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The Last King of Angkor Wat

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By: Graeme Base
Tiger, Gibbon, Water Buffalo and Geeko are sitting around talking about who would be the best king. They each think they are the best for the role. An Elephant appears and sets them a task, if they truly believe they are worthy of being king. Each set off to the temple convinced they are the best. Throughout the journey each discovers more about themselves and about what it takes to be a king.
This is a beautifully illustrated (as always) picture book. The story can be as simple as a challenge between friends or a deeper lesson of working together and learning that it takes a collection of traits working together to make someone a good leader.
Highly Recommended.
Publisher: Viking Australia
Published: 24 September 2014
Format: Hardback 32 pages
Categories: Storybooks Fiction
ISBN 13: 9780670077151
Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Dork Diaries – TV Star

I received my copy from the publisher

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By: Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell is part of a band that has been offered a recording contract. Despite the problems with meeting up with Trevor Chase, a Hollywood producer Nikki finds herself thrust into stardom when she is offered her very own reality TV show. It turns out though that it isn’t anywhere near as much fun as it sounds, especially with her arch enemy MacKenzie doing everything she can to steal the spotlight and mess up Nikki’s fledgling relationship with Brandon. has Nikki bitten off more than she should have?

A continuation of the trials Nikki Maxwell, self confessed dork, goes through everyday as she tries to hide the truth of who she is from the people she attends school with. Nikki is a bit of a drama queen but it makes for fun reading. The plot follows the same pattern of the other books but that is unlikely to bother younger readers, who will be way more interested in the silly antics and quirky illustrations. Let’s face it what youngster doesn’t dream of fame and fortune and maybe the possibility of staring in a reality tv show.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

Published: 26 March 2015

Format: Paperback 336 pages

Categories: School Stories, Humour

ISBN 13: 9781471117688

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

Weirdo 2 Even Weirder

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By: Anh Do

Weir Do has a problem, it’s his family. Nothing about them is normal and this makes life difficult especially as he has been invited to Bella’s birthday party and he doesn’t want to do anything to make himself seem even stranger. Then there is the school trip to the zoo that he has to get through first.

This book is filled with illustrations that break the text into small chunks. The language is simple and the story fun and silly. Weir is pretty easy to relate to as he struggles with his family and trying to not make a fool in front of his classmates. A book that will appeal to those just getting into chapter books and looking for something funny.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 June 2014

Format: Paperback 144 pages

Categories: Humour

ISBN 13: 9781743622711

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

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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Little Red Riding Hood

I received this from the publisher9781742760711By: Alison Jay

Little Red lives in Fairytale Village, and you know how the rest of the story goes. There is a bad wolf, a grandmother and a woodcutter. What is really awesome about this picture book is Alison Jay’s illustrations. They are amazingly detailed and very distinctive (the cracked ceramic looking finish). Fairytales are fun to share and little children will enjoy this version, but they will enjoy it a little more if you take the time to really examine the pictures. You will see if you look, the Frog Prince, Rapunzel, the Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel and Puss in Boots. There is more than one stray going on this day, in Fairytale Land.

A really lovely book and recommended.

Publisher: Koala Book Company

Published: 01 December 2013

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Fairy Tales

ISBN 13: 9781742760711

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

Holiday Heartbreak

I received my copy from the publisher.holiday-heartbreakDork Diaries bk 6

By: Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell has been crushing on Brandon for like ever and it finally looks like things in that area may be getting interesting. He has finally asked her on an almost date. She could squee!!! all day. Then something strange happens, she starts getting weird texts from Brandon and Nikki thinks maybe he doesn’t like her after all, especially when her attempts to talk to him and find out what is going on always fail. To make matters worse the next school dance is girls choice and she really wants to invite Brandon but she’s worried he might say no. Will she get up the courage to ask him or will she spend the night at home by herself?

Nikki Maxwell is just an average kind of girl. She has to look after her sister, she has BFF’s, an enemy and the cutest guy to crush on. Life for Nikki is full of ups and downs and some times she makes the problems worse, because of this she is easy to identify with. Her best friends provide some balance to Nikki’s life. Brandon is a boy who likes the girl but sometimes just doesn’t get it. A lot like real life really. This series is really fun. A girl version of Wimpy Kid, complete with illustrations, though a little more grown up because, well girls mature a bit faster than boys, we all know that. Definitely worth a look, especially if you have a reluctant reader.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

Published: 01 June 2013

Format: Paperback 352 pages

Categories: Humour, Fiction, Friendship

ISBN 13: 9780857079381

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

More Congratulations for Shaun Tan

No real excuse for being so late with this one but on August 20th the Hugo Award Winners were announced and Shaun Tan was the recipient of the BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST Award.

Another well deserving accolade for a very talented man.

 

 

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