There have been so many great children’s fiction titles this year. I’ve been furiously reading books for ages 7-12 for my many school visits this year so that I would have some fantastic new books to introduce kids to. Here are my top 10 children’s fiction titles of 2015.
- The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing by Barry Hutchison
- Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
- The Bad Guys: Episode 1 by Aaron Blabey
- Olive of Groves by Katrina Nannestad
- Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
- The Porridge of Knowledge by Archie Kimpton
- The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce
- The Ghosts of Tarawera by Sue Copsey
- The Marvels by Brian Selznick
- Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (will review on the blog next year when it comes out in NZ)
My favourite children’s fiction title of 2015 is…Olive of Groves by Katrina Nannestad. It has been one of the last books I’ve read this year but it really stands out for its wonderful characters and quirky humour.
My favourite series for children of 2015 is…The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. The combination of Aaron’s hilarious text and illustrations make this series an absolute winner!
If you need a good laugh all you need to do is read a book by Aaron Blabey.
Aaron Blabey has become one of my favourite author/illustrators this year. Not only are his books incredibly funny, he is also really prolific. By the end of this year Aaron would have published 6 books through Scholastic! This year he has given us Pig the Fibber (a follow-up to Pig the Pug), Thelma the Unicorn, Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas, I Need a Hug (released this month), and two episodes of his brilliant series for younger readers, The Bad Guys. Every one of these books is a winner in my eyes. I love Aaron’s sense of humour, which appeals to kids and adults alike. His picture books are perfect to read aloud and I have shared them with kids from Year 1 to Year 8 this year, with resounding success.
I hope that we have many more Aaron Blabey books to look forward to next year. Here are my two favourites from Aaron this year.
Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas
This is the story of Brian (love the name!) a Piranha who should like meat but much prefers fruit and veges. His friends aren’t happy and try to put him on the right track. He tries to persuade them that ‘fruit is the best’ but they would rather eat feet, knees and bums. This is a hilarious read that has kids and adults cracking up. The idea of the story is great and it works really well. There is so much expression in both the text and the illustrations. Brian is just so happy being who he is but the other piranhas get really frustrated with him trying to get them to eat fruit and veges. I also like Aaron’s extra added features in the front and back of the book that explain all about piranhas and bananas. This is a picture book that will be read again and again.
The Bad Guys
This is my favourite series of 2015. It’s perfect for kids from ages 7-12 and has all the things that make Aaron’s picture books so great – a unique story, laughs galore and great illustrations. Episode 1 introduces us to the ‘Bad Guys’ of the story, Mr Wolf, Mr Shark, Mr Piranha and Mr Snake. They’re always portrayed as the bad guys, with their shark teeth and nasty natures, but all they want to do is be good guys. Mr Wolf gathers his friends together and they come up with a plan to become good guys. Nothing seems to go as they planned though. In Episode 2 the bad guys are trying to make good again so they come up with a new plan – rescue 10,000 chickens from a high-tech cage farm. This time they’re joined by a new guy, Legs, a computer genius tarantula. He’s a good guy with a bad reputation too so he wants to help out and do something good.
The Bad Guys books are short, chock-full of illustrations (sort of like a comic), and absolutely hilarious! I chuckled my way through these first two episodes and I’ll eagerly await more escapades of The Bad Guys.
The Bad Guys: Episode 1 by Aaron Blabey
They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys . . . and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys’ first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad
Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?
Dragon Knight: Witch by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley (Book 3)
A witch’s curse and brussel sprouts are bad enough. But will Percy’s revenge be the end for Merek? From the creators of Dinosaur Rescue comes an outrageous and revoltingly funny medieval adventure series that’ll set you on fire!
Stan the Van Man by Emma Vere-Jones and illustrated by Philip Webb
Sometimes, being helpful is not enough . . .
When the mail van driver walks out, Miss Mickle from the Post Office store is left in a right pickle. Enter Stan, a helpful chap who offers to drive the delivery van. Unfortunately Miss Mickle doesn’t give him the chance to explain that he actually can’t read … and parcel pandemonium ensues! When the angry recipients storm the Post Office and find out the reason for the misdeliveries, they decide to band together to help Stan learn to read.