Saturday, May 9, 2009


Our Daft Dog Danny , Pamela Allen, Penguin ISBN 978-0-670-07335-1 RRP $28.00

Uncle Peter lived at the beach with his dog Millie. The children love to visit him, and one day, they take their dog Danny. But Danny is not as smart as Millie. In fact, he needs to learn a lesson the hard way.

Lovely illustrations show the emotions of the dogs, the children and Uncle Peter. A great story that children will enjoy, of a disobedient dog and a clever way to save the day. This is a great book for reading aloud.

Pamela Allen is a prolific writer of fantastic children’s books and she has won many awards in New Zealand and overseas. Her books have been published around the world and have been translated into a number of languages.
Reviewed by Jenni Francis


Salt River by Elizabeth Hegarty, Scholastic NZ
Winner of the 2008 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a previously unpublished writer, this book is a fascinating combination of history and adventure. Set in the 1920s, it looks at the life of 14-year-old Tom Pook in the remote backwaters of the Kaipara Harbour. Tom lives with his parents and seven brothers and sisters in a one-roomed house where the only access is by boat. Tom doesn’t go to school – he helps his father earn a living by fishing. But Tom wants to leave his home and see the world – how can he possibly achieve this? Well written and well researched, this story is based on the life of a real person. Recommended for readers aged about ten to thirteen.
ISBN 978-1-86943-908-8 RRP $17.99
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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