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Rock Mutant

boy-vs-beast-rock-mutantMac Park

Boy vs Beast bk9

Kai Maters is a Border Guard, it is his goal to become a Border Captain then a Border Master. The rules seem to have changed in Beastium, the beasts have changed. It is no longer a simple case of one weapon to defeat the elemental creatures. The beasts have mutated. Kai’s first of these new challenges is a Rock Mutant, is he going to be able to find the right combination of weapons to defeat this thing?

A fun read, and fine addition to the series. It is an action, adventure story, where Kai has to use the right tool for the job. It is a written version of a game, that’s how it feels. In this case that is a good thing for it makes for a good, short read for beginning readers.

Publisher: LemonFizz Media

Published: 01 March 2014

Format: Paperback 64 pages

Categories: Fantasy, Games

ISBN 13: 9781921931680

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Melody and Jackson’s Christmas Spell

 

melody-jackson-s-christmas-spell

By: Vivian French

 

Stargirl Academy bk 7

 

Melody and Jackson are still hoping to get their final star and graduate from Stargirl Academy, but with the other girls already having got their stars the best friends are wondering if they will get their chance. They are so glad when they get their chance and they know just what they want to do. Instead of playing it safe and helping people they know, they decide to help a complete stranger. Things aren’t quite what they first appeared to be though, and the girls learn something along the way.

 

This is a story about teamwork and seeing bigger pictures. The girls judge something by a brief snippet that they see and what they uncover is a bit different to what they thought it was. This helps them to understand that things aren’t always what they are like on the surface. A cute Christmas story with a nice Christmas message (or one that suits for any time of the year really).

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 03 October 2013

Format: Paperback 192 pages

Categories: Science Fiction Fantasy School Stories

ISBN 13: 9781406349382

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Figaro & Rumba & the Crocodile Cafe

I received my copy from the publisher.figaro-and-rumba-and-the-crocodile-cafeBy: Anna Feinberg & Stephen Michael King

Part of the Figaro & Rumba series

Figaro and Rumba are strange best friends, Figaro is a dog who likes to run and Rumba is a cat for whom song and dance are part of his life. Figaro wants to catch the fast train to the beach but when a friend of theirs goes missing, plans change. When they finally get to the beach they meet a charming crocodile with a musical waistcoat and conga drums. Rumba doesn’t think anything could be wrong but Figaro is sure the crocodile is up to something.

Figaro and Rumba may be unexpected friends but they work well together, different in temperament but still happy to spend time in each other’s company. They like to do things together. This story is made up of a number of different incidents that could each be their own little tale, which makes this an easy book to share with beginning readers, or for someone starting on chapter books. King’s illustrations are appealing water colours that seem light and friendly. The package is just one hard to walk past,

Highly Recommended.

Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children’s Books

Published: 14 August 2014

Format: Paperback 96 pages

Categories: Animal Stories, Friendships,

ISBN 13: 9781743314883

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Meet the Piratesons

9781742836706By: Knife & Packer

Part of the Freak Street series

When you live on Freak Street the Pirateson’s are pretty much an average family. Sure their house is a boat, and they have a pet piranha. Patty Pirateson is more interested in skateboarding than doing pirate things and their dad is certain he will be the one to find a long-lost treasure map leading to the Golden Underpants. They didn’t expect to come across Captain Cuddle or get stranded on an island with a volcano about to blow them up. Sometimes though solutions come from the strangest of places. And the Golden Underpants might be something other than what is expected.

A silly story perfect for someone looking for something fun. The story is quirky and entertaining, the illustrations bold and colourful. Each chapter is quite short making it a good choice for young or reluctant readers.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 February 2014

Format: Paperback 96 pages

Categories: Pirates, Humour

ISBN 13: 9781742836706

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Skateboard Stars

I was sent this by the publisher.

skateboard-stars

By: Felicity Carter

Illustrated By: Louis Shea

Double Trouble series bk 2

Tommy and Coop love skateboarding almost as much as they love pranking people. One day, Jed Michael’s, one of their skateboarding heroes announcing a competition where the winner gets to go on his show. The twins are so excited, they just have to enter. Then they realise only one might get chosen, so they come up with a prank that, if it works, will give them both the chance to get on the show.

The twins are clever and tricky, this makes for a fun story. Though as a parent I’m not sure I’d want to be giving prank inclined kids more ideas, particularly as so many pranks are aimed at their parents. The series continues in the same vein as it began, simple language, fun action and expressive illustrations.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 February 2014

Format: Paperback 64 pages

Categories: Twins, Pranks, Humour

ISBN 13: 9781742838571

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Prank Alert

I was sent this by the publisher.

prank-alert

By: Fiona Regan

Illustrated By: Louis Shea

Double Trouble series bk 1

Tommy and Coop are twins who’s favourite thing to do is to pull pranks on people. They love pranking their parents, though it may sometimes have consequences they don’t like. They also love to prank at school, and this time they end up having to stay back afterwards to help clean up, but this just gives them an idea for another prank.

