Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Two new Junior Chapter Books

Diary of a Bat by Sally Sutton (Scholastic)

Diary of a Bat is the second book in the series following on from 'Diary of a Pukeko'. Little Bat desperately wants to be accepted by the bat gang; even accepting three dares to enable him to join.  Along his dare journey he finds out some of life's biggest secrets. It's a story about accepting who you are - even if your incessant questions get you into trouble.

Author Sally Sutton has written in the first person again -- this style makes the diary format more real even if it is about a humanised bat. Boys and girls will love the puns and Dave Gunson's humorous artwork. A nice touch having the text upside down in a few places. A fun story for 6-8 year olds.

ISBN:  9781775431015  RRP $16.50

My Happy Life by Rose Lagercrantz (Gecko Press)

Dani cannot wait to start school - though when the big day arrives doubts creep into her mind. What if she made no friends? Across the playground she sees another girl who is lonely too. They become the best friends until her BFF moves away. How will she cope?

When Dani falls asleep she counts all the happy moments in her life. Most of the time she is very happy; until she begins school with all its uncertainties.  A sweet little story that young girls will enjoy. It deals with issues like 'change', solo parenting and lifelong friendships. 

Interestingly, the author and illustrator have been friends for over 30 years. This book is like a homage to their friendship.

ISBN:  9781877467806  RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Maria Gill

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