Janeen Brian Cheryll Johns Omnibus books ISBN 9781742990965 RRP $24.99 Age 5+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon Don’t get an experienced teacher started! Well, Janeen taught as a primary teacher for over twenty years before becoming a full-time writer. And we are the beneficiaries. Janeen Brian has authored picture books, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, short fiction and novels for young people and the educational market. Don’t miss out on this one, The Silly Squid. Poems are not […]
David Cox David Cox Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781743319031 RRP $24.99 Ages 6+ Reviewer Neville Sandon I have to say that we would all love to meet David Cox. He writes an intriguing story and then illustrates with watercolour and ink sketches. Just love his dogs that keep appearing throughout the pictures – in and out all the time. Just like a farm dog does. My 98 year old country born and raised Mum read this book and kept saying […]
Sally Morgan Beth Norling Omnibus Books for Scholastic ISBN 9781742991030 RRP $12.99 Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book deals with the subject of cyclones. The importance of preparing for one if you live in Northern Australia and how a community supports each other in times of crisis. Of course the hero of the book again is Gran. Everyone loves their Gran and who, after reading My Place, doesn’t think Sally Morgan is a great Australian author?
Knife & Packer Knife & Packer Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743627259 RRP $12.99 Age 6+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book hardly needs a review because there are many children already fans of the crazy characters in the craziest races on earth. The last book featured a race in space and this time the race is a deep sea dash. The publication is the same with bright coloured pictures and illustrations but there is plenty of text […]
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743629314 RRP $14.99 Age 6+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Weir Do is back. The humour is up to the usual high standard and themes range from dogs, supermarket shelving to his father nicknamed “Noseman” because of his acute sense of smell!
Darrel and Sally Odgers Janine Dawson Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743623015 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The third book in the pup patrol series is out. Again it features the Border Collie called Stamp. In this story Stamp, Ace and James Barnaby are in Far North Queensland when cyclone Julia hits. The story gives a very good account of what it is like to experience a cyclone. It also includes “Stamp’s Glossary” at the […]
Sally Morgan Craig Smith Scholastic ISBN 9781742990705 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Sally Morgan is a great Australian author. This book is another in her series of “chapter books” for young readers. In this book Larni, who is feeling that she isn’t as smart as some of her class mates, learns during a visit to Gran that she has skills she wasn’t even aware of.
Neridah McMullin Ainsley Walters One Day Hill ISBN 9780992439736 RRP $24.99 Age 6+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon The delight is that in the 1890s there was a tall Aboriginal boy, Johnny Mullagh. The disappointment is that there is no replay to watch him on the cricket pitch, with a bat, or on the field whether in Australia or in England. Not much is known about cricket in Australia in the 19th century which makes it all […]
Sally Morgan & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Craig Smith Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990347 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of Publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is an early chapter book about a shed in a back yard …. a shed with some unusual characteristics because it can move and laugh. Cleaning out the shed with her grandmother gives Annie a chance to learn about the past.