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Feb 27 2015

Never tickle a tiger by Pamela Butchart

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Ill. by Marc Boutavant. Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781408839034
(Ages: 3+) Highly recommended. Energetic Izzy is always on the move, always shuffling and jiggling, squirming and twitching, wriggling and fiddling. She fiddles at home, she knots Grandma's knitting, and as for parties she brings in the jelly jiggling on her head. When Miss Potterhurst her class teacher bravely takes her students to the zoo, she warns Izzy to behave. Does young Izzy listen? Of course not, she runs from one animal exhibit to another, stroking the snake behind the glass, bothering the bear and tapping the giant tortoises' shells. Her teacher warns lively Izzy 'And never tickle a tiger!'
She slips away after lunch, skips past the aviary, acquires a feather from a surprised parrot and yes we know just what Izzy does! She causes chaos as a catastrophic chain of events occurs.
French illustrator Marc Boutavant's vibrant, computer drawn illustrations bring Izzy to life. Her energy, personality and adventurous nature is evident as she shimmies, bounces, wriggles and skips from scene to scene. The gatefold pages are an exciting explosion of animal pandemonium, so take time to share both the alliterative text and discover all the creatures. Engage with their wide eyes, surprised faces and funny interactions, observe as the crocodile snaps at the skunk, who then pongs the panda and ever so quickly there's uproar at the zoo.
Never tickle a tiger is a wonderful read-aloud story for a young reader, and a kindergarten or junior class. Just right for an introduction to action verbs as well.
Rhyllis Bignell

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Alice-Miranda at the palace by Jacqueline Harvey

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Alice-Miranda bk 11. Random House Australia, 2015. ISBN 9780857982728
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Feb 27 2015

Budinge and the Min Min lights by Uncle Joe Kirk with Greer Casey and Sandi Harrold

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Ill. by Sandi Harrold. Scholastic, 2015. ISBN 9781743628577
(Age: Preschool and primary) Recommended. Aboriginal themes. Min Min lights. The Min Min lights is a recurring theme in many stories and tales told of the Outback and is sometimes seen as a harbinger of something sinister in...
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Feb 26 2015

Moon at nine by Deborah Ellis

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Allen & Unwin, 2015. ISBN 9781760111977
(Age: 14+) Recommended. Same sex relationships, Iran, Historical novel, Prison. Fifteen year old Farrin goes to an elite school in Tehran, one her mother also attended as a young woman, but she is ambitious and smart and does not want to be part of...
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Feb 26 2015

Speedy Spy by Susannah McFarlane

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EJ Spy School. Scholastic Australia, 2015. ISBN 9781921931987
Recommended for readers from 6-8. Susannah McFarlane's series EJ Spy School is a wonderful introduction to chapter books for younger readers. They show a young Emma Jacks training to be a SHINE agent. Speed is...
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Feb 26 2015

The case of the really, really scary things by Michael Gerard Bauer

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Secret Agent Derek 'Danger' Dale bk 2. Ill. by Joe Bauer. Omnibus, 2015. ISBN 9781742990668
Recommended for readers from 8-10 years. Secret Agent Derek 'Danger' Dale returns in another action-packed adventure. His task is to outwit Dr McEvilness and the dastardly villains at Exclusively...
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Feb 25 2015

1915 by Sally Murphy

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Scholastic, 2015. ISBN 9781743622483
(Age: 11+) Highly recommended. War, World War One, Gallipoli, CEW Bean, Series: Australia's Great War. The second in the series, Australia's Great War presents the reader with Stan, a young teacher from rural Western Australia at Gallipoli in...
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Feb 25 2015

Once upon an alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

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HarperCollins, 2014. ISBN 9780007514274
(Age: Pre-school - Yr 6) 'If words make up stories and letters make up words, then stories are made up of letters. In this menagerie we have stories, made of words, made for all the letters.' And that's just what this fabulous book by Oliver...
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Feb 25 2015

Save Rafe by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

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Laura Park. Young Arrow, 2014. ISBN 9780099596424
(Age: Yr 4+) It is literally the stuff of nightmares. Rafe Katchadorian thought he would be going to Airbrook Arts School when the new school year starts but over the summer vacation it has closed down and he has to return to Hills...
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Feb 25 2015

My Pop is a Pirate by Damon Young

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Ill. by Peter Carnavas, UQP, 2015. ISBN 9780702253614
(Age: 4-6) Highly recommended. This funny picture book showcases the loving relationship of a granddaughter and her pirate pop as well as presenting pops enjoying their lives, hobbies, vehicles, activities and food choices. There's...
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Feb 25 2015

A Little Treehouse Story series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2015.
Barky the Barking Dog. ISBN 9781743532980
Ten Unlucky Pirates. ISBN 9781743532973
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Feb 23 2015

The adventures of Beekle the unimaginary friend by Dan Santat

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Little, Brown, 2014. ISBN 9780316199988
Highly recommended for readers from 4-7 years. Caldecott Picture Book Winner 2015. Dan Santat's award winning picture book told in the third person, explores the world from the imaginary friends point of view. He introduces a small creature sadly...
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Feb 23 2015

A Scarlet Novel: Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen

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Walker Books, 2014. ISBN 9780802736147
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Feb 23 2015

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David Antram. Book House, 2014. ISBN 9781909645226
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Feb 23 2015

13 words by Lemony Snicket

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Maira Kalman. HarperCollins, 2014. ISBN 9780061664670
(Age: K-3) Word Number 1: bird. The bird sits on the table Word Number 2: despondent. The bird is despondent. In fact, she is so sad that she hops off the table to look for something to cheer her up. And so begins this new story from...
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