P Crumble Dean Rankine Koala Books ISBN 9781743810392 Age 7+ Date of publication December 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart Simon Sidebottom might not be the first book I’d take down from the shelf but it certainly would be for a lot of children. Poos toilets, farts, vomits … it’s all there and aimed at reluctant readers too. If it starts a child along the road to becoming a reader then the series deserves to be a wild success.
Matt Cosgrove Koala Books ISBN 9781742998848 RRP $17.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2019 Reviewer Megan Stuart Matt Cosgrove has given the relatively unknown alpaca a whole new focus. In this new book we see Macca in the role of an Uncle. It’s funny but it has a worthwhile message…..
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
Matt Cosgrove Koala Books ISBN 9781743816349 RRP $17.99 Date of publication July 2019 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart The friends Macca and Al are back. This book is about entering a competition but coming first isn’t always the perfect ending to a story. This is a very good choice for the ALIA Simultaneous Read for 2019 because there is plenty to discuss about competing as well as friendships, talent, Alpacas and making music.
Pixel Kid and Zack Zombie Koala Books ISBN 9781742768724 RRP $9.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 8+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Welcome to book 2 of the diary of a minecraft creeper. This series is by the creators of the very popular Diary of a minecraft zombie, William and Genie Pena and their nine year old son Matthew. The books are very popular with children who like to play games on a screen.
P Crumble Thomas Fitzpatrick Koala Books ISBN 9781743815663 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart A Christmas book with an Australian flavour. Once Santa arrives in Australia he decides he needs a break from his work to go surfing even though his schedule is tight. Fortunately Trev, his ute and some emus step in to help out. There is also a CD as part of the package if you still own a CD player – […]
Categories: Austrlalian, humour, Illustrated, Koala Books, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: Christmas, humour, Koala Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
Coral Vass Gabriel Evans Koala Books ISBN 9781743811689 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Just when you think this book, about an afternoon tea party, is going to reinforce gender stereotypes the tables are turned.The girls throw themselves into the mud and the boys enjoy the elegant cakes and tea. It’s a great story and it rhymes too.
Matt Cosgrove Koala Books ISBN 9781743811696 RRP $5.00 Age 8+ Publication date February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the first book in a series that looks at traditional fairy stories in a completely new way. The author Matt Cosgrove also illustrates the book and his emphasis is on humour. This is definitely a good book for reluctant readers.
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.
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 […]
Beth Ferry Tom Lichtenheld Koala Books ISBN 9781742761671 RRP $14.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Thanks to Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld we have the combination of a good family story and a good teaching tool about friendship. It rocks and rhymes!
Jeanne Willis Tony Ross Koala Books ISBN 9781742761428 RRP $14.99 Age 0 – 5 Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart From Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross (the authors of Boa’s Birthday and others) comes another winner. Slug Needs a Hug is a lesson in being authentic and practical. Cleverly written in rhyme with wonderful illustrations this book is funny and cute too.
Jonny Duddle Koala Books RRP: $14.99 (paper back) Age: 2+ years Publication Date: February 2014 ISBN: 978 1 74276 10 5 Reviewer: Angela Hall Gigantosaurus is an attractively presented book for all ages. Those who enjoy dinosaurs will find this particularly wonderful. Includes a section of dinosaur facts. Join four little dinosaurs as they go on an adventure into the Cretaceous environment. But beware as danger lurks. Little bonehead ‘cries wolf’ too often though and eventually his friends don’t listen […]
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