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Dec 02 2016

Laugh your head off again by Andy Griffiths, Sally Rippin and others

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Ill. by Andrea Innocent. Macmillan Australia, 2016. ISBN 9781743549872
(Age: 8-10) Recommended. Bold fluoro orange illustrations, punchy punctuation and bright title pages add zest and excitement to these nine humourous stories written by nine best-selling children's authors. Share them with a middle primary class; encourage them to write their own narratives filled with original characters with unique points of view, puns, alliteration and humour.
In Sally Rippin's Momo and Me, Momo the pet monkey loves spaghetti, the tactile experience of winding it around his fork, round his fingers, in fact his whole body. When artistic Aunt Thelma comes over for Sunday lunch, she surprises the family with her new elaborate hat, a bluebird nesting on a bed of looped wool. The family gather for the meal and Dad's in the kitchen finishing the spaghetti when Momo leaps across the table snatches Thelma's hat and disappears. One mischievous monkey's actions require quick thinking by the family to restore order.
Andy Griffith's Busting is set in a supermarket with a young boy who needs to go to the toilet, an old man with a walking frame and a pair of undone shoelaces. A comedy of errors unfolds, with the pencil seller, the toilets closed for cleaning, a broken escalator, a fire in the shopping centre all making for a fast-paced story with a typical Griffiths twist.
Have fun reading about Lobby the Lobster's ballet moves at the Pet Show, a ten-metre tall concrete tomato, foiling the plans of a demon seagull Caarkula who loves footy pies and a money-spinner Justin Bieber corn chip.
Laugh Your Head Off Again delivers humour and excitement in this short story format.
Rhyllis Bignell



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Dec 02 2016

Horse of fire: Horse stories from around the world by Lari Don

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Bloomsbury Education, 2016. ISBN 9781472920966
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Myths and legends. Horses. Unicorns. Short stories. The fabulous black horse on the front cover will entice any reader who likes horses to open up this book and dip into the amazing array of stories about horses. As...
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Dec 02 2016

Ice breaker by Lian Tanner

cover imageThe Hidden series, bk 1. Allen and Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781760293178
(Age: 11+) Highly recommended. Re-Issue. Adventure, Fantasy. The first in The Hidden series, with a new jacket introduces Petrel, a young girl who survives by her wits in a strange world aboard a huge ship...
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Dec 02 2016

Molly and Mae by Danny Parker

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Ill. by Freya Blackwood. Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016. ISBN 9781742975276
A railway station in rural Anywhere, Australia and Molly and Mae are looking forward to their journey to the city. On the platform there is fun to be had like hide and seek to play as they and the other passengers...
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Dec 01 2016

A monster calls by Patrick Ness

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Walker Books, 2016. ISBN 9781406365771
(Age: 10+), Highly recommended. Death. Cancer. Nightmares. Fear. Bullying. School. Hospitals. With this new collector's edition, published to coincide with the film's release in 2016, extra material is included, making this a larger heavier tome...
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Dec 01 2016

Dragon Land by Stephanie Bendixsen

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Ill. by Chris Kennett. Pixel Raiders bk 2. series. Scholastic Australia, 2016. ISBN 9781760275662
(Age: 8+) Digital Worlds. Computer games. Fantasy. Adventure. Stephanie Bendixsen and Steve O'Donnell continue their gaming series in Dragon Land. When we last saw Ripley and...
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Dec 01 2016

Undercover: one of these things is almost like the others by Bastien Contraire

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Phaidon, 2016. ISBN 9780714872506
(Age: 3+) Recommended. Shapes. Identification. Similarities and differences. The cover shows the reader clearly what will be found on each of the pages inside the book. A set of hats awaits the eagle eye, and readers will instantly laugh seeing the...
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Dec 01 2016

The beach at night by Elena Ferrante

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Ill. by Mara Cerri. Trans. by Ann Goldstein. Text Publishing, 2016. ISBN 9781925355741
(Age: 6+) Fable. Loss. Abandonment. Beach. This most unusual fable for modern times is narrated by a doll, Celina, left on the beach by its owner, Mari, besotted with her new playmate, a kitten....
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Nov 30 2016

When the music's over by Peter Robinson

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Hodder and Stoughton, 2016. ISBN 9781444786729
(Age: senior secondary to adult) Highly recommended. Crime fiction, Cold case, DCI Banks, Rape, Celebrity crime, Racism, Prostitution. When DCI Banks is promoted to Detective Superintendent, his first case is likely to be his last at this...
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Nov 30 2016

The horse thief by Jane Smith

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Tommy Bell: Bushranger Boy. Big Sky Publishing, 2016. ISBN 9781925520064
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. The Horse Thief finds a new classmate for Tommy as well as more adventures with his horse Combo. Riding Combo also allows Tommy to use the hat he found to go back in time...
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Nov 30 2016

