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. Advertisements
Zack Zombie Koala Books ISBN 9781743811528 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart For children who are Minecraft enthusiasts these books are extremely popular. In fact they are encouraging children who like games to read more! This is the third book in the series and is called “When nature calls”. It is not surprising that they are on Amazon’s top ten best sellers list.
Peter Combe Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760275082 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Three songs from Peter Combe in a book with a bonus CD and illustrated by Danielle McDonald which are fun and remind us of the past. We don’t see toffee apples or newspapers around as much these days. However this is a fun book with lots of colour and zany characters. The songs are of course performed by Peter Combe who […]
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?
Zack Zombie (William, Genie and Matthew Pena) Koala Books ISBN 9781743811511 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another book about the life of Zack Zombie. There are life lessons for the reader in these books and as the title suggests this one deals with friends and bullies. The book is in diary format and has many references to the global gaming phenomenon “Minecraft” which definitely appeals to the younger reader.
Zack Zombie (William, Genie & Matthew Pena) Koala Books ISBN 9781743811504 RRP $5.00 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Minecraft fans (and there are plenty) will enjoy looking at life through the eyes of 12 year old Zack Zombie who gives us some idea of what it is like to be a Minecraft Zombie. I took the book out for a “test run” with some 9 year old children and it was a huge success. Although […]
Aaron Blabey Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760154271 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Predictably Pig has outrageous expectations for his Christmas stocking. Trevor is more modest of course but Pig does not quite get what he asks for. Pig and Trevor fans will love this new book.
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Tania Ingram Christina Miesen Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742991245 RRP $12.99 Age 5+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is one of the “Mates Series” and of course great Australian yarns would have to include barbies, Sir Donald Bradman, a trip to the tip and plenty of laughter….. It’s all in this book and comes highly recommended.
ANH DO Scholastic ISBN 9781760279004 RRP $12.99 Age 5+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart We were all wondering who we would meet after Weir Do left the stage …. who would have guessed that a hot dog and his friends would appear? This book will appeal to an even younger audience because it is funny, well illustrated and introduces some very appealing characters. There is a shortage of suitable books for this age and I think […]
Anh Do Laura Wood Recording Simon Mellor Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760276324 RRP $19.99 Age 4+ Date of publication; October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Anh Do has moved into the world of picture books with ease. This is well written and funny of course and it is also well supported by Laura Wood’s illustrations. There is a lot here to read and enjoy … including the recording by Simon Mellor. And what do they do with all the poo in the […]
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 […]
Tania Lacy Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760279820 RRP $14.99 Age 9+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book will make you laugh. The book illustrates that although you may strive to be “normal” in fact that can be stretched to include almost all sorts of behaviour in various situations when you are about to begin high school. Tania Lacy effectively brings her background as a comedian into her writing. Looking forward to more.
Dav Pilkey Scholastic Inc ISBN 9780545581608 RRP $15.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The thousands and thousands of Captain Underpants fans are going to be delighted that Dav Pilkey is back with a new book called Dog Man #1 (#2 to be released in January 2017). The book is in the same winning graphic novel format as the author’s earlier books. This book is for children who like to see justice is done. Dog Man […]
P Crumble Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760156930 Age 3+ Date of publication: September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart We are happy to welcome Me and Moo back into our lives …. however the gift of Roar into the household doesn’t prove to be easy. However a satisfactory solution is found. This book deals in a simple but effective way about having pets and friends and about family life.
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic ISBN 9781760159085 RRP $14.99 Age 6+ Date of publication 1st April Reviewer Megan Stuart The fact that there is a Weirdo 6 is testimony to the quality of this series. They are funny, well illustrated and suitable for reluctant readers and good readers alike.
Lisa Shanahan Leila Rudge Scholastic ISBN 9781743629321 RRP $24.99 Date of publication April 2016 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is “a winner” on many levels. It is an imaginative book (Lisa Shanahan CBCA award-winning author) with fabulous illustrations (Leila Rudge CBCA shortlisted illustrator) which makes a winning combination. There are hidden dogs to find on each page, great dog names which will make you LOL and we are reminded through the story about community, companionship and diversty. There is […]
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.
Lucinda Gifford Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760153687 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This story serves (in a humorous way) to illustrate how difficult it can be for all parties to accept new adults into families. There are no unpleasant people in the story and even the one eyed alien turns out to be a cutie.
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic ISBN 9781760155346 RRP $14.99 Age 6 – 8 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Children continue to enjoy the Weirdo series because they deal with familiar topics and because they are genuinely funny. The fact that this is book 5 simply proves this.
N J Gemmell N J Gemmell Random House ISBN 9780857987334 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book centres around the trials and tribulations of Coco Banjo and her best friend N (Narianna Nicketson) who are students at Banksia Bay Public School. In this first book, in a series to follow, we are introduced to the key characters and some of the staff and students at the school….many of whom we can sort of […]
Jeff Norton Faber and Faber ISBN 9780571308095 RRP 13.99 Age 9+ Date of publication September 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is suitable for students with a reading age of 9+. It is funny and well written. The author believes that humour is a great way to encourage children to read. Added to which the central character is a pre-teen worry wart … and a zombie! Surely a recipe for a good read.
Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss (Performed by Deborah Mailman) Kerry Argent Scholastic ISBN 9781742839776 RRP 19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Wonderful illustrations by Kerry Argent are the striking feature of this book. The animals are out for a day at the beach but for those who know the song one member of the party is too embarrassed to be seen in a bikini. The revival of the 1960’s song (performed by Deborah Mailman) is […]
Knife and Packer Scholastic ISBN 9781743627235 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Read the first chapter for free on line at http://www.wheelnuts.net.au/images/read/Wheelnuts_Book2_sampler.pdf and see for yourself the colourful and imaginative pages first hand. This is the second book in the wheelnut series and like its predecessor it is cute and quirky. This time the race includes haunted castles, ferocious dragons and vampire bats.. Perhaps not bedtime reading for some but it is light hearted […]
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743627051 Published November 2014 RRP $14.99 Age 6 – 8 Reviewed by Megan Stuart Well Weirdo 3 is here and with the same animated cover too. It’s difficult not to like Anh Do”s third book featuring the very cool Weir Do. Jules Faber’s illustrations are fun and make this book appealing to children who may not find reading easy. Note that Weir Do was recently awarded ABIA book of the year 2014.