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This show has maintained its effectiveness and popularity over the past 25 years. With technology increasing and children reading less, we hope that sharing our passion for books in an exciting theatrical manner gets more noses into books.

This production consists of one Junior Primary show (Gr 1- Gr 3) and one Senior Primary show (Gr 4-Gr 7) Five story books and a poetry book are dramatised. The show runs at approximately at 50 minutes.

By employing three professional actors, the books chosen are brought to life with singing, acting, dancing, well rounded characters, humour and clever audience participation. Pupils have fun getting involved with the stories and we often find many Oscar-winning-worthy performances. This leads to young pupils discovering a love for drama as well. Books are read, imaginations ignited and long queues to the library begin!

Junior

Book Name:
Madame Badobedah

ISBN:
9781406384406

Author:
Sophie Dahl

Publishers:
Walker Books (Pan Macmillan)

Description:
Mabel lives somewhere curious. It’s called The Mermaid Hotel. One day a mysterious guest checks in. She’s old, old, old, with red lips and twenty-three bags. Mabel decides this gruff-voiced woman is definitely a SUPERVILLIAN. She will have to keep a very close eye on Madame Badobedah (which rhymes with ooooh la la)… and her beady-eyed tortoise.

 


Book Name:
Claude Adventures

ISBN:
9781444946703

Author:
Alex T. Smith

Publishers:
Hodder (Pan Macmillan)

Description:
Meet Claude, the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life. Every morning, Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes wave goodbye to Claude and set off for work. And that is when the fun begins. Claude and Sir Bobblysock take off on an adventure through three delightful stories. They dance and bottom-wiggle their way into the theatre, head off in hot pursuit of a gold trophy, and bounce into an all-action gorilla thriller! 


Book Name:
The Day I Became the Most Wanted Boy in the World

ISBN:
9781406375800

Author:
Tom McLaughlin

Publishers:
Walker Books (Pan Macmillan)

Description:
Nine-year old Pete is having the worst day of his life. He’s irritated a local gangster, befriended an uber-annoying neighbour and, to top it all off, accidentally robbed the local corner shop. In a race against time, can Pete prove his innocence, when everyone thinks he’s The Most Wanted Boy in the World?


Book Name:
The Ugly Five

ISBN:
978140718460

Author:
Julia Donaldson

Publishers:
Scholastic (Life Gheko)

Description:
Meet the ugliest animals on the savannah. They’re gangly, warty, bumpy, bristly, spotty, stinky, and totally irresistible. They’re the ugly five, they’re the ugly five. Everyone flees when they see them arrive. Do you know who they are? 


Book Name:
Eddy Stone and the Alien Cat Attack

ISBN:
9781474953788

Author:
Simon Cherry

Publishers:
Usborne (Penguin)

Description:
When Eddy Stone discovers a bedraggled cat in his front garden, his dull weekend suddenly takes off, as it turns out that this is an alien cat on a mission to destroy Earth. Shooting into outer space with his annoying cousin Millie, can Eddy stop the crazy kitty?


Book Name:
Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum

ISBN:
9781447293224

Author:
Julia Donaldson

Publishers:
Pan Macmillan

Description:
Does your mum serve peculiar meals… like strawberries with jellied eels? Have you opened a book, strode in and now nobody can find you? What happened to the Cinderella lizard? He was a lizard in the garden, in the wall. He had no dreams; he was a lizard, that was all… Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum is a fantastic collection of funny, silly and entertaining poems.


Book Name:
Kids Fight Plastic

ISBN:
9781406390650

Author:
Martin Dorey

Publishers:
Walker Books (Pan Macmillan)

Description:
Have you got 2 minutes? That's all the time it takes to become a superhero. Plastic is everywhere. It is in the rivers and it is in the sea. We need superheroes to fight plastic and help save our oceans. Do you know the difference between Good and Bad plastic? Find out how you can become a #2minutesuperhero.


Senior

Book Name:
Just Kidding!

ISBN:
9781529022964

Author:
Andy Griffiths

Publishers:
Pan Macmillan

Description:
Just Kidding! is the first book in a hilarious series of short stories about Andy, the world's most annoying practical joker. Ever pretend you are sick to get out of going to school?
If Andy can convince Mum and Dad that he’s dead, not only will he have pulled off one of the greatest practical jokes of the century, but he’ll get off going to school for the rest of the year… maybe even the rest of his life.


