Chrissie Krebs Omnibus Books ISBN 97817422762654 RRP $16.99 Date of Publication May 2018 Age 4+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Pig in a Wig by Chrissie Krebs has a “pick me up” cover in bright pink, green and black. The pig has definitely got great energy but how much is driven by the gorgeous wig? Is there a follow up with a cat in a hat?
Barry Jonsberg Tom Jellett Omnibus Books ISBN 9781782991399 RRP $12.99 Age 8+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is one of the Omnibus Mates Series which are designed for early readers. This book also illustrates how to write to persuade. Mike (Michael when he’s in trouble) really wants a dog. We all know the arguments for and against but they are done well in this book and you have to admire the way Mike persists.
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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.
Categories: Animals, Austrlalian, Children's Books, Miscellaneous, Omnibus Books, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart • Tags: Australia, Omnibus for Scholastic, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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.
D Luckett Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990392 RRP $15.99 Age 8+ Historical fiction Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book was given high praise by a Year 6 girl who is not a particularly committed reader. That is enough for me to recommend it. It is one of a new series of books loosely based on fact and looking at the lives of young people moving to Australia. This one is set in the early 1900’s.
Carol Ann Martin Ben Wood Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990880 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a story with some great use of language and some animals with great personalities. The hero is Madge the cow who reminds us at the end of the story that “it’s good to be in a safe place” but “sometimes you have to be a safe place”. The pictures do the story justice also.
Emily Rodda Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990620 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The introduction of Britta the heroine in this new Emily Rodda story is done with a deft hand and the portrait of a very interesting character is painted. We want to follow Britta’s adventures. Emily Rodda is an experienced and gifted author which is why children invariably go on to read more of her work. There will be fans waiting for the […]
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 […]
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?
Sally Morgan & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Tania Erzinger Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990590 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Mr Neville Sandon There is nothing so destructive as jealousy. Jealousy is the cancer of the soul. And the face of jealousy is usually teasing and bullying. Slowly and sadly friendship erodes. It all happens so quietly – it happens within the heart. Here the story of jealousy is found in a young friendship. Magpie, is one of the […]
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.
Allayne L. Webster Omnibus Books ISBN: 9781742990699 RRP: $16.99 Genre: War stories Age: 12 + Date of Publication: September 2014 Reviewer: Donna Clark How resourceful would you become if war had broken out in your country and you had no running water, electricity and food was in short supply? Paper Planes by Allyayne L. Webster is a story about a family in Sarajevo whose lives will never be the same again. The story is through the eyes of eleven year […]
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Michael Gerard Bauer Illustrator; Joe Bauer Omnibus books for Scholastic $14.99 ISBN; 978186291992 Primary school age. Reviewed By Cassandra Griffin. The first thing that struck me about Eric Vale – Epic Fail is the great illustrations throughout; there is not one page that doesn’t have a detailed drawing on it! With names like Martin Fassbender it’s not hard to smile at this story and at Eric’s nickname ‘epic fail’. With disgusting antics like rolling belly button fluff into balls and flicking […]
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. Mem Fox Julie Vivas Omnibus Books for Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781862919723 RRP: $9.99 Board Book Publication Date: September 2012 Ages: 0+ Reviewer: Angela Hall Possum Magic has a sweetness and beauty that can now be enjoyed by even our youngest little possums. Possum Magic Numbers is the first in the series for the very young with its sturdy board finish and cloth spine. A great first learn to […]
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Christine Harris Omnibus books for Scholastic ISBN 978-1-86291-928-0 10+ Years Teachers Notes Reviewed by Kelly McDonald Raven Lucas continues the search for her missing father. A kidnap attempt, mysterious car crash and a few new surprises leave you guessing and hoping that Raven doesn’t end up dead! I have had the pleasure of reading Raven Lucas- Missing, and now the sequel –Dead wrong. This book again doesn’t disappoint as Raven continues the search for her missing father. […]
Randa Abdel-Fattah Omnibus books/Scholastic RRP $15.99 Publication date; June 2012 ISBN: 978-1-86291-948-8 Middle Grade Reviewer: Kelly McDonald Every school has one…the girl who tries to solve everyone’s troubles! Lara used to be that person, but that was all in the past. She has sworn an oath to stop meddling in other people’s affairs. But Lara just can’t help it. They need her! The school ground is a mess, kids are fighting, they are crying and blubbering, then there is a […]
Author, Edwina Howard Publisher; Omnibus Books for Scholastic Australia ISBN; 9781862919563 RRP; $14.99 Released; April 2012. Reviewed by Cassandra Griffin. An Uncle Sunny special for the ice cream cart is NOT something to get your hopes up on a hot summer’s day in forest. In fact it is something to avoid at all costs. Jake and Jeremy weren’t so lucky so they decided to start an ice-cream cart of their own. Unfortunately Uncle Sunny sees this as a declaration of […]
Penny Matthews Andrew McLean Omnibus Books ISBN: 9781862916890 $26.99 4+ years Reviewed by Angela Hall. Do you remember that excited feeling when you wake up in the morning on show day. Did you enter any competitions? This family did, so it is up early to get Goldie the cow ready, pack the prize-winning marmalade, the big pumpkin, jams, cakes, the rooster and Bart the guinea pig. Smell the pop corn (and the animal poo). and visit the art and […]
Author; Peter Cooper Publisher; Omnibus books for scholastic ISBN; 9781862919181 RRP; $17.99 Release date; Feb 2012 Genre; junior Fiction Reviewed by Cassandra Griffin Dillen, a Norian in a Castern land makes two unlikely friends who join him on his quest. Desperate to clear his name of the Temple fire this Wabi must travel the Empire of Shen to find and assist the Mana-lord Hollegat to find the powerful blue jade. Dillen, Tajni and Koto must face adventure squarely, out run […]