Author – Chae Strathie
Illustrator – Anna Chernyshova
Age – 6+
Tommy can’t wait to start Pirate School. This means sailing on the Rusty Barnacle, captained by Pirate Captain Firebeard, for the whole school term!
Once aboard, he learns about all things piratey including sea monsters they may encounter on pirate escapades. Between their lessons, the apprentice pirates can visit the tuck shop for on board sweets and treats – until they start to go missing. Who is stealing the lollies from under their noses?
Suspicion instantly falls on Spiky Spencer and his gang including Muttonhead Max and Greta the Grouch, but maybe the thief isn’t quite so obvious. It’s only when Tommy and the entire crew are in grave danger that the thief is revealed.
A simple, fun, pirate story for young readers with lots of ‘Aaaaaarrrrr!’
(Pirates, Sea Monsters, Pirate School, Nemesis, Theft)
Author – Philip Ardagh
Illustrations – Jamie Littler
Age – 7+
Jane is very excited to be starting work at Lytton House. ‘House don’t describe it. It looks more like a palace,’ exclaims Jane in her diary. Despite a page full of rules she must soon learn, the mistress and master are good employers and the many other staff friendly.
All is well until a jade necklace is stolen from the mistress’s bedroom. One of the maids is under suspicion, but is too well thought of to be blamed outright. Jane decides to try and figure out who stole it. After checking drainpipes, looking for footprints and thinking through the staff schedules she finds a real clue. Will she unmask the culprit?
This story set in Victorian times was something different. Jane speaks just as she would do as an uneducated maid, and as the story unfolds, footnotes are added at the bottom of the page for the reader to understand Victorian terms or behavior. It added so much more to the story for those who are interested, or they can be skipped at the reader’s choice. This is part of the ‘Only the facts are true‘ series.
(Victorian, Maid, Mystery, Diary, Series)
Author – Gillian Mears
Illustrator – Dinalie Dabarera
Age – 6+
The Cat with the Coloured Tail is no ordinary cat. Not only does its tail change colour, it guides his friend Mr Hooper and his moon-cream van, seeking out unhappy people who just might need one of their magical moon-creams. These moon-creams are no ordinary ice-cream, spun with just the right colours that the person needs to cheer them.
When they’re not selling moon-creams, or making special ones for those in need, they both love to look for heart shapes around them. One day, the cat’s tail turns black, and Mr Hooper knows something is terribly wrong. Can he help return his cat to it’s colourful self?
Shortlisted for many Australian Awards. A story of kindness, hope, song and love.
(Love, Animals, Cat, Icecream, Kindness)
Author – Sophie Siers
Illustrator – Judith Trevelyan
Age – 6+
9 yr old Rosie Joy lives on a farm with her older brothers and parents. She loves animals, climbing trees and dreaming of fantastical things and places. When her mum tells her it is time to find some eggs for her broody hen Henny Penny to sit on, Rosie Joy is fascinated in the possibilities. Together they decide on what breed of chickens they would like to hatch and this story follows that journey.
But there are other things happening in Rosie Joy’s world. School, friends, the seemingly impossible task of convincing her brother that girls can be famous explorers too, and the joy of making something with her own hands and determination, that she hopes Henny Penny and her yet-to-be-hatched chickens will enjoy.
From Award winning Author of the Allis the little tractor series, Rosie Joy – Here, there and Everywhere is a gentle story, about NZ family farm life, older siblings, animals and that when sometimes when things don’t quite go as planned, there could be a reason or a happy solution. The pencil sketches throughout are adorable.
Little girls both rural and urban, will love this!
(Farm, Animals, Knitting, Determination, Friends, Chickens, Vocabulary)
Author / Illustrator – Gavin Bishop
Age – 6+
From before the age of dinosaurs to present day, this large scale sumptuous book tells the story of our country:
– Our Discoverers, our Names, Maori, Pakeha, Treaty, Wars, Transport, Employment, Housing, Education, Clothing and much, much more. It can be dipped into at random, gleaning facts and interesting notes right throughout, or read from cover to cover as I did, following our country’s journey through time.
By one of our most celebrated and award winning author/illustrators, this book can be looked at again and again. Fabulous!
(New Zealand, Kiwi, Award winning author, History, Non-Fiction)
Author / Illustrator – Andy Riley
Age – 6+
Emperor Nurbison is up to his old, evil tricks again – or is he? Suddenly after years of being horribly mean and dastardly, he seems to have turned over a new leaf. He’s opened a toy store, changed his evil laugh to a giggle and has declared himself NICE!
Everyone in Edwinland are buying his new dolls and loving them too. Edwin isn’t happy that his best friend Megan the Jester would much rather play with her Nurbison doll than the super hero costume he made her. He’s determined to find out what Nurbison is up to.
Jam-packed with hilarious illustrations and slapstick humour, this is the 3rd book in this series and even funnier than the last. Would make a great (silly) read a loud.
(Humour, Funny, Silly, Evil, King, Best friends, Toys, Series)
Author / Illustrator – Aaron Blabey
Age – 6+
They’re back in a new adventure! These bad guys are now The Good Guys Club – and they’ve just saved the world from the evil Dr Rupert Marmalade. The world is celebrating!
Meanwhile, in deep space….
These good guys are hiding from an alien with multiple bums. Legs has found a way to escape, but then he’s taken by the alien! Snake is keen to leave NOW, but the others won’t leave Legs behind. One by one they are taken by the alien, leaving Snake all alone.
Will he save his own skin and leave, or will he finally understand what Wolf has been trying to tell him. Be a Good Guy for a change!
Another hilarious book in this series, with a few hints of an ALIEN movie we might know.
(Funny, Humour, Action, Courage, Brave, Friendship, Spaceship, Space)