Squares and other shapes with Josef Albers

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Phaidon, 2016. ISBN 9780714872551
(Age: 2-6) Recommended. Art, Board book. In the series, First Concepts with Fine Artists, this board book reveals a series of shapes through the art of twentieth century Modernist, Josef Albers. On each page is an example of his abstract...
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Nov 30 2016

The Miracle Goal starring Troy, Adam, Joel and Scott Selwood by Tony Wilson

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The Selwood Boys bk 2. ABC Books, 2016. ISBN 9780733335464
(Age: 7+) Tony Wilson's series The Selwood Boys is perfect for the football fans and younger readers who enjoy sporting stories based on real life characters AFL football players. In an easy to read format, filled...
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Nov 30 2016

The Selwood Boys: Battle Royale by Tony Wilson

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Harper Collins, 2016. ISBN 9780733335457
(Age: 7+) Recommended. The Selwood Boys - Battle Royale is an Aussie story using football playing brothers as the main characters. Tony Wilson has elaborated on the childhood memories of the boys and the football theme runs through the...
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Nov 29 2016

The unforgettable What's his name by Paul Jennings

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Allen & Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781760290856
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. The unforgettable What's his name explores what it is like to be invisible. The main character is commonly referred to as 'What's his name' and feels like nobody sees him. He has no friends. He feels like...
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Nov 29 2016

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

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Scholastic, 2016. ISBN 9780545581608
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Dog Man is a book that looks like a novel, has a lovely illustrated cover - this was in a hardcover, but is a comic. A quick flick through the book and you will see bright illustrations and speech bubbles telling the...
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Nov 29 2016

The amateurs by Sara Shepard

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The amateurs bk. 1. Hot Key Books, 2016. ISBN 9781471405266
(Age: 15+) Some strong language. Mystery. Alcohol. Parties. Aerin's sister Helena had been brutally murdered years before and when a group of young people who belong to an online forum, Case not closed, turn up on her...
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Nov 29 2016

The cranky ballerina by Elise Gravel

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Katherine Tegan Books, 2016. ISBN 9780062351241
Ada does not look forward to weekends, particularly Saturdays, because Saturday is ballet day and she HATES ballet. Her leotard is too tight and her tutu too itchy and as for the moves she is forced to do and practise and practise... as she...
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Nov 28 2016

Literature to Support the Science Curriculum Foundation - 7 by Fran Knight and Pat Pledger

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Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 97801876678470
Teacher reference. Primary School. Highly recommended. Literature to Support the Science Curriculum Foundation - 7 is a collection of fiction and some non-fiction books linked to the Australian Science curriculum. Teachers and...
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Nov 28 2016

Zombiefied! Outbreak by C M Gray

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Harper Collins, 2016. ISBN 9780733334238
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. Zombiefied! Outbreak is book three in the series and finds our main character, Ben, facing yet another challenge. Since becoming a half zombie, Ben has had many adventures and has been getting use to his new...
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Nov 28 2016

King baby by Kate Beaton

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Walker Books, 2016. ISBN 9781406371758
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Babies, Family, Humour. No-one will be able to hold back tears of laughter as the baby in this story is shown at the centre of all that goes on within the family. We all have experience of how a baby disrupts the...
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Nov 28 2016

Scarlett and Ivy: The Dance in the Dark by Sophie Cleverly

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Harper Collins Publishing, 2016. ISBN 9780007589227
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Scarlett and Ivy: The Dance in the Dark is book 3 in the series. It refers back to the events from book 1 and 2 so they are not needed to understand this story but book sets are always good to read...
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Nov 28 2016

Skyfire by Michael Adams

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The Seven Signs series. Scholastic, 2016. ISBN 9781743628010
(Age: 10+) Recommended. Adventure, Series, Awards, Thriller. When seven young people win a DARE Award and are invited to join the group, they find themselves enlisted to seek out the seven symbols that predict what could...
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Nov 28 2016

Blue and other colours with Henri Matisse

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Phaidon, 2016. ISBN 9780714871325
(Age: 2-6) Recommended. Board book, Matisse, Art, Colour. A board book full of reproductions of Matisse's work with scissors, done when he was old and arthritic, sitting in bed with painted paper and a pair of scissors is offered to encourage younger...
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Nov 25 2016

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Wild and wacky edition 2017 by Ripley's Entertainment Inc.

