Matt Shanks Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158668 RRP $14.99 Age 1+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Twinkle twinkle little star is probably one of the best known nursery rhymes. Matt Shanks has more than done it justice in this new Australian edition. Each page features Olive the owl who with her old leather satchel across her chest delivers a book to her many friends. The illustrations are great and there is plenty in them to discuss with children […]
Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760159849 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart How much can a koala bear? Well not much more according to Warren in Aaron Blabey’s latest book “Don’t call me bear!”.This is a great book with a very annoyed koala making a point about his name. Thank goodness someone is “clearing the air” on behalf of koalas.
Blaze Kwaymullina Jess Racklyeft Omnibus books ISBN 9781742991283 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book introduces some lovely Australian animals who help each other. There is also the opportunity to think about alliteration with kooky koalas, tricky turtles and marvellous magpies and the reader counts from 1 – 10 too. There is plenty to discuss as well as admire the illustrations.
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Sally Morgan Jess Racklyeft Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991047 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very successful union of writer and illustrator. The story is interesting and thoughtful and the illustrations support it beautifully. In reality possums can be a nuisance especially if they are in the roof at night but we forgive this one for any noise.
Gordon Winch Stephen Pym New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781925059595 RRP $24.99 Age 4-8 years Date of publication May 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart There is factual information woven into this beautiful book about mountain pygmy possums. However to me the most wonderful part is the truth shown in the illustrations. I know that region and Stephen Pym has created it’s magic perfectly.
Matthew Evans Alan Benson Murdoch Books Australia ISBN 9781743365816 RRP $35.00 Age 15+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Really everyone over the age of 15 or so should make jam. It’s not particularly complicated and if you look at this beautiful book written by Matthew Evans you will be inspired. There are some gorgeous looking recipes but the first I’ll make is the High Dumpsie Dearie. As well as jams there are pastes, sauces, curds, pickles preserves […]
Phil Cummings Laura Wood Scholastic ISBN 9781760152994 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Phil Cummings often gives us something important to consider in his books (Newspaper Hats and Anzac Biscuits) but this book is good fun and the illustrations are fabulous. Of course an echidna would be a disaster at the beach but nobody even seems to care.
Jackie French Bruce Whatley Scholastic Press ISBN: 9781743623596 RRP: $24.99 – Hardback Publication date: February, 2016 Reviewed by Debbie Berger A beautifully illustrated picture book that tells the story of the devastating tropical cyclone that hit the city of Darwin in 1974, killing 71 people. Cyclone Tracy is imprinted into the minds of Australian’s who were alive during the Christmas of 1974. This book tells the story of strength and courage of Australians and has themes of courage, hope […]
Ted Prior Simon &Schuster Australia ISBN 9781925030518 RRP $4.99 Age 2+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The month of October is buzzing with 2 new Grug books. In this one Grug spends a night away from home because he is lost. Food is taken from his basket while he sleeps but there are clues! Another great Grug story and also available in ebook form.
Ted Prior Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781925030525 RRP $4.99 Age 2+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Grug lives in Australia and has been having adventures for over 40 years. In the latest book Grug’s dinosaur is in fact a goanna. The books are beautifully illustrated and a perfect book at bedtime because they are not too long but a complete story with plenty to discuss.
Peter Gouldthorpe Peter Gouldthorpe Scholastic ISBN 9781742990910 RRP $26.99 Age 10+ Date of publication 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Of course Nancy Wake more than deserves to be remembered for her bravery and the important role she played during World War 2. This book is a simply fabulous way to do it. Peter Gouldthorpe is an extremely talented author and illustrator and his graphic style art work in The White Mouse is outstanding.
Zellie Bullen with Freda Marnie Nicholls Allen and Unwin ISBN: 9781743311516 RRP: $22.99 Publication date: March 2015 Reviewed by Donna Clark This is an inspirational true story of Zellie Bullen, a young Australian woman who came from an underprivileged family who followed her dream to work with animals. She was deserted by her father when she was young, has faced more tragedy than the average person and overcame depression from the personal loss she had suffered. Realising she had an […]
Jim Haynes Allen and Unwin ISBN: 9781760113063 Publication date: August 2015 RRP: $22.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Looking for good dose of Aussie culture? Look no further than this excellent collection of Aussie yarns by Jim Haynes. Broken into sections such as Aussie Humour, Aussie Myths and Mysteries, Yarns From our Past and Racing Yarns there is something here for everyone. The introduction explains the history of yarn telling in Australia. For example, the expression ‘spinning a yarn’ comes from […]
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 […]
David Warner Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781925030815 Publication Date: December, 2014 RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by William The Kaboom Kid: Playing Up is the second book in David Warner’s series for young readers who love cricket. The story focuses on little Davey Warner and his friend Sunil and their cricket adventures. In this second story, little Davey Warner loses ‘Kaboom’, his lucky cricket bat. He follows his brother’s advice and uses something else to bat with, but it is just […]
Lizzie Wilcock Scholastic Press ISBN: 9781742839660 RRP: $16.99 Published: May, 2015 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Karanda Hooke is a young, angry girl on her way to her sixth foster home in the Northern Territory when a fatal car accident occurs. This situation creates an opportunity to escape her terrible life of being rejected by every foster home she has ever been placed in. Solomon, the other foster child in the car, decides he will tag along whilst Karanda is running away from […]
Michael Hyde Ford Street Publishing Pty Ltd ISBN: 9781925000993 Publication date: May 2015 RRP: $17.95 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Footy Dreaming tells the tale of two talented boys, Ben and Noah, and their dreams of playing AFL at the MGC. It is set in a Victorian town where the boys play in rival teams and where football is the way of life for everyone. When Noah is racially vilified in a match against Ben’s team, things change for both of […]
Pauline Deeves National Library of Australia ISBN: 9780642278500 RRP: $14.99 Published April 2014 Reviewed by Eva Midnight Burial takes place in Australia in the 1860s. The story centres on Florence Williamson, a 10 year mischievous girl who always seems to be up to no good. Florence becomes curious about the mysterious death and burial of her older sister, Lizzie. Florence was told Lizzie died from a fever – but she isn’t convinced this is the real story. Midnight Burial is […]
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?
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.
Uncle Joe Kirk Sandi Harrold Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743628577 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Date of publication January 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon Talking about indigenous Australian’s culture is long overdue. For those of us who learnt history as “facts” “dates”, “places” along with key “significant individuals”, left us with the society, culture and beliefs of Aboriginals as an enigma. There was little appreciation of how the original Australian’s culture and beliefs were communicated within families and community. Found in Aboriginal myths […]
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.
Clare Atkins Black Inc ISBN: 9781863956895 Keywords: Australian, Young Adult Age: 14+ Publication date: October 2014 RRP: $19.99 Reviewer: Debbie Berger Rosie is a 15 year old white girl growing up in a remote Australian town where she lives in an Aboriginal community. Her childhood best friend, Nona, is Aboriginal. In fact, Nona is considered her sister as Rosie’s family has been adopted Nona’s Aboriginal family. Nona moved away at age nine and Rosie goes to the local high school […]