Book Name:
The Book Case: Emily Lime Librarian Detective

ISBN:
9781910989395

Author:
Dave Shelton

Publishers:
David Fickling Books(JBP)

Description:
As Assistant Librarian (and a pupil!) at St Rita’s School for Spirited Girls, she’s got the sharpest mind going. And she’s going to need it! There’s been a bank robbery in town, a break-in at the school and a dastardly villain is on the loose. With the help of new girl, Daphne, and George (the only boy), Emily is determined to get to the bottom of things, with surprising and very funny results…


Book Name:
The World’s Worst Teachers

ISBN:
9780008363994

Author:
David Walliams

Publishers:
Harper Collins (Jonathan Ball)

Description:
You’ve met the World’s Worst Children – now get ready for something much, much worse… the World’s Worst Teachers! You have been warned…


Book Name:
The Elephant Whisperer (YR Adaptation)

ISBN:
9781250197023

Author:
Lawrence Anthony / Thea Feldman

Publishers:
Pan Macmillan

Description:
When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival. Dangerous and unpredictable, they would be killed if he wouldn't take them in. Their bond taught him about love, loyalty and freedom.


Book Name:
Alex Rider: Secret Weapon

ISBN:
9781406340174

Author:
Anthony Horowitz

Publishers:
Walker Books (Pan Macmillan)

Description:
Alex Rider is back with more thrilling action and pulse-pounding heroics. Follow Alex as he infiltrates a terrorist hideout in Afghanistan, fights to prevent an assassination attempt at a ski resort over Christmas, and much more! Get ready for some familiar and some new assailants, together for the first time.


Book Name:
Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum

ISBN:
9781447293224

Author:
Julia Donaldson

Publishers:
Pan Macmillan

Description:
Does your mum serve peculiar meals… like strawberries with jellied eels? Have you opened a book, strode in and now nobody can find you? What happened to the Cinderella lizard? He was a lizard in the garden, in the wall. He had no dreams; he was a lizard, that was all… Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum is a fantastic collection of funny, silly and entertaining poems.


Book Name:
Kids Fight Plastic

ISBN:
9781406390650

Author:
Martin Dorey

Publishers:
Walker Books (Pan Macmillan)

Description:
Have you got 2 minutes? That's all the time it takes to become a superhero. Plastic is everywhere. It is in the rivers and it is in the sea. We need superheroes to fight plastic and help save our oceans. Do you know the difference between Good and Bad plastic? Find out how you can become a #2minutesuperhero.

Junior

Book Name:
Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits

ISBN:
9781444921687

Author:
Julian Gough

Publishers:
HODDER

Description:
Avalanches, snowmen, a hungry wolf… and more! When Bear wakes up early from her hibernation, she decides to build a snowman. Her grumpy neighbour, Rabbit, decides to build an even better one. In this funny story, an unlikely friendship forms between a rabbit and bear who soon discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend.

 


Book Name:
There’s A Snake in My School

ISBN:
9780008172718

Author:
David Walliams

Publishers:
HARPER COLLINS(JBP)

Description:
Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet… Penelope the snake. Miss Bloat the headmistress doesn’t think snakes should be allowed in school. But Penelope has other ideas…


Book Name:
Ask Oscar

ISBN:
9781405287227

Author:
Alan MacDonald

Publishers:
EGMONT  Penguin

Description:
Meet Oscar. He’s no ordinary dog... ordinary dogs don’t sit on the top deck of busses staring boys straight in the eye.
Sam has wanted a dog for AGES, so when Oscar turns up on his doorstep wagging his tail like a windscreen wiper, Sam he can’t believe his luck. And when he finds out Oscar's secret he can’t believe his ears!


Book Name:
The Day the Aliens Nearly Ate Our Brains

ISBN:
9781406375794

Author:
Tom McLaughlin

Publishers:
WALKER

Description:
Best friends Freddy and Sal have accidentally intercepted a message from Alan - a spectacularly grumpy, brain-munching alien from outer space. Alan has only one message. Earth is going to be invaded in exactly ten hours' time. Soon the police, NASA and even Presidents from around the world are getting involved. Tickety-tock. Tickety-tock. 


