Friday, 24 July 2015

Dymock's Children's Charities - One book at a time!

Dymocks Children's Charities are raising funds for literacy programs in Australia. Help them out by getting behind the 2015 City2Surf.

Run City2Surf with Leisel Jones and help Dymocks Children’s Charities change kids’ lives – one book at a time!

Dymocks Children’s Charities (DCC) have entered a team led by ambassador, Leisel Jones in the 2015 City2Surf to raise funds for our literacy programs supporting primary and pre-primary children in priority locations around Australia. For more information about DCC visit You can register for one of the limited GOLD Running Duck positions NOW.  

There are lots of benefits so GOLD Runners are encouraged to register asap!

GOLD Running Ducks participants who raise over $1,000 receive:
1. Priority start positioning at the 2015 City2Surf
2. Opportunity to run with Charity Ambassador Leisel Jones!
3. Complimentary City2Surf registration (value $80)
4. 2 x 45 min Goodlife Health Clubs Kickstart Personal training sessions.
5. A Running Ducks 2015 Team singlet (value $44.95
6. Post event warm down session with Goodlife Health Clubs staff
7. Knowledge that you’re helping Dymocks Children’s Charities change kids’ lives - one book at a time!

To register as a GOLD Running Duck or to find out more visit the website

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The cow tripped over the moon

Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle - remember that cow that jumped over the moon? Well new reports just at hand is that she didn't actually make it the first time!

'The cow tripped over the moon' by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood is a  surprising eye-witness report of the actual events that happened that night. Join the cow, Rover the dog, the cat, the dish and the spoon as they take us through the numerous attempts at bovine calisthenics. A story about never giving up and friends that will see you through the tough times.

This rhyming book is a lot of fun - laugh out loud at the reimagining of a time-old favourite nursery rhyme.

Highly recommended 4+ years

Friday, 10 July 2015

The very noisy bear

Nick Bland brings back one of his favourite characters - Bear. This time he's just too noisy!

Rudely awoken one night by the jungle animals jamming, Bear is invited to play in the band. Bear is a little too enthusiastic though, creating a few musical mishaps along the way. Great rollicking fun!

Recommended for 4 years+

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Pig the Fibber

If you loved Pig the Pug - you are sure to love his next misadventure - Pig the Fibber.

Aaron Blabey returns with his up-to-no-good pug, Pig. Trevor his ever patient off-sider sausage dog takes the brunt of Pig's naughty ways - being set up for the blame at every turn.

Blabey has beautifully captured their facial expressions turning this read aloud into a laugh aloud.

But does Pig get it in the end?

Recommended for 3+ years
Scholastic Press

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A child's first ABC and A child's first 123

Alison Jay has long been a favourite in our household. Her instantly recognisable crackle-glazed illustrations draw you into a fairy tale world, full of hidden mysteries. These picture books are a re-release in a larger format and in paperback. Companion titles coming this year include Farm Families (Aug), Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (Aug) and Picture This (Sept).

Sure to delight the very young and young at heart - an ideal gift.

Koala Books
Recommended for 0-5 years
$12.99 each

Monday, 6 July 2015

The Possum Magic Cookbook

What every young budding chef has been waiting for! The Possum Magic Cookbook - full of delectable sweet and savoury recipes - many featuring in Mem Fox's Possum Magic picture book.

Updated with new more kid friendly recipes and new illustrations from Julie Vivas - sure to impress any Master Chef!

Recommended 4+ yearsOmnibus Books

Sunday, 5 July 2015

A great big dinosaur adventure

It seems the market for dinosaur books isn't abating anytime soon!

Katherine Kirkland, an American author, now residing in the UK, has penned a dinosaur book sure to appeal to the young palaeontologist.

Oli, an evolutionary ancestor of modern mammals, is in search of the scariest dinosaur ever. His journey brings us to many dinosaurs along the way.

Whilst predominantly a narrative text with dinosaurs taking on human-like behaviours - there are semi-fact boxes that supposedly describe scientific facts about the different dinosaurs. Reading these with children will need to prompt discussion between fact and fiction. The purist may have difficulty digesting this information being portrayed in a familiar non-fiction layout.

Recommended for 4-6 years
Koala Books

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Those pesky rabbits

With her picture book debut, Ciara Flood has written and illustrated a touching story about community, friendship and looking out for each other.

Mr Bear lives on his own in the middle of nowhere. That is just the way he likes it. No one to annoy him.

Or so he thought! A family of overly friendly, overly cheerful rabbits move into the neighbourhood - cramping Mr Bear's style. The rabbits try all manner of ways to make friends but Mr Bear is just not the type...

That was until the rabbits make a connection with Bear, through persistence, kindness and generosity.

You just never know what you're missing until it's right under your nose!

Delightful book for 4-7 years.

Koala Books

Friday, 3 July 2015

I don't like koala

Adam does not like Koala. Koala is the most terrible terrible.

What do you do with that one stuffed toy whose eyes seem to follow you no matter where you go? It doesn't matter where Adam puts him, he always reappears, closer than close!

But when things get a little more terrible - who's there to help Adam through?

Delightfully illustrated by Charles Santoso, Sean Ferrell explores the age old tradition of that one special toy that no matter what, always seems to be there for you!

Author: Sean Ferrell
Illustrator: Charles Santoso
Koala Books
Recommended for 4-7 years

Thursday, 2 July 2015


Stunningly illustrated by Matt Ottley, Teacup is a hauntingly beautiful picture book about displacement and belonging. A book that is sure to remain with you, long after reading. It is perhaps more poignant for the adult reader, but it is definitely a platform from where many discussions can lead with younger children.

As the boy leaves his home, on a journey by sea, searching for a new land, a new beginning, we are taken on a tale of searching and longing. A truly memorable read.

Author: Rebecca Young
Illustrator: Matt Ottley
Scholastic Press
Recommended 6 years +