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Scholastic, 2916. ISBN 9781338113242
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Crazy facts. Humour. The latest edition of Ripley's believe it or not looks at crazy facts, and really weird wonders of the world. It is sure to be an absolute winner with people of all ages who like to read about strange...
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Nov 25 2016

How to build a billy cart and other fun stuff by Rob Palmer

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Scholastic Australia, 2016. ISBN 9781743625743
(Age: 8+) Recommended. DIY projects. This fun book has 16 DIY projects to make. Authored by former Better Homes and Gardens star Rob Palmer, this will have immediate appeal to anyone who likes to build things. The Contents page is extensive,...
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Nov 25 2016

The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle by Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting

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Ill. by Tom Jellett. Penguin Viking, 2016. ISBN 9780670079223
Picture book.
Look! Look! It's the Gobbledygook!
He's reading his favourite mon-story book
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Comfortable in the library and using his best book-reading manners that he learned in...
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Nov 24 2016

Classic nursery rhymes introduced by Chris Riddell

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Ill. by Dorothy M Wheeler. Bloomsbury Education, 2016. ISBN 9781472932389
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Nursery rhymes. Nostalgia. This stunning re-release of a book of English nursery rhymes, was first published when World War One was raging. Apparently a chance discovery in company archives...
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Nov 24 2016

Hotdog! by Anh Do

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Ill. by Dan McGuiness. Scholastic, 2016. ISBN 9781760279004
(Age: 7+) Recommended. Humour. Animals. Poo. Hotdog, a super low sausage dog has abilities quite different from those shown by his friends. Lizzie the lizard is able to blend into the background so much so that people cannot see...
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Nov 24 2016

Timing the machine by Gary Crew

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Ill. by Paul O'Sullivan. Harbour Publishing, 2016. ISBN 9781922134530
(Age: 9+) Recommended. Fantasy. Future. Science fiction. Time travel. When Enoch becomes lost in the museum, he is at a loss to even remember who he is, let alone why he is there, who his teacher is, and how he was...
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Nov 24 2016

Little Owl's egg by Debi Gliori

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Ill. by Alison Brown. Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781408853795
(Age: 3-6) Recommended. Little Owl is surprised and a little jealous when Mother Owl announces there is a new baby owl inside the egg Mummy has lain. He wants to remain Little Owl and is scared there won't be enough of his...
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Nov 23 2016

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

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HarperCollins, 2016. ISBN 9781460752036
(Age: 14+) Highly recommended. Inquisition. Middle Ages. France - History. Miracles. Dolssa de Stigata is a deeply religious girl who believes that she must preach. Persecuted by the Inquisition and hunted by Dominican Friar Lucien, she flees for...
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Nov 23 2016

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

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Ill. by Chris Riddell. Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781408870600
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Fantasy. Myths. The story, first published in 2009 and a World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novella, has been given a new face with the fabulous illustrations by Chris Riddell. Odd, whose name...
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Nov 23 2016

Twig by Aura Parker

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Scholastic, 2016. ISBN 9781760157067
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Insects, Camouflage, School, Acceptance. When Heidi, the stick insect first goes to school, she is daunted by the number of other insects there, but is looking forward to making new friends and learning lots.
But no one...
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Nov 23 2016

Snow White - a Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

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Candlewick Press 2016. ISBN 9780763672331
The classic story of Snow White is a dark one; her mother dies, the wicked stepmother usurps her father's love and is jealous of her. She survives a murder attempt and briefly finds friendship in the seven dwarfs only to be poisoned; rescue comes...
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Nov 22 2016

Rain stones by Jackie French

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Angus & Robertson, 2016. ISBN 9781460753170
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Rural Australia. Drought. This newly presented edition celebrates twenty five years since this book was first published. With a new cover and an edition in ebook format, times have changed, but not the...
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Nov 22 2016

Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin

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John Rebus series. Orion Books, 2016. ISBN 9781409159414
(Age: Senior secondary to adult) Highly recommended. Cold case. Crime. Edinburgh. John Rebus though retired, hasn't put away his interest in crime or the criminals in Edinburgh. A cold case stimulates his interest; the death...
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Nov 22 2016

Ducks away by Mem Fox

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Ill. by Judy Horacek. Scholastic, 2016. ISBN 9781760158514
(Age: 2-5) Highly recommended. Ducks away is a delightful new picture book created by celebrated children's author Mem Fox and Judy Horacek a popular children's illustrator and cartoonist.
Mem Fox has adapted the...
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Nov 02 2016

Literature to support the Science curriculum Foundation - 7 by Fran Knight and Pat Pledger

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Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 9781876678470
Teacher Reference.This publication is an outstanding tool for the study of science for these year levels.
Fran...
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Feb 22 2016

Fiction gems: Recommended fiction lists for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students by Fran Knight and Pat Pledger

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Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 9781876678456
Teacher reference. What a great resource for those charged with purchasing or recommending reading material for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students. The Middle School aged reader can have specific interests or reading demands and keeping...
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