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Stuff Happens : 3 Books for You

ETHAN

stuff-happens-ethanBy: Oliver Phommavanh

Ethan doesn’t really fit in. He likes to read more than play sports. Somehow he finds a friend who likes DinoRiders books as much as he does. Then something happens and Trent stops wanting to hang with Ethan and talk about books. Ethan is devastated, he’s lost his only friend. Then a school project means he has to work with others in his class and somehow Ethan learns that friendship comes in different forms and sometimes needs to be worked at.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 28th January 2015

Format: Paperback, 91 pages

Key Words: School, Friends

ISBN: 9780143308171

FADI

stuff-happens-fadiBy: Scot Gardener

Fadi is the biggest kid in his class, being big isn’t easy, especially when you can be a little clumsy with it. Fadi also plays rugby, but when tackling is banned at school, Fadi breaks the rules and breaks someone’s arm. His family rally around him though and Fadi learns another skill that hopefully will help him fit in better and maybe he will surprise not only himself but others too.

Publisher:  Puffin

Published: 28th January 2015

Format: Paperback, 86 pages

Key Words: School, Dance, Sport

ISBN: 9780143308126

HARRY

stuff-happens-harryBy: Alex Mc Diarmid

Harry has his comfort zone, he likes things just the way they are. Harry has decided he doesn’t want to be good at anything simply because when you are you draw the attention of teachers and other kids. Harry doesn’t want any sort of  attention. His plan was working until he painted all over another students drawing. Stupid art class project, getting him into so much trouble.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 29th July 2015

Format: Paperback, 90 pages

Key Words: School, Imagination, Art

ISBN: 9780143308959

This series is a great series written about characters who are easily relatable, with school problems any student can have. Even just life issues that have to be dealt with as you face growing up. Each author has their own approach and together it presents the reader with an easily readable series full of simply life experience lessons and fun.

The Magical Life of Mr Penny

9781877467899By: Leo Timmers

Mr Penny loves to paint. In fact he is quite a good artist. His pictures look very life like. no-one wants to buy his paintings though and he is very hungry. One day a man comes along who says he can make Mr Penny’s pictures come to life. Mr Penny can eat and his dreams can now come true, but sometimes that is not the best thing.

A thoughtful and enjoyable story about dreams and abilities and how you use what gifts you are given. If you don’t want to  look deeper then just enjoy the story and the bold and quirky illustrations.

Publisher: Gecko Press

Published: 03 August 2012

Format: Paperback 40 pages

Categories: Creativity, Dreams

ISBN 13: 9781877467899

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

The Hero of Little Street

9781596437296By: Gregory Rogers

Our character, Boy, ducks into a gallery in order to escape from a gang of bullies. Once inside the most amazing thing happens, he is drawn into a Vermeer painting. It turns out that Vermeer’s Little Street in Delft isn’t a safe place and Boy has to figure out a way to reuse his doggy friends from a terrible fate at the hands of the butcher.

A beautiful story with no actual text. There is however plenty of scope for readers to experience a wonderful story, and in rereading probably find something new. The illustrations are terrific and it was a joy to read this story.

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Published: 27 March 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Bullying, Adventure

ISBN 13: 9781596437296

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

The Jellybeans and the Big Art Adventure

By: Laura Numeroff & Nate Evans

Illustrated By: Lynn Munsinger

Bitsy is an artist, painting is her favourite thing to do. her friends all have different passions but they are a tight group of friends and love to support each other. When Bitsy is asked to paint a mural for their favourite store ‘Petunia’s’, where they buy their much loved jelly beans from, Bisty decides to get all her friends to help. Once the others have painted their parts Bitsy goes to add her bit, but she can’t think of what to paint.

A really delightful story about differences, friendship and encouraging one another. The illustrations have a delightfully light hearted charm about them and the text is easy to understand. Together these components blend to give us a book that celebrates friendship and diversity. Truly delightful.

Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

Published: 01 March 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Friendship, Animal Stories

ISBN 13: 9781419701719

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

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