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Jan 24 2014

Stories for boys by various authors

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Ill. by Tony Flowers. Random House Australia, 2013. ISBN 9780857980885.
(Ages: 5-8) Highly recommended. This entertaining compilation consists of twelve short stories by some of Australia's best-loved children's authors including Tristan Bancks, David Harding, Bill Condon, Martin Chatterton, George Ivanoff and Janeen Brian. With a wide range of subject matter, these stories introduce young readers to genres including mystery, science fiction, fantasy and adventure. All the stories are written specifically for junior primary aged boys, so as expected topics include pirates, dinosaurs, robots and superheroes.
One common factor throughout the book is humour, with all stories displaying some enjoyable twists and the element of absurd imagination which young boys love, but without the toilet humour so often encountered in writing for this age. There is also just enough thrills and 'spooky stuff' to keep young suspense fans on the edge of their seats.
The perfect bedtime reading book, one story per night - if you can convince your child to stop at just one!
Donella Reed

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