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
Michael Gerard Bauer Chrissie Krebs Omnibus Books RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Unlike some picture books this book can be enjoyed multiple times and different themes can be explored. Tantrums, hobbies, favourite things and boredom to name a few. This is Michael Gerard Bauer’s first picture book and let’s hope it is the first of many. A tantrum is a part of the life of young children and Rodney does it well […]
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”. […]
Stefano Manfredi Murdoch Books ISBN 9781743368817 Date of publication August 2017 RRP $39.99 Reviewer Megan Stuart Stephano Manfredi introduces us to new-wave pizza. In the book he not only looks at the flours used in making the base but also focuses on quality ingredients to go on top. If you are even vaguely interested in pizza (is it the worlds most popular fast food?) then you will love this book. The publication does the topic justice too with a stiff […]
Adam Frost Sarah Ray Bloomsbury Children’s Books ISBN 9781408876817 RRP $14.99 Date of publication July 2017 Age 8+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very thoughtful book and although it is presented in a light-hearted fashion it nevertheless makes us think about ourselves and our world. There are also some very interesting facts … for example did you know that brothers and sisters fight (on average) between there and four times an hour? (p 23) There are jokes, quizzes, facts, […]
Categories: Allen & Unwin, Bloomsbury Children's Books, Children's Activity Books, Children's Books, humour, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Allen and Unwin, Bloomsbury, Children, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Andy Seed Scott Garrett Boomsbury children’s books ISBN 9781408870099 Date of publication July 2017 RRP $14.99 Age 5+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Forget being indoors because Andy Seed has just had published a book with brilliant outdoor things to do. Admittedly there are some inside activities for rainy days. Some of the suggestions are making natural paints, sock golf, making a volcano, paper spinners, jokes and shadow puppets to name a few. A “must have” before the school holidays.
Valeria Necchio Faber ISBN 9781783351084 Date of publication August 9 2017 RRP $39.99 Reviewer Megan Stuart Take a trip to Italy, via this beautiful book, to the farm lands and kitchens near Venice. The food is simply Italian and has evolved through three generations. Note the history of the chicken liver risotto on page 58. The book is also part family history as recipes from the grandmother are explained. See the crumbly Easter cake for an insight into life where communal […]
Stewart Foster Simon & Schuster ISBN 9781471145421 RRP $16.99 Age 9+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Barbara Hoodless The story is told by two high school boys and gives a brilliant insight into their minds. One suffering from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and is being bullied. The other is the bully. How brave and honest is Alex? How thoughtless and angry is Dan? This is an encouraging story for young readers.
Michelle Robinson Claire Powell Simon & Schuster ISBN 978085707598 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Barbara Hoodless What a delightful, imaginative story for young children with plenty of good ideas about how to hide a giraffe too. The book has gorgeous illustrations, great vocabulary and a very satisfactory ending.
Michelle Worthington Andrew Plant Ford St ISBN 9781925272710 Date of publication July 2017 RRP $16.95 ($24.95 hardback) Age Preschool Reviewer Megan Stuart Great to see another book published by Michelle Worthington. Michelle aims to inspire children and create in them a desire to read and she achieves this with “Glitch”. Get caught up in the piles of “scrap metal, spoiled spaghetti and single socks” as Glitch and his friend June compete in a billy cart race. This book is another […]
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, Ford St Publishing, humour, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: Ford Street Publishing, humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Demet Divaroren Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760292096 RRP $19.99 Age 14-18 Young adult fiction. Date of publication June 2017 Reviewer Barbara Hoodless Any young teenager reading this book will find it confronting, as the issues of domestic violence, bullying, refugees and multiculturalism are addressed. In the case of domestic violence, quite explicitly. However there are equally as many positive outcomes to be gained from reading this book. Those of love and friendship, care and respect for others and even humour are […]
Barry Jonsberg Tom Jellett Omnibus Books ISBN 9781782991399 RRP $12.99 Age 8+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is one of the Omnibus Mates Series which are designed for early readers. This book also illustrates how to write to persuade. Mike (Michael when he’s in trouble) really wants a dog. We all know the arguments for and against but they are done well in this book and you have to admire the way Mike persists.
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Omnibus Books, Reluctant readers, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: early reader, Mates Series, Omnibus for Scholastic, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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.
Kyle Mewburn Donovan Bixley Scholastic ISBN 9781775433675 RRP $7.99 Age 5 – 7 Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart The author Kyle Mewburn has had over 40 books published in nine countries…. including the Dinosaur Rescue series. There are some facts in these books and jokes which in The Great Egg Stink centres a lot around vomit. As has been said before “There is no such thing as a bad book for children”.
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Illustrated, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Pre historic animals, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc • Tags: early reader, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
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.
Mac Park (Louise Park and Susannah McFarlane) James Hart Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760295974 RRP $9.99 Age 5 – 7 Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Barbara Hoodless Hunter Marks is a lover of dinosaurs. He knows all about dinosaurs. How lucky is Hunter to be in his school library and with the help of Mrs Stegg be introduced to a whole world of dinosaur adventures…… all through a special computer game. Hunter becomes a member of the D – Bot […]
Ross Dobson Murdoch Books ISBN 9781743368619 RRP $39.99 Date of publication July 1 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Are you thinking of changing your usual standard meals but don’t know what to Google? If so, then this is one of those cookbooks with recipes you immediately think about trying on almost every page. Although they are straightforward the recipes are from world wide cuisines and look fantastic. There is a savoury mince bake from South Africa and Beijing spicy pork noodles […]
Tim Cahill Scholastic ISBN 9781743816509 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication April 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the fifth book in what has become a popular series. I believe the reason for this is not only because Tim Cahill is a respected Soccer player but because the books have a realistic message. This book deals with being away from home for a few days. There are plenty of students who can relate to this.
Ruth Paul Scholastic ISBN 9781775434894 RRP (NZ) $27.99 Age 2 – 6 Years Date of publication April 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Out in time for Mother’s Day this picture book is more than about motherly love. There is information about meerkats, rhyming text, words which will lead to discussion about position and place and lovely illustrations too.
Categories: Animals, Children's Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic
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 […]