This is a fun story that will appeal to many young readers. The text is simple to understand, and the story moves at a good pace. The illustrations are just as fun as the story. This is a good choice for young readers looking at getting into chapter books though the chapters come in around 10 pages so they are longer than some.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 February 2014

Format: Paperback 64 pages

Categories: Humour

ISBN 13: 9781742838564

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Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers

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stink-and-the-world-s-worst-super-stinky-sneakersBy: Megan McDonald

Illustrated By: Peter H Reynolds

Stink is super excited to be going on the school excursion because they are going to the Everybody Stinks exhibit at the Science Museum. Whilst there Stink discovers he has an amazing gift, he has a really good nose, he can tell the difference between all sorts of super smelly things.

Stink decides to enter his stinky sneakers in the competition for the worst smelling sneakers but his sister Judy ruins his plans. This is when Stink sets out to make his shoes as stinky as they used to be. Then he discovers that his gift gives him an amazing new opportunity.

Stink is a lot of fun, a good match for his sister Judy Moody. The stories are fun filled and even have snippets of interesting information. The language is perfect for young readers and the illustrations complement the stories wonderfully. A great little series.

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Published: 12 February 2013

Format: Paperback 130 pages

Categories: Family, Humour, Fun, Friends,

ISBN 13: 9780763664244

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Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker

I was sent my copy by the publisher

stink-and-the-incredible-super-galactic-jawbreakerBy: Megan McDonald

Illustrated By: Peter H Reynolds

Stink uses his money to get himself a jawbreaker, but he soon finds himself disappointed as it doesn’t break his jaw. Stink decides his best course of action is to write a letter of complaint to the company that makes the jawbreakers. This turns out better than he hoped because he gets a huge box of jawbreakers sent to him. Due to his success Stink decides to write a whole lot more letters in the hope he will get more stuff sent to him.

Grandma send Stink some glow in the dark pyjamas to wear to the school sleepover, even when things goes wrong it’s not so bad because Judy does something cool to fix it. Then it seems his best friend Webster isn’t talking to him and Stink doesn’t know what he has done wrong. Turns out that Stink in his excitement at getting big things in the mail overlooked a very important small letter.

A fun instalment from the world of Stink. These stories show what you can do and what some important things are that may be easy to miss. Stink is a bright character, who is proactive in things he does. The stories are a lot of fun and perfect for early readers who want the challenge of a chapter book that isn’t too tricky for them.

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Published: 12 February 2013

Format: Paperback 118 pages

Categories: Family, Friends

ISBN 13: 9780763664206

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Losing Reuben

I received this copy from the publisherlosing-reubenBy: Leonie Norrington & Beth Norling

Part of the Mates series

Rueben is one of nine children, every time the family goes anywhere his mum has to count them all to make sure no one gets left behind. Then there are ten, and the whole family goes down to the beach, to fish and relax. Reuben is now included in some of the things the bigger kids get to do, like fishing and mending nets, all this makes him feel a little different but he doesn’t know why. Then after a nap he wakes to discover his family have left without him, will he remember what to do?

This is a cute little story about family and getting bigger, about starting to take responsibility. With simple text and colour illustrations it is a perfect format for beginning readers. A wonderful story to share with children, Reuben is a very engaging character and this simple story arc will appear to the target audience.

Publisher: Omnibus Books

Published: 01 December 2013

Format: Paperback 64 pages

Categories: Family

ISBN 13: 9781742990224

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The 39 Storey Treehouse

I received my copy from the publisher.the-39-storey-treehouseBy: Andy Griffiths

Illustrated By: Terry Denton

Andy and Terry have added another 13 levels to their treehouse. It is a spectacular place, full of amazing things to do. The problem is they have a book deadline. Never fear the good news is Terry has invented a ‘Once Upon A Time’ Machine. This is great it means their book can be written while they go off and have fun and it will still get done before the deadline. It is a simple matter really to program all the things they want in the story and then just hit start. Problems happen though when the machine won’t let them back into their treehouse when they decide to finish the book themselves. Things go from bad to worse as somehow the universe gets uninvented. How are Andy and Terry going to make things better and are they going to get their book finished on time.

If you are a fan of this writing duo then you will know just what to expect, great amounts of sheer silliness. The text is clear and easy to understand, the story is action packed and funny, the illustrations are plenty, detailed and perfectly suit the story style. It’s hard to miss with a book from these two. Don’t be expecting substance but for those who find it difficult to get into reading this series is probably worth putting in their hands, if for no other reason than the fact who wouldn’t want this treehouse. (I totally would never want to leave there.) A fun way to spend some time. Best suited for those 8+ though an interested reader from 6+ could also enjoy it.

Publisher: Pan Australia

Published: 01 September 2013

Format: Paperback

Categories: Humour, Fun

ISBN 13: 9781742612379

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