William Joyce Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781442473553 RRP $9.99 Age 7+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is an unusual book and although it is set in a “toy world” it explores feelings and relationships in a very human way. It will no doubt foster empathy and imagination in the reader. It is a wonderful and uplifting adventure and the illustrations are fabulous.
Adam Lehrhaupt Matthew Forsythe Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781442450714 RRP $24.99 Age 4-8 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is delightful. The characters are very likeable and the earthy colours used by Matthew Forsythe are great. The book gives the reader an insight into what it is like being a character stuck in a book when the pages are not being turned. An interesting reflection for young people!
Stan Lee and Peter David Illustrator: Coleen Doran ISBN: 9781501107726 $45.00 Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015 Amazing Fantastic Incredible is a beautifully illustrated graphic memoir that tells the story of Stan Lee, perhaps the most famous creator of comic book heroes. He is responsible for bringing the world the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the Amazing Spider Man, the X-Men and many more superheroes. This memoir traces Lee’s life from his early days writing comics through to the legacy he has […]
Rachel Renee Russell Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781471144608 RRP $16.99 Age 7 – 11 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Just in time for Christmas reading comes Dork Diaries (number 10) and a whole new adventure. This time it involves 7 puppies without a home … until of course Nikki adopts them.
Skye Byrne Nic George Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781471145193 RRP $19.95 Age 3+ Date of publication October 20 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Children can relate to losing a favourite toy. This book looks at the universal themes of toys, friendship and imagination. The illustrations and the story are also beautifully done. The book is predicted to become an “instant classic”
Ted Prior Simon &Schuster Australia ISBN 9781925030518 RRP $4.99 Age 2+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The month of October is buzzing with 2 new Grug books. In this one Grug spends a night away from home because he is lost. Food is taken from his basket while he sleeps but there are clues! Another great Grug story and also available in ebook form.
David Warner Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781925030815 Publication Date: December, 2014 RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by William The Kaboom Kid: Playing Up is the second book in David Warner’s series for young readers who love cricket. The story focuses on little Davey Warner and his friend Sunil and their cricket adventures. In this second story, little Davey Warner loses ‘Kaboom’, his lucky cricket bat. He follows his brother’s advice and uses something else to bat with, but it is just […]
Stephen Petranek Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471138881 RRP: $16.99 Publication date: July, 2015 Reviewed by: Debbie Berger How We’ll Live On Mars is a concise little book that covers many aspects of the race to inhabit the Red Planet within 20 years. How would we get water? How would we get there? What would we eat? Who will get there first? These, and many other, questions are covered – all in an easy to read language that non-science minded […]
Bob Flowerdew Pete Cassidy Simon and Schuster ISBN 9780857833037 RRP $39.99 Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart I was first introduced to Bob Flowerdew via Gardener’s Question Time on BBC Radio 4. He was wise and funny which is an irresistible combination and this wit and wisdom are reflected in this revised edition of his Organic Gardening Bible. In the introduction Bob challenges us to all do our part to save the world. “to reduce our excessive consumption” and […]
Lisa Genova Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471142901 $29.99 Published April 2015 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Inside the O’Briens is a powerful story about the Huntington’s Disease, a debilitating and fatal neurogenetic disease. Joe O’Brien is a 44 year old Boston cop who has seen it all on the force, including the Boston Marathon bombing. When he hurts his knee and innocently visits his doctor he receives the devastating diagnosis of Huntington’s Disease. Joe now has the heartbreaking job of […]
Brandon Mull Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471121883 Published: July 2014 RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by: Nicola Cole Randolph and his friends were out trick or treating on Halloween. That is, in the realm of Earth. But when they get yanked into to the realm of the Five Kingdoms of the Outskirts, they are turned inside-out, upside down and thrown into a wagon. Cole and his friends are branded as slaves and are on their way. Cole is separated from his […]
Tommy Wallach Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN 9781481418775 Published: April 2015 RRP: $17.99 Reviewed by Sophie We All Looked Up is a great book that teenagers will easily be able to relate to. The novel takes you on a journey with Eliza, Andy, Peter and Anita. These four very different teens have their own stories and lives, with not much to do with each other. However, in the face of Ardor, the meteor that is speeding towards Earth, these four […]
