Friday, 27 September 2013

Vintage Australian picture books



Everything old is new again. With a popular resurgence in everything vintage or retro, it seems that even favourite literature is enjoying finding a whole new audience.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are the delightfully timeless creations of May Gibbs, one of Australia's first well-known author and illustrator for children's books. Following her death in 1969, the copyright of her characters was bequeathed to various charities. 

These two new publications have been brought to you the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the Northcott Society. 

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Sleepover

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are getting ready for a sleepover, when Mrs Kookaburra hears of the plans and thinks it would be a great idea for her six little chicks to go as well...but where are they all going to fit? The more the merrier...?

The Australian bush has been beautifully captured in this new series of books. Keep an eye out for the next book in the series, soon to be published, A Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Christmas. Perfect Christmas gifts for young ones, here and abroad.






Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Sleepover
Written by Mark Macleod
Illustrated by May Gibbs
Scholastic Australia 
Hardcover RRP $19.99





Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Christmas
Written by Mark Macleod
Illustrated by May Gibbs
Scholastic Australia 
Hardcover RRP $19.99




Koalas, Kites and Kangaroos is another childhood favourite enjoying a comeback. First published in 1985, this popular alphabet picture book is back in print. Beautifully illustrated by Doreen Gristwood with all manner of Australian animals. Children will adore looking for all the hidden pictures for each letter. 


Koalas, Kites and Kangaroos
Written by David Ridyard
Illustrated by Doreen Gristwood
Scholastic Australia
RRP $15.99 paperback




Enoch the Emu was first published in 1986. Also illustrated by Doreen Gristwood, this story of an emu father-to-be touches on the stress of impending parenthood as it explores the interesting practices of parenting emu-style!




Enoch and Emu
Written by Gordon Winch
Illustrated by Doreen Gristwood
Scholastic Australia 
RRP $15.99 paperback

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