Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley Frances Castle Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781847809636 RRP $24.99 Age 7+ Date of publication April 26 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are some really great books published and this is one of them. It is beautifully presented, colourful, humorous, thoughtful and educational. A statue of Henry V111 on the Acropolis, a medieval knight marching with Roman soldiers and a pirate flag on a Viking ship are some examples of mistakes you can find on the […]
Rob Hodgson Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781847809117 RRP $24.99 Age 2+ Date of publication April 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Now here is a book which will delight both reader and listener. The illustrations are clever and there are plenty of things to discuss … such as colours, creatures, shapes, position, size, seasons, weather and more. A great story with a great ending. Recommended.
Aaron Blabey Scholastic ISBN 9781743812389 RRP $16.99 Publication date March 2017 Age 3+ Another humorous book from Aaron Blabey which we can all relate to. We get into the swing of the rhyming pages but just when we think we can predict the end we are caught out! Aaron Blabey is a very popular children’s author and this book illustrates why.
Mem Fox Ronojoy Ghosh Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760276218 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ A new book by Mem Fox is always an event and this new one “I’m an Australian too” certainly is worth discussing. The message is simple and straight forward and it rhymes too. Ronojoy Ghosh’s illustrations give each page greater depth and meaning. Another classic.
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.
Sue deGennaro Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760276782 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s easy to identify with the picture of Eddie Frogbert clinging to the edge of the diving board on the front cover of the book. We all have things we don’t like having to do. The story is about courage and planning which are two themes especially relevant as children get ready for school at the end of the long Summer holiday. […]
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 […]
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?
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.
Categories: Children's Books, humour, Miscellaneous, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: humour, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Scholastic Australia
Aura Parker Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760157067 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book looks at beginning a new school and being overlooked or camouflaged. It’s a great story with wonderful illustrations and who wouldn’t like a story which includes the cockroach twins?
Mem Fox Judy Horacek Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158514 RRP $19.99 Age 0+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Counting and using words to show position (like forward, back, below) are all part of Ducks Away a new books by Mem Fox. The book has clear, colourful pictures by Judy Horacek. It’s probably going to be another Mem Fox classic.
Caron Levis Charles Santoso Scholastic ISBN. 9781742761909 RRP $24.99 Age 5+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a “tearjerker” based on the lives real polar bears (Gus and Ida) who lived in Central Park Zoo in New York. It explores friendship, loss and memories. A lovely story beautifully illustrated by Charles Santoso.
Julia Donaldson Axel Scheffler Scholastic ISBN 9781407164953 RRP $24.99 Age 0+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is most definitely another best seller for Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The rhyming, the story, the characters, the theme, the illustrations …… it’s a good read.
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 […]
Lesley Gibbes Lisa Stewart Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743624012 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Little Bear’s First Sleep is about a family of bears getting ready to hibernate for Winter.Little bear doesn’t find it easy to settle down for the long sleep ahead and the book looks at all the possible ways to help yourself get into a sleepy mood. Suggestions in fact for any night of the week.
Adam Wallace Andrew Plant Ford St ISBN 9781925272406 RRP $24.95 Age 6 – 10 Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart In his book “Spark” Adam Wallace personifies fire in a very powerful way. The fire speaks to us and therefore creates a new perspective on what we already know. “First ever book to show a bush fire from the fire’s point of view”. It is most effective.
Categories: Austrlalian, Children's Books, Children's Recommended Read, Ford St Publishing, Miscellaneous, Reviewer - Megan Stuart, Special Topic Books (For Children) • Tags: 6 - 10 years, Ford Street Publishing, Picture Books, Reviewer - Megan Stuart
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
P Crumble Lucinda Gifford Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760155780 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Cat owners know how clever cats can be but this one can even use it’s body to spell the word “custard”. However at the end of the story we are reminded that when we finally get what we want it turns out that actually it’s not quite what we thought it would be. Nevertheless a very likeable and determined cat.
Alison Jay Alison Jay Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742761145 RRP $14.99 Age 2+ Date of publication November 2014 This is such a beautiful book. It features the original text and is delightfully illustrated, you will find it is a book to keep and read year after year. The paper used in its production is good quality and it has a hard cover so it is made to stand the test of time. If you buy it as a gift it will […]
Chris Houghton Walker Books ISBN: 9781406342321 RRP: $24.95 Age: 3+ Key Words: Animal Stories Published: 1st March 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell There in the woods is a pretty bird, now Shh! because they have a plan to catch this bird. Unfortunately things don’t go quite according to plan. The three big companions think they know best, but sometimes it’s the little people that have the good ideas. This is a very simple little story accompanied by very stylised illustrations. The text […]