DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 75 requires jackass to use his own imagination. Sparse text and clever devices make each page of the book a masterpiece of visual design and a delight to share with students. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K--6 $27.95 SCIS 1475181 WALKER, Anna I don't believe in dragons Scholastic, NSW, 2010 ISBN 9781741693423 While Miss May's class is stimulated and involved in a multitude of activities relating to dragons, Jack refuses to participate because he does not believe in dragons. Concurrently, unfolding with the class's simple daily routine of movement, music, drama, craft, outdoor play, eating, rest and lots of questions, is a wordless story of a whimsical, young dragon arriving at the school. This visual subplot subverts the main plotline and helps to answer the children's questions about dragons. Preschool and Kindergarten children will readily recognise and relate to the setting. Delicate pencil and wash illustrations enhance the fantasy in this intriguing picture book. N. Chaffey USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 $24.99 SCIS 1474168 TAN, Shaun The lost thing [videorecording] Passion Pictures, Australia, 2010 Born as a rich and insightful picture book, The lost thing has recently been adapted as an animated short film. Capturing the surreal illus- trations and charm of the original, the film retells a tale of a boy who finds and befriends an inexplicable thing that no one else seems to care about. Some segments are represented in framed and panelled sequences reminiscent of its original picture book format. Enhanced by a gentle narrative voice and whimsical soundscape, it is clear why this is an Oscar Award winning adaptation. The extras segment of the DVD documents stages in the production process, extending a viewer's understanding and appreciation of the art form. Packaged with the DVD is a little book of drawings by Shaun Tan that includes many of the fanciful creatures that appear in the film. Its fascinating intertextual links to well known artists and mathemati- cal manuals will intrigue older readers, as will its satirical comment on social institutions. This enchanting resource will awaken the imagination of students while inviting them to reflect on deeper philosophical messages embedded in the story. A well produced trailer and information relating to the videorecording can be found on The lost thing website at <www.thelostthing.com/>. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: CA; English SYLLABUS: Creative Arts K--6; English K--6; English 7--10; English Stage 6; Visual Arts 7--10; Visual Arts Stage 6 $29.99 SCIS 1493032 WHALAN, Gloria Mermando the spider Black Ink, Qld, 2010 (Grandma's farm stories) ISBN 9781863340854 One in a series of beautifully presented early reading books by Gloria Whalan, an Aboriginal author of the Wiradjuri People, this story is about Mermando, the word for spider in Gunai/Kurnai language. Mermando lives in Grandma's garden and catches the bugs that threaten to harm her plants or chickens. Grandma teaches the children who visit her farm about the importance of creatures like Mermando. This delightful picture book presents vocabulary lists in English and Wiradjuri. Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal children will find the narrative and its finely crafted artwork intriguing. The endnotes, written by the author about herself and being part of the Stolen Generations, further assist cultural understandings. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Paper $15.00 each SCIS 1467084 Reviewed titles in the series: Girrawaa the goanna SCIS 1474057 Guulaangga the green tree frog SCIS 1474051 BRADMAN, Tony & WATSON, Richard Sleeping nasty A & C Black, UK, 2010 (White wolves) ISBN 9781408122099 Parodying the story of Sleeping Beauty, this humorous narrative for emergent, independent readers will delight its target audience and bring smiles to their faces. In response to his parents' crazy plan, Prince Oscar reluctantly agrees to find a rich princess to marry in order to salvage the family's fortune. He succeeds in his quest and is saved from a fate worse than death by the ex-bad fairy. Written in bite sized chapters with clearly spaced text, the storyline is enhanced by colourful illustrations, which capture the imagina- tion. The content will appeal to a wide audience and support a reading program for Early Years students. A worthwhile related activity could include discussing stereotypes and respecting those who are different. G. Cale USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Paper $11.99 SCIS 1476313 BRISLAND, Toni DemiChat and the Kent Street mystery Sid Harta, Vic, 2010 ISBN 9781921642357 An exciting crime fiction story, this tale is told by Lord Flannery, a beagle, recently retired from the Scotland Yard dog squad. At his new home, Flannery meets DemiChat, an exotic Himalayan cat with a Parisian accent. As DemiChat spends much of her time watching old Sherlock Holmes movies on the television, she is most impressed with Lord Flannery's real life detective experiences. Noticing suspicious activity on a building site across the road, the Some of these books are also suitable for lower secondary students. Fiction for younger readers Resources are arranged alphabetically by author. See also e-resources.