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How Pirates Really Work

This was sent to me by the publisher


By: Alan Snow

It starts as a tale of a young boy running away to sea on board a pirate ship and quickly becomes an instruction manual on being a pirate. The illustrations are really detailed and all up it is a very informative book. It covers everything from the parrot, to weapons and what to do with your treasure. A really nice touch though is it lists some famous pirates throughout history, it gives a little information about them and leaves plenty unsaid if you want to research more about them. This is a cross between  a picture book and a non-fiction one and it sits comfortably in that middle ground.

The sheer amount of text and detail makes it a book more appropriate for older picture book readers and some of the illustrations have so much detail in them you can look at them for a long time and still find new things to see.

Perfect for someone with a love of pirates.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

Published: 07 November 2013

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books, Pirates

ISBN 13: 9780857079558

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

Secret Girls’ Business

I received this from the publisher.By: Maggie Hamilton

A book full of fun, fashion and tips on helping you find your way through the teenage years. Interspersed between craft activities and style tips are sections of information on tough issues such as bullying, depression and popularity.

This book has been put together by Maggie Hamilton who has done some intense studies of teenage girls and authored the book ‘What’s Happening to Our Girls?’

The serious information is kept concise whilst letting them know that they are not alone in experiencing these feelings.

In the spirit of living in a multicultural country we are given peeks into the lives of girls from different cultural backgrounds. To show you what girls are capable of, women who have achieved success in a great variety of careers are given brief profiles.

As well as recipes for all sorts of things there are plenty of fashion and gift craft ideas.

This is a wonderful gift idea for a creative teenager, full of plenty of ideas to help them develop their own style, and work through the time of figuring out their own identity, something that can be a tricky thing to do. A previous book I mentioned that ran along a similar  vein was great for tweens and young teens but this one is aimed at older teens. I would say best suited for  14-16 year olds.

Definitely worth a look.

Publisher:  Viking Australia

Published: 22nd August 2012

Format: Paperback 192 pgs

Genre: Non-fiction, Craft, Teenager, Multiculturalism

ISBN: 9780670076772

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

GIRL! The Ultimate Guide to Being You.

By: Anna Barnes

Now I don’t normally review non-fiction, mostly because I don’t read a lot of it but I started going through this and thought it was a great idea. Not only a great idea but very well executed. This is a book that doesn’t stick to one theme in regards to growing up, it doesn’t push any one thing at you. Instead what Anna Barnes has presented us with is a self-discovery guide. It contains chapters dealing with everything from creating your own style, to body image, environmental issues to changing the world.

This book is choc full of information about all sorts of things (parents can even learn things as they look through it -I did).

It is an open, honest look at what it is to grow up and try to figure out who you are. At times it is serious other times it is funny. Best of all it offers a variety of suggestions letting the reader know that no one way is the right way to be. We are all different and this is a book that celebrates that. I would totally recommend giving this to a pre-teen or a young teen, it may even provide an icebreaker for broaching certain topics.

Definitely worth a look.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 28 March 2012

Format: Paperback 240 pages

Categories: Social Issues, Growing Up, Adolescence

ISBN 13: 9780143305767

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

CBCA Short List 2012 – Part 2

Here is the second part of the recently announced CBCA short lists.


Bland, Nick

Ill: Freya Blackwood The Runaway Hug, Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

Hartnett, Sonya

Ill: Lucia Masciullo Come Down Cat!, Puffin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)

Honey, Elizabeth That’s Not a Daffodil!, Allen & Unwin

Jorgensen, Norman

Ill: James Foley The Last Viking, Fremantle Press

McKinley, Meg

Ill: Leila Rudge No Bears, Walker Books Australia

Quay, Emma, Rudie Nudie, ABC Books, HarperCollins



Blackwood, Freya

Text. Libby Gleeson Look, a Book! Little Hare Books, Hardie Grant Egmont

Brooks, Ron

Text. Margaret Wild The Dream of the Thylacine, Allen & Unein

Cool, Rebecca

Text. Glenda Millard For All Creatures, Walker Books Australia

Graham, Bob A Bus Called Heaven, Walker Books Australia

Rudge, Leila

Text. Meg McKinley No Bears, Walker Books Australia

Whatley, Bruce

Text. Jackie French Flood Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia



Do, Anh & Do, Suzanne

Ill: Bruce Whatley The Little Refugee, Allen & Unwin

Lester, Alison & Tulloch, Coral One Small Island: The Story of Macquarie Island, Penguin Group (Australia)

Queensland Art Gallery Surrealism for Kids, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art

Wignell, Edel

Ill: Mark Jackson Bilby Secrets, Walker Books Australia

Wilkinson, Carole Fromelles: Australia’s Bloodiest Day at War, Black Dog Books

Wheatley, Nadia (Ed)

Ill: Ken Searle Playground, Allen & Unwin

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