I’m not sure I really like doing best of lists because I am so sure I am going to miss something that I thought was really cool. I look at the books on my shelves to see if anything prods my memory. Using this method is very scattershot but does give me a couple of titles I had forgotten about. There is no real rhyme or reason to this list, they are simply the books that stayed with me the most or caught my attention for longer than others.
Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff (YA)
Acid by Emma Pass (YA)
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (8+)
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (9+)
Extra Time by Morris Gleitzman (8+)
Princess Betony and the Rule of Wishing by Pamela Freeman (5+)
Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest by Anna Branford (5+)
Noah Dreary by Aaron Blabey (picture book)
Journey by Aaron Becker (picture book)
All of these are worth more than a quick look.
Continue reading throughout the new year, I know there will be heaps of great books out in 2014.
I was sent this by the publisher
By: Aaron Blabey
Noah Dreary is a boy who complains. In fact he complained so much that one day his head fell right off his shoulders. There was nothing the doctors could do about it. You might think it would stop him complaining but no. He kept right on complaining till one day something terrible happened. This thing totally changed Noah’s attitude so he became someone amazing instead of someone always complaining.
Disclaimer: I love Aaron Blabey books.
This is a wonderful story on perspective. The theme is a little complex like many of Blabey’s books but that doesn’t mean you should steer away from them, in fact it’s just the opposite. Kids don’t have as much problem with concepts as adults may think. This story remains fun as it is fundamentally about a head that is carried around by it’s body. The illustrations are in Blabey’s uniques style. What’s not to love an enjoyable story with a message if you want to look for it.
Publisher: Viking Australia
Published: 24 July 2013
Format: Hardback 32 pages
Categories: Picture Books, Humour
ISBN 13: 9780670077182
Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.
By: Aaron Blabey
Sunday Chutney has lived all over the world. What a wonderful life, to have seen so many things and been so many places. The thing is with all the moving around she’s never really had a place she can call home and is always the new kid in school. This may or may not be a problem for Sunday.
This is a short story about likes, dislikes, moving, home and being true to yourself. Sunday is a little different and a little funny. I really like her.
There is not a lot of text, accompanied by simple yet wonderful illustrations and it may present the opportunity to talk about several different topics, should you wish to do so.
This is a CBCA shortlisted book.
Publisher: Front Street
Published: 01 September 2009
Categories: Fiction, Family, Humour, Family Issues, Self Esteem
ISBN 13: 9780670071791