Illustrated, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reluctant readers, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc • Tags: Diary, Junior Novel, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
Aaron Blabey Scholastic ISBN 9781760279493 RRP $14.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 7+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Who would have thought the Bad Guys would reach The New York Times best seller list? Well they have. Catch the latest Episode 7 which features dinosaurs and more illustrations than text. A good book for early readers.
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, Graphic novel, humour, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc • Tags: early reader, humour, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
Danielle Star Scholastic Inc ISBN 9781338151763 RRP $12.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 7+ Reviewer Megan Stuart A magical land called Aura which is home to winged horses with colourful manes and coats called Pegasuses. Some have a special symbol on their wings and these have magical powers and means they must attend school at the Castle of Destiny. This is a recipe which must surely fire the dreamy imagination of thousands of 2nd – 3rd graders world wide. The […]
Lucinda Gifford Scholastic ISBN 9781743810712 RRP $16.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Dogasaurus is a narrative about a girl who finds an egg in a mysterious forest. The egg hatches and a friendship is formed. Complications arise as the pet continues to grow … and grow! After “Cat wants custard” here is another good book from Lucinda Gifford to read out loud to children and discuss the ideas and illustrations presented.
Sally Sutton Kirsten Richards Scholastic ISBN 9781775434863 RRP $14.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 7+ Reviewer Megan Stuart The fourth book in the popular Miniwings series is here for readers reintroducing the tiny winged toy horses that only come to life when adults are not watching. These books bring likeable characters, colourful illustrations and a good strong plot together. A great series.
Kirli Saunders Matt Ottley Scholastic ISBN 9781760275228 RRP $24.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This beautiful picture book by Kirli Saunders and Matt Ottley examines the idea of being free. It looks at the obstacles which can get in the way of that freedom and prevent us exploring and breaking through imposed boundaries. Carefully worded, cleverly and colourfully illustrated this book is strangely empowering.
Hayley Barker Scholastic UK ISBN 9781407179674 RRP $16.99 Date of publication October 2017 Age Young Adult Reviewer Megan Stuart The opening chapters paint a depressing picture (set sometime in the future) of life in a circus where the performers have been sold into the life by their impoverished parents. These children are overworked, underfed and suffer at the hands of the ringmaster. However the heroine Hoshiko emerges as brave, compassionate and talented. Enter Ben, whose mother (a high ranking government […]