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Friendly Day

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By: Mij Kelly and Charles Fuge

Cat catches Mouse, it’s not looking too good but then Mouse informs cat that today is Friendly Day, a day where old grudges are put aside and everyone is friends. It is a fun day when foxes croon to entertain geese. Then Cat tells Bear who thinks and knows that know such thing exists, but wouldn’t it be really awesome if it did.

This is a really fun story about what it is to be a friend, and the possibility of how things could be. The animals do silly things that kids will get a giggle out of and Fuge’s illustrations are recognisable, fun, simple and expressive. And really, wouldn’t it be awesome if there was an Friendly Day.

Recommended

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Format: Paperback 32 pages
Publication date: 7 August 2014
Genre: Friendship, Animals
ISBN 13: 9780340981283
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Alien Escape

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By: Geronimo Stilton

Book 1 of the Spacemice series

Geronimo Stiltonix is the captain of Mousestar 1, a fabulous spaceship. He is rudely awakened from his dreams to discover said spaceship is about to explode. This is not good news especially when it turns out that the batteries need replacing. Geronimo is thrilled when a group of strange aliens offer to help by giving them access to a rare element. The aliens might not be as friendly as they seem though.

Using the same format that makes the various other Stilton series so popular. The story is simple, the text visually interesting and the illustrations fun and colourful. If you’ve taken your kids through the other books then this could be a fun addition to your reading time. If you have kids that are just starting their reading journey and they are interested in space and science fiction, then this could be a good choice for you. Silly fun.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Format: Paperback | 128 pages

Publication date: 1 May 2014

Genre: Adventure, Space

ISBN 13: 9780545646505

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Flower Power

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By: Yvette Poshoglian

Illustrated by: Danielle McDonald

Part of the Ella and Oliva series

Ella and Olivia are sisters. Ella is a little bit older and she has a plan to plant a garden. Olivia really wants to help, the sisters are very excited about doing this fun project. Once they get started though it turns out they can’t agree on anything. Will they ever be able to get the garden built and growing.

Sisters will be sisters and in amongst everything they will fight and then get over it. Or at least they do here. The easy to read and understand text make this series a good choice for beginning readers. The lesson in the story are simple, and definitely relevant to families with siblings. A nice little story.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Format: Paperback | 64 pages

Publication date: 1 June 2014

Genre: Family, Siblings

ISBN 13: 9781743620533

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By: Rohan Clifford

Frank Davies is just not having a good time of it. It seems he is always in trouble, at school with the headmaster and his arch enemy, then again at home with his mum and step-dad. Things get worse though, because the person in the family he is closest too, his Grampa then dies. This is when Frank’s life takes a strange turn sideways, he finds an old book and The Frog turns up. Frank it seems is destined for something more than just getting into trouble. In fact it is up to him to see that trouble doesn’t become a big permanent thing.

Frank has a lot of issues that kids have, including the dreaded step parent. Rohan has written a very believable character, it is easy to identify with Frank and some of his troubles. When things take the turn into the fantastical you don’t care, it’s just another part of Frank’s journey and you want him to master it. There is a good melding of the familiar and not familiar and so it is easy to remain in the story. It is a fun little adventure ride with some interesting environmental factoids.

Publisher: Puffin

Format: Paperback | 240 pages

Publication date: 23 April 2014

Genre: Adventure, Family, Environment

ISBN 13: 978014330753

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Behind Enemy Lines

By: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Infinity Ring Bk 6
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Our trio have found themselves in the ravages of World War Two, they can tip the scales in the favour of the Allies. In order to do so they have to split up. The plan they have is a big risk, they can’t be there to watch each other’s back. Tilda is also there doing everything in her power to disrupt their work. She seems to pop up everywhere, she is still after the ring. The choices Dak, Sera and Riq are having to make are getting weightier.
This remains an interesting way to introduce kids to history, it is full of action and in this case espionage. It is nice that the big decisions and difficult tasks are split between the three of them, they really share the weight and in a subtle way this is a good lesson for our kids to learn. There are without question many events in history that can provide fodder for this kind of story but I’m not sure how long they can keep this formula up without providing some kind of resolution.
Publisher: Scholastic US
Published: 1st February 2014
Format: Hardback 186 pages
Categories: Adventure, History
ISBN 13: 9780545387019
Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Blood Ties

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By: Garth Nix and Sean Williams
Spirit Animals bk 3

Meilin has had enough of waiting and working with the others, she wants to help her father, her people. She has no idea what state her land is in but that isn’t going to stop her, she knows what she wants and she knows how capable she is, so she chooses to leave the group and go home, where she feels she might at least be able to do some good. The welcome she receives though is not quiet what she expected. Whilst she is trying to get home, the enemy are still pushing forward and her friends face a deadly foe.
This is Meilin’s story, it is a very interesting arc for her, because as capable as she is she is ruled by emotions and to find she isn’t always right and can make mistakes is a big thing for her to try and come to terms with. The others still have their part to play and ultimately it turns out that they really work best when they work together. This is a story of adversity and coming together as a team to deal with the challenges thrown up in front of them.
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: 01 April 2014
Format: Paperback 208 pages
Categories: Science Fiction Fantasy
ISBN 13: 9781743620007
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The Last King of Angkor Wat

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By: Graeme Base
Tiger, Gibbon, Water Buffalo and Geeko are sitting around talking about who would be the best king. They each think they are the best for the role. An Elephant appears and sets them a task, if they truly believe they are worthy of being king. Each set off to the temple convinced they are the best. Throughout the journey each discovers more about themselves and about what it takes to be a king.
This is a beautifully illustrated (as always) picture book. The story can be as simple as a challenge between friends or a deeper lesson of working together and learning that it takes a collection of traits working together to make someone a good leader.
Highly Recommended.
Publisher: Viking Australia
Published: 24 September 2014
Format: Hardback 32 pages
Categories: Storybooks Fiction
ISBN 13: 9780670077151
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