Okay it is that time of the year again where anyone and everyone puts together lists of their top picks of the past year. I am going to be no different, I will, however, not be doing a top 10. What I have put here are the ones that really stood out, but truthfully I had many wonderful reading experiences this year just about gone, and I did limit this list to those books published in 2012.
Let me start with the youngest first and believe me there were so many really cool picture books this past year but here are a few that stood out.
The Snorgh and the Sailor : Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore : William Joyce
I Love You Little Monster : Andreae Giles and Jess Mikhail
Plant a Kiss : Amy Rosenthal and Peter H Reynolds
What Does Daddy Do? : Rachel Bright
Fiction 4 – 9 years.
Secret of the Swords : Frances Watts and Gregory Rogers
Hey Jack! series : by Sally Rippin
Billie B Brown series by Sally Rippin
Fiction 8 – 12
Floors : Patrick Carmen
Summer’s Dream : Cathy Cassidy
Dork Diaries series : Rachel Renee Russell
Young Adult Fiction
Stormdancer : Jay Kristoff
The Fault in Our Stars : John Green
Team Human : Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
By: Gregory Rogers
Bear discovers an enchanted world in the heart of the forest. He makes new, wonderful, friends but stumbles upon a plot involving terrible betrayal. Can he find a way to mastermind a clever escape and lead his new friends to victory in a royal battle.
A wonderfully told story through the medium of pictures. The method Rogers uses is engaging, even captivating. The illustrations draw you in and encourage readers to use their imagination. A great story of adventure and friendship.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: 01 June 2008
Format: Paperback 32 pages
Categories: Animals, Adventure, Friendship
ISBN 13: 9781741754827
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By: Frances Watts
Illustrations By: Gregory Rogers
Being a kitchen girl at Flamant Castle is not where Tommy really wants to be. Tommy dreams of becoming a knight and often watches the training sessions when she should be working. When she stands up to a bully and is made Keeper of the Blades she is so excited and starts to hope that maybe her dreams can come true. Then disaster strikes, Lord Walters most valuable sword goes missing and Tommy needs to find it so she doesn’t get sent back to the kitchens.
Way cool. Sorry but that needed to be said. I love characters like Tommy who have big dreams outside the norm, stand up to those who pick on the more helpless and are open enough to accept the unusual in their lives. Tommy is all that.
This story is sure to entertain. The text is funny and appealing. Tommy is in the midst of an interesting cast that includes Lil the talking cat and ghosts that inhabit the swords she is to look after. Rogers’ illustrations bring a quirky visualisation to the story. If you are looking for something for a 7-9 year old girl who isn’t into fairies or way girly things, something with an independent and strong character, then definitely pick this up. Likewise if you want to encourage boys to read books with girl characters, and lets face even these days not enough do, then this is probably a great place to start. Can’t wait to see more of this series.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: 01 April 2012
Format: Paperback 96 pages
ISBN 13: 9781742377285
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