Saturday, 14 January 2017

Start of a new series by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley

NZ Writer and Illustrator Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Donovan Bixley  Dinosaur Trouble # The Great Egg Stink

Scholastic NZ 2017  $5.00 60pp

ISBN `978 1 7754 3366 8

Themes: ‘Easy’ reading/ Stone Age times/

Arg and his stone age family feature in this first book in a new series by a duo who always seems to come up with something special.  Very simple reading and a lot of laughing when Arg finds an extra messy dinosaur egg with a surprise inside. 
Year 1 up/ Age 5 up

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A bit of personal news!

I am a great believer in calling a spade a spade so this is to let you know I have been diagnosed with terminal cancer with a ball park figure from the oncologist of around 6 months to countdown.  I will do as much blogging of new books as I can in that time but don’t be surprised if it becomes a bit spasmodic.
Barbara Murison  

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

I don't like animals!

USA Writer and Illustrator 
David Baddiel, illustrated by Jim Field
AniMalcolm – life as an animal is wild
HarperCollins 2017  $22.99pb 355 pp
ISBN 978 0 0081 8515 2
Themes: Dislike of animals!/ School trips/ Technology
Malcolm just doesn’t like animals at all which is strange because his family absolutely love them all and totally fill up their house with as many as possible.  Malcolm is into technology – laptops and computers, iPads and Notebooks.  But all is about to change when a school trip to a farm is arranged and Malcolm really sees animals face to face for the first time. This is a highly original story by a writer I think is going to be someone to watch. Google his name to see what he has achieved so far.
Year 3up/ Age 7 up

Thursday, 29 December 2016

A story of a WW1 survivor

To Be Released in March 2017 (apologies that I have jumped the gun a bit with this)

NZ Writer and Illustrator Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Fifi Colston Torty and the soldier – a story of a WWI survivor Scholastic 2017  $15.99pb 32 pp

ISBN 978 1 7754 3365 1

Themes: Salonica/ True stories/ World War I

Over 100 years have passed since a field hospital was bombed in Salonika during World War I. It was here a young Kiwi soldier, Stewart Little rescued a small Greek tortoise that had been run over by a tank and eventually brought her back to New Zealand and cared for her. When she finally died it was estimated she was over 200 years old. In spite of it being set (at the beginning) in a distressing war zone this is a gentle story brought amazingly to life by Jennifer Beck (see the net for her other well known World War 1 stories) and in Fifi Colston’s illustrations. Fifi has also ‘specialised’ in this area and I think these illustrations are amongst her best.

Year 2 up/ Age 6 up

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Seasons Greetings

To everyone who looks at this BLOG


Barbara Murison

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A straight out funny story

NZ Writer and Illustrator 

Chris Szekely, illustrated by Josh Morgan


Huia 2016  $15.00pb 113 pp

ISBN 978 1 7755 0198 5

Themes: Funny stories

A light-hearted story about an imaginative nine-year-old who lives in the country with her grandparents, who has fun with her cousin Jessie while trying to find ways to ambush her real ‘enemy’ Stewart. Great to read aloud.

Year 3 up/ Age 7 up  

At present I am having chemotherapy to shrink some tumours and it is sometimes hard to concentrate  (the dreaded ‘chemo brain’) so please indulge me a little over the next few months! And forgive me if the flow of postings is not as constant as in the past.

Barbara Murison

Sunday, 11 December 2016

At last a sweet smelling Santa!

NZ Writer and Illustrator 
Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Sarah Davis
Marmaduke Duke and the Christmas Calamity
Scholastic 2016 18.99pb 40pp
ISBN 978 1 7754 3390 3
Themes: Christmas Eve/ Series/ Stories in rhyme
Just a few hours before they are due to take off for their traditional midnight ride through the skies, Santa, his band of elves and all of the reindeer take off for a short relaxing break. Carelessly, none of them look where they are going, plunge down the side of a cliff and are buried deep in the snow. Who will stand in for this traditional task? Who else but Marmaduke Duck, Bernadette Bear (a rather portly but very believable Santa Claus) and all the animals now recast as reindeer. This is a lot of fun to share and read aloud and how wonderful to find a recent book about Santa where he isn’t having bowel problems and the reindeer are not full of wind! This is the fourth book in the series and Juliette and Sarah seem to become more inventive with each one.
Pre school up/ Age 3 up