Valanga Khoza Matt Ottley Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742994116 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Although initially the story reminds us of the Aesop fable as it unfolds we realise that it has its own plot with a surprising ending. The themes include bravery, harmony, animals and compassion. The book includes a CD with orchestral music composed by Matt Ottley and sung by Valanga Khoza.
Laura Bunting Philip Bunting Omnibus Books ISBN 9781743831571 RRP $17.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Oddly enough “Liarbird” is about honesty and always telling the truth. Without opening the cover you know already that it will be well written (Laura Bunting) and have the distinctive illustrations from Philip Bunting. This book won’t disappoint you.
Chris McKimmie Ford St ISBN 9781925804287 RRP $24.95 (HB) or $16.95 (PB) Age 4+ Date of publication September 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Here is a great book for children, prents and teachers. It’s got a big future because it deals beautifully with lots of worthwhile ideas…. like animal needs and human wants.
Categories: Animals, Children's Books, Ford St Publishing, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: animals, Ford Street Publishing, humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742997926 RRP $15.99 Date of publication April 2019 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Although this is the 12th in the series the books are still very popular with both Australian and International students. In this book Weir copes with school work and his mothers new job at an animal hospital.
Categories: Animals, Austrlalian, humour, Illustrated, Junior Novel, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia • Tags: animals, Australia, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Press
Matt Cosgrove Koala Books ISBN 9781742998824 RRP $17.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart Matt Cosgrove has introduced us to some endearing alpacas this year so it is fitting that Christmas should have Macca with crackers. We look forward to the ALIA simultaneous read in 2019 which features “Alpacas with Maracas”.
Categories: Animals, Austrlalian, Children's Books, humour, Koala Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: animals, Christmas, humour, Koala Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Catherine Jinks Stephen Michael King Scholastic Press ISBN 9781742996226 Publication date July 2018 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Here is a great book and a treat to read aloud. It’s flowing rhythm, great illustrations and lovable central character Barney all prove why Catherine Jinks and Stephen Michael King are both multiple award winners.
Freya Blackwood Scholastic ISBN 9781743811641 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart The Great Rabbit Chase introduces us to a neighbourhood. Unfortunately we don’t know our neighbours as well as I suspect we used to some years ago but for a short time the people in this neighbourhood join together while looking for Gumboots the rabbit. The neighbours all stop and enjoy their surroundings together. What a pity it only seems to happen in books! […]
Adam Frost Bloomsbury Children’s Books ISBN 9781408885130 RRP $11.99 Age 4+ Date of publication October 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Well although I am mildly interested in the fact that elephants need to drink a bath full of water per day and a pig only needs a bucket full and a Chinese couple got married covered in bees in 2009 and gorillas east their own poo … there are simply thousands of children who are just delighted to read these facts. […]
Categories: Animals, Bloomsbury Children's Books, Children's Books, Children's Non Fiction, humour, International, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: animals, Bloomsbury, humour, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Robyn Osborne Sadami Konchi Ford St ISBN 9781925272826 RRP $24.95 (hc) $16.95 (pb) Age 3 – 8 Date of publication October 2017 (hc) March 2018 (pb) Reviewer Megan Stuart This book cleverly uses rhythm, rhyme and alliteration. There are some great words, ideas and illustrations to discuss in this beautifully written and illustrated book. This book is essentially about the love of pets but it has lots more to offer.
Categories: Animals, Austrlalian, Children's Books, Ford St Publishing, Illustrated, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: animals, Ford Street Publishing, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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 […]
Jess Black Celeste Hulme New Frontier for Scholastic ISBN 9780957988415 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart From the author of the popular Bindi Wildlife Adventure Series comes this new book which focuses on some similar themes of animal welfare and the environment. However this book has myth and fantasy interwoven in the story. The central character, Eve shows courage and humour during her adventures which start with a large metal chest in her Gran’s attic. […]
Emer Stamp Scholastic ISBN 9781407136387 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication October 2014 Reviewer Neville Sandon On the theme of friends. I have giggled my way through this silly story The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig without reading the first book by Emer Stamp. Pig, who is the “author”, is such a naieve character. Mr and Mrs Sandal, who are vege-loving characters, are Pig’s new owners, and are out to make sure pig is looked after. I suspect […]
Darrel & Sally Odgers Janine Dawson Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743622995 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Staurt This is an early chapter book about a border collie called Barnaby Station Stamp of Approval …. Stamp for short. Stamp is travelling around Australia with James Barnaby in a four wheel drive vehicle when he and James encounter heavy rain and a rising river. The story is told by Stamp and it is “pawfectly” done.