Book Name:
Adventures of Swashbuckle Lil

ISBN:
9781509881529

Author:
Elli Woolard

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, a pirate who’d sailed far away.
Lil and her parrot - a red one named Carrot - would go off exploring all day.
And when there is someone to save, she'll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she'll always be bold and be brave. On a trip to the museum, evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to steal an old king's ruby ring, and it's up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to stop him!


Book Name:
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense

ISBN:
9781509881055

Author:
Chris Harris

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Forget what you think you know about poetry - this is something totally different. I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new and wonderfully upside-down way.


Senior

Book Name:
Grandma Dangerous and the Dog of Destiny

ISBN:
9781510102194

Author:
Kita Mitchell

Publishers:
ORCHARD

Description:
WARNING: DO NOT GIVE THIS BOOK TO YOUR OWN GRANDMA. SHE MIGHT GET IDEAS...
Danger is her middle name!
Ollie's dad is missing - but Grandma Dangerous is on the case! Grandma’s mini hurtled into the driveway, ploughed through mom’s flower bed and slammed into the hedge.  Grandma had arrived.
She has a hot-air balloon, thirty packets of biscuits and a pooch with magical powers (she says).
But as they sail through the skies, Ollie realises they're not just on a rescue mission...
Grandma's on the run!


Book Name:
Boy Underwater

ISBN:
9780008267018

Author:
Adam Baron

Publishers:
HARPER COLLINS (JBP)

Description:
Cymbeline Igloo (yes, that is his name – really!) has NEVER been swimming.
Not ever. Not once.
But how hard can it be? He’s Googled front crawl and he’s found his dad’s old pair of trunks. He’s totally ready…
What he’s not ready for is the accident at the pool.
Now, with the help of friends old and new, Cymbeline must solve the mystery of why his mum never took him near water – and it will turn his whole life upside down...
A heart-breaking, heart-warming novel.


Book Name:
Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza

ISBN:
9781444939347

Author:
James Bishop

Publishers:
HODDER

Description:
One boy. One disappointing superpower. Can Dylan tame a bunch of hyper iguanas and come up with a masterful plan to save the WORLD from Platypus Kid? Yeah, probably ... but he's going to need a MASSIVE cheese pizza.


Book Name:
The Haven

ISBN:
9781444947601

Author:
Simon Lelic

Publishers:
HACHETTE

Description:
Snatched from his bed in the middle of the night, Ollie Turner is thrust into a world of danger and excitement.
Below the streets of London he discovers a secret city: a network of tunnels that lead him to the Haven, a sanctuary for kids run by kids, and the headquarters of an organisation that fights for justice everywhere.
Soon Ollie is caught up in the Haven's battle: a quest to stop 'Mad Maddy' Sikes from destroying the city. But time is running out for Ollie and his new friends. Will they manage to stop Sikes before it is too late? And who is the traitor in their midst?


Book Name:
Kat Wolfe Investigates

ISBN:
9781509871223

Author:
Lauren St John

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Kat Wolfe loves her new home in idyllic Bluebell Bay, especially as it comes with a resident wildcat. But when she starts pet-sitting for pocket money, she finds that beneath the town's perfect surface lie some dark and dangerous secrets . . .
After a pet owner vanishes from his clifftop mansion, Kat turns to her new friend, Harper Lamb, for help. What began as mystery-solving holiday fun quickly turns deadly for Wolfe and Lamb. Can they count on their unruly animals to save their lives?


Book Name:
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense

ISBN:
9781509881055

Author:
Chris Harris

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Forget what you think you know about poetry - this is something totally different. I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new and wonderfully upside-down way.

Junior

Book Name:
Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits

ISBN:
9781444921687

Author:
Julian Gough

Publishers:
HODDER

Description:
Avalanches, snowmen, a hungry wolf… and more! When Bear wakes up early from her hibernation, she decides to build a snowman. Her grumpy neighbour, Rabbit, decides to build an even better one. In this funny story, an unlikely friendship forms between a rabbit and bear who soon discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend.

 


Book Name:
There’s A Snake in My School

ISBN:
9780008172718

Author:
David Walliams

Publishers:
HARPER COLLINS(JBP)

Description:
Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet… Penelope the snake. Miss Bloat the headmistress doesn’t think snakes should be allowed in school. But Penelope has other ideas…


Book Name:
Ask Oscar

ISBN:
9781405287227

Author:
Alan MacDonald

Publishers:
EGMONT  Penguin

Description:
Meet Oscar. He’s no ordinary dog... ordinary dogs don’t sit on the top deck of busses staring boys straight in the eye.
Sam has wanted a dog for AGES, so when Oscar turns up on his doorstep wagging his tail like a windscreen wiper, Sam he can’t believe his luck. And when he finds out Oscar's secret he can’t believe his ears!


