Hot Air by Donovan Bixley, Upstart Press
My three primary-aged grandsons love this series, so I hunted down two copies to give them (and to enable me to write this review). Unfortunately my local Paper Plus took ages to get them in. My advice – go to the Upstart Press website at www.upstartpress.co.nz and order your copies online. Hopefully they won’t take long to be delivered to your door.
ISBN 978 1 927262 54 2 RRP $14.99 Pb
Upon a Time by R. L. Steadman, Waverley Productions
At the end there are some interesting Teachers’ Notes relating to Death and Roses. And there’s a lot more information on the author’s website and blog.
Secondary school libraries will find this engaging collection proves to be a popular addition to their stock. It’s available from online book stores in both paper copy and digital versions.
ISBN 9780473374679 RRP $24.99 Pb
Squeakopotamus by Dawn Macmillan, illus. Ross Kinnaird, Oratia Books
This zany picture book would be a good present for pre-schoolers and children of early-primary years, especially if they’ve been pestering for a pet for Christmas…
ISBN 978 0 947506 11 7 RRP $19.99 Pb
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman