From our reviewers: younger readers

Last updated 14:34 25/02/2014

What's out now for younger readers?

Big Nate Flips Out By Lincoln Peirce (HarperCollins, RRP $19)

Reviewed by Conal Mulligan

Big Nate Flips Out is a great book. It is about a boy called Nate who has a falling out with his friend Francis. Francis never gets in detention. The lady who does it doesn't even know his name! Nate is a messy person and when he can't find a school camera he's done for!

My favourite part is when Nate turns into a neat and tidy person.

I give the book 10 out of 10 and recommend it particularly to 7 to 9-year-old boys.

Funny Bums 
By Dr Mark Norman (Walker Books)

Reviewed by Naida Mulligan

This book loses its appeal as soon as you look at it. The rear end of an elephant does not make for a very interesting cover and the title is somewhat vulgar.

I don't believe there would have been anything wrong with "Funny Bottoms" for a title. Plenty of kids aren't really allowed to say bum and will skip past this book on the library shelves with barely a glance. My older two were not even interested in opening it.

However, once Fintan, 6, did begin reading, he thoroughly enjoyed it. The photographs are clear and large and the text minimal.

There are some interesting facts at the back about some of the critters mentioned and a glossary and index.

What is more, Aedan, 2, loves it too. He goes through the book naming the creatures. That is, until he gets to the sea cucumber - it's such a strange looking thing, he just calls it "other".

This book has grown on our family and we highly recommend it. Great for preschoolers and year 1 to 3 pupils.

Phantom of Terawhiti
By Des Hunt (HarperCollins, RRP $20)

Reviewed by Naida Mulligan

I was excited to read the latest Des Hunt offering and was not disappointed.

Set on the southwest coast near Wellington, it's an adventure to do with a shipwreck, the strange animal that survives to come to shore, and those who wish to hunt it down for various reasons.

Zac is living with his father in exile on the coast and soon meets threatening strangers from foreign lands. He and his friend Jess must use all their skills to rescue the "phantom" while evading the baddies.

Solid home-grown children's fiction.

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