Prepare yourselves for more fantastical adventures with your new favourite babysitter, Marge. She’s back again in Marge and the Pirate Baby.
Marge is back and exploring the neighbourhood with the kids! With some help from Jemima and Jake, can she stay in charge and keep ‘pirate’ baby Zara under control? And can the children make sure Marge behaves at Uncle Desmond and Annie’s wedding? Anything can happen with Marge around!
I love Isla Fisher’s Marge stories. Marge is bursting with energy, stories and surprises and you just never know what she’s going to get up to next. Jemima and Jake always look forward to Marge turning up to look after them and I look forward to her visits too. She brings joy and excitement in to the Button house and plenty of colour too (especially with her rainbow hair. Eglantine Ceulemans’ illustrations are delightful and add some extra humour to the stories.
The Marge stories are perfect for reading aloud, especially for 7-9 year olds, and they will certainly have kids laughing.
If you had really bad acne you would want to do anything you could to get rid of it. You would try every possible remedy you could, possibly even resorting to less scientifically-proven methods. Imagine, though, that you had tried everything that you possibly could and were feeling pretty downhearted, until one day you wake up and you’re actually invisible! Not only can nobody see your spots, they also can’t see your whole face or the rest of your body. This would be enough to freak anyone out and you would have to figure out how and why it has happened. This is the weird situation that Ethel finds herself in in Ross Welford’s fantastic new book, What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible.
Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed.It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…?When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth.
What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible is a weird and wonderful story full of mystery and marvels. There is something for everyone in this book, from an invisible girl and her family secrets to unexpected friendships and secret missions. I loved Ross’ first book, Time Travelling with a Hamster, so I was really looking forward to this book and Ross doesn’t disappoint. There are plenty of mysteries to keep you guessing and some really tense moments too. I was holding my breath in anticipation in several parts of the story, wondering whether Ethel’s invisibility would be noticed. Ross also lightens the mood with some funny (and embarrassing) moments. Ross captures both the excitement and the terror that I’m sure you would experience if you found yourself invisible.
Ross shows us that people often aren’t who we perceive them to be. Almost everyone in the story has an aspect of themselves that they keep hidden. Ethel herself buys strange medicines online without her grandmother knowing, her Gram and her Great-Gran have secrets of their own, Elliot Boyd (or Boydy to his friends) is different from what she’s been led to believe, and the school bullies Jesmond and Jarrow are quite different when they’re in their own home. Ethel discovers that the life that she knows is a lie and sets out to uncover the truth, with the help of Boydy.
The thing I loved most about this book is the friendship between Ethel and Boydy. Ethel is initially skeptical about being friends with Boydy, who is an outcast at school. He doesn’t seem to care what people think though and Ethel starts to warm to him. He may seem a bit strange to Ethel but he becomes a loyal friend who will do anything to help her.
Like Time Travelling with a Hamster I think What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible would make a great read aloud for Years 6-8 as it would create some good discussions. I can’t recommend Ross Welford’s books highly enough. I can’t wait to see where Ross Welford takes us next!
I love interactive picture books that beg readers to be part of the story. They make you feel like the story couldn’t work without you. Do Not Open This Book written by Andy Lee (one half of Australian comedy duo Hamish and Andy) and illustrated by Heath McKenzie is a brilliant new example of this type of picture book and it’s guaranteed to make kids laugh-out-loud.
Do Not Open This Book begins with a strange little blue creature who is surprised that you’ve opened the book, especially since there was a warning on the front cover. He asks the reader not to turn the page, but this is exactly what you want to do. As the book goes on, he becomes more and more desperate, begging, pleading, threatening and sulking, before he finally reveals that if the reader reaches the final page, something terrible will happen.
I absolutely love Do Not Open This Book! It is one of those books that is incredibly fun to read aloud and it never gets old or boring, no matter how many times you read it. I’ve read this book aloud many, many times to the kids at my school, from new entrants through to the Year 6 kids, and they all love it. I have kids queuing up to take this book home and I’m sure they would all be quite happy if I read it to them every time they came to the library. Even though I love reading it to kids it’s even better when I hear some of the senior kids reading it aloud to each other.
