DEC Scan Journal : February 2012
Volume 31, February 2012 77 that one particular artwork has been used by Whatley in both narratives, accompanying different written text. This could provide an interesting discussion point about the relationship between illustrations and written text. The author's insightful 1999 introductions, as to the origins of both stories, are preserved in this compilation. I. McLean USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Paper $12.99 SCIS 1508776 WIGNELL, Edel & ALLERT, Peter Long live us! IP Kidz, Qld, 2011 ISBN 9781921479465 In 1997, the original version of the story featured in this picture book won a literary competition for best fractured fairytale. Wignell's tall tale begins with the famous troll from The three billy goats Gruff encountering three bears in pursuit of a human intruder named Goldilocks. Before he can complete his plan to help the bears, or to double cross and devour them, three little pigs turn up with similar complaints about a wolf. They are followed by characters from The frog prince. Characters divide into two groups at the Goodies' Annual General Meeting. Students will need to revisit the book to discover the jokes depicted in the pictures. On some of the glossy pages, vibrant yellow backgrounds are distracting, with blocks of text super- imposed over bold artwork. The clever concept is let down by disappointing book design. I. McLean USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K--6 $24.95 SCIS 1498125 YOUNG, Rebecca & DEGENNARO, Sue Button boy Scholastic Press, NSW, 2011 ISBN 9781741697971 Amusing and approachable, this delightful story about friendship and helpfulness recognises children's pleasure in finding and collecting things. Charming illus- trations complement the amusing written text about young Banjo and his button collection. Swirling written words embrace the lively illustrations, clarifying Banjo's quest and exploring themes associated with clothing, kindness and making friends. The repetition of Banjo's daily activities encourages students to predict the storyline and develop stories of their own, relating to collecting items and helping others. Suitable for reading aloud and role play, this pleasant picture book is also useful as a visual literacy resource in Stage 2 COGs unit (H): Understanding each other. A. Frost USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Stage 2 $26.99 SCIS 1510132 ABDEL-FATTAH, Randa Buzz off! Omnibus, SA, 2011 (Mates) ISBN 9781862918481 The Mates series specialises in telling great Australian yarns using distinctive characters from Australia's vast multicultural heritage. Told in the first person, this amusing tale introduces readers to Noor Ibrahim, a young boy with an intense hatred of the annoying flies that regularly ruin his family's picnics, beach outings and sleep patterns. Embarrassed by the hideous souvenir hat his mother wears with its dangling corks to repel insects, Noor sets out to invent the perfect fly remedy, and to end forever the infamous Australian salute. After his overly effective secret formula is stolen, en route to some television news reporters, Noor comes to realise that even flies have their unique place in the ecosystem. Colourful cartoon illustrations by Dan McGuinness complement the written text. I. McLean USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Paper $11.99 SCIS1504782 ABDEL-FATTAH, Randa The friendship matchmaker Omnibus, SA, 2011 ISBN 9781862919204 Usually a writer of young adult fiction, Abdel-Fallah makes her first foray into junior fiction and offers a realistic and amusing story of friendship, belonging and being true to oneself. Lara Zany, Potts Court Primary School's official Friendship Matchmaker, is a flawed but likeable protagonist, ironically blind to her own loneli- ness. Pre-teen readers will relate to the pressures of conformity that young people sometimes experience in order to find acceptance and popularity among their peers. For teachers using the novel with a whole class, Scholastic's accompanying teachers' notes offer a range of comprehension, analytical and creative activ- ities based around themes of self-esteem, bullying, and healthy and toxic friendships. These can be accessed at <www.scholastic.com.au/schools/education/teac herresources/assets/pdfs/The_Friendship_Matchmaker. pdf>. Although slightly predictable, the novel's conclu- sion offers an affirming and hopeful message that the strongest friendships are usually formed when individu- als abandon all pretences and commit to being themselves. T. Kenny USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Paper $15.99 SCIS 1498593 Please be aware that the price of a text may change between the time we receive the resource and the publication of the resource review. Prices include GST. Fiction for younger readers Resources are arranged alphabetically by author. See also eresources Some of these books are also suitable for lower secondary students.