Jackie French, recently announced as Australia’s new Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015, has just released the third novel in “The Matilda Saga”. The newest — entitled The Road to Gundagai – follows A Waltz for Matilda and The Girl from Snowy River. It is set during the Depression in rural Australia and traces Blue Laurence’s escape from her aunts’ mansion to become a mermaid in the Magnifico Family Circus. But somewhere there is a murderer, waiting to strike again…
We have all three books in the Saga in store, best for readers aged 11 and up, as well as numerous other books French has written for all ages.
The Road to Gundagai – Jackie French – PB – HarperCollins – $20.00
We now have in store the fourth and newest in the “Grimstones” series: Music School. Martha Grimstone heads off to the famous Queen’s Music Academy to study the Epithium. Asphyxia uses her standard format of drawing and puppetry to give us a story of new friends, wrong names, uncooperative bats and a Grimstone in a traditional school.
The Grimstones: Music School — Asphyxia — PB — Allen & Unwin — $15
Wombat Divine by Mem Fox is one of Australia’s most popular picture books about Christmas, by one of Australia’s leading children’s authors. Wombat is finally old enough to be part of the Nativity Play (his favourite part of Christmas), and he excitedly goes to auditions to try out for any part he can. Despite his enthusiasm Wombat just can’t find the role for him, but before he can get too downhearted Bilby comes up with the perfect idea: Wombat would be a divine Baby Jesus.
Kerry Argent’s bright and detailed illustrations of the scenery and the Australian bush animals are rich in colour and life, and truly impart the excitement of Christmas.
Wombat Divine comes in regular paperback at $16 and mini hardback at $17.
To all you die-hard Wimpy Kid fans out there, it’s your lucky day! Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8: Hard Luck has just been released, and finds poor old Greg Heffley in a pickle again. This time his best buddy has abandoned him (for a GIRL!) and finding a replacement isn’t easy. Since nothing seems to be going right anyway, he decides to give up making decisions entirely and leave it all to the Magic 8 Ball….. What could possibly go wrong? Another hilarious adventure sure to please current fans. And if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t discovered the Wimpy Kid, or just haven’t quite caught up yet, we have all the past Diaries in stock as well. Paperback $15
A friendly new take on Graeme Base’s gorgeous 1986 classic, Animalia — now in an early-learning edition aimed at slightly younger children than the original. Each page features two alphabet letters, with a few key-word illustrations per letter. The right-hand page then folds out to reveal the matching key-words, plus an image of the original Animalia page for that letter. It’s a lovely large-format hard-cover, and a great way of introducing new readers to Graeme Base.
My First Animalia – HB – Penguin – $20
The Girl Who Brought Mischief is set in Denmark in 1911 and Inge Maria is sent to an isolated island to live with her grandmother, whom she has never met. At first, grandmother seems gruff, but gradually Inge Maria softens her heart, even though Inge Maria does cause a lot of things to go wrong. When Inge Maria goes to school, she finds it is very different from what she was used to in Copenhagen where boys and girls were allowed to play together, and girls weren’t expected to be quiet and still. She finds it hard, but again, Inge Maria just has a way about her which makes things change.
The book reminded me of Heidi by Johanna Spyri which I loved as a child. It has the old fashioned, gentle way about it. Excellent for 8-11 year olds. Paperback, $15
New in store is the bumper picture book, Otto in the City. Follow Otto the cat as he and his dad drive all the way into the city, passing every shop and highlight you’d ever want to see in the Big Smoke. Tom Schamp’s detailed collage-style images, so rich in colour and texture, are perfect for making city hubbub real. Even better — once you’ve traced Otto’s journey all the way downtown, flip the book upside down and race all the way out again. A great interactive read for 4-6 year olds.
Otto in the City — Tom Schamp — Tate Gallery Publishing — HB — $29.95
This recent burst of warm weather has been a very fitting welcome for Shaun Tan’s wonderful new book Rules of Summer! Of course Shaun Tan needs no introduction, being universally acclaimed for his unique picture-books. His latest is a seemingly simple story of two boys deciding on the rules that will govern their friendship, and is told with Shaun Tan’s trademark quirkiness and illustrated with his gloriously evocative artwork. Produced as a gorgeous large format hardback, this book is as much a work of art as a story, and as such would be enjoyed by adults and children alike. A beautiful gift, or just one to enjoy for yourself, $25
At last! Usborne has released the latest touchy-feely book in its That’s not my… series — and this time it’s a duck. You and your littlie will love checking out the shiny, soft, bumpy fuzziness of the ducks in this cute hardback.
It’s perfect for babies and toddlers, and makes a colourful addition to the lovely series. We also have the dinosaur, dolly, meerkat and many other That’s not my… books in stock: just ask us for your favourite.