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!
Chrissie Krebs Omnibus Books ISBN 97817422762654 RRP $16.99 Date of Publication May 2018 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Pig in a Wig by Chrissie Krebs has a “pick me up” cover in bright pink, green and black. The pig has definitely got great energy but how much is driven by the gorgeous wig? Is there a follow up with a cat in a hat?
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.
Zanni Louise Philip Bunting Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742766300 RRP $16.99 Date of Publication June 2016 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Philip Buntings illustrations are so distinctive and suit the character Errol perfectly. Zanni Louise is a mother but anyone who spends time with children will recognise Errol’s traits and i think children will recognise them too!
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.
Eirlys Hunter Gecko Press ISBN 9781776572038 RRP $24.99 Age 8-12 years Date of publication July 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart The story begins with 4 children (and a parrot) on a train with no money, no home and no parents. This desperate situation calls for courage and action. Uplifting and well written the story shows that honesty and truth can win through. Along the way there are bears, kidnapping cowboys, some skilful map making and children working together as a […]
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.
Pixel Kid and Zack Zombie Koala Books ISBN 9781742768724 RRP $9.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 8+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Welcome to book 2 of the diary of a minecraft creeper. This series is by the creators of the very popular Diary of a minecraft zombie, William and Genie Pena and their nine year old son Matthew. The books are very popular with children who like to play games on a screen.
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.
Tania Lacy Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760275969 RRP $14.99 Publication date November 2017 Age 10+ Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s great to welcome Tracy Lacy back. In this volume Tracy is at her critical best in the secondary school setting. No matter how exaggerated the problems Tracy does triumph and show humility in the process. There are definitely laughs along the way!
Anh Do Dan McGuiness Scholastic ISBN 9781760279028 RRP $12.99 Date of publication November 2017 Age 5+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a great book for children who learn to read early or who struggle to find a book to suit their reading age. The text, illustrations and jokes will appeal to a wide audience. Enjoy the work of Anh Do in this Hog Dog series.
Ruth Lauren Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408872758 RRP $12.99 Date of publication October 2017 Age 9+ Reviewer Megan Stuart A stolen music box, a freezing prison from which apparently there is no escape, a disgraced family, twin sisters and an unsolved mystery. This is a book of intrigue and action with strong female role models.
Jaclyn Moriarty Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760297176 RRP $22.99 Date of publication 25th October 2017 Age 10 – 14 ebook available Reviewer Megan Stuart Such a delightful and enjoyable read which takes you with the heroine Bronte Mettlestone on a quest to some bizarre places and to meet some intriguing characters… many of whom are strong and independent women. A great read which will empower the spirit and feed the imagination. It also has a thoroughly satisfactory ending too. Highly […]
Categories: adventure, Allen & Unwin, Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, fantasy, humour, Illustrated, Middle Grade, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: ebook available, humour, Illustrated, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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 […]
A.F Harrold Joe Todd-Stanton Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408869482 RRP $12.99 Date of publication October 2017 Age 7 – 10 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a funny and lighthearted book with a quirky heroine. It’s the sort of book that would suit a whole range of readers … early, late and in between. Greta (Great) Zargo, an orphan, is determined to win the Prilchard-Spritzer Medal for great journalism but is afraid she is never going to find a good story. It’s certainly […]
Categories: Bloomsbury Children's Books, Children's Books, humour, Illustrated, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reluctant readers, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: Bloomsbury, Fun, humour, Music, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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 […]