Carol Ann Martin Ben Wood Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990880 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a story with some great use of language and some animals with great personalities. The hero is Madge the cow who reminds us at the end of the story that “it’s good to be in a safe place” but “sometimes you have to be a safe place”. The pictures do the story justice also.
Beth Ferry Tom Lichtenheld Koala Books ISBN 9781742761671 RRP $14.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Thanks to Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld we have the combination of a good family story and a good teaching tool about friendship. It rocks and rhymes!
Phil Cummings Owen Swan Scholastic ISBN 9781743622544 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Phil Cummings has had two outstanding books published this year. Ride, Ricardo, Ride! and now Newspaper Hats. This latest one has been described as “a gentle yet powerful story” and it certainly is. Owen Swan supports the story with wonderful illustrations and the inside covers feature old newspaper articles which is such a clever idea. This is really a great book.
Sam Usher Sam Usher Koala Book Company ISBN 9781742761169 RRP $19.99 Age 4+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer NJS Q: What’s the slowest thing on four legs? A: a little boy standing at the front door waiting for his granddad to come outside and play. Every child loves a snow day – heaps of fun to happen out on the snow! And ready to go Sam says “let’s go!!!” But Sam has to wait for his Grandad. How do […]
Daniel Hashimoto and Mandy Richardville Valerio Fabbretti Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781476799896 RRP $19.99 or ebook $10.99 Age 3+ Date of publication May 5 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Action movie kid was first introduced to us on YouTube. This is the first book and the transfer from one medium to another has been so successful I’m sure there will be more books to come. AMK has a life beyond the covers of a book and you can download an […]
Sean Ferrell Charles Santoso Koala Books ISBN 9781742761497 RRP $24.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book examines the significance of a favourite toy through the eyes of a child and his parents. It is funny but the humour is challenged by the art work which is quite powerful.
Tricia Oktober Tricia Oktober Ford Street Publishing ISBN 9781925000887 RRP $24.95 Age 4+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon Do animals dream? Each blue moon cats come together in a fabulous dream that lasts until dawn. Join the cat on her dream journey, through a incredible garden and then identify the famous cats. You will love the sketches of the cats rolling in the catmint and the catnip growing wild. Children (4 years +) with cats will adore […]
Sally Morgan & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Tania Erzinger Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990590 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Mr Neville Sandon There is nothing so destructive as jealousy. Jealousy is the cancer of the soul. And the face of jealousy is usually teasing and bullying. Slowly and sadly friendship erodes. It all happens so quietly – it happens within the heart. Here the story of jealousy is found in a young friendship. Magpie, is one of the […]
Susannah McFarlane Dyani Stagg Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781921931642 RRP $7.99 Age 5+ Date of publication: September 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the fifth book in the EJ Spy School series for new readers. It is described as a beginners “chapter book” and although it is unlikely that young readers will identify with going to spy school nevertheless the message about being brave even though we are scared is a worthwhile message.
Dav Pilkey Dan Santat Scholastic Inc ISBN 9780545630122 RRP $10.99 Age 5 – 8 Date of publication September 2014 A tiny mouse with a huge robot friend work together to save earth from mean monkeys from Mars! Sometimes even superheroes make mistakes and they must find a way to fix them. A story of friendship, courage and good verses bad. Easy text and bright character pictures from a novel with special animated sections which would make this book a favourite […]
Nick Bland Nick Bland Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742838250 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Children’s picture book Published September 2014 Nick Bland has written and illustrated another great book. This time the central character is a monster who can’t scare anyone with anything but his food. It is “a must” for foodies. There is a great rhyming pattern in the book and he has added new layers to the illustrations with lots of different patterns. There is plenty to “unpack” in […]
Emma Allen Hannah Sommerville Scholastic ISBN 9781862918733 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Hardback picture book September 2014 This is a lovely story about introducing a new baby to siblings and the importance of grandmothers. This grandmother is wise. She doesn’t outstay her welcome when the new baby comes home but she gives love and support and anticipates reactions to the change a new baby brings to family dynamics. The illustrations are soft watercolours and give the reader plenty to discover and […]
Penny Matthews Stephen Michael King Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742990279 RRP 24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication October 2014 A delightful look at the part animals played in the stable on the night Jesus was born. The animals remember this with pride and in doing so retell the story. A timely reminder of the reason for the season. Teacher’s notes available at http://www.scholastic.com.au/schools/education/teacherresources/assets/pdfs/One_Night.pdf
Heath McKenzie Scholastic Australia Picture Book October 2013 4+ Years $14.99 978 1 74283 879 3 BOO! Halloween is on its way! YAY!! I am excited about this book for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because it is written as well as illustrated by Heath McKenzie who I am a fan of for his illustrations alone. Secondly, in this house we LOVE a fun, spooky story! What do Werewolves do when it’s not Halloween? is both of these things. It […]
Susannah McFarlane Lachlan Creagh Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742831688 RRP: $4.99 Publication Date: October 2012 Ages: 4+ years Reviewer: Angela Hall Christmas is coming! It is true. And in proper Little Mates fashion, this bunch of c-named animals are celebrating Aussie style. I adore the Little Mates series they are beautifully illustrated readers for early learners. Each has its own focus letter and is chock full of words and pictures with the focus letter. They are all Australian animal themed making […]
Categories: Children's Books, Picture Books, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: 4+ years, Christmas, early learning, early reader, Lachlan Creagh, letters, Little Mates, Reviewer - Angela Hall, Scholastic Australia, Susannah McFarlane
Mem Fox Illustrated by Lauren Stringer Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742835785 RRP: $24.99 (Hardcover) Ages: 4+ Years Reviewer: Angela Hall It is time for bed. Make room for all your toys. What did they get up to today? What did you do today? Bed time is the perfect time to talk about your day, what you did, how you felt and who you spent your time with. This book by well-known author Mem Fox is the perfect opener for your own […]
Subscribe to Monthly Updates Now! One simple email with all the latest reviews, easy. Judy Paulson Random House Australia ISBN: 9781742755779 Published: 01/02/2013 RRP: $19.95 Ages: 4+ years Reviewer: Angela Hall This is a beautiful little book with fabric collage style illustrations. Baby Tawnies have much to learn, but learning is exhausting, and the parent tawnies find their babies asleep when they return with their food each night. One night though the babies aren’t there at all for they have finally learned to […]
Subscribe to Monthly Updates Now! One simple email with all the latest reviews, easy. Margaret Wild Vivienne Goodman Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781862915701 RRP: $26.99 (Hardcover) All Ages from 4+ Years Publication Date: April 2012 Reviewer: Angela Hall Way out in the ocean on a tiny island lives a tree called Tanglewood. It would spy seals and dolphins but no matter how it called to them no one ever came. It was lonely. It stopped flourishing and began to yellow and peel. […]
Categories: Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, Picture Books • Tags: 4+ years, Environment, family, friendship, Margaret Wild, nature, Reviewer - Angela Hall, Scholastic Australia, Vivienne Goodman