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 – LM Montgomery
Adapted by – Mariah Marsden
Illustrator – Brenna Thummler
Age – 8+
When brother and sister Matthew and Marilla decide to take in an orphan boy to help on their farm, little did they realise their world would be tipped upside down by a fiery, red-headed, freckle-faced, highly imaginative 11 year old girl.
At first they were disappointed to find Anne, but very quickly her constant chatter and the way she wears her heart on her sleeve, wins over first Matthew then his no-nonsense sister. Anne then sets out to find her first ever bosom friend in neighbour Diana Barry.
Anne’s forthright ways and vivid imagination transforms lives around her, and this graphic novel adaptation takes Anne right through until adulthood.
I haven’t read or watched Anne of Green Gables for many years, and was looking forward to diving into this modern version of this classic. It was as wonderful as I hoped.
(Classic, Graphic Novel, Friendship, Family, Orphan, Imagination, Adventures)
Author / Illustrator – Ben Hatke
Age – 7+
Zita and her best friend Joseph are playing in a paddock when something falls out of the sky. Is it a meteorite? Inside they find a strange gadget with a bright red button. Joseph urges Zita NOT to push it, but that’s not Zita’s style. Suddenly to her horror, a tentacled creature appears and snatches Joseph! They vanish.
Although still in shock, Zita knows what she has to do. Press the button again….
This is where her Spacegirl adventures begin. Robots, strange creatures large and small, fear and new friendships follow. She has to find Joseph and bring him home. But time is ticking. There is an asteroid streaking towards the strange planet she finds herself on and everyone and everything will do anything to escape it.
The 1st in this Graphic Novel series, this was an action-packed, robot riddled and monster mashed adventure. Zita not only has to find Joseph, she has to avoid multiple attacks on her and her new, albeit odd, friends. A fun read.
(Series, Graphic Novel, Sci-fi, Robots, Friendship, Action, Adventure)
Author – AnH Do
Illustrator – Jeremy Ley
Age – 7+
Nelson Kane lives in a junkyard with his mum, weird inventor grandma and cousin Kenny. When he wakes on his 10th birthday, he has no idea his whole world is about to change.
Nelson is a klutz, petrified of spiders and has often been in tricky situations with Grandma’s gadgets. But today is different. Mum and Grandma have something to tell him. He is a ninja, just like his father before him. Nelson is in shock, but has to step up to his new skills as his town is attacked by mutant spiders!
Any fans of The Bad Guys, Pirate Blunderbeard and Pocket Pirates Series will love this fun format full of B & W Illustrations.
(Series, Family, Humour, Funny, Action)
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 – 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)