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DUCK by Meg McKinlay and Nathaniel Eckstrom.

May 18, 2018 Comments off

duckDUCK by Meg McKinlay and Nathaniel Eckstrom. Pub. Walker Books, 2018.

On a lazy Kansas summer afternoon Duck comes running over the hill yelling DUCK.

Pig, horse, cow and sheep misunderstand. They think that Duck thinks that they too are ducks. They all fob Duck off with answers that make it quite clear to Duck that they are nothing like a duck.

It is Kansas when all said and done and Dorothy Gale would have known what Duck meant. See if you can pick what is going to happen?

Duck understands that he yelled the wrong word.

The illustrations are great. Horse looks suitably long faced, cow looks bemused, sheep is suitably arrogant and pig is reconciled for what may happen while enjoying his mucky environment. Duck is full of concern, the caring little soul.

A good laugh and read-aloud for juniors. Adults will see the bigger picture although some may not.

Nee Naw and the Cowtastrophe by Paul Beavis, Illus. by Deano Yipadee.

May 12, 2018 Comments off

Nee NawNee Naw and the Cowtastrophe by Paul Beavis, Illus. by Deano Yipadee. Pub. Scholastic, 2018.

If you say Nee Naw a few times it sounds like a fire engine going to a fire but this neglected little engine is not going to a fire he is going to help get a cow out of a tree.

Out of a tree you say? That’s right. If I ever got caught up a tree my mother would have said ” you got yourself up there so get yourself down”. Well that is exactly what happens but Nee Naw and his companions give it a go any way.

Great fire engine, lively illustrations and a whole lot of fun. Get it and see what happens.

This  author/illustrator combo have done it before and they know how to have a good laugh. This picture book is a good laugh. But wait there’s more. A CD of a song about the whole story is inside to sing along with. Good fun for juniors.

A Story of the Undead,the Unexpected and the Not Unfunny by Andrew Hansen illus. Jessica Roberts

April 16, 2018 Comments off

undeadA Story of the Undead,the Unexpected and the Not Unfunny by Andrew Hansen illus. Jessica Roberts. Pub. Walker Books, 2018.

I love silly stories especially when they tamper with history and are clever about it. This one tells alternative facts about Ancient Egypt that will make junior and intermediate students laugh and adults to smile knowingly.

Bab is a clever boy, so clever that his teachers expel him from school because he is brighter than they are. His parents are delighted because they are professors of Egyptology and they can now go in search of a famous chin beard that has been worn by the Pharaohs and is now missing.

The beard has a dark magical power and when one Pharaoh dies it searches for the cleverest person around, attaches itself to his or her chin and that person becomes Pharaoh.

You’ve guessed it. When Bab’s parents are out searching for the beard, the beard finds Bab and attaches to his chin. An Ibis and a walking fish take Bab to the ancient city of Mumphis where Jackals are banned an becomes Pharaoh.

But a super bad Jackal named Cainus has a mission to steal the beard and resurrect his former master the Unpharaoh. But first he must get past Bab.

Very funny in a clever way with excellent pen and ink illustrations from Jessica Roberts.

Funny Kid: Stand Up by Matt Stanton.

March 21, 2018 Comments off

stand upFunny Kid: Stand Up by Matt Stanton. Pub. HarperCollins, 2018.

Another gem for reluctant readers in Middle School and up to junior secondary school. The sort of book that has a lot of craziness going on, a load of laughs and characters that we all want to be but are too scared.

Max is Funny kid, a stand up comedian, but things do not go well for him. This time he is laughed off the stage by a clown called Tumbles and he feels he has lost his mojo.

Then his grandpa goes missing from the nursing home, suspected to have been kidnapped. A ransom note shows up but it looks phony and Max and his temporary best friend Hugo, plus duck who thinks Max is his mother and Abbey Purcell who is Max’s nemesis, are on the case.

Abbey thinks Max and Hugo have lifted stupidity to a new level and nobody in the nursing home wants Grandpa back, they call him Cranky-pants. Will Max find his grandpa and get his mojo back. Read it and find out, it is a load of fun.

The Short but Brilliant Career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker.

March 12, 2018 Comments off

lucas weedThe Short but Brilliant Career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker. Pub. Scholastic, 2018.

New writer Chrissie Walker won the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for first published children’s novels with this out there story of a boy with the unusual name of Lucas Weed.

Many would be down trodden with a name like this and 10 year old Lucas feels the pressure. He is new at Fernwood school and is approached by bullies on the first day. Lucas has the gift of the gab so when the bullies suggest a practical joke in the classroom Lucas sets his very fertile imagination to work.

After success in four pranks and a couple of film clips on Youtube, Lucas is touching legendary status and becoming addicted with success. But is it all worth it?

Lots of silly stuff going on, super glued bums, 200 metre dashes in a girls dress with red undies on show and a meeting with the Prime Minister.

Chrissie Walker has her own style featuring highlighted words throughout the text with different sized fonts. The narration technique is unique and the action and thought processes of the characters involved, keep the reader interested.

Aimed at middle school and junior primary pupils with high boy appeal.

Radio Boy and the Revenge of Grandad by Christian O’Connell

March 5, 2018 Comments off

radio boyRadio Boy and the Revenge of Grandad by Christian O’Connell. Pub. HarperCollins, 2018.

This is a sequel to Radio Boy in which middle schooler Spike Hughes took on his spiteful headmaster and won by setting up his own radio station in his garden shed.

This story has him competing with his granddad a former cruise ship entertainer with a Pepe Le Pew hairstyle who goes by the name Toni Fandango, has been kicked out of the house by Spike’s grandma, and now shares Spike’s bedroom.

After taking over Spike’s Radio show and being sacked by his grandson it is all on when the local DJ on Kool FM runs a competition to hire a replacement while he goes on holiday.

All is fair in love and war and radio competitions but who will win? In the final Spike has to interview the winner of the best dog competition and grandad has to interview the cow of the year. In between time it is mayhem.

Easy to read with large font, short chapters and illustrations. In recent weeks I have talked to many middle and lower school children and this type of story is very popular indeed. Some great writers like James Patterson, Matt Stanton, David Baddiel and others are writing in similar style and reluctant boys and girls love them. Many are reviewed on this blog so check them out they are a good laugh and have good values.

The Yark by Bertrand Santini, Illus. Laurent Gapaillard

February 19, 2018 Comments off

yarkThe Yark by Bertrand Santini, Illus. Laurent Gapaillard. Pub. Gecko press, 2018.

I have always believed that a little fear in children’s lives is not a bad thing as long as it is done in areas like literature, in cinema or the Arts. This brilliant short novel fits the bill like no other.

Of all the various Monsters that teem upon the face of the earth, the Human species is the most widespread. There is another, though, more rare, less known. It is the Yark” This is the first paragraph of the novel and it whets the appetite.

We learn that the Yark loves eating children but only good children. He has a delicate stomach and cannot eat bad children who lie, bully or are spoilt. They taste foul and give him indigestion. Unfortunately the World is full of such children and it is hard to find a delicious good child.

The Yark goes hunting for one using Father Xmas’s list of good children. Through this he meets Madeleine and the meeting will change him for ever. Aww!

Easy to read and a great read-a-loud for juniors and middle school readers.

The story is brilliantly supported by Laurent Gapaillard’s pen and ink Victorian-gothic illustrations. The Yark is a superb creation.

This is a five star work, don’t miss it. Adults will smile knowingly.