Lucio Galletto and David Dale Bree Hutchins Murdoch Books ISBN 9781743367346 RRP $59.99 Age Adult non fiction Reviwer Megan Stuart This is a book to look at again and again – You can even cook from it too. The photographer (Bree Hutchins), David Dale (travel writer) and restaurateur Lucio Galletto have combined their knowledge and skills to create this lovely book. The book while examining the history and culture of food along the western Mediterranean actually shows “how societies that sometimes […]
Leonard Cronin Marion Westmacott Allen & Unwin ISBN 978176029414 RRP $29.99 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart There are many layers to this book in both the presentation and information supplied. The book shows the regions on a map where species of particular animals are found in Australia and then a detailed picture of each habitat. It’s really beautifully done. The book also reminds us of how many dangerous animals live in Australia and in my experience there are a lot of […]
Categories: Allen & Unwin, Animals, Austrlalian, Miscellaneous, Non-Fiction, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Young Adult • Tags: Allen & Unwin, Non-Fiction, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Lorin Clarke Mitch Vane Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781925266962 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart The regular market visitor (especially one with young children) will recognise many authentic moments in this story. The early morning energy and the many temptations to distract a young visitor. The text flows in a jaunty rhyme and the illustrations are beautiful. Water colours flow across the pages and give the characters expressions which are easy to recognise … and relate to.
Michael Panckridge Ford St ISBN 9781925272635 RRP $14.95 Age 10+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Yes more books in the Legend Series are available in March. In the 3rd book in the series there is plenty of action involving tennis and our friends Mitchell, Luci and Travis. Books about sport and winning and losing always get an audience and these books also appeal to less confident or reluctant readers. The books also offer interactive Q codes for the home and the classroom. […]
Categories: action, Austrlalian, Children's Activity Books, Children's Multi-media, Ford St Publishing, Middle Grade, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Sport • Tags: Ford Street Publishing, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, series, Sport
Anna Claybourne Abigail Goh Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781782404507 RRP $19.99 Age 5+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a beautiful book featuring 10 well known and loved ballets. The stories of each are told to help understand the ballets. To add to the layers of this book each picture features a hidden ballerina. Fortunately the answers are included!
Categories: Allen & Unwin, Children's Activity Books, Children's Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Allen & Unwin, Ballet, Picture Book, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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. […]
Zack Zombie Koala Books ISBN 9781743811528 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart For children who are Minecraft enthusiasts these books are extremely popular. In fact they are encouraging children who like games to read more! This is the third book in the series and is called “When nature calls”. It is not surprising that they are on Amazon’s top ten best sellers list.
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?
Anna Wright Allen & Unwin ISBN 9780571330683 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 7 Date of publication January 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart It is interesting that the word “magnificent” appears on the cover (in gold) as part of the title because this is a magnificent book which focuses on how animals move. In the book the author and illustrator Anna Wright uses her skills as an artist to make the animals move across the pages mixing pen and ink and watercolour. Lovely.
Marcus Emerson Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760295554 RRP $9.99 Age 7 – 12 Date of publication January 2017 (books 1 – 4) Feb 2017 (books 5 – 7) and March 2017 (books 8- 10) Reviewer Megan Stuart A whole new series of 10 books will reach books stores and devices this year. The books chronicle the life Chase Cooper an ordinary, skinny eleven year old (and to a degree his cousin Zoe). Book one begins as Chase starts at a new […]
Olivier Latyk Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781782403982 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are lots of wonderful books being published and this is definitely one of them. Ancient Rome in 30 Seconds will appeal to people who like to read non-fiction, people who want a quick reminder of facts or anyone interested in the Ancient Roman Empire. It’s well set out with great illustrations and it’s clever.
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
Tim Cahill Scholastic ISBN 9781760273668 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the fourth in the Tiny Timmy series by Tim Cahill. This book looks at the importance of being prepared for a match and in particular your pre match diet. Studs and Hacker discover that a large serving of pizza and soft drink does not necessarily give you more energy. These are good early chapter books from a first class soccer player.
Categories: Children's Books, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Inc, Special Topic Books (For Children), Sport • Tags: Health, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Press, sports
Zack Zombie (William, Genie and Matthew Pena) Koala Books ISBN 9781743811511 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another book about the life of Zack Zombie. There are life lessons for the reader in these books and as the title suggests this one deals with friends and bullies. The book is in diary format and has many references to the global gaming phenomenon “Minecraft” which definitely appeals to the younger reader.
Zack Zombie (William, Genie & Matthew Pena) Koala Books ISBN 9781743811504 RRP $5.00 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Minecraft fans (and there are plenty) will enjoy looking at life through the eyes of 12 year old Zack Zombie who gives us some idea of what it is like to be a Minecraft Zombie. I took the book out for a “test run” with some 9 year old children and it was a huge success. Although […]
Ronald D. Davis Penguin group ISBN 9780399535666 RRP $22.00 Date of publication February 2010 Reviewer Neville Sandon It’s not hard to be enthusiastic about RONALD DAVIS’ book. This book is worth reading from cover to cover and I would encourage all parents to purchase, read and mark up your copy. We are often told what kids can’t do with dyslexia without knowing what they can do. It is into the “can do” bucket this book falls. The book is informative […]
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
Tania Ingram Christina Miesen Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742991245 RRP $12.99 Age 5+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is one of the “Mates Series” and of course great Australian yarns would have to include barbies, Sir Donald Bradman, a trip to the tip and plenty of laughter….. It’s all in this book and comes highly recommended.
ANH DO Scholastic ISBN 9781760279004 RRP $12.99 Age 5+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart We were all wondering who we would meet after Weir Do left the stage …. who would have guessed that a hot dog and his friends would appear? This book will appeal to an even younger audience because it is funny, well illustrated and introduces some very appealing characters. There is a shortage of suitable books for this age and I think […]
Jessica Firpi (editor) Scholastic ISBN 9781338113242 RRP $19.99 Age 5+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the “wild and wacky” edition 2017. Many people may find some of the material a bit wild and wacky but there are plenty of others who will just love this edition.
Aura Parker Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760157067 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book looks at beginning a new school and being overlooked or camouflaged. It’s a great story with wonderful illustrations and who wouldn’t like a story which includes the cockroach twins?
Mem Fox Judy Horacek Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158514 RRP $19.99 Age 0+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Counting and using words to show position (like forward, back, below) are all part of Ducks Away a new books by Mem Fox. The book has clear, colourful pictures by Judy Horacek. It’s probably going to be another Mem Fox classic.