Toocool Series #5 & Marcy Series #2

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Just watch the smaller humans scramble for the shelves when they see these arrive! All those eager little readers who are beginning their ‘chapter’ book journeys just eat up these fun and exciting stories and bask in their success in doing so. A perfect addition to any school or home library, and available singly or as a boxed set (both series). As the characters in both series are the same, both boys and girls can relate to them and share the laughter which inevitably results from following their exploits.

Toocool Series #5

Phil Kettle

ISBN: The Big Bash: 9781921665783 (pbk.)

ISBN: Pirates: 9781921665790 (pbk.)

ISBN: The Interview: 9781921665806 (pbk.)

ISBN: Round ‘Em Up: 9781921665769 (pbk.)

ISBN: The Race: 9781921665776 (pbk.)

ISBN Box Set: 9781921665882

Publication date:   March 2013

Extent: 55 pages

Format: B format paperback

Price: AUD$9.95 each

Boxed set with   Marcy: $89.95

Category: Adventure

 

Once again Toocool makes readers laugh and groan as he retells his newest adventures from jetskis to jackeroos, cricket to celebrity interviews, all in his own inimitable self-flattering style.  Phil Kettle’s Toocool series has proven itself to be  immensely popular (sales in excess of  one million copies) cultivating an enthusiastic readership amongst lower primary students, particularly boys.  While the stories themselves are always both amusing and well paced, the books also feature  valuable additions such as informational pieces, glossaries as well as jokes. All these enhance the experience for readers. As a teacher-librarian, I have always relished the way in which Phil Kettle subtly endorses imaginative and active play for children.  Toocool and his friends each crafting their own personal pirate ships from recycled materials would inspire any child to follow suit – a project I’m inspired to undertake with my own 7 year old granddaughter after a read aloud session.

 

Marcy Series #2

Susan Halliday

ISBN: Quiz Champs: 9781921665721 (pbk.)

ISBN: Thirteen Dolphins: 9781921665738 (pbk.)

ISBN: Lost Dogs: 9781921665745 (pbk.)

ISBN: Award Winners: 9781921665752 (pbk.)

ISBN: Netball Challenge: 9781921665714

ISBN Box Set: 9781921665882

Publication date:   March 2013

Extent: 55 pages

Format: B format paperback

Price: AUD$9.95 each

Boxed set with   Toocool: $89.95

Category: Adventure

 

After the success of the first series of the Marcy books, Susan Halliday has provided us with a whole new set of Marcy stories to entertain and delight young readers, particularly girls. While Marcy has her fair share of foibles, she is a girl who is ready to have a go at anything, invariably with great gusto.  Marcy’s positive attitude and her self confidence (sometimes a tad TOO much confidence!) make her an endearing character and the reader is immensely pleased to read about the success and unexpected rewards of her ventures.  This series has a commendable thread of responsibility and citizenship running through, which would lend itself well to a class discussion on these values. I can also well imagine some enthusiastic girls initiating a staff/student netball challenge at their own schools! As with Toocool, the books follow the useful format of glossary and information and similarly these are handled in a way which is entertaining and engaging.

 

Ford St has provided a wonderful set of teaching notes (linked to the Australian curriculum) on its website – http://tinyurl.com/akhqhcd

 

 These series would also make an extremely useful addition to any ‘home reading’ program with far more engagement and potential ‘follow on’ than the ubiquitous basal reader. Enthusiastically recommended for readers 7 years and on, for library, classroom or home.

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