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?
Fleur McDonald Annie White Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781925059663 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 6 years Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart After reading noisy nights you will consider that life in the city is a far quieter option than the country. Poor old farmer Hayden struggles to get the animals settled and sleeping at night so he can get some peace. The answer to his problem is obvious of course. This is another lovely book from Fleur McDonald.
Janeen Brian Chantal Stewart Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781921928444 RRP $14.99 Age 3 – 6 Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Here in time for Father’s Day is “I Spy Dad”. Janeen Brian has over 70 books published for children and this one in great rhyming text is beautifully illustrated too. The books acknowledges that there are certainly plenty of different types of Dads around. Gone are the days of stereotyping.
Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781760159849 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart How much can a koala bear? Well not much more according to Warren in Aaron Blabey’s latest book “Don’t call me bear!”.This is a great book with a very annoyed koala making a point about his name. Thank goodness someone is “clearing the air” on behalf of koalas.
Jack Heath Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158798 RRP $12.99 Age 10+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book offers young people the chance to live dangerously through the lives of the young characters in the stories. They are ideal for reluctant readers as they are short but action packed.
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.
Kate Welshman Heath McKenzie Scholastic ISBN 9781743624326 RRP $9.99 Date of Publication April 2016 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very good example of some of the great books available for young independent readers which are in chapter form. The Pony Show is well illustrated and supports important behavior such as trying new things and being a good sport. This is the third book in the Pine Valley Ponies series.
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 […]
Cassandra Webb Amanda Francey Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781925059533 RRP $24.99 Date of Publication April 2016 Age 5 – 10 years Reviewer Megan Stuart This story address in a light hearted way the sometimes difficult task of convincing children that it is time to go to bed. The illustrations are lovely and it reminds you that there are plenty of words that rhyme with “bed”.
Sally Morgan Ambelin Kwaymullina Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991368 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart It takes someone special like Sally Morgan to give Mother’s Day a special twist and this beautifully illustrated book (Ambelin Kwaymullina) does just that. We see the magic of motherhood through the eyes of a kookaburra. The loving and nurturing although shown in the lives of a bird can easily be transferred. Lovely.
Leah Russack Anil Tortop Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158545 RRP $16.99 Age 4+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Really a book is a suitable gift for any occasion and with Mother’s Day getting closer SUPERMUM would be a very flattering gift for any mum. The mother featured in this dynamically illustrated story is pretty fantastic. As the story says “she can do amazing things” and Mother’s Day might be a good opportunity to remind your children just how amazing their mother 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.
Tim Cahill and Julian Gray Heath McKenzie Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158880 RRP $12.99 Age 6+ Date of publication November 2015 We all know the power top athletes have with young children and the recent publications about sport by cricket and football legends are good value because they address real issues and give satisfactory solutions. Tim Cahill (arguably Australia’s best soccer star) has joined the ranks with Tiny Timmy. Go Tim.
Kate Welshman Heath McKenzie Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743624319 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Books about horses have an immediate and devoted audience in any school library and this book (the second in the series) is a welcome addition to our collection. These books are for newly independent readers and include themes such as friendship and courage.
Annie White Scholastic Australia (New Frontier Publishing) ISBN 9781925059427 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 6 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart People who got to know got to know Clementine when she wanted a walk will be happy to see her back again. This time Clementine is trying to avoid a bath which is another delightful saga. Again it is written in rhyme and has beautiful illustrations.
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743625781 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon The title says it all. The story is about a Piranha called Brian who loves fruit, whereas his Piranha friends are meat-eaters. Throughout the book Brian tries to persuade them to eat fruit. He is a vegetarian! But do you think he can convince his family to join him? A story of frustration for both herbivores and carnivores told in […]
P Crumble Lucinda Gifford Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760151539 RRP $14.99 Age 3+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart There is humour and magic in this book and it rhymes! The illustrations are great too.
Jim Dewar Anil Tortop Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760150518 RRP $14.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very entertaining and engaging book on several levels. The book is written in rhyme and has a puzzle to solve. The reader is aided by the illustrations (beautifully done by Anil Tortop) to solve the riddle. Cute.
Jack Heath Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760154035 RRP: $9.99 Publication date: September, 2015 Reviewed by Debbie Berger 300 Minutes of Danger is a clever concept by Australian author Jack Heath. This book has 10 short stories; each estimated to take about 30 minutes of reading time; each full of suspense and action; and each uniquely different from the next. There is a countdown starting at 30 minutes and working backwards in the margin of every story, which aims to motivate the reader […]
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760153045 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart If you are a 7+ year old student this is the book to be seen reading. These books are very popular and an excellent was to extend young readers.
James Phelan Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742831930 RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by: William The book, The Last Thirteen: 4, is actually the 10th book in the popular series, with the tale beginning with The Last Thirteen: 13 and counting backwards. This series is written by Australian author James Phelan and has been popular for younger readers. In each book in the series, the main character, Sam, goes searching for a certain dreamer. In The Last Thirteen: 4, Sam goes to Cambodia in […]
Eve Ainsworth Scholastic ISBN: 9781407146911 Published: February 2015 RRP: $15.95 Reviewed by Clare Horwood 7 Days is a compelling and disturbing story of bullying and abuse from two character’s perspectives: the bully and the victim. Spread over the course of seven days, the reader gets an insight into the lives of both characters: Kez (the bully) and Jess (the victim) who are equally unaware of each other’s personal struggles and problems. You will find it hard to put this one down […]
Holly Goldberg Sloan Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760152888 Published: April 2015 RRP: $16.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Emily comes from a loving family. Sam and his younger brother Riddle definitely do not. Destiny has them meet each other but eventually a series of terrible events tear them apart. Will destiny bring them back together? Emily Bell is singing in her local church choir when by a twist of fate she crosses paths with Sam. Sam lives with his younger brother and […]
Ally Carter Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781743628942 RRP: $19.99 Publication Date: February 2015 Reviewed by Brianna All Fall Down is the first book in the New Embassy Row Series by a bestselling New-York Times author, Ally Carter. It has a cleverly developed plot about Grace Blakely, a 16 year old girl whose mother was brutally murdered. Grace also happens to be the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world in a fictional country called Adria. Grace goes […]