Fleur McDonald Annie White Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781925059663 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 6 years Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart After reading noisy nights you will consider that life in the city is a far quieter option than the country. Poor old farmer Hayden struggles to get the animals settled and sleeping at night so he can get some peace. The answer to his problem is obvious of course. This is another lovely book from Fleur McDonald. […]
Janeen Brian Chantal Stewart Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781921928444 RRP $14.99 Age 3 – 6 Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Here in time for Father’s Day is “I Spy Dad”. Janeen Brian has over 70 books published for children and this one in great rhyming text is beautifully illustrated too. The books acknowledges that there are certainly plenty of different types of Dads around. Gone are the days of stereotyping.
Laine Mitchell Alison Edgson Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760276638 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a dear little book which acknowledges the important role Grandfathers can play in children’s lives. They are all different in their approach as the book illustrates. My own father had a big impact on my children. He was the meerkat grandfather.
Categories: Animals, Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: 3+ Years, Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia
Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760159849 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart How much can a koala bear? Well not much more according to Warren in Aaron Blabey’s latest book “Don’t call me bear!”.This is a great book with a very annoyed koala making a point about his name. Thank goodness someone is “clearing the air” on behalf of koalas.
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743625781 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon The title says it all. The story is about a Piranha called Brian who loves fruit, whereas his Piranha friends are meat-eaters. Throughout the book Brian tries to persuade them to eat fruit. He is a vegetarian! But do you think he can convince his family to join him? A story of frustration for both herbivores and carnivores told in […]
P Crumble Lucinda Gifford Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760151539 RRP $14.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart There is humour and magic in this book and it rhymes! The illustrations are great too.
Jim Dewar Anil Tortop Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760150518 RRP $14.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very entertaining and engaging book on several levels. The book is written in rhyme and has a puzzle to solve. The reader is aided by the illustrations (beautifully done by Anil Tortop) to solve the riddle. Cute.
Skye Byrne Nic George Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781471145193 RRP $19.95 Age 3+ Date of publication October 20 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Children can relate to losing a favourite toy. This book looks at the universal themes of toys, friendship and imagination. The illustrations and the story are also beautifully done. The book is predicted to become an “instant classic”
Mem Fox Julie Vivas Scholastic ISBN 9781742991214 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are some lovely cook books available for children but this one is really special because Julie Vivas has illustrated it. The recipes are relatively healthy and easy to make. It is a well planned and executed idea which offers a lot of Australia’s favourite foods for children to make.
P Crumble Wendy Binks Scholastic ISBN 9781743626436 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a sweet little story which has gorgeous illustrations by Wendy Binks. Inside the front cover is a CD on which Deborah Mailman beautifully sings the lullaby. Three great talents in one package. For anyone kept awake at night by possums in their roof it is hard to draw any resemblance to the very cute little creatures on the pages […]
Heath McKenzie Heath McKenzie Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743626009 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is in the form of a conversation between a boy and a dinosaur. A cute concept to point out some of the things dinosaurs can and can’t do. Lovely illustrations too.
