Olivia The Spy
Simon & Schuster
Everyone’s favourite pig is about to have a surprise trip to the ballet! But when Olivia overhears her mother complaining about her recent naughty behaviour, her imagination runs wild and she decides to find out everything being said about her . . . until her eavesdropping leads her to believe she is being carted off to prison!
I love this feisty little character called Olivia – she is inquisitive, she has imagination and the writer and illustrator, Ian Falconer, has a great sense of humour that is evident throughout the narrative (and the drawings). This is part of a number of “Olivia” books – I think young children would enjoy to follow this fun character on her adventures.
There is a moral to the story – so this could be a useful tool for school librarians, teachers, budding young artists (the drawings are so much fun) and care givers alike.
This is a very fun read.
The Bad Bunnies Magic Show
Simon & Schuster
When the great magician, Hypno, goes missing just before a show, his rabbits Abra and Cadabra step in to save the day.
But are they all that they seem? Or is there more to their sleight of paw than meets the eye?
An exciting new novelty book from British author and illustrator Mini Grey that will have children and parents laughing out loud.
A delightful children story (suggested for about the ages 2+) , there is magic, rhyme, cut aways/fold back pages with reveals, naughty behaviours to giggle at and a lesson that demonstrates crime does not pay. What more could you want?
How Do Worms Work?
This book provides expert answers to the questions every gardener wants to ask – and a few they’ve never dreamed of, from ‘Why do flowers close at night?’ to ‘How do you attract butterflies?’ It’s a great, accessible educational resource for young and old – the essential companion for the curious gardener.
Ever wondered how worms breathe? Or why exactly trees are so big? This book covers all aspects of gardens and gardening, and will satisfy all your horticultural curiosity. Packed with photographs, vintage engravings and diagrams, this book will answer everything from the practical to the quirky and whimsical. Feature boxes provide practical guidance, so that you can apply your new-found knowledge to your own garden.
Written by the head of the Royal Horticultural Society Members’ Advisory Service, and updated to suit Australian and New Zealand readers, this book is the ideal gift for fact-loving gardeners with curious minds.
This is a fun fact filled read- suitable for the gardener, the school room, the nature lover or for anyone who has children who have asked:
- Why do flowers close at night?
- Does a severed worm grow into two worms?
- What is the difference between a fruit and a vegetable?
- Why is compost hot?
- When is a plant a weed?
And so much more knowledge crammed into this easy read book.
I hate to be the first one to mention this (and most likely I am not) but that major gift giving time of the year is fast approaching: Christmas. This is an ideal book to add to your gift buying list, there is something in these pages for everyone.
Illustrated by Jean Jullien
Allen and Unwin Australia
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books In Assoc with Amnesty International UK
Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a journey to spread a message of tolerance around the world. Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon’s iconic song and illustrations by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, this poignant and timely picture book dares to imagine a world at peace. Imagine will be published in partnership with human rights organization, Amnesty International.
5 big stars for this beautifully imagined and illustrated book – this really is art with heart! Call me sentimental, I will agree with you that I am, this book just strikes so many chords with me. A book for those who can remember John Lennon’s important song of love and peace (and for those who still sing his inspiring relevant message even if just in their own heads) and for the next generation – who will love the prose, the illustrations and the optimism.
Buy this for someone you love – young or old.
Duck Gets a Job
Five Mile Press
Duck wants a job. All his friends work in big city banks, and they never stop going on about how much they love it. Duck doesn’t think a job in a big city bank sounds very exciting, but he picks one out of the paper, gets an interview, and gets the job. It’s not long before he realises that the job is NOT for him. He needs to follow his heart and his dream of being an artist. He quits his job at the bank and makes a decision. He is going to be an artist! He puts all the pictures he has drawn into a portfolio and goes off for another interview. He gets the job! He loves the job!
The book will delight both child and the adult reader – the child ( recommended for 4 + years) will delight in the fabulous illustrations and Duck’s adventure in the big city; Duck wondering what he should wear, getting lost, feeling nervous…finding happiness. The adult reader will find it hard to contain their laughter as they discover the irony and the humour hidden in plain sight in this read. (See posters on the office walls, thought bubbles, Duck sleeping at his desk…) Duck’s journey of self-awareness and self-discovery will resonate with many adults, young children, will for now, just enjoy this unique narrative and the fun illustrations. For the older child, Duck’s adventures provide plenty of opportunities for the reader to initiate conversations about following your dreams…being yourself.
I enjoyed this book 🙂
Where’s My Jumper
Simon & Schuster Australia
Rudy is looking for his jumper. He’s searched everywhere – indoors, outdoors, upstairs and down. In the kitchen, in the bathroom—round and round and round. Wherever can it be?
A super-cute, super-fun book with flaps, die-cut pages, and a counting element too.
Bright, bold colours, peek-a – boo cut outs/flaps, cute animal illustrations and a theme that most young children can relate to – a favourite piece of clothing, this book makes for enjoyable reading. Add to this the opportunity to practice counting – “…TWO queuing crocs… TWO passing foxes…SEVEN ski –dogs” etc and you have a perfect gift that will give hours of enjoyment to the toddler in your life.
SuperTato – Run, Veggies, Run!
Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet
Simon & Schuster Australia
It’s Sports Day in the supermarket and all the veggies are in training. Everyone has been practising hard and is ready and raring to go. However, a new competitor joins the event, accompanied by The Evil Pea, and is determined to win all the prizes. Things don’t seem quite right… but will Supertato be able to foil his nemesis’ plan in time?
Another laugh-out-loud story from the bestselling, award-winning Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.
(For Ages 2 +)
This one is already a hit with my grandson. He loves the eye catching bright colours, the metallic finishes, the fun illustrations and recognising the fruits and vegetables he eats (broccoli is one of his favourite foods). Add a simple and fun script; when I read this to my grandson I can’t help adding “to toot to do” – (me trumpeting) each time the caped Supertato makes an entry J
This is a fun and engaging book!