Kylie Westaway Tom Jellett Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760294724 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 6 Date of publication August 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Author Kylie Westaway and Illustrator Tom Jellett have produced a great story around a theme most parents know well. The problems which can arise when children are determined to choose what they want to wear…. usually at the worst possible time. However the parents show great patience and there is a wonderful family wedding too. An ebook is […]
Courtney Adamo and Esther Van de Paal Lizzy Stewart Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781847808172 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication 26 April 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Two successful bloggers, Courtney Adamo and Ester Van de Paal have published ( Months. The book illustrated by Lizzy Stewart (and endorsed by Dr Pippa Kyle) is designed for families to share a pregnancy and prepare for a new family member. The book discusses the mother and the baby but also gives interesting […]
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Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley Frances Castle Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781847809636 RRP $24.99 Age 7+ Date of publication April 26 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are some really great books published and this is one of them. It is beautifully presented, colourful, humorous, thoughtful and educational. A statue of Henry V111 on the Acropolis, a medieval knight marching with Roman soldiers and a pirate flag on a Viking ship are some examples of mistakes you can find on the […]
Rob Hodgson Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781847809117 RRP $24.99 Age 2+ Date of publication April 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Now here is a book which will delight both reader and listener. The illustrations are clever and there are plenty of things to discuss … such as colours, creatures, shapes, position, size, seasons, weather and more. A great story with a great ending. Recommended.
Kate and Jol Temple Jon Foye Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760291945 RRP $12.99 Age 7 – 10 Reviewer Megan Stuart Jimmy Cook chatters along in his new book Jimmy Cook discovers X marks the spot. He has a very straight forward view of the world and through his eyes we become involved in a secret dinosaur dig at school while at home his father has lost his job. Jimmy’s father thinks his son “has a great outlook on life” and there […]
Leonard Cronin Marion Westmacott Allen & Unwin ISBN 978176029414 RRP $29.99 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart There are many layers to this book in both the presentation and information supplied. The book shows the regions on a map where species of particular animals are found in Australia and then a detailed picture of each habitat. It’s really beautifully done. The book also reminds us of how many dangerous animals live in Australia and in my experience there are a lot of […]
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Lorin Clarke Mitch Vane Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781925266962 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart The regular market visitor (especially one with young children) will recognise many authentic moments in this story. The early morning energy and the many temptations to distract a young visitor. The text flows in a jaunty rhyme and the illustrations are beautiful. Water colours flow across the pages and give the characters expressions which are easy to recognise … and relate to.
Anna Claybourne Abigail Goh Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781782404507 RRP $19.99 Age 5+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a beautiful book featuring 10 well known and loved ballets. The stories of each are told to help understand the ballets. To add to the layers of this book each picture features a hidden ballerina. Fortunately the answers are included!
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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 […]
Edited by Jon E Lewis Allen and Unwin ISBN: 9781472120182 Published: June, 2015 RRP: $19.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger The Mammoth Book of Everest is everything you ever wanted to know about the many first attempts to climb Mt Everest, also known the roof of the world. There is tragedy, triumph and many exhilarating tales from the world’s most famous mountain spanning from the early attempts to conquer her in 1913 up until the tragedy in April 2014 when an […]
Karen Wood Astred Hicks Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781743319055 RRP $9.99 Age 7+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a winning combination; triplets (who could practically read each others minds), a hidden past, family secrets, gypsy horses and an opportunity for the girls to win a big talent show and make their dreams come true. Read it and see. There are more in the series to come.