The best thing about Do Not Open This Book is the perfect combination of the text and illustrations. The story would be funny without illustrations but Heath McKenzie’s illustrations just add so much more humour to the story. Heath’s character (which looks like a blue egg with long arms and legs) has a very expressive face. The look of horror on the character’s face when you do turn the page (even though he told you not to) or his face going purple because he is so exasperated that you keep turning the page just makes kids crack up laughing. I have to stop myself from cracking up too every time I read it.
Do Not Open This Book is going to get read to death in my library and it is a must-have for your school or home. You will be begging your kids to let you read this book to them.
Imagine that you are a kid that can’t stand animals of any kind. You hate the smell of them, the way they eat their food, the way they look at you with their beady eyes and the sound that they make. Your family love each and every type of animal though and you’re forced to live side-by-side with them. Your worst nightmare would be to actually be an animal. Now, imagine that you woke up one morning, not in your own bed, but in a mud puddle as a pig, or very low to the ground as a tortoise. You would want to try anything you could to become human again. This is exactly the situation that Malcolm finds himself in in David Baddiel’s laugh-out-loud new book, AniMalcolm.
Malcolm doesn’t like animals. Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm. Over the next days, Malcolm changes. He learns a lot about animals. More, in many ways, than he would like. He learns what it’s really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact…It does make him think differently. And speak differently. And eat differently. And, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before? Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… yourself.
AniMalcolm is a hilarious story about a boy who doesn’t like animals finding himself in a very strange situation. He gets turned into an assortment of different animals and gets a completely different perspective of them. Whether you love animals or hate them, this is a story for you.
The thing I love the most about AniMalcolm is the range of characters. Each of the animals that Malcolm meets has a distinct personality. There are the two tortoises, Benny and Bjornita who are always complaining about how fast everyone moves, three sheep who repeat each other called Dolly 1, Dolly 2 and Dolly 3, Ludwig the pig who can speak most of the ‘malanguages (animal languages) and Chinny the Argentinian Chinchilla. The conversations between some of these characters made me crack up.
The wonderful Jim Field has illustrated this book, as well as David’s previous books. Jim’s style of illustration perfectly suits David’s books. He really brings David’s characters alive. I especially love how he has made each of the animals that Malcolm turns into look like Malcolm’s human self.
AniMalcolm is perfect for any kid who loves funny stories, especially fans of David Walliams. If you haven’t read any of David Baddiel’s books grab AniMalcolm and you’ll be hooked on his books.
I am a huge Timmy Failure fan! He is one of those characters that I find both funny and annoying. I love his determination and his strive for ‘Greatness.’ Timmy’s mum doesn’t like him doing his detective work because Timmy always ends up in trouble, but Timmy will stop at nothing to keep his business going. In Timmy’s latest adventure, The Book You’re Not Supposed to Have, his mum has banned him from detective work but Timmy finds a way to continue behind his mum’s back, with hilarious results.
The only thing you need to know about Timmy’s latest memoir is that it was never meant for publication. Timmy’s detective log was stolen, and if this book gets out, Timmy will be grounded for life. Or maybe even longer. Because while Timmy was meant to be focusing on schoolwork, he was continuing his detective work in a garden shed. You don’t need the details. Just know this: there’s a Merry, a Larry, a missing tooth and a disappearing friend. But don’t tell Timmy’s mother!
The Book You’re Not Supposed to Have is Timmy Failure at his finest. It is full of Timmy’s silly antics that will make you laugh out loud. His latest case involves the possible kidnap of his best friend Rollo Tookus and there are plenty of suspects, from his piano teacher Ms. Hardie-Heeron to his cousin Larry. Timmy Failure always solves the case, even if it takes him a lot longer than it should.
One of the things I love the most about the Timmy Failure books is the characters. There are some great new characters in this story as well as old favourites that always make me laugh. In this story, Timmy’s cousins Larry and Merry (or Merry Nightmare Before Christmas as he calls her) come to stay at his house and take over his bedroom. Timmy makes them out to be horrible, weird people but of course they’re not. Poor Ms. Hardie-Heeron (great name) is Timmy’s piano teacher, who puts up with a lot from Timmy. Probably my favourite character in this story is Toots, Timmy’s substitute teacher who sits down the back of the class and eats jellybeans by the handful. The ever-entertaining Molly Moskins is back again, trying to help Timmy solve his case.
