John Marks Benjamin Johnston Scholastic ISBN 9781743811429 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart This version features wombats, kangaroos, crocodiles and birds all getting into the Christmas spirit. There is plenty of dancing, gifts and lamingtons too. Colin Buchanan sings this updated version of the old favourite and I’ve noticed children soon swing along even if they don’t know the words.
Danielle Star Scholastic Inc ISBN 9781338151763 RRP $12.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 7+ Reviewer Megan Stuart A magical land called Aura which is home to winged horses with colourful manes and coats called Pegasuses. Some have a special symbol on their wings and these have magical powers and means they must attend school at the Castle of Destiny. This is a recipe which must surely fire the dreamy imagination of thousands of 2nd – 3rd graders world wide. The […]
Lucinda Gifford Scholastic ISBN 9781743810712 RRP $16.99 Publication date May 2018 Age 3+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Dogasaurus is a narrative about a girl who finds an egg in a mysterious forest. The egg hatches and a friendship is formed. Complications arise as the pet continues to grow … and grow! After “Cat wants custard” here is another good book from Lucinda Gifford to read out loud to children and discuss the ideas and illustrations presented.
Bruce Whatley Scholastic ISBN 9781743810354 Publication date August 2017 RRP $29.99 Age 9+ Reviewer NJ Sandon Is returning to a book over and over again for yet another immersion, one criteria for a “good book”? You’ll return to this one just to dive onto the sketches but… Something in the sketches underscored by the story resonates, attracts, stimulates reflection and gets you hooked. The thing with Bruce Whatley’s book, like P Dick’s, Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep or G. Orwell’s, […]
Dav Pilkey Scholastic ISBN 9780545935203 RRP $15.99 Age 7+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Dog Man #2 Dog Man Unleashed has joined the list of most sought after books in our library. It has to be acknowledged that Dav Pilkey has found another hero who encourages children to read alongside his famous Captain Underpants.
Nick Bland Scholastic ISBN 9781760277659 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart There is just enough menace in the new friends Popcorn makes to make the reader/listener conscious that these friends are not particularly desirable. It’s hard not to like Popcorn though and I hope Nick Bland gives her another adventure.
Tania Lacy Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760279820 RRP $14.99 Age 9+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book will make you laugh. The book illustrates that although you may strive to be “normal” in fact that can be stretched to include almost all sorts of behaviour in various situations when you are about to begin high school. Tania Lacy effectively brings her background as a comedian into her writing. Looking forward to more.
Dav Pilkey Scholastic Inc ISBN 9780545581608 RRP $15.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The thousands and thousands of Captain Underpants fans are going to be delighted that Dav Pilkey is back with a new book called Dog Man #1 (#2 to be released in January 2017). The book is in the same winning graphic novel format as the author’s earlier books. This book is for children who like to see justice is done. Dog Man […]
Emily Rodda Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990644 Date of publication April 2016 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is book 3 in the Star of Deltora series. The books feature a strong heroine called Britta and the series make it easy to see why Emily Rodda continues to be one of Australia’s most popular children’s author. Cards for collectors are in the back of the book.
Brian Selzniak Schoalstic Inc ISBN: 9780545448680 RRP: $34.99 Published: October, 2015 Reviewer: Nicola Cain They say, a picture really does paint a thousand words, and this book proves it. Brian Selzniak’s The Marvels tells two stories in one. The first is story of Billy Marvel. He survives a ship wreck and then finds work in a theatre. As time goes on, the Marvel family blossoms into generations of talented actors. Then in 1900, Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. […]
Marie Lu Scholastic Inc ISBN 9781743620045 RRP $12.99 Age 8-12 Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart I am using this site to remind you that book 7 is now out! In this book things come to a head and the world of Erdas will be changed forever. Read it and find out how. If you have not read any of the series then it is worth knowing that the books are part of the New York Times best selling series […]
Kevin Sherry Kevin Sherry Scholastic Inc New York ISBN 9780545556170 RRP $12.99 Age 6 – 8 Children’s picture book Reviewed by Megan Stuart With visual literacy fast becoming one of the most popular genres borrowed in our school library this book, written and illustrated by Kevin Sherry, looks like a success. The book is about a great guy who also happens to be a yeti. The target audience is from grades 2 – 5 so it will also appeal to […]
