Thursday, July 10, 2008

Picture Books & Junior Fiction

Lots of reading happening and here are a few picture books and junior fiction. These will be enjoyed by readers - both adults and kids. Some will even give a giggle or three.

Picture Books

The Dog on the Tuckerbox Corinne Fenton & Peter Gouldthorpe (Black Dog Books)
Most aussies have heard of the Dog on the Tuckerbox near Gundagai but many people don't know the story - here it is. It is the story of the devoted dog Lady and her master Bill, a bullocky from Australia's pioneer days. Find out about Australia's pioneering early settlement, the men who transported everything around the country droving their teams of bullocks and how one dog, devoted to her master, stayed on the tuckerbox, exactly where she was told.

The Very Cranky Bear Nick Bland (Schoastic)
What happens when a bear is disturbed by four friends who seek shelter from the rain in a nice cozy place which just happens to be where the bear is sleeping? Lots of roaring from a craznky bear of course! So the four friends set about cheering up cranky bear with little success. But then plain boring sheep comes up with a woolly solution that just might help bear to sleep and provide the friends with shelter to play. Lots of rhyming fun and lovely pictures.

The Eleventh Sheep Kyle Mewburn & Claire Richards (Scholastic)
I didn't know there was an eleventh sheep ... but when Sian counts herslef to sleep at night from one to ten and then starts agin the eleventh sheep waits to be called, just oout of sight. one snight insterda of waiting she takes a leap and jumps staight into the real world Sian and her sleep sheep have lots of fun until she relaises that her sleep sheep is homesick so she counts her sheep from one to eleven ... but what is wating just out of view?

Tomorrow Mark MacLeod & Kirrily Schell (ABC Books)
Here is a lovely little book of hope, of embracing life in all its forms. a book about dreaimng and believing that we can make a difference no matter what we see around us. With simply written text and line drawings encourages further conversation and exploration of the joy of living - and of today.

Junior Fiction

Harriet Bright in a Pickle Claire Craig & Melanie Feddersen (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Harriet Bright will be a poet when she grows up ... at least maybe. But first she has four problems. One is Paul Picklbottom a kid from school who causes her all sorts of dramas. Two is that she is a lousy swimmer and she has to race in the school swimming carnival. Problem three is she wants to be cinderella in the school play and beat Polly who always gets the best parts - until Harriet decides that there is a better part than cinderella. And four her best friend Molly has a secret but she won't tell harriet even after she tries and tries to get the secret from her. This is fun, a great book for junior readers wanting books with some length.

The True History of Stuff:
Vol. 1 Shampoo, Peanut Butter, the Days of the Week
James Valentine (ABC Books)
This crazy little book is true - except for the bits that aren't ... and that is the whole lot of the book!
So knowing that, grab the book and find out how shampoo came about, how the recipe for peanut butter was tricked out of the keeper of the gods for us all to consume, and how the days of the week were ordered! And all of this from the fantastical,and now forgotten kingdom of Trapezia.

Cranky Paws (Pet Vet Book 1) Darrel & Sally Odgers (Scholastic)
This is the first title in a new series told by Trump, the ALO (animal Liason Officer) at a vet clinic. Trumps' job is to act as the go-between between animals with problems and the human animals who want to help them. In Cranky Paws a cat arrives at the clinic who hates everyone - humans and dogs too. A solution has to be found and Trumps might just be able to help! The books will be adored by kids who love their pets and other animals.

Meet The Humansons Knife & Packer (Scholastic)
Who are the Humansons? They are one set of the crazy residents of Freak Street. They are an average, everyday family (at least they think they are) who when cleaning the car, wash the windows with the neighbour's cat and clean the wheels with yoghurt. When Pet Day at school draws near chaos hits this family - their pet belly-dancing slug gets sick. Of course there is also the mystery of the missing pet judge that has to be solved! Lots of bright colours and humorous text. Boys will enjoy this!
Have fun with these reads. There are stacks of great aussie books being published for our aussie kids and more will be here soon.
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Jennie said...

Hi, Chris;
Glad you liked Cranky Paws, the first book in our new Pet Vet series:-)

Darrel and Sally Odgers.

Anonymous said...

Lovely reviews - thanks. I'm always on the hunt for great children's books and have recently discovered Bayard and their series of StoryBoxBooks, AdventureBoxBooks and DiscoveryBoxBooks (which has a special focus on teeth!) They have work by acclaimed children's books illustrator Helen Oxenbury appearing in the Storybox series for September. In addition to this, they also have some great activities for rainy days:,, Enjoy!

JJones said...

A lot posted about the Dog on the Tuckerbox on the Internet is nonsense. The monument is really about a massacre of Indigenous people that happened nearby, which was hidden, and black dog (the DonT Monument) guards the site of the ashes of those massacred people. This is supported by the archaeology of the area but was also reported to the archaeologist on the Coolac Bypass Arch Survey several years ago by a very long time Coolac resident


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