Book Name:
The Day the Aliens Nearly Ate Our Brains

ISBN:
9781406375794

Author:
Tom McLaughlin

Publishers:
WALKER

Description:
Best friends Freddy and Sal have accidentally intercepted a message from Alan - a spectacularly grumpy, brain-munching alien from outer space. Alan has only one message. Earth is going to be invaded in exactly ten hours' time. Soon the police, NASA and even Presidents from around the world are getting involved. Tickety-tock. Tickety-tock. 


Book Name:
Adventures of Swashbuckle Lil

ISBN:
9781509881529

Author:
Elli Woolard

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, a pirate who’d sailed far away.
Lil and her parrot - a red one named Carrot - would go off exploring all day.
And when there is someone to save, she'll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she'll always be bold and be brave. On a trip to the museum, evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to steal an old king's ruby ring, and it's up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to stop him!


Book Name:
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense

ISBN:
9781509881055

Author:
Chris Harris

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Forget what you think you know about poetry - this is something totally different. I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new and wonderfully upside-down way.


Senior

Book Name:
Grandma Dangerous and the Dog of Destiny

ISBN:
9781510102194

Author:
Kita Mitchell

Publishers:
ORCHARD

Description:
WARNING: DO NOT GIVE THIS BOOK TO YOUR OWN GRANDMA. SHE MIGHT GET IDEAS...
Danger is her middle name!
Ollie's dad is missing - but Grandma Dangerous is on the case! Grandma’s mini hurtled into the driveway, ploughed through mom’s flower bed and slammed into the hedge.  Grandma had arrived.
She has a hot-air balloon, thirty packets of biscuits and a pooch with magical powers (she says).
But as they sail through the skies, Ollie realises they're not just on a rescue mission...
Grandma's on the run!


Book Name:
Boy Underwater

ISBN:
9780008267018

Author:
Adam Baron

Publishers:
HARPER COLLINS (JBP)

Description:
Cymbeline Igloo (yes, that is his name – really!) has NEVER been swimming.
Not ever. Not once.
But how hard can it be? He’s Googled front crawl and he’s found his dad’s old pair of trunks. He’s totally ready…
What he’s not ready for is the accident at the pool.
Now, with the help of friends old and new, Cymbeline must solve the mystery of why his mum never took him near water – and it will turn his whole life upside down...
A heart-breaking, heart-warming novel.


Book Name:
Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza

ISBN:
9781444939347

Author:
James Bishop

Publishers:
HODDER

Description:
One boy. One disappointing superpower. Can Dylan tame a bunch of hyper iguanas and come up with a masterful plan to save the WORLD from Platypus Kid? Yeah, probably ... but he's going to need a MASSIVE cheese pizza.


Book Name:
The Haven

ISBN:
9781444947601

Author:
Simon Lelic

Publishers:
HACHETTE

Description:
Snatched from his bed in the middle of the night, Ollie Turner is thrust into a world of danger and excitement.
Below the streets of London he discovers a secret city: a network of tunnels that lead him to the Haven, a sanctuary for kids run by kids, and the headquarters of an organisation that fights for justice everywhere.
Soon Ollie is caught up in the Haven's battle: a quest to stop 'Mad Maddy' Sikes from destroying the city. But time is running out for Ollie and his new friends. Will they manage to stop Sikes before it is too late? And who is the traitor in their midst?


Book Name:
Kat Wolfe Investigates

ISBN:
9781509871223

Author:
Lauren St John

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Kat Wolfe loves her new home in idyllic Bluebell Bay, especially as it comes with a resident wildcat. But when she starts pet-sitting for pocket money, she finds that beneath the town's perfect surface lie some dark and dangerous secrets . . .
After a pet owner vanishes from his clifftop mansion, Kat turns to her new friend, Harper Lamb, for help. What began as mystery-solving holiday fun quickly turns deadly for Wolfe and Lamb. Can they count on their unruly animals to save their lives?


Book Name:
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense

ISBN:
9781509881055

Author:
Chris Harris

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Forget what you think you know about poetry - this is something totally different. I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new and wonderfully upside-down way.