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A Bear and a Tree

By: Stephen Michael King

Ren’s favourite tree has lost its leaves, Bear is collecting the leaves for a bed for his big sleep, he knows that Ren needs him for just one more day so they can explore the sights and shapes of winter together; the snow, the coloured leaves, the moon, the stars, the icicles. It is one more day to play and wonder.

A soft and lovely story of friendship and taking time. It is a nicely balanced story of wonder and change. The water colour illustrations give this story its soft appeal. A lovely story to share. For all its cold winter landscape it is a heartwarming story.

Publisher: Viking Australia

Published: 22 February 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Friendship, Seasons

ISBN 13: 9780670075829

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Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels 2-7

The Secret of the Sphinx

The Pirate Cats are at it again. This time it appears they have gone back in time to Ancient Egypt, their goal is to change the face of the Great Sphinx to a cats face. They infiltrate a temple and trick their way into the Pharaoh’s court. Is it possible they will manage to achieve their plan. It is up to Geronimo and his friends to uncover their plot and unmask the pirate cats before this happens.

Publisher: Papercutz

Published: 11 September 2009

Format: Hardback 56 pages

ISBN 13: 9781597071598

The Coliseum Con

This time the Pirate Cats head to Rome and put into action a plan to change the name of the great Coliseum to Catardonius in order that the cat lineage becomes famous. Can Geronimo and his friends stop the cat’s plot and their influence on the Emperor so history isn’t changed.

Publisher: Papercutz

Published: 25 December 2009

Format: Hardback 56 pages

ISBN 13: 9781597071727

Follow the Trail of Marco Polo

Khanbalik is the capital of Ancient China and 1292 is the year the Piracte Cats have travelled back to. This time around their scheme involves tracking down the famous explorer Marco Polo. They have plans to steal his journal and take credit for his discoveries. It is up to Geronimo and his associates to prevent this evil plan.

Publisher: Papercutz

Published: 05 May 2010

Format: Hardback 56 pages

ISBN 13: 9781597071888

The Great Ice Age

The Pirate Cats are aiming for Paris, France this time around but they overshoot and end up in the Ice Age. A little quick thinking and the cats decide that if they capture a mammoth and take it back to the future, they will finally make their fortune. As always they don’t think about how this will effect others and it is up to Geronimo and his friends to make sure their scheme doesn’t succeed.

Publisher: Papercutz

Published: 29 July 2010

Format: Hardback 56 pages

ISBN 13: 9781597072021

Who Stole the Mona Lisa?

The year is 1517, it is the middle of the Renaissance. The Pirate Cats have come back to this time in France in order to steal Leonardo’s painting of the Mona Lisa. Also they hope to translate a secret code, thinking it will lead them to treasure. This time they have put in to action a plan that may prevent Geronimo and his friends from ever foiling their time travel plans again.

Publisher: Papercutz

Published: 01 February 2011

Format: Hardback 55 pages

ISBN 13: 9781597072212

Dinosaurs in Action

Last time the Pirate Cats tried to stop Geronimo from interfering with their plans, it didn’t work. It did, however provide them a useful piece of information and that is that Professor von Volt is the one who has made it possible for Geronimo and his friends to travel through time. So this time around the Pirate Cats go after the professor and send him 140 million years into the past, to a time when the earth was ruled by the dinosaurs. How are Geronimo and his friends going to save Professor von Volt and stop the Pirate Cats?

Publisher: Papercutz

Published: 22 February 2011

Format: Hardback 56 pages

ISBN 13: 9781597072397

This is a fun series of graphic novels great for Geronimo fans and those who don’t like to read. They are set in a vast array of historical settings and as with the novels historical facts are dotted throughout the story. The adventure aspect is fun, the pace quick. An easy and enjoyable way to get some reluctant readers reading and perhaps a little learning will sink in.

10 Futures – Book Trailer

Yes, yes we all know I am a huge fan of Michael Pryor and so it seems obvious that I would be looking forward to his next offering. Now just to make you all aware of it, here is the new book trailer.

Simpson and his Donkey – Book Trailer

West Australian author Mark Greewood and illustrator Frane Lessac have produced a few informative picture books suitable for younger children, including one on Ned Kelly and this one on war hero Simpson and his donkey.

Elephant White

By: Will Brenton

Illustrated By: Holly Clifton Brown

Lucy thinks Elephant White is wonderful. He is patchy white and they play very special games together, he is her favourite toy. Well he is until the day she gets a surprise present. Sad at being left alone Elephant White sets out to find a new place to belong, somewhere he will fit just right. He tries the circus, being a pirate, and even a pilot. Will one of these place be just right for Elephant White?

A quirky little story about feeling left out, trying to fit in and friendship. There is enough text to keep an older picture book reader interested in the story. The illustrations are stylised and interesting. A cute story.

Publisher: Templar Publishing

Published: 01 January 2012

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Friendship, Fitting In

ISBN 13: 9781848775909

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Dirty Bertie – Kiss!

By: Alan MacDonald & David Roberts

Dirty Bertie is a grubby little boy with some rather disgusting habits. His is also full of some rather silly ideas. In Kiss he thinks it will be funny to put a slug down Angela’s top but the plan backfires when it seems she is determined to kiss him. How gross, how is Bertie ever going to get away from Angela? In Hamster, Bertie volunteers to take the class hamster how for the week of mid-term break. He wants to teach it some tricks. What happens though when it escapes? Boast sees Bertie trapped into playing the trumpet in a concert because his mother boasted of his non-existent ability to another mother. It could be worse, he could actually have to play rather than just pretend. Then disaster strikes.

This slim volume contains three funny, silly stories that are perfect for young readers slowly gaining confidence. Each story is broken into chapters and the black and white line drawings perfectly complement the story. They can be read chapter at a time or story at a time.

Publisher: Koala Book Company

Published: 01 March 2012

Format: Paperback 96 pages

Categories: Humour, Boys,

ISBN 13: 9780864618207

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Birth of A Killer

By: Darren Shan

Larten Crepsley Saga bk 1

Larten Crepsley is one child of many forced to work in the silk factory to earn a small amount of money but at least he gets to work with Var. That is until their foreman kills Var as a warning to the other kids. This devastating turn of events and its immediate consequences, causes Larten to flee his home. On the run he meets Seba Nile, who tells him of vampires and offers Larten the opportunity to become his assistant. If Larten agrees it means turning his back on humanity forever, but what does he have to lose when it feels as though humanity has already turned its back on him?

This is a prequel to the popular Cirque Du Freak books. The world Shan has created is dark. As Larten struggles to embrace his choices you are compelled to continue on the journey with him down this dark path. The story covers a lot of years for such a slim volume but this ensures the key points are what is touched on and that the pace remains brisk so you don’t lose interest. The different sections have their own intriguing plots points. I found Larten’s introduction to the Cirque Du Freaks darkly fascinating.

I picked this book up with the understanding that I should at least try a Darren Shan novel so I knew what I was talking about and found myself swept into a tale I rather surprisingly enjoyed. I can certainly see the appeal in Shan’s storytelling. Worth a look if you want something that will skirt you along the darker places. It’s language and style puts this in the upper end of middle grade fiction, horror in basic genre but so far as I have read not too graphic to make it inappropriate.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Published: 01 April 2011

Format: Paperback 256 pages

Categories: Horror, Vampire

ISBN 13: 9780732291105

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

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