Narelle Oliver Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743811634 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart Cecil (great name for a character) exists only as a drawing pinned to a notice board waiting to be put into a story. He finally gets what he wants and the adventures begin. A very engaging book both text and illustrations which were created using collage of photography, sketches, lino cuts and objects. Narelle Oliver (1960 – 2016) was an Australian artist, print maker […]
Phil Cummings Shane Devries Scholastic ISBN 9781760277055 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication May 2017 Reviewer Neville Sandon This is a great book. I should declare my passion for his new book “Boy”. As the firstborn child of deaf parents, I can not recall any children’s book addressing “deaf-ness”. “So few of them” (but is this accurate?) so why bother? Phil Cummings is a sensitive observer of people and he bothered to write about people who surround us but we […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760157180 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication May 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s always great to see a new Ella Diary released because they are popular in our library. This one deals with a topic close to most children’s experience – the annual school camp. This book examines personal development, overcoming fears, outdoor activities and friendships.
Laine Mitchell Alison Edgson Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760276638 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a dear little book which acknowledges the important role Grandfathers can play in children’s lives. They are all different in their approach as the book illustrates. My own father had a big impact on my children. He was the meerkat grandfather.
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Bajo and Hex Scholastic ISBN: 9781760159252 RRP: $9.99 Age: 8+ Date of publication: May 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Pixel Raiders#1: Dig World revolves around the world of computer games. The two main characters, Rip and Mei take you with them on adventures in and outside of games. It’s better than it sounds and themes such as co operation and resourcefulness are explored. The authors are well qualified to write on this subject because they write and present “Good Game and Good Game: Spawn […]
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.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760157173 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication 01/05/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart These books are enormously popular in our library and not just with 7 year old children. The messages and themes resonate with older students as well. This book deals with friendships, competitiveness and inclusion.
Heath McKenzie Scholastic Australia ISBN:9781760151508 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication 01/05/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book has great illustrations and a great message about sensible eating. Monsters are part of all children’s imaginations and if the sight of this one doesn’t scare you then his eating habits certainly will!
Angela May George Owen Swan Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743629000 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication June 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Out has been released to coincide with World Refugee Day 2016. It is really a powerful and beautifully illustrated story and deserves to be widely promoted as it addresses important issues such as refugees, immigration, families and how the human spirit overcomes challenges. The recommended age is 4+ and therefore this book is a good starting point to raise these important […]
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Jackie French Bruce Whatley Scholastic Press ISBN: 9781743623596 RRP: $24.99 – Hardback Publication date: February, 2016 Reviewed by Debbie Berger A beautifully illustrated picture book that tells the story of the devastating tropical cyclone that hit the city of Darwin in 1974, killing 71 people. Cyclone Tracy is imprinted into the minds of Australian’s who were alive during the Christmas of 1974. This book tells the story of strength and courage of Australians and has themes of courage, hope […]
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.
Justine Clarke Nathaniel Eckstrom Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743626382 RRP $24.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This really is a lovely book for both those people learning the alphabet and also those teaching it. The book has glorious pictures, the song itself and it is just a way of telling someone how special they are. It’s a “winner”. Perhaps however there are some houses who don’t have the equipment to play the CD.
Lizzie Wilcock Scholastic Press ISBN: 9781742839660 RRP: $16.99 Published: May, 2015 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Karanda Hooke is a young, angry girl on her way to her sixth foster home in the Northern Territory when a fatal car accident occurs. This situation creates an opportunity to escape her terrible life of being rejected by every foster home she has ever been placed in. Solomon, the other foster child in the car, decides he will tag along whilst Karanda is running away from […]
P. Crumble Louis Shea Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743625255 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Picture Book Date of Publication: October, 2014 Reviewer: Megan Stuart This book will catch your eye with its lenticular moving image cover! Of course it’s as crazy as the title suggests, but don’t be put off. This book is full of Christmas trimmings and the illustrations are bright and cheerful. It might be a little too expensive as a stocking filler at $15.99 but perhaps it is the […]
Susannah McFarlane Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781921931666 Age: 8+ Published: August 2014 RRP: $12.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Ciao EJ! is the 18th book in this popular series and this one is set in Italy. This time, EJ12, who is Emma Jacks when she is not working as a spy for the Shine Agency, has to solve the mystery of who is destroying the great statues of Italy. Evil agency SHADOW is up to something and EJ12 needs to piece together […]
Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina llustrator Craig Smith Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742990330 RRP: $9.99 Age : 6+ Key Words: family, humour, juvenile fiction Published: August, 2014 Reviewer: Debbie Berger Jack has found the perfect way to get out of helping around the house: making a mess of every chore he is asked to complete. His one rule is: if you parents ask you to do something, do it badly. He manages to get out of showering, sweeping leaves off the […]