DEC Scan Journal : February 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 1 February 2011 92 USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional KLA: CA SYLLABUS: Dance 7--10; Dance Stage 6 $70.00 SCIS 1465431 DAVIS, Peter Writing for comics & graphic novels with Peter David Impact Books, USA, 2009 ISBN 9781600616877  The brightly coloured, glossy pages of this publication readily capture the spirit of its subject. Written by an acclaimed and prolific comic writer, information is given in a clear conversational manner. It covers aspects such as where a writer gets ideas, character devel- opment, plot and structure, conflict, theme, and scripting for a comic format. The nature of dialogue in comics is discussed, with samples of different speech and thought balloons. In each section, interesting practical exercises are provided. Inspiring illustrations from different comic styles will encourage student creators who have an interest in composing the graphics and the writing for this art driven format. The appendices offer useful tips, including advice on how to break into the industry. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: CA; English SYLLABUS: English 7--10; English Stage 6: Extension 2; Visual Arts 7--10; Visual Design 7--10; Visual Design CEC Stage 6 Paper $34.99 SCIS 1451276 KOVAL, Ramona Speaking volumes: conversations with remarkable writers Scribe, Vic, 2010 ISBN 9781921640612  A compilation of interview transcripts, this collection offers insight into the personal philosophies and creativity of some fine contem- porary writers. Koval, a probing questioner and astute listener, elicits fascinating responses from an array of international authors, poets, and playwrights. Featuring a wide range of genres, the conversations with writers such as David Malouf, Margaret Drabble, Ian McEwan, Les Murray, Amos Oz and Harold Pinter, are most informative. Writers on the current HSC English list are: A. S. Byatt, John le Carre, P. D. James, Joseph Heller and Judith Wright. Each interview begins with brief biographical information on the writer in focus. Clearly presented in Q&A format, this publication provides enjoyable incidental reading for a wide audience and stimulating background reading for senior English students. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional KLA: English SYLLABUS: English Stage 6 Paper $35.00 SCIS 1472305 VAUGHAN, Marcia & LOFTS, Pamela Snug as a hug: an Australian lullaby Scholastic, NSW, 2010 ISBN 9781741695212  This is a warm, comforting, night time story. It looks at bedtime for Australian wildlife, before a small child goes to sleep, enveloped by love and surrounded by soft animal toys. Written in rhyming couplets the text is a delight to read aloud making it an entertain- ing story to share. Pamela Loft's colourful pencil drawings fill each page and focus on each animal in its own habitat where the sleepy animals curl, rest, dream, yawn, snuggle, huddle, snooze and nod. Young readers will find plenty to look at and discuss as they engage with the story. This picture book could be used in conjunction with Early Stage 1 COGs unit (B): Me. J. Foster USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K--6; HSIE K--6 $24.99 SCIS 1446897 MACKELLAR, Dorothea & McLEAN, Andrew My country Omnibus Books, SA, 2010 ISBN 9781862917309  Dorothea Mackellar's iconic poem, loved and learnt by generations of Australians, has been presented in picture book format with Andrew McLean's evocative water colour illustrations of the Australian landscape. Originally published in 1908, the poem expresses the poet's love of her country. The accompa- nying illustrations depict Australian weather and conditions as both picturesque and frightening. McLean's illustrations reveal some of the changes in Australia over the 100 years of the poem's life. This beautiful book could be enjoyed on many levels, and it offers a new way to share the historic poem. It could be a valuable resource to support the Stage 2 COGs unit (B): Being Australian. J. Foster USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 KLA: CA; English; HSIE SYLLABUS: Creative Arts K--6; English K--6; HSIE K--6 $26.99 SCIS 1446450 MORRISON, Yvonne & STANLEY, David Out in the bush Koala Books, NSW, 2010 ISBN 9780864618092  Australian animals feature in this bright, colourful counting book. Each number, from one to ten, has a double page spread, the left hand side includes small pictures and a verse, and the right hand side presents a full page picture of a mother and the designated number of babies, in their natural habitat. Extra large font portrays the numbers clearly and the verse highlights the activities described. Additional information about the animals is included at the end. A bright, bold, direct counting book, this publication also introduces young readers to a range of fascinating Australian fauna. J. Foster USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Paper $13.99 SCIS 1453264 SHAPCOTT, Thomas W. Part of us UQP, Qld, 2010 ISBN 9780702237690  A new collection of work by an acclaimed Queensland poet, this volume presents a variety of gentle, meditative and lyrical verses.