Rose Inserra Wombat Books Australian Girl Series ISBN: 9781921632389 RRP: $12.95 Age: 8+ Key Words: Environment, History, Friendship Published: 1st Nov 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Annabelle is very interested in turtles, in fact she is really determined to find the hatchlings that have gone missing. It’s a real mystery that no one seems to be able to figure out, not even the people at Marine World know where they went. Annabelle enlists the help of her friends Matilda, Emily, Amy and […]
Eileen O’Hely and Heath McKenzie Walker Books Kitten Kaboodle bk 1 ISBN: 9781921529931 RRP: $14.95 Age: 7+ Key Words: Crime, Mystery, Adventure Published: 1st Feb 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Kitten Kaboodle is no ordinary kitten, in one part of his life he is Judy’s kitten Buttons, but in his other part he is a top agent for CAT. His mission this time is to infiltrate the DOG fortress disguised as a pedigree kitten and discover what it is that DOG are […]
Brandon Mull Scholastic Spirit Animals bk 1 ISBN: 9781742839974 RRP: $6.50 Age: 9+ Key Words: Animals, Fantasy Published: 1st Oct 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell When a child turns 11 they are tested to see if they have the ability to bond with a Spirit Animal. It is a special gift that gives great powers to both. Some people come from long lines of bonded others are never expected to have the ability. Still all are tested. Things are unsettled throughout the […]
Justin D’Ath Lost World Circus Series bk 4 Puffin Books ISBN: 9780143307297 RRP: $14.99 Age: 10+ Key Words: Animals, Circus, Action, Mystery Published: 24th July 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Colt has a secret, he has superpowers, only his best friend knows this about him. The problem with superpowers is that it is difficult to gauge his own strength. When he is attacked by a very expensive Rat Dog the consequences are disastrous. Officer Katt from the Department of Rat Flu Eradication […]
Gordon Winch Stephen Pym New Frontier Publishing RRP: $24.95 (Hard Cover) Publication Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781921928284 Age: 4 – 6 Years Reviewer: Cassandra Griffin Apollo The powerful owl is a delightful children’s book. Apollo no longer wishes to eat meat, so he journeys to find out what other animals eat and to try some new food. Apollo learns that a new diet makes him ill and not very strong. Will Wilfred the Wise Old Owl give Apollo the right advice? Apollo […]
by Mark Pardoe (Omnibus books) Scholastic ISBN 978-1-86291-863-4 RRP: $15.99 Age: 10+ Published: March 2012 Review by Rachel Mason Not Bog Standard is a compilation of short stories, each one involving something crazy or gruesome or downright weird!! Tales of strange creatures, freaky animals and mind-boggling gadgets – There is always something to make you squirm! Each story is told in the words of a young teen (a different one each time) , and is written in a way that […]
Subscribe to Monthly Updates Now! One simple email with all the latest reviews, easy. Lex Hirst Random House Australia ISBN: 9781742757117 Date of Publication: 01/11/2012 RRP: $19.95 Ages: Children’s All Ages Reviewer: Angela Hall The RSPCA’s Bumper Book of Pets and other Animals has everything you could want to know about your favourite critters. How to care for them, what to feed them, how to choose the best pet for you and much more. Dogs to frogs, koalas to ponies. It is all […]
Categories: Children's Books, Children's Non Fiction, Children's Recommended Read, Picture Books • Tags: All ages, animals, educational resource, Lex Hirst, pets, random house australia, Reviewer - Angela Hall, RSPCA
May Gibbs Scholastic Australia ISBN: 1742836550 RRP: $19.99 (Hardcover) Publication Date: May 2012 Ages: 3+ Years Reviewer: Angela Hall For a new generation the delights of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are here! The gorgeous gumnut babies who live in the nature of the Australian bush are guaranteed to ignite the imagination. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are curious about humans, and brave Snugglepot wants to see one. So away on an adventure they go. They discover a possum in a cage. Are all humans […]
Renee Bennett Illustrated by: Claire Richards Wombat Books ISBN: 978-1-921633-63-8 Publication Date: 1st June 2012 RRP: $19.95 hardcover. Ages: To 6 years. Reviewer: Angela Hall I instantly adored this book. It has captured both childish imagination and the parent – child bond so simply and beautifully. Complete with positive and meaningful words to share, this book is for every child. Imagine we were bees and you were my baby. zzz zzz zzz We’d buzz round the cat while […]
Categories: Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, Miscellaneous, Picture Books • Tags: 2 - 6 years, animals, Claire Richards, family, imagination, parent and child, Renee Bennett, Reviewer - Angela Hall, Wombat Books
Susanna McFarlane Lachlan Creagh Scholastic Australia ISBN: (MMM) 9781742832241, (PP) 9781742830506, (OO) 9781742830490 Publication Date: April/June 2012 RRP: $4.99 ea. Age: 3+ years. Reviewer: Angela Hall The latest editions in the Little Mates series Organised Oliver and Playful Poppy. This really is a fabulous and fun collection for the little learner who are exploring their letters and also for those embarking on their first readers. Each book has its focus letters and the author Susannah McFarlane has done a brilliant […]
Categories: Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, Picture Books • Tags: 3+ Years, alphabet, animals, Australia, Early learner, Education Resource, Lachlan Creagh, letters, Literacy, Reader, Reviewer - Angela Hall, Scholastic Australia, Susannah McFarlane
Kyle Mewburn Heath McKenzie Little Hare Books ISBN: 1) 9781921272752 2) 9781921272769 3) 9781921541391 4) 1921541237 RRP: $9.99 ea Age Group: 5+ Date of Publication: April 2011 Reviewer: Angela Hall Sometimes when you want something you imagine it will be exactly what you need. Exactly the thing to fit your life and solve your problems. Often that is in fact not the case at all. As the old song goes “You can’t always get what you want – but you just might find […]