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.