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Faves of 2012

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

9781742971414Fiction 8 – 12

Floors : Patrick Carmen


Summer’s Dream :  Cathy Cassidy


Dork Diaries series : Rachel Renee Russell

9780857071194Young Adult Fiction

Stormdancer : Jay Kristoff


The Fault in Our Stars : John Green


Team Human : Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan





9781844282968By: Peter H Reynolds

Ramon loves to draw, anywhere, anytime and anything. One day his brother laughs at him and Ramon tries harder but eventually, when it doesn’t go the way he plans he decides to give up. That is until his sister shows him a different way to see things. Ramon learns that ‘ish’ is a powerful concept, a wonderful thing.

This is a beautiful book on creativity, perspective and encouragement. Totally adorable, with simple language, simple but incredibly appealing illustrations. I totally love Reynold’s books.

Highly Recommended.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 05 September 2005

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Creativity

ISBN 13: 9781844282968

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

Plant A Kiss

By: Amy Krause Rosenthal

Illustrated By: Peter H Reynolds

Little Miss plants a kiss, cares for it and waits. Then one day it finally blooms. Little Miss decides to share the fruit of the kiss even though others say it is rare and might run out if she does. Little Miss doesn’t care she wants to share and discovers something amazing about a planted kiss.

This is a fun, whimsical story that you cannot help but smile at. It is going to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy in the inside and possibly joyful enough to spread that onto the outside. Reynold’s illustrations are delightfully charming. There is little text but that just adds to the story’s appeal. Perfect for younger children who aren’t yet ready for more text laden books.

Lovely, delightful and recommended.

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: 28 February 2012

Format: Hardback 40 pages

Categories: Love, Sharing

ISBN 13: 9780061986758

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Judy Moody, Girl Detective

By: Megan McDonald

Illustrated By: Peter H Reynolds

Book 9 in the Judy Moody series

Judy Moody is in a Nancy Drew kind of mood. She’s been reading stories about the girl detective and has decided that that is what she wants to be. It is a good thing that she is in a mystery solving mood because she finds herself smack in the middle of an honest to goodness mystery. Mr Chips, a police dog in training, has gone missing. Never fear, Judy Drewdy is on the case, she thinks he was taken by evil dognappers and is determined to track them down. Armed with her detective kit and her associates; agents Stink, Pearl and Rock.

Judy is a girl who is enthusiastic and quickly gets swept up into her own bright ideas. She may not always be right in her assumptions but she is determined. McDonald has created fun characters with entertaining stories. The print is fairly large but the chapters average about 14 pages which makes the books best suited to readers in the 7-9 age category. Judy Moody is a lot of fun.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 07 February 2011

Format: Paperback 144 pages

Categories: Crime, Humour

ISBN 13: 9781406327434

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

I’m Here

This book was sent to me by the publisher.

By: Peter Reynolds

This book is beautiful in concept and presentation. It is not a picture book that lends itself to a story synopsis as the boy is alone and the story is about his perceptions of the moment, how he sees things differently to those around him. It does however touch on topics such as isolation, difference and imagination.

The media release states ‘I’m Here is an extraordinary picture book that gives voice to the often silent world of a child struggling to connect with his peers and speaks to the universal need to be loved and heard’. I don’t usually use quotes from press release but in this case I think it explains it best.

This is a stunning book, simple in it’s scope and presentation, both text wise and illustratively. One of the very few books that families living with autism will be able to relate to.

Publisher: Atheneum

Published: 01 September 2011

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Fiction, School Stories, Disability, Relationships

ISBN 13: 9781416996491

Purchase: here or use logo on side of page to go to Booktopia

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