If you’re a fan of Timmy Failure you must get your hands on this book (even if the title suggests you’re not supposed to have it). I certainly can’t wait for the next Timmy Failure book. The Timmy Failure books are perfect for fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Tom Gates and Big Nate, as they are a great blend of text and cartoons.
Everyone loves a good story about a cool babysitter or nanny, like Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee or Nanny Piggins. Now there is a new character to add to that list, the larger-than-life Marge. Jake and Jemima’s life becomes incredibly exciting when Marge arrives.
Meet Marge, the mischievous babysitter with rainbow hair who loves to make a mess and bend the rules . . . At dinnertime Chef Marge cooks up chocolate soup, and at school Marge the Muscian conducts a chaotic concert in the playground!
Jake and Jemima have brilliant fun with their new babysitter, but will they manage to tick off all the jobs on Mummy’s list?
Marge in Charge is a hilarious, entertaining collection of stories about the magic that Marge brings to Jake and Jemima’s life. Isla Fisher’s stories about Marge will have children laughing out loud and wishing they had a babysitter who was this much fun.
Jemima and Jake don’t think that Marge is going to be any fun, especially when she turns up at their house looking like a strict old lady. They have no idea of the adventures that await them. Marge has so many stories to share and you’re never quite sure which are real and which ones she’s made up. Marge brings out the fun in any situation and makes everything better, from birthday parties to school. It’s not only Jemima and Jake that fall in love with Marge, all the other kids at school want her as their babysitter too. There are three stories in this first collection and I certainly hope there will be more stories to look forward to.
Marge in Charge is a perfect read-aloud to share with a class or snuggled up with your kids. Kids aged 6-10 especially will love Marge and her crazy antics. The book is illustrated throughout by Eglantine Ceulemans delightful illustrations. She makes Marge’s larger than life character jump off the page.
Check out this video of Isla Fisher introducing the series:
What present do you get for a girl who has everything? What could she possibly want that she doesn’t already have? Why, a parrot of course!
Petunia Paris really does have everything – a swimming pool, a city of toys, and her own personal library. When her parents ask her what she wants for her fifth birthday she can’t think of a single thing she wants, so she says the first thing that comes into her head – a parrot. It is a beautiful parrot all the way from Peru, but no matter how hard she tries she just can’t get it to talk. One day she loses patience and shouts at her parrot but her butler suggests that she ask it nicely why it won’t talk. Petunia learns exactly why her parrot won’t talk and she sets out to maker it happy.
Petunia Paris’s Parrot is a perfectly pleasant and pleasing picture book. It is so much fun to read and it gives your mouth a work-out in several places with all the alliteration. Kids will wish that they were Petunia, with all of her extravagant gifts and a parrot of their very own.
Katie’s delightful text and Jo’s elegant illustrations are the perfect match. Like Petunia and her family Katie’s text has an air of sophistication. I almost feel like I should read the book in a posh accent. Katie uses some lovely language and introduces young readers to words that they’ve probably never heard before, like ‘pertinent’ and ‘perturbed.’ She sprinkles alliteration throughout the text, whether it is Petunia ‘presenting pertinent topics of conversation,’ or ‘planning preposterous new outfits.’ These little touches make the story a joy to read. My favourite part of the story is when ‘persistent Petunia finally lost her composure.’ I absolutely love Jo Williamson’s illustrations too. Jo has used mostly pinks and blues in the illustrations, which give them an old-fashioned but elegant look. Jo includes lots of lavish details that highlight the privileged life that Petunia leads, from her shelf full of toys to the chandeliers in her house and the butler who is holding an umbrella while she swims in her pool. When Petunia’s parrot shows up he really stands out on the page because of the splash of colour that he brings to Petunia’s life. Jo has given the parrot lots of expression too, from his determination not to try the exotic food, to his embarrassment over having to wear a silly outfit.
Petunia Paris’s Parrot is delightful from beginning to end and it is sure to be a picture book that will be shared again and again. I’m certainly looking forward to sharing it with children.
For a sneak peak at Petunia Paris’s Parrot check out the Five Mile Press website.