Good Reading : August 2004
Mary, The Big Brown Hairy Spider Written by Lynn Lee With illustrations by Kim Gamble Another book from the highly successful Solo series for beginning readers. Here, we see the world through the eyes of an obnoxious and fear-provoking insect with human traits: thoughts, feelings, the need for companionship, and a sense of purpose.With the personification of Mary, the hairy spider, every previous concept of the spider’s role in the world is changed. It too, has fears just as humans do. In fact, Mary is transfor med from an ugly creature to be destroyed, to a useful being, a creator of beauty, and a contributor to the universe. ★★★★ Scholastic $9.95 Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis Age guide 6+ Candles at Dawn Serpil Ural This is the story of two teenagers’ attempts to under- stand the war fought at Gallipoli.The story moves between the lives of an Australian, Ellie and a Turk, Zeynep.The girls finally meet when Ellie and her mother travel to Turkey to attend the dawn service at Anzac Cove, and stay at the boarding house run by Zeynep’s mother. History is woven around the girls’ adventures, partly through school lessons, conversations between the different char- acters and the girls’ thoughts and dreams. Concepts about war are also explored through the characters’ different life experiences. ★★★★ Limelight Press $14.95 Reviewed by Katy Gerner Age guide 12 + The Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo With illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering On the front cover of this book is an illustration of a tiny mouse with big ears, clutching a needle that has been tied around his waist with red thread, a determined look in his eye and a sense of urgency in his step. It’s such an intriguing and enchanting image it’s impossible not to want to find out more. And just what that is will surprise and delight you for this is a mesmerising tale featuring an unusual cast of outsid- ers who dare to dream and risk all to achieve their dreams. At times it’s a very dark story and readers will be grateful for the comfort- ing voice of DiCamillo who adopts a ‘Dear Reader’ tone which normally I find cloying, but is just right for this finely constructed fable. Ering’s illustrations are superb, perfectly balancing the sinister and sweet elements of the story. ★★★★★ Walker $16.95 Reviewed by Kerry Foster Age guide 9+ younger readers word of mouth ���������������������� ��������� ������� ��� ���������� ���� ����� ���� ���� ���� ��� ����� � ����� ������ �� ��� ����� ����� ��������������� ��������� ��� ��������� ������������� ������� ��� ��� ����� ���� ��������� ��������� ��� ������ ������ ���� ���� ������ ���� ����������� ���� ������ ��� ������ ��� ����� �� � ��� ������� ���� �� ��������� ����� ����������� �� ������� �������� �� ������ ���� ���� ���� ������������ ���������� ��� ��������� ���� ��� ���� �������� ��� �������� ��� �� ������������� ����� �� ���� �� � ���� �� ������ ���� �������� � ����� ���������� ���� ������� ���� ���� �� ���� ���� ��� ��� �������� �� ������ �������� ���� �� ��� ������ ���� � ������� � � ��� ����� �� ��� ����� �������� Terms and conditions 1.Information on how to enter forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. 2.Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand who are readers of Good Reading magazine.Entries must be made between 1/08/04 and 31/08/04 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001. Employees and their immediate families of the promoter and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible. 3.The judge’s decision will be fnal and no correspondence will be entered into.Prizes are not transferable and cannot be taken as cash. Any change in the value of the prize occurring between 01/06/04 and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter and any difference in prize value will be the responsibility of the winner.The total prize mentioned is the recommended retail value as provided by the supplier and is correct at the time of printing. All prizes will be provided by Walker Books Australia. 4.The frst 10 valid entries drawn will each win a copy of The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo from Walker Books Australia valued at $16.95 each. The total prize value is $169.50. 5.The draw will take place at no 9 Stephen St Balmain NSW 2041 at 11am on the 1/09/04.The winners will be notifed by phone as well as mail and their name will be published in the October issue of Good Reading magazine on the 29/09/04. 6.The promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever that is suffered or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the prizes. 7.The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8.The promoter may conduct such further draws at the same place as the original draw as are necessary on 24/12/04 in order to distribute the prize if it remains unclaimed by that date, subject to any written directions given under Reg 37 of the Lottery and Gaming Regulations 1993 (S.A.). 9.All entries become the property of the promoter. 10.The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd of 9 Stephen St Balmain NSW 2041 ABN 38 003 750 150 NSW Permit no. TPL 04/06433 ACT Permit no.TP04/2577 NT Permit no. NT04/9728 We have 10 copies of The Tale of Despereaux to be won. To enter, simply write your details on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Tale of Despereaux’ Competition, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001. WIN!