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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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Timmy Failure Now Look What You’ve Done

now-look-what-you-ve-doneBy: Stephan Pastis

Timmy Failure bk 2

Timmy Failure believes himself to be the greatest detective ever and he is going to solve the biggest problem of the missing globe. There are many things he has to contend with along the way : a very lazy partner, a best friend with an abnormal interest in learning an arch nemesis who cannot be named and a strange letter sending person who is threatening him and goes by the name of MM. Also there is his somewhat loopy aunt, who he is living with at the moment. Life just isn’t easy when you are a great detective.

This series is very funny, and more than a little silly. Timmy is in turns entertaining and frustrating. The style of the book is perfect for those readers who maybe don’t want to pick up the bigger books, the text is amply broken by simple illustrations used to show Timmy’s point. The mysteries themselves aren’t that challenging but the fun is in watching Timmy arrogantly bumble his way through.

If you have a reader who loves Wimpy Kid or Big Nate then give this series a look.

Publisher: Walker Books

Published: 25th February 2014

Format: Hardcover

Category: Humour

ISBN: 9781406356342

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Shh! We Have A Plan

I was sent this by the publisher.
shh-we-have-a-plan

By: Chris Haughton

There in the woods is a pretty bird, now Shh! because they have a plan to catch this bird. Unfortunately things don’t go quite according to plan. The three big companions think they know best, but sometimes it’s the little people that have the good ideas.

This is a very simple little story accompanied by very stylised illustrations. The text is repetitious and basic, making this a perfect choice for introducing little ones to books. The silly nature of what happens along the way is bound to entertain them.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 06 March 2014

Format: Hardback 48 pages

Categories: Humour

ISBN 13: 9781406342321

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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

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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

I was sent this by the publisher.

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 : The Incredible Shrinking Kid

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the-incredible-shrinking-kid

By: Megan McDonald

Illustrated By: Peter H Reynolds

Stink series bk 1

Stink gets measured every morning, Stink is desperate to grow but the result is always the same. Until the one day it is different, the only problem is the difference is in the wrong direction, is it possible that Stink is shrinking?

Stink gets to take the class newt home one weekend. It’s a privilege and Stink is excited, all he has to do is look after him and keep a record of everything he does. That won’t be do hard because after all newts don’t do an awful lot. But then it all goes kind of wrong.

Presidents’ Day is coming up and everyone in Stink’s class has to pick their favourite president. Stink picks James Madison and decides that Madison should be featured on the state quarter.

This is almost like three stories in one. The themes from each story run into each other which gives the whole things good flow. Stink is enthusiastic and that is catching, he can be a bit silly and a lot of fun. The language is perfect for those beginning to gain confidence in their chapter book reading. There are fun illustrations as well, which help break up the text making it seem less daunting. The Stink books are thoroughly enjoyable.

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Published: 12 February 2013

Format: Paperback 102 pages

Categories: Family, Humour, School Stories, Friendship

ISBN 13: 9780763664268

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Smellie Bertie

9781742760193By: David Roberts

Bertie loves making smells. He is in fact very good at it. The thing is he doesn’t understand is that everyone else does it as well and they try to hide it. But Bertie knows better.

A totally silly and noisy book about one of those things kids (and some adults) find hilarious. The text is simple and funny just like the illustrations and it comes complete with a variety of sound effects. Great fun, though I suspect this book will be restricted to certain rooms after a short period of time (that is anywhere a parent isn’t).

Publisher: Koala Book Company

Published: 01 August 2012

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Humour

ISBN 13: 9781742760193

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Flora & Ulysses – The Illuminated Adventures

I received this from the publisher

flora-and-ulyssesBy: Kate DiCamillo

Illustrated By: KG Campbell

Flora Belle Buckman is a little different. Flora considers herself a cynic. She loves comic books, practices hard at ignoring her mother and misses her father who no longer lives with them. One day she witnesses something strange, a squirrel getting vacuumed up. She races out to rescue him and a most amazing thing happens. The squirrel has been changed by his ordeal and Flora takes it upon herself to take care of him, starting with giving him the name of Ulysses.

Flora talks to Ulysses, he understands. He types poetry, has amazing strength and can even fly. Together they will be able to do remarkable things. Flora’s mother however sees things differently, fortunately Flora’s father is more understanding. Then the two are separated, will they find their way back to each other?

This is a truly beautiful tale of a unique friendship and a dysfunctional family. Flora is different and that makes her open to seeing the potential in Ulysses but it also makes her fascinating in her own right, as she grows in their journey together to find positive things a cynic might otherwise not see. This is a heartwarming story told with a masterful hand and complemented wonderfully by illustrations, sometimes in the form of comic book like panels. It is the sort of story that you really want to share with your children, you know the ones I’m talking about; they tug at your heart, they delight and they beg to be revisited over and over.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Published: 24 September 2013

Format: Hardback 240 pages

Categories: Adventure, Friendship, Fantasy, Family, Humour

ISBN 13: 9780763660406

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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

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

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