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Jun 26 2017

Raymond by Yann and Gwendal Le Bec

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Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406362428
(Age: 5+) Recommended, Dogs, Behaviour. Raymond is a loved dog in the family. Each year the family treat him to a surprise birthday party, but one day Raymond has a big idea. Why shouldn't he sit with the family at tea. And so he does. After that it is a not a big stretch for him to do other human things, and soon all of the community's dogs are behaving like humans. They go to the theatre together, have their cappuccino mornings, and Raymond reads a magazine called Dogue.
When the family is out one morning, he goes to the offices of the Dogue magazine and asks for a job. He interviews a range of dogs and becomes so successful that he is soon a presenter on TV.
But then he is so admired that he needs security dogs to keep back his followers, a groomer to attend to his coat and nails each day, a secretary, and soon the only time his family sees him is on TV.
He becomes so stressed with all of the work he needs to do, his family persuade him to take a holiday.
Lying on the beach a ball is thrown near him and the old urge to chase the ball sets in.
He is cured and goes back to his family, quite content to be scratched behind the ears just like he was in the past.
This charming story of being satisfied with what you have, of having time to smell the roses, will resonate with younger children whose lives are filled with things that seem important at the time. An astute teacher could discuss with the class what is important to them, after reading how Raymond becomes a slave to his job, forgetting about the things that really made him happy.
The humorous illustrations will tickle the fancy of many readers as they see Raymond behaving as a human but make them question just what is most important to them.
With nods to the hipster generation, with its emphasis on screens, cappuccino and takeaway meals, this up to date picture book will leave readers with a smile of recognition.
Fran Knight



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Lothian, 2017. ISBN 9780734417954
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Ill. by Chris Chatterton. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408872444
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Jun 26 2017

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Ill. by Marta Kissi. Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406368970
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Jun 26 2017

Horizon by Scott Westerfeld

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Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781743817605
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. Science fiction, Survival, STEM. On a flight from the USA to Tokyo, eight teens on the plane are the only survivors when it crashes. But where they expect snow and ice, is jungle, with strange birds and even stranger...
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Jun 23 2017

Whatcha building? by Andrew Daddo

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Ill. by Stephen Michael King. Harper Collins, 2017. ISBN 9780733334153
(Ages: 4-8) Recommended. Construction, recycled materials. Andrew Daddo and Stephen Michael King have created a multi-layered book about how our world is changing around us. When the old wooden milk bar is torn down...
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Jun 23 2017

Is this an emergency? Ambulance. The adventures of Toby the Teddy by Catherine Buckley and Amelia Harrison

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Ill. by Emma Stuart. Amelia Harrison, 2016. ISBN 9780646952901
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Jun 23 2017

Never a true word by Michael McGuire

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Wakefield Press, 2017. ISBN 9781743054734
(Age: Adult) Recommended for Adults only (and only for those with political interest) Themes: Politics; Elections; Public relations. This is a thinly veiled expose of the political process - McGuire lifts the tent flaps and reveals the soiled...
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Jun 21 2017

Beyond the wild river by Sarah Maine

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Hodder and Stoughton, 2017. ISBN 9781473639683
(Age: Senior secondary-adult) Recommended. This is a terrifically well researched novel, and the story, and indeed the plot, are finely wrought. I was captivated by the settings, described in rich detail, from the new city of Chicago to the...
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Jun 21 2017

A patch from scratch by Megan Forward

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Penguin/Viking, 2016. ISBN 9780670078295
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Jun 21 2017

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Simon and Schuster, 2017. ISBN 9781471162695
(Age: 15+) Well, this is a delicious read, a feast for the senses. The writers almost dare us to not relish or enjoy the food, the convoluted love stories, the solving of issues of love, loyalty and friendship all set in the delightful towns...
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Jun 21 2017

The curious case of the missing mammoth by Ellie Hattie

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Ill. by Karl James Mountford. Little Tiger Press, 2017. ISBN 9781848694484
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Jun 21 2017

Bring me the head of Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp

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Ill. by John Kelly. Ivy Pocket series; book 3. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408858721
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Jun 21 2017

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Ill. by Karen Erasmus. New Frontier Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9780957988446
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Jun 21 2017

The Mysterious Mr Jacob : Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy by John Zubrzycki

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Transit Lounge Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9780995359437
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Jun 20 2017

Bronze bird tower by Carole Wilkinson

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Dragonkeeper book 6. Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781922179586
(Age: 10+) Recommended. Dragons. Fantasy. Myths. Mythical worlds. Carole Wilkinson has ended the Dragonkeeper series with another thrilling, fantasy journey into the mythical world of Huaxia (China) in the safe...
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Jun 20 2017

Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons by Gary Northfield

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Julius Zebra series. Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406373721
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Feb 02 2017

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

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Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 9781876678470
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Jan 30 2017

Literature to support the Australian curriculum: HISTORY. Foundation - Year 10 by Fran Knight and Pat Pledger

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LinksPlus, revised 2016. ISBN 9781876678265
Highly recommended - for educators. Subjects: History curriculum; Fiction; Annotated bibliography. Fran Knight and Pat Pledger are committed to providing educators and librarians with excellent reference tools that support the Australian...
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Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 9781876678456
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