Various David Loftus Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781472904119 RRP A$45.00 Age 15+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Just another cook book? No! This is a beautiful book which could live on the coffee table or in the kitchen. There are interesting people (not just celebrity chefs) to read about, fabulous recipes to try and gorgeous food to look at. How flattered the chefs must have been to be invited to be part of this publication. Only 30 […]
Subscribe to Monthly Updates Now! One simple email with all the latest reviews, easy. Tania Cox Lorette Broekstra Allen & Unwin ISBN:9781742378374 Publication Date: April 2011 RRP: $12.99 (Hardcover) Ages: 0 – 8 Years Reviewer: Angela Hall What Makes your Mum Happy? Breakfast in bed, a card, a dance? Every mum is different but I can guarantee they all love an I-Love-You Kiss! This bright and fun story is great to share with your mum. Beautifully illustrated, with an appealing sparkly […]
Leigh Hobbs Allen & Unwin 1, December 2011 $15.99RRP ISBN: 978-1-74237-835-0 A delightful tale following the ever-polite Mr Chicken, as he travels to visit his dear friend Yvette in France. Paris, to be exact. As with any journey, poor Mr Chicken encounters a few problems – like not fitting on the plane (he is very embarrassed about his larger than normal behind) or getting hopelessly lost on the Metro. Still, Mr Chicken proves that a giant chicken can do anything […]
Author – Nicki Greenberg. ISBN: 9781742376714 Australian Pub.: December 2011 Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN Imprint: ALLEN & UNWIN Subject: Picture books Edition Number: 1 Suitable for ages: 0-4 Reviewed by Amanda Kromhout. I found this book easy to read, short simple words and easy to make sounds when reading out the different instruments. The pictures were big bright and colourful that caught mine and my daughters attention. Would be great for a child beginning to read.
Elizabeth Honey Allen & Unwin $24.99 ISBN: 9781742377872 November 2011 4-6 years Reviewed by Angela Hall Learn to count the Aussie way! This book is beautiful with its earth and wattle colours and Australian characters. It is a touch of country, culture and the way of life we love. From the 1 little nipper playing on the beach to the trillions and billions of stars in the bursting fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this book does Aussie proud. A […]
Axel Scheffler The Nosy Crow / Allen & Unwin $19.99 Hard Cover Years 1 – 4 ISBN: 9780857630315 I am delighted to receive this 3rd book in the Pip and Posy collection by Axel Scheffler. If you have not yet caught on to the Pip and Posy craze you may still be able to recognise this authors name. Axel is the creator of the popular Gruffalo book and movie. In this colourful book Posy is busy enjoying her day, it is […]
Mary Ellen Jordan & Andrew Weldon Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781742374291 Australian Pub.: October 2011 RRP: $19.99 Subject: Picture books Suitable for ages: 2-5 Reviewed by Angela Hall. Brilliant! Funny and fabulous. This book is about a farm where none of the animals do what they should. They all have their own unique personalities and do pretty much whatever they like. This is my chicken, she’s called Lizzie. She should lay eggs, but she’s too busy. Instead she dances through […]
Author Dianne Austin-Broos. Publisher Allen and Unwin RRP; $29.99 Non-Fiction. Publication. August 2011. ISBN. 978-1-74237-049-1 Reviewed by Vicki Griffin. A Different Inequality attempts to explain the politics of debate about remote Aboriginal Australia. The author has done a remarkable job in the way this academic book is formatted, simple and an easy to understand framework. ‘The Indigenous Australian population has altered fundamentally from one typical of the former hunter-gatherer way of life to one that is very poor, marginalized, […]
Jennifer Castles & Dean Bowen Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781742377186 Australian Pub.: September 2011 Suitable for ages: 3-6 AUD $29.99 Reviewed by Angela Hall. A song for Lorkie is a story about love, being different and friendship. Lorkie is a bird, he and all the other Roofbirds live on roofs, they each have a song in their heart. Except Lorkie who has not yet thought of a song. Lorkie’s friends are Roofbirds but unlike his friends he does not wish […]
Philip C. Stead & Erin E. Stead Allen and Unwin Winner of the US Caldecott Medal for the most prestigious picture book of the year 2011. ISBN: 9781742377797 Australian Pub.: August 2011 RRP: $19.99 Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN Imprint: A & U CHILDREN Subject: Picture books Edition Number: 1 Suitable for ages: 3-7 A Bug in a Book review by Angela Hall. Every single day dear Amos carries out the same routine, he gets dressed and heads off to […]