Author/Illustrator – Andy Riley
Age – 6+
9 yr old Edwin is the King of Edwinland, and in this episode he learns the truth about Minister Jill’s past. (Minister Jill is the grown-up who helps him with all the boring stuff).
One evening, Edwin and his best friend Megan (the court jester) decide to break a few of Minister Jill’s rules, with hilarious but horrendous consequences. Suddenly Edwin is on his own without Jill’s guidance, (Who would have thought that breakfast doesn’t make itself) and Edwin knows what he must do. But only after he’s made a few laps of his castle in screaming panic!
Edwin and Megan set off (on the coolest rowboat ever, because the original was just too boring), to find Minister Jill.
No. 4 in this funny series, it is just as zany as the rest. With lots of laugh-out-louds, this would make an entertaining read aloud or be a fun step up for young readers into more substantial chapter books. Black & white illustrations inhabit every page spread in the book, adding even more crazy fun. I love this series.
(Series, Humour, Funny, Zany, Crazy, Appreciation, Taking for granted, Blended family)
Author – Tim Miller
Age – 6+
Ben Dugan is excited when something green crash lands in his back yard the day before they are moving house. It’s a creature from outer space that has farted so hard, it left its planet and landed on Earth.
It eats everything Ben can think of to make it ‘blast’ off again, but no matter how many cabbages, baked beans or eggs it eats, it cannot get enough gas. Ben doesn’t want to leave it behind on its own, so takes it with him to their new house at Stone Beach.
It’s good that the creature is invisible to anyone but Ben, except for the fact that every time it blows off, Ben is blamed.
In No. 2 in this series, Ben goes to his new school and as he tries to make friends, they all make fun of him for the smell that comes with him.
Great for any reluctant readers who love toilet humour.
(Alien, Fart, Trumpet, Blow-off, New School, Invisible, Humour, Funny, Series)
Author – Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator – Chris Van Dusen
Age – 7+
Eugenia Lincoln is a no nonsense kind of lady, unlike her sister Baby Lincoln who loves fun and joy and music. When they receive a large unexpected package one day, all the neighbours come to see what it might be.
Eugenia is unhappy. She didn’t order it, doesn’t want it and will just about do anything to get rid of it! On her way to do just that, something unexpected happens.
Another tale from the multi-award winning Kate DiCamillo which will make a fantastic Read Aloud for Year 3-4’s (7-8 yr olds). Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Tale of Despereaux and the popular Mercy Watson series. This story involves characters from that series.
(Neighbours, Mystery, Music, Series, Humour)
Author – Dermot O’Leary
Illustrator – Nick East
Age – 6+
Toto and her brother Silver have just moved from Italy to London. When they hear something in their bins outside one night, they go to investigate.
Little did they know they would make a friend called Catface. Catface is keen to show them the wonders of London and before they know it they are caught up in an adventure to save the small creatures of the city from an escaped King Cobra!
Toto’s eyesight isn’t that good, but she has razor sharp reflexes and was trained by a Ninja Master in Italy when she was small. Her skills come in very handy along the way.
A fun adventure above and below the streets of London, to find a giant snake escapee from London Zoo. Toto and Silver are based on the illustrator’s own cats. His Toto couldn’t see very well either, but had the reflexes of a fully-sighted cat.
(Animals, Cat, Snake, Rat, London, Sewers, Humour, Funny, Adventure)
Author – Hayley Scott
Illustrator – Pippa Curnick
Age – 6+
Stevie isn’t happy about moving from the city to the country to be closer to her dad. She is a dreamer and loves watching the clouds from her 18th storey apartment window and thinking about stuff. Will she be able to do that in the country?
Her grandmother gives her a moving gift – a teacup that opens up into a dolls house. Stevie is also given 4 rabbit figures for the house, but she knows this is a plan between her mum and grandmother to try and make her feel better about the move.
When they arrive at their new cottage, Stevie carries the teacup house and rabbits carefully inside and sets them up in her new room. But one of the rabbits is missing! While she’s frantically searching, something magical happens!
The first story in a sweet new series. Think Toy Story inside a teacup house. With colour illustrations throughout this is an ideal early chapter book.
(Magic, Moving, Adventure, Danger, Garden, Series)
Author – Julian Gough
Illustrator – Jim Field
Age – 6+
Rabbit & Bear are swimming in a lake, enjoying the summer, when a THING whizzes past their heads. It screams, hits a tree and lands in the water.
What is it, they wonder as Bear plucks it from the lake. It’s unconscious. It’s small. Its face is flat. It has bird feet. Suddenly Rabbit recognises it. It’s a creature that he’s always been told to avoid. They are 6 ft tall and will terrorise you! They eat you alive and burp up your bones!
I don’t think so, says Bear having a closer look at the small, still, fuzzy bundle.
As always, Rabbit gets himself all worked up in a tizz, while Bear looks on figuring things out properly. Slowly but surely they work out the truth as the thing awakes, and Rabbit learns that he actually may have something (embarrasing) in common with it.
Just as good as the first two stories – Funny, thoughtful, and endearing, as these two friends learn about acceptance, no matter what they’ve always believed.
(Animals, Humour, Funny, Series, Acceptance, Prejudice)
Author – Jen Storer
Illustrator – Mitch Vane
Age – 6+
4 more stories about a young boy called Danny Best. Danny is full-on and always first to do anything. He is always after a challenge and keen to beat everyone and then crow to the world!
1) Tongue Tied – Danny is determined to beat the World Record at talking with his tongue hanging out. And if it annoys his big sister, it’s a bonus!
2) Old Yellow Eye is a revered fish in Danny’s town, so when the annual fishing content rolls around, Danny is keen to catch this cunning creature. But when the time comes, he has to choose between Old Yellow Eye and someone close to him.
3) Bum-Free – Danny’s teacher gives his class a task. Write a story about a wholesome family – keeping to the class rules of course. No exploding bums, monkeys with guns, squashed kittens etc. So Danny begins with a very angry vacuum cleaner…..
4) Boy Vs Wild – Danny is bored. So he ventures out into the baking Aussie outback (his backyard), to brave any creatures (the chickens) that come along, and try and find water. His friends are watching through the fence as he acts out his adventure, and he soon has more water than he knows what to do with!
Anyone funny set of stories about this crazy kid. There are quizzes along the way to make sure you’re paying attention!
(Funny, Humour, Full-on, Friends, School, Fishing, Sibling, Series)