Daniel Hashimoto and Mandy Richardville Valerio Fabbretti Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781476799896 RRP $19.99 or ebook $10.99 Age 3+ Date of publication May 5 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Action movie kid was first introduced to us on YouTube. This is the first book and the transfer from one medium to another has been so successful I’m sure there will be more books to come. AMK has a life beyond the covers of a book and you can download an […]
Gayle Forman Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471124396 Published: January 2015 RRP: $19.99 Reviewed by Monique From Gayle Forman, the author of If I Stay and Where She Went, comes her latest novel, I Was Here. I Was Here tells a beautiful heart-wrenching story of friendship, grief, love, mystery and letting go. When her long-time best friend, Meg, commits suicide while away at college, 18 year old Cody is left heartbroken and struggling to understand why such a thing could […]
Marc Kushner Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471141768 Published: April 2015 RRP: $16.99 Reviewer: Debbie Berger ‘The future of architecture in 100 buildings’ is an interesting and inspiring journey through, you guessed it, 100 fascinating buildings from around the world. Can a building zig? Can you live in a rock? Can you live on a rock? Can a library be a lighthouse? Can architecture hug a tree? These are some of the intriguing questions that are answered in this beautifully […]
Sharon M Draper Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN 9781442494978 Age: 11+ Published: January 2015 RRP: $19.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Set in 1932, Stella lives in North Carolina at the peak of the Klu Klux Klan activity. Stella is a black 11 year old girl who, by accident, witnesses Klu Klux Klan members burning a cross at night. The community is scared that this is happening in their backyard but they will not allow it to ruin their lives. When […]
David Warner Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781925030785 Published: 1st December, 2014 Age: 8 – 11 years RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Davey and his friends are placed on detention, again, by their cricket-hating teacher. This is a disaster for them as they are in desperate need to practice for their upcoming cricket game against their local rivals, Shimmer Bay. The boys need to come up with a solution to enable them to practice whilst still completing their detention. […]
Bruce Springsteen Frank Caruso Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781501 103858 12+ RRP: 22.99 Publication Date: 4th November, 2014 Reviewer – Debbie Berger Outlaw Pete is a picture book written by singer Bruce Springsteen. It is illustrated with great detail by Frank Caruso with drawings that support the story at each page turn. This adult book tells the story of the legend of Outlaw Pete, a cowboy who is trying to outrun his past sins. The story is based on […]
Aine Carlin Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9780857832528 Published: October 1st, 2014 RRP: $29.95 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Aine Carlin has written an attractive cook book for those who may want to explore a vegan diet. She has three simple rules: Keep it simple, keep it tasty and keep it fun. Keep It Vegan follows these principles with over 100 appetizing dishes to try. The guidelines of vegan diet are explained in Aine’s introduction about why she pursued a lifestyle […]
Kim McCosker Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN: 978 09 806 29439 Genre/Key Words: Cooking Reviewer: Angela Hall http://www.4ingredients.com.au/ “Rediscover the wonders of simple home-cooked meals” This super little book changed me from a person who detested cooking to someone with a new-found joy for well made meals. 4 ingredients. It really is that simple. Kim McCosker takes the ‘complicated’ and ‘time consuming’ out of cooking and makes it all so easy you’ll wish you discovered it sooner! Easy to follow. Easy […]
Author, Brenna Yovanoff Published by Simon and Schuster Australia. RRP; $19.99 ISBN; 9780857074553 Daphne daughter of Lucifer and Lilith must leave Pandemonium to find her brother Obie. With only the help of Truman a lost boy filled with sadness, she must find her way on Earth to her brother, whilst escaping Arc angels and darkness. ‘Smoulder’ is a dark fantasy that will transport you to a hidden world. Yovanoff takes you on a twisted adventure filled with mystery and […]
Peter H. Reynolds Simon and Schuster ISBN: 9781416996491 This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages Ages: 4 – 8 Price: $15.99 Reviewed by Angela Hall This is a beautiful story in its simplicity and depth. It takes a look at the world and friendship as an Autistic child might see it. It explores the overwhelming hustle and bustle of social play and the escapism of the imagination. You can feel the peace of the wind and the journey of a paper plane. And then …friendship. […]
Matthew Van Fleet & Brian Stanton Simon and Schuster This edition: Hardcover, 8 pages Price: $29.99 ISBN: 9780857073181 1 + Reviewed by Angela Hall. Who doesn’t love animals? There is so much fun to be had at the farm, and much to learn. The fabulous duo of Matthew Van Fleet and Brian Stanton have expertly put together one of the best books for busy fingers I have seen. In this board book there are levers to pull and push, flaps to open, […]
By Jane Clarke Illustrated by: Charles Fuge Simon and Schuster This edition: Boxed Set/Slip Cased/Casebound, 24 pages List Price: $12.99 September 2011 ISBN: 9780857072238 Reviewed by Angela Hall. Even tough guys like great white sharks have feelings, and when Gilbert loses his best friend Raymond the Remora he has to deal with all the same things we do if we were to lose a pet. It can be hard to understand why they are no longer beside you when that is where they have […]