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743625804 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon “If only I could be different! I’m not perfect! I want to be something, someone different, anything but me!” Poor Thelma, rather than a beige pony, she wanted to be a pink unicorn. It’s all about packaging – she wanted bling to go with that. Pink and sparkly! Envy has no reason and will not listen to fair reason Her […]
Uncle Joe Kirk Sandi Harrold Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743628577 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Date of publication January 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon Talking about indigenous Australian’s culture is long overdue. For those of us who learnt history as “facts” “dates”, “places” along with key “significant individuals”, left us with the society, culture and beliefs of Aboriginals as an enigma. There was little appreciation of how the original Australian’s culture and beliefs were communicated within families and community. Found in Aboriginal myths […]
Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss (Performed by Deborah Mailman) Kerry Argent Scholastic ISBN 9781742839776 RRP 19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Wonderful illustrations by Kerry Argent are the striking feature of this book. The animals are out for a day at the beach but for those who know the song one member of the party is too embarrassed to be seen in a bikini. The revival of the 1960’s song (performed by Deborah Mailman) is […]
Uncle Joe Kirk Sandi Harrold Scholastic ISBN 9781743623114 RRP $15.99 Ages 3+ An Indigenous Australian story Date of publication January 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Duelgum is a book worth owning. it is about the spawning of freshwater eels near Moreton Bay in Southern Queensland. The freshwater eel is a spiritual totem in the Wakka Wakka culture and the story is told by Uncle Joe Kirk who is a Brisbane and Wakka Wakka elder. Sandi Harrold is the illustrator and her […]
P Crumble Simon Williams Scholastic ISBN 9781743622377 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Published October 2014 Counting down from 10 to 0 with the most improbable situations from blind mice learning how to water ski to an elephant squashed in a limousine. The illustrations are particularly good with strong bold colours and good definition. This is a hard cover book with bonus CD and an invitation to sing along with Jay Laga’aia …. and who wouldn’t want to? Reviewer Megan Stuart
Julia Donaldson Scheffler Axel Scholastic UK ISBN 9781407144412 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 8 Published August 2014 The creators of The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler) have produced another book called “The scarecrows’ wedding” which has for various reasons attracted a lot of publicity. Written by Julia Donaldson (a British writer who was Children’s Laureate from 2011 – 2013) the book has received criticism from various sources because the villain in the story, Reginald Rake, smokes a cigar. Whatever. […]
Performed by Justine Clark Illustrated and recorded by Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic Australia ISBN13 9781742836447 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2014 Like Peter and the Wolf, Justine Clarke has given instruments characters in the retelling of this old favourite. The instruments include the tuba, the trumpet and the marimba. Along with the instruments, the words and the illustrations make it easy to follow. The illustrations are lovely soft blues and waterside greens. As well as the ducklings there […]
Colin Buchanan and Greg Champion Glen Singleton Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743620427 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of Publication October 2014 This is a beautifully illustrated and delightful book presenting an Australian twist on “deck the halls with boughs of holly” It incorporates the theme of mateship and also features wonderful Australian flora and fauna. And if that isn’t enough there is also a CD enclosed! Fa la la la la la la la
Ed Allen Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743624180 RRP $16.99 Ages 3+ Date of publication: October, 2014 Christmas, Children’s book This is a lovely Christmas book for young readers. It is beautifully illustrated with whimsical looking reindeer and hidden numbers to look for in every scene. Akin to the 10 green bottles story, Santa starts with 10 reindeer and after a series of mishaps is left without any.
P. Crumble Louis Shea Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743625255 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Picture Book Date of Publication: October, 2014 Reviewer: Megan Stuart This book will catch your eye with its lenticular moving image cover! Of course it’s as crazy as the title suggests, but don’t be put off. This book is full of Christmas trimmings and the illustrations are bright and cheerful. It might be a little too expensive as a stocking filler at $15.99 but perhaps it is the […]
Julia Donaldson Axel Scheffler Scholastic UK ISBN:9781407132044 RRP: $24.99 (Hardcover) Publication Date: November 2012 Ages: 3+ Years Reviewer: Angela Hall Another fun and fabulous book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, who really have become big names in children’s books. You know it is a guaranteed hit with these names on the cover. Superworm has more uses than you could imagine! Everything from a lasso to a skipping rope. Is there nothing he can’t do? But be careful because the naughty […]
Renee Treml Random House Australia ISBN: 9781742755786 RRP: $19.95 (Hardcover) Ages: 3+ Reviewer: Angela Hall This poor wombat can’t catch a break! All he wants to do is enjoy his day sleep in peace but that is not about to happen. The trouble starts with two curious curlews. Followed by three furtive frogmouths, four peaceful pigeons, and so on until there are noisy, busy, flappy, squarky birds all over the place. What is a wombat to do? One Tired Wombat is a […]
Categories: Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, Picture Books • Tags: 3+ Years, Australian animals, birds, early learning, numbers, random house australia, Renee Treml, Reviewer - Angela Hall, Wombat
Subscribe to Monthly Updates Now! One simple email with all the latest reviews, easy. Paula Clark Lisa Stewart Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742831220 Publication Date: April 2011 RRP: $24.99 (Hardcover) Ages: 3+ years Reviewer: Angela Hall This gorgeous little book has the sweet factor. Designed to be a treasured keepsake with delicate gold foil and Japanese paper collage. Mummy’s Kisses are special, they can mean so many different things; good morning, be brave, it’s ok and I love you. As mother and child play […]