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Divergent – Film

So I have managed to watch this now and I have to say I quite enjoyed it.

Shailene Woodley is wonderful. And there are plenty of eye candy moments. I haven’t finished the book yet though. In this case I wanted to watch the film first. Often if I read the book first I get grumpy with the differences.

They changes have tightened the story for visual impact and a whole sub-plot story line has been minimised. Putting aside the book for a moment, the film is enjoyable, action packed and open ended to leave the option open for further adaptations. I really liked it for what it was, but think I’m glad I watched before reading. I understand why fans of the book were frustrated with the adaptation but I’ve seen enough of them that I know to not expect the same thing I picture in my head whilst reading.

I’ll finish up with one of my have scenes.

Dork Diaries – TV Star

I received my copy from the publisher

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By: Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell is part of a band that has been offered a recording contract. Despite the problems with meeting up with Trevor Chase, a Hollywood producer Nikki finds herself thrust into stardom when she is offered her very own reality TV show. It turns out though that it isn’t anywhere near as much fun as it sounds, especially with her arch enemy MacKenzie doing everything she can to steal the spotlight and mess up Nikki’s fledgling relationship with Brandon. has Nikki bitten off more than she should have?

A continuation of the trials Nikki Maxwell, self confessed dork, goes through everyday as she tries to hide the truth of who she is from the people she attends school with. Nikki is a bit of a drama queen but it makes for fun reading. The plot follows the same pattern of the other books but that is unlikely to bother younger readers, who will be way more interested in the silly antics and quirky illustrations. Let’s face it what youngster doesn’t dream of fame and fortune and maybe the possibility of staring in a reality tv show.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

Published: 26 March 2015

Format: Paperback 336 pages

Categories: School Stories, Humour

ISBN 13: 9781471117688

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page.

I received my copy from the publisher

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By: Anh Do

Weir Do has a problem, it’s his family. Nothing about them is normal and this makes life difficult especially as he has been invited to Bella’s birthday party and he doesn’t want to do anything to make himself seem even stranger. Then there is the school trip to the zoo that he has to get through first.

This book is filled with illustrations that break the text into small chunks. The language is simple and the story fun and silly. Weir is pretty easy to relate to as he struggles with his family and trying to not make a fool in front of his classmates. A book that will appeal to those just getting into chapter books and looking for something funny.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 June 2014

Format: Paperback 144 pages

Categories: Humour

ISBN 13: 9781743622711

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

I received my copy from the publisher.

By: Geronimo Stilton

Part of the Geronimo Stilton Series

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It’s ten years since Geronimo published his first book and Grandfather William wants him to throw a high party to celebrate, and he wants a special book written for just this occasion. Geronimo isn’t so sure about any of this but tries to do what Grandfather William wants. It all goes horribly wrong though when his laptop is stolen and on it is the only copy of his very special book. Geronimo has to go to extraordinary lengths to get his computer and his manuscript back.

A fun special hardbound edition. The adventure is fast paced and full of all the silliness that is expected from a Geronimo Stilton book, and many familiar characters whom you love or hate. The format works though so why change it. It remains a good serious for those young ones just starting out on their chapter book reading journey. Ten years is a worthy cause to celebrate. This version also comes with a bonus mini Geronimo adventure.

  • Publisher: Scholastic US
  • Published: 01 May 2014
  • Format: Hardback 190 pages
  • Categories: Adventure, Crime, Reading Schemes
  • ISBN 13: 9780545646499

2014 CBCA Awards

It is that time of year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards have been announced.

So here they are.

Older Readers

Winner

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Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Honourable Mentions

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Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Alysse Near

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The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn

Younger Readers

Winner

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City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks

Honourable Mentions

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My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

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Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer

Early Childhood

WInner

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The Swap by Jan Ormerod and Andrew Joyner

Honourable Mentions

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I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, Ann James

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Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood

Picture Books

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Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Honourable Mentions

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King Pig by Nick Bland

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The Silver Button by Bob Graham

Eve Pownell Award (Information Books)

Winner

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Jeremy by Christopher Faille and Danny Snell

Honourable Mentions

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Welcome to my Country by  Laklak Burarrwanga and Family

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Ice, Wind, Rock by Peter Gouldthorpe

A huge congrats to all these winners and all of the nominated. To see the full list go here.

 

Zookeeper for a Day

I received my copy from the publisher

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By: Rebecca Johnson

Illustrated By: Kyla May

Juliet Nearly a Vet bk 6

Juliet loves animals, so much in fact that she is certain one day she will be a vet. Juliet entered a competition to be a zookeeper for a day and she won. She is so excited. She’s so happy that it is an experience she gets to share with her best friend Chelsea, who wants to be an animal trainer and groomer. There are so many jobs at the zoo and some the girls really weren’t prepared for, the most exciting thing though is that a baby elephant is due to be born.

This is such a charming story about a young girl who is incredibly passionate about animals and her dream job and she does what ever she can to work towards that goal. Juliet’s passion and positive attitude are contagious and she is ably assisted by her best friend. They have an exciting day at the zoo and I’m sure readers will find the easy language and fun pictures a good way to learn a little of how a zoo might run behind the scenes.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 28 May 2014

Format: Paperback 96 pages

Categories:  Animal Stories, Friends

ISBN 13: 9780143308256

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

I received my copy from the publisher.

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By: Rebecca Johnson

Illustrated By: Kyla May

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Juliet and her family are going on a holiday to the beach. Juliet is excited because there are all sorts of animals at the beach and you never know what animals may need help, that is why Juliet is taking her vet kit. When you take your own dog to the beach you never know what sort of mischief it will get up to so it’s a good thing vets are prepared for anything.

A sweet story about family, friends and holidays with plenty of information about different animals thrown in as well. The text is interesting and easy for young readers to understand. The illustrations are appealing, innocent and somehow convey exact emotions for certain moments of the story. Enjoyable stories about an interesting young girl with a passion for animals.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 28 May 2014

Format: Paperback 96 pages

Categories: Animal Stories

ISBN 13: 9780143308249

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

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