Weird Weirder Weirdest – a book review

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Title: Weird Weirder Weirdest
written & illustrated by: Martii Maclean
Publisher: Kooky Cat Books

Children’s Chapter Book author, Martii Maclean will have you turning the pages with her collection of short stories in ‘Weird Weirder Weirdest’. The seven stories, suitable for children aged 8+, will have both kids and parents giggling, sniggering and laughing out loud.

But beware, behind some of the most hilarious parts are pieces of truth that every child and adult alike will see, and some may even recognise pieces of themselves in the characters or situations.

Besides being an entertaining read, ‘Weird Weirder Weirdest’ has some main characters as bullies, in relatable real life situations, and all children and grown-ups will delight when they receive their “just desserts”.

‘Weird Weirder Weirdest’ is a perfect book of short stories that can be read independently, or as a book to read together at home. It contains pertinent concepts that every child will experience or witness at school, and Martii Maclean’s writing opens the incidents up for discussion.

In educational settings, ‘Weird Weirder Weirdest’ would be ideal to read a short story a day, and to encourage students to write their own ‘weird’ story. It would also to suitable to open the discussion topic of bullying, and the power of the bystander.

P_work_girl-2-232x300Comprehensive teaching notes (26 pages) for schools (with Australian Curriculum links), homeschooling and home, can be found at: http://www.martiimaclean.com/wp-content/uploads/Weird_Teaching-Notes.pdf well as a colouring page http://www.martiimaclean.com/wp-content/uploads/Weird-colouring-booklet.pdf for each short story – making it the perfect teaching resource.

‘Weird Weirder Weirdest’, written and illustrated by Martii Maclean has something for everyone. If you love Paul Jennings short stories, you will love this book too.

Purchase a copy: Weird Weirder Weirdest

Connect with Martii Maclean at:
website: www.martiimaclean.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MartiiMacleanAuthor/

Title: Weird Weirder Weirdest
Author: Martii Maclean
ISBN: 978-0-9945408-2-9 (print book)
ISBN:978-0-9945408-3-6 (eBook)
Publisher: Kooky Cat Books
First Published in Australia: 2017
Page Count: 102 pages

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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Curly Tales, book review

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Title: Curly Tales – stories with a short twist
by: Bill Condon
illustrated by: Dave Atze
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Let your imagination soar with these funny fables about the extraordinary adventures of ordinary animals. Laugh out loud and enjoy twisted tales of a super smart cow, a daredevil flea, an earthworm who daydreams of being an anaconda, and many more.

Author, Bill Condon, has written 14 short stories that have an unexpected twist at the end of the tale. Interwoven into the story are classic proverbs that you don’t see coming until the finale of the short story, and then these have fun with word play.

The short stories are perfect for one a day stories, or for the avid reader, to read the entire book in one go. Illustrator, Dave Atze, has captured the sense of humour of the words with zest in his illustrations, making me want to take out my textas and colouring-in pencils and add my own signature of colour splash for each short story.

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At the end of the book is a section titled: Proverbs, Sayings, Wisdoms and Advice. This is a much needed addition, as I feel that children of the last two generations are not at all familiar with proverbs, or even fables that have a moral to the story.

Curly Tales is an enjoyable book of short stories that can be used to introduce children to proverbs, as well as using a play on words of the proverbs used, inviting them into the world of 680 (that I found) once familiar proverbs and sayings (http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/proverbs.html) that were well known around the world, once upon a time.

Purchase a copy: bigskypublishing.com.au/Books/Children/Curly-Tales

Title: Curly Tales – short stories with a twist
by: Bill Condon
illustrated by: Dave Atze
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520590
Category: children’s fiction
Pages: 130

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
www.facebook.com/julieannwallaceonethousandwords/
https://www.julieannwallaceauthor.com/

Julieann is a member of:
Queensland Writers Centre https://qldwriters.org.au/
Write Links http://www.brisbanewritelinks.com/
Share Your Story Australia https://sharingyourstory.com.au/

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