ANH DO Scholastic ISBN 9781760279004 RRP $12.99 Age 5+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart We were all wondering who we would meet after Weir Do left the stage …. who would have guessed that a hot dog and his friends would appear? This book will appeal to an even younger audience because it is funny, well illustrated and introduces some very appealing characters. There is a shortage of suitable books for this age and I think […]
L Anderson & M Parish Matt Shanks Scholastic ISBN 9781760276928 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart It wouldn’t be the season of Christmas without “Sleigh Ride”. This great version (with bonus CD featuring Human Nature and Jessica Mauboy) rocks along nicely. Matt Shanks provides great illustrations too.
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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.
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 […]
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic ISBN 9781760155346 RRP $14.99 Age 6 – 8 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Children continue to enjoy the Weirdo series because they deal with familiar topics and because they are genuinely funny. The fact that this is book 5 simply proves this.
Kate Forsyth Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743624104 RRP $14.99 Age 8+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart After a topsy turvy ride we come to the final (and 5th) book in the series The Impossible Quest. These novels have given readers the opportunity to live vicariously through the lives of 4 resourceful and brave young people in a Medieval setting. All thanks to Kate Forsyth.
Beth Ferry Tom Lichtenheld Koala Books ISBN 9781742761671 RRP $14.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Thanks to Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld we have the combination of a good family story and a good teaching tool about friendship. It rocks and rhymes!
Dav Pilkey Dav Pilkey Scholastic ISBN 9781760152611 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This genre is becoming increasingly popular and quite a large number of similar books with more pictures than text are currently on the market. This series is one of the originals and is still in great demand in our library. This new book has a waiting list!
Jack Heath Scholastic ISBN 9781760152109 RRP $12.99 Age 9+ Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The horror genre always has an enthusiastic following. Goosebumps has sold over 13 million copies in Australia! “Scream the haunted book” by Jack Heath is well written and has a strong and gripping plot. The pages are edged in black which just adds to the dark and “spooky” theme.
David Legge David Legge Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743620212 RRP $15.99 Age 4+ Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart A 21st Anniversary edition of David Legge’s Bamboozled has been published. The fabulous illustrations and quirky humour in the book will have a whole new generation of readers captivated. This is such a great book it is only fair to re-introduce it!
Peter Gouldthorpe Peter Gouldthorpe Scholastic ISBN 9781742990910 RRP $26.99 Age 10+ Date of publication 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Of course Nancy Wake more than deserves to be remembered for her bravery and the important role she played during World War 2. This book is a simply fabulous way to do it. Peter Gouldthorpe is an extremely talented author and illustrator and his graphic style art work in The White Mouse is outstanding.
Mem Fox Julie Vivas Scholastic ISBN 9781742991214 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are some lovely cook books available for children but this one is really special because Julie Vivas has illustrated it. The recipes are relatively healthy and easy to make. It is a well planned and executed idea which offers a lot of Australia’s favourite foods for children to make.
P Crumble Wendy Binks Scholastic ISBN 9781743626436 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a sweet little story which has gorgeous illustrations by Wendy Binks. Inside the front cover is a CD on which Deborah Mailman beautifully sings the lullaby. Three great talents in one package. For anyone kept awake at night by possums in their roof it is hard to draw any resemblance to the very cute little creatures on the pages […]
Phil Cummings Owen Swan Scholastic ISBN 9781743622544 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Phil Cummings has had two outstanding books published this year. Ride, Ricardo, Ride! and now Newspaper Hats. This latest one has been described as “a gentle yet powerful story” and it certainly is. Owen Swan supports the story with wonderful illustrations and the inside covers feature old newspaper articles which is such a clever idea. This is really a great book.
Michael Gerard Bauer Joe Bauer Scholastic ISBN 9781742990675 RRP $12.99 Age 8+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Well known and highly respected Australian author Michael Gerard Bauer and his son Joe Bauer have released another book in the Eric Vale series. The target audience is for readers from 8+ years. This is another book in the visual literacy/comic book genre which is currently very popular.
Dav Pilkey Dav Pilkey Scholastic Inc ISBN 9781760151553 RRP $12.99 Age 6+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart For fans of this series (and there are many of them) this new novel (the eleventh) will be enthusiastically received. Of course this new book follows the same format but there is plenty to read as well as the illustrations to enjoy. According to the blurb, Dav Pilkey’s 2nd grade teacher told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his […]
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey Scholastic ISBN 9781760150426 RRP $9.99 Age 7+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Aaron Blabey has turned his talents as both a writer and illustrator to a graphic novel for the 7+ age group. The bad guys (episode 1) features a wolf, a snake, a shark and a piranha. Although we associate all these animals with danger they are looking for ways to be seen as the “good guys” and prove that they are […]
Heath McKenzie Heath McKenzie Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743626009 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is in the form of a conversation between a boy and a dinosaur. A cute concept to point out some of the things dinosaurs can and can’t do. Lovely illustrations too.
L Pichon L Pichon Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760153663 RRP $16.99 Age 9 – 12 Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the 8th book in the series. The books have been so popular in our school library that practically every student knows exactly where to find them on the shelves. This book continues to follow the anything but mundane life of Tom Gates.
Darrel and Sally Odgers Janine Dawson Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743623015 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The third book in the pup patrol series is out. Again it features the Border Collie called Stamp. In this story Stamp, Ace and James Barnaby are in Far North Queensland when cyclone Julia hits. The story gives a very good account of what it is like to experience a cyclone. It also includes “Stamp’s Glossary” at the […]
Sally Morgan Craig Smith Scholastic ISBN 9781742990705 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Sally Morgan is a great Australian author. This book is another in her series of “chapter books” for young readers. In this book Larni, who is feeling that she isn’t as smart as some of her class mates, learns during a visit to Gran that she has skills she wasn’t even aware of.
Yvette Poshoglian Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781743627419 RRP $7.99 Age 5+ Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart These books are perfect for new readers. They are “chapter books” with large font and simple and effective illustrations. They are hugely popular with girls between from about 5 – 7 years old. In this book Ella is going on one of her favourite television shows “Spelling Superstar” For readers not familiar with this series visit http://www.ellaandolivia.com.au
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743625804 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon “If only I could be different! I’m not perfect! I want to be something, someone different, anything but me!” Poor Thelma, rather than a beige pony, she wanted to be a pink unicorn. It’s all about packaging – she wanted bling to go with that. Pink and sparkly! Envy has no reason and will not listen to fair reason Her […]
Emer Stamp Scholastic ISBN 9781407136387 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication October 2014 Reviewer Neville Sandon On the theme of friends. I have giggled my way through this silly story The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig without reading the first book by Emer Stamp. Pig, who is the “author”, is such a naieve character. Mr and Mrs Sandal, who are vege-loving characters, are Pig’s new owners, and are out to make sure pig is looked after. I suspect […]