Dav Pilkey Dan Santat Scholastic Inc ISBN 9780545630122 RRP $10.99 Age 5 – 8 Date of publication September 2014 A tiny mouse with a huge robot friend work together to save earth from mean monkeys from Mars! Sometimes even superheroes make mistakes and they must find a way to fix them. A story of friendship, courage and good verses bad. Easy text and bright character pictures from a novel with special animated sections which would make this book a favourite […]
Chris Van Etten Scholastic Inc ISBN: 9780545415873 RRP: $14.99 Date of publication: September, 2014 Key words: Young adult, Suspense, Horror Reviewer: Debbie Berger Best friends Cole and Gavin use Wikipedia to play a practical joke on Josh. Josh just happens to have stolen Cole’s girlfriend Winnie so he is the perfect target for this joke. The Wikipedia page that Josh uses for his assignment has lots of facts that have been ‘edited’, which Cole and Gavin have changed all in […]
Anna Davies Scholastic Inc ISBN: 9780545511964 RRP $14.99 Keywords: Young Adult, Horror Publication Date: September 2014 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Briana Beland attends McHale boarding school. She struggles to fit in at school and is trying to escape her mother’s shadow, where a sandwich had been named after her at the local deli. Briana tries out for the part of Ophelia in the school play but misses out and instead is given the role of ‘social media director’. When Briana’s […]
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39 Clues Cahills vs Vespers bk 4 Roland Smith Scholastic US ISBN : 9780545298421 RRP : $17.99 Age : 8-12 years Key Words : Action, Crime, Adventure, Family 39 Clues Published : 04 Sept 2012 Reviewer : Kylie Calwell Amy, Dan, Atticus and Jake are still jet-setting around the world at the beck and call of Vesper one. This time he is sending them after one of the worlds biggest diamonds – the Golden Jubilee. Jonah and Hamilton are pursuing their own […]
Infinity Ring series book 2 Carrie Ryan Scholastic US ISBN: 9780545386975 RRP: $14.99 Age: 8+ Key Words: Action, History Published: 06 Nov 2012 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Dak, Sera and Riq find themselves in medieval Paris as thousands of Vikings are preparing to attack. The Parisians are fighting back but won’t be able to hold out forever. The three time travellers need to figure out what they are supposed to change, they think it is one thing, but what happens if they are […]
Author; Kate Egan. Publisher; Scholastic Inc. RRP; $24.99 Publication date; March 2012 ISBN; 9780545422901 Reviewed by Vicki Griffin. BA-UNE, The Hunger Games has become a phenomenal success so it’s only fitting that this movie companion is released for its diehard fans. The Hunger Games revolves around a simple storyline – the rules are simple, in punishment of the uprising each district (there are 12 districts) must provide one boy and one girl called tributes to participate. The twenty-four tributes are […]
Author- K-zone editors Publisher-Scholastic ISBN- 978-1-743283-025-4 RRP-$9.99 Date of Publication- Feb 2012 Reviewer- Kerrin Bagshaw ‘Why did the lizard cross the road? To see his flat mate’ Filled with over 500 gut-busting jokes and hilarious cartoon illustrations, everyone could be the ultimate jokester. This book has several topics including Classroom Crack-ups, freaky frights, animal antics and many more. Jam packed with the most hilarious, side-splitting jokes ever known ‘K-zone Ultimate Joke Book’ will keep kids laughing for weeks even months.
Author/Illustrator- Ted Arnold Publisher- Scholastic ISBN- 978-0-545-31286-8 RRP-$13.99 Date of Publication- Jan 2012 Reviewer- Kerrin Bagshaw There is no greater enemy to a fly, than a fly swatter. One day when Fly Guy’s best mate Buzz accidentally takes him on his class trip to the swatter factory, he has no idea what to do! For a short story this book is pretty good with all its adventure for one fly. It is very imaginative and the illustrations really boost the […]
Author/Illustrator- Knife & Packer Publisher- Scholastic ISBN- 978-1-74169-917-3 RRP- $10.99 Date of publication Feb 2012 Reviewer – Kerrin Bagshaw Meet the Vampiresons, Mrs Vampireson, who is a very well-known dentist for all creatures big and small. Mr Vampireson, who takes pride in his garden. Vonda, who is the eldest daughter, loves to cook and has a dream of one day being a well know chef. Vinni, who is the youngest son, is still learning to fly like his dad, […]
By Christine Harris Published by scholastic Junior fiction 10+ ISBN 978 1 86291 934 1 Reviewed by Kelly McDonald Wow… The only thing I didn’t like about this book was it ended! I can not wait for the second part, DEAD WRONG. In MISSING, Raven is searching for her missing father. She thought her family life was normal. She thought she knew her dad. But it seems she was wrong. Raven and her fabulous group of friends begin their own […]