Mr Tripp Smells a Rat (Walker Stories) Sandy McKay & Ruth Paul (Walker Books)
This is a collection of three stories about Room 5 and their teacher Mr. Tripp, who loves telling jokes. The first is about a class rat that has escaped from its cage; another about a birthday party for Mr. Tripp who just happens to be on a seafood diet which makes party food hard); and lastly the number one problem of all early school years - the dreaded Nits. These are lovely stories appropriately told for the early reader.
Our Gags (Walker Stories) Catriona Hoy & Annabelle Josse (Walker Books)
There is a new baby in the house and so mum is very consumed with feeding and change smelly nappies and burping and little vomits … luckily there is a gag's machine on hand to lend assistance and keep it all running smoothly. Gag's of course is grandmother and the three stories in this book delightfully tell tales about Gags and her adventures with the family, getting things in order in the house, playing in the park, and going on family holidays - again perfect stories for the early reader.
The Deep End (Aussie Nibbles) Ursula Dubosarsky & Mitch Vane (Puffin)
The Deep End is Ursula's latest instalment for the Aussie Nibbles series - and this time Becky who has appeared in earlier nibbles titles - is learning to swim. She loves swimming lessons at the local pool but now it is time for her group to move up. Now she is moving into the deep end of the pool and Becky doesn't know if she is quite ready for the that part of the pool yet.
A wonderful examination of a young child's discovery of learning to swim in the deep end of the pool.
This title is shortlisted for the Younger Reader Book of the Year award.