Eirlys Hunter Gecko Press ISBN 9781776572038 RRP $24.99 Age 8-12 years Date of publication July 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart The story begins with 4 children (and a parrot) on a train with no money, no home and no parents. This desperate situation calls for courage and action. Uplifting and well written the story shows that honesty and truth can win through. Along the way there are bears, kidnapping cowboys, some skilful map making and children working together as a […]
Kirli Saunders Matt Ottley Scholastic ISBN 9781760275228 RRP $24.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This beautiful picture book by Kirli Saunders and Matt Ottley examines the idea of being free. It looks at the obstacles which can get in the way of that freedom and prevent us exploring and breaking through imposed boundaries. Carefully worded, cleverly and colourfully illustrated this book is strangely empowering.
Bruce Whatley Scholastic ISBN 9781743810354 Publication date August 2017 RRP $29.99 Age 9+ Reviewer NJ Sandon Is returning to a book over and over again for yet another immersion, one criteria for a “good book”? You’ll return to this one just to dive onto the sketches but… Something in the sketches underscored by the story resonates, attracts, stimulates reflection and gets you hooked. The thing with Bruce Whatley’s book, like P Dick’s, Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep or G. Orwell’s, […]
Stefano Manfredi Murdoch Books ISBN 9781743368817 Date of publication August 2017 RRP $39.99 Reviewer Megan Stuart Stephano Manfredi introduces us to new-wave pizza. In the book he not only looks at the flours used in making the base but also focuses on quality ingredients to go on top. If you are even vaguely interested in pizza (is it the worlds most popular fast food?) then you will love this book. The publication does the topic justice too with a stiff […]
Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh The Quarto Group ISBN 9781558328723 RRP $27.99 Publication date: 1 April 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book gives barbecuing a new spin – and because they’re kebabs there are no bones to deal with! There are sauces, marinades and advice about what skewers to use too. There are plenty of interesting recipes for skewered and barbecued meat and vegetables from around the world. Think of fig and pork, coconut Thai prawns, Tuscan Halibut and sweet […]
Margaret Wild Bruce Whatley Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743629291 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart The great combination of Margaret Wild and Bruce Whatley have done it again. One Keen Koala combines jaunty text and truely delightful illustrations with some very expressive faces on the animal students. Who wouldn’t want to start the new year with this lot?
Rob Palmer Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743625743 RRP $19.99 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart With the Summer holidays just around the corner this book offers an opportunity for some DIY. The book gives expert tips for reasonably simple projects which are reasonably simple to make. There are also colour illustrations and photographs to help. The author Rob Palmer is known to many because of his TV appearances on shows such as “Better Homes and Gardens” and […]
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Activity Books, Children's Non Fiction, Miscellaneous, Non-Fiction, Parent Interest, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Books, family, Fun, learning, Non-Fiction, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Isla Fisher Templar publishing ISBN 9781848125339 RRP $14.99 Age 6 – 9 years Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Flavia Guarino Marge in Charge is a charming comedy of near misses, mishaps, mischief and mayhem. It is a delightful collection of three short stories about the misadventures of young Jemima, her brother Jake and their new babysitter Marge. Narrated from the point of view of a very sensible 7 year old girl, Jemima, Marge in Charge explores the ways young children […]
Peter Carnavas New Frontier ISBN: 9781921928161 RRP: $24.95 (Hard cover) Age: 4 – 6 years Reviewer: Angela Hall Sometimes you don’t realise how important something is until you don’t have it any more. We love books, that is what we are all about. So as you can imagine we also love this book. The Children Who Loved Books is another Peter Carnavas gem. Simple and sweet it is rich with the wholesome values Carnavas is famous for. You don’t need […]