New Books April 2011 – Primary

Father’s Day by Anne Brooksbank

WHAT IF YOUR PARENTS HAD BEEN KEEPING A SECRET FROM YOU YOUR WHOLE LIFE?Sam is in his first year of high school and has been saving his paper-round money for months to buy the one thing he yearns for – a boat.  Suddenly his bank balance is doubled by an unknown person.  But who is it?  As Sam investigates he watches in dismay as his family life is turned upside down; and he is forced to make a decision that will change everything.

From the author of Mother’s Day comes a story about a boy who finds strength and conviction in a confusing adult world.

The Road to Belgrandia by Michael Stephens

Marcia says there are wondrous things in Belgrandia – houses like palaces and enormous chandeliers and flying cats and music like nothing you’ve ever heard. But is it a real place or is she just a bit crazy? Her best friend Lewis isn’t sure, but over four extraordinary days in their quiet seaside town, the evidence begins to build. And on that last breathtaking night, their belief in Belgrandia becomes one of life or death.

A magical and compelling story from an award-winning children’s fantasy author.

Mission Fox: Snake Escape by Justin D’Ath

THE TWINS LOOKED UP . . .
‘SHISHKEBAB!’ THEY GASPED.
BELLA WAS ENORMOUS.
Jordan, Harry and Myrtle are on a mission to rescue an escaped pet snake.  Bella is a giant hungry python who’s spied a cockatoo for breakfast.
Can Mission Fox save the day without getting tied up in knots?

IT LOOKS LIKE THEIR SLIPPERIEST MISSION YET  . . .

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Mission Fox: Panda Chase by Justin D’Ath

PINGWU WAS HUGE AND SCARY.
HIS BIG YELLOW TEETH WERE AS THICK AS JORDAN’S FINGERS.

When a truck tips over on the way to the zoo, Mission Fox are on the case to track down Pingwu, the missing Giant Panda.  But when Myrtle tries to help, their panda chase ends at the bottom of a water-filled quarry!
How will they get Pingwu out?

IT LOOKS LIKE THEIR SOGGIEST MISSION YET . . .

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Aussie Bites: Leeza van Breeza’s Best Idea Ever by Christina Miesen

Leeza knows all about solving people’s problems.  So when she needs to set up a business for her class project, she has the best idea ever: Problems R Us!

Aussie Nibbles: Mr Eight by Sharyn Eastaugh

Mr Eight is a giant octopus, and he’s just the sort of pet Henry has always wanted!

Rascal’s Big Day by Paul Jennings

‘Rascal has to stay here’, says dad.

Rascal doesn’t want to miss the big day.

Can the little dragon get his way?

Little Dragon by Mem Fox & Roland Harvey (illus.)

Here is the church and here is the steeple.
Here is the market and here are the people and . . . here are the flames rising higher and higher!

A tiny sneeze, a puff of smoke, a washing line, and a major disaster!  From internationally acclaimed picture book creators Mem Fox and Roland Harvey comes the enchanting tale of a little dragon’s small mistake that sets his whole wide world on fire.

University of Queensland Press

Tobias Blow by Jane Zacharey & Rosalie Street (illus.)

Take a stormy night, a glorious wind and a sackful of treasures. Mix them together, add a pinch of magic, and the world is ready for Tobias Blow.

Tobias buttons up his greatcoat, eager to be away, as the sun sets unseen behind a curtain of crashing clouds.

From the author of acclaimed adult novel The Lifeboat (2008) comes a beautiful picture book about Tobias Blow, the man behind the loose items we find all around us: the lone feather; a rock washed up on the beach; a piece of string; a flower on the ground. Tobias travels through the night leaving objects for children to find the next day and blows in and away, before settling down to watch the children awake and discover what has been left for them.

Stunningly illustrated by Rosalie Street, Tobias Blow will capture every child’s imagination.

Dorling Kindersley

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