C is for Castle, M is for Monocle, S is for Sabertooth

c-is-for-castleWe know it’s hard for new parents to stay enthusiastic about their baby books, so we have some quirky new alphabet books in stock that will keep you alert and teach your children some unusual vocabulary. They’re all illustrated by Greg Paprocki and published by the good people at Gibbs Smith, who also created the excellent Pride and Prejudice Counting Primer.m-is-for-monocle

  • C is for Castle is for the aspiring medievalist, including the almost-correct X for Excalibur.
  • M is for Monocle is perfect for aspiring Victorian dandy, and includes pith H-is-for-Helmets.
  • S is for Sabertooth will get junior down to speed with the stone age, starting with a smiling cavewoman painting A-is-for-art.

Only $15 each and a good novelty for your board-book collection.

C is for Castle: A Medieval Alphabet – BB – $15
M is for Monocle: A Victorian Alphabet – BB – $15
S is for Sabertooth: A Stone Age Alphabet – BB – $15


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Zana Fraillon: Now shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize


Exciting news! Zana Fraillon’s moving  novel The Bone Sparrow, telling the tale of a friendship between a boy born in a refugee camp (Subhi) and a girl on the ‘outside’ (Jimmie), has now been shortlisted for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. It is one of only four titles shortlisted for this prestigious international prize. Congratulations, Zana, and good luck for the winner’s announcement on 17 November.

Check out this article to learn more about Zana’s thinking behind the book, and if you’re lucky you might see her next time you’re in the bookshop. It’s suitable for readers aged 11 and up.

The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon – PB – Lothian – $20



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New Wimpy Kid: Here in 2 weeks!

jeff-kinney-wimpy-kid-double-downYou know your kids have been waiting for it: on 1st November we will have copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down here, instore, at your very own bookshop.

Email books@fairfieldbooks.com.au or call 9017 4748 to put your name down for Wimpy Kid, fresh out of the box…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down – Jeff Kinney – HB – Puffin – $18
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down – Jeff Kinney – PB – Puffin – $15

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Brand new David Walliams picture book!

david-walliams-theres-a-snake-in-my-schoolGreat news for little readers with a sense of humour! The irrepressible David Walliams, comedian and author of Gangsta Granny (among other books), has a new children’s picture book about Miranda’s pet python Penelope. Gleefully illustrated by Tony Ross, this wild read-aloud will have you and your child in stitches.

There’s a Snake in My School – David Walliams – HB – Harper Collins – $25

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Ruby Redfort: the Series Finale!


The moment has come for all the die-hard Ruby Redfort fans: the sixth and final novel in the series is now here! Over 500 pages of codes, pictures, notebooks and adventures await. Come and get yours now!

Ruby Redfort #6: Blink and You Die – Lauren Child – HB – Harper Collins – $20

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Convict Tattoos: a slightly ghoulish curiosity

simon-barnard-convict-tattoosThis pictorial exploration of the “marked men and women of Australia” explores the tattoos of those transported to Australia between 1788 and 1868. Showing court transcriptions, period illustrations and publications, and (ghoul warning) branding tools and human skin samples, the book reveals the diversity and meaning of tattoos borne by convicts. A beautifully designed and unusual book.

Convict Tattoos: Marked Men and Women of Australia – Simon Barnard – HB – Text Publishing – $40

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“The Book” of the book, by Keith Houston


Booklovers: Keith Houston’s The Book is just a joy. It is a beautiful thing to behold, and consider this a rave about the great cover, beautiful paper stock, lovely typeface, friendly margins, nice use of spot red, and the odd colour image. Also, as you can see on the cover and the title page (below), throughout the text these black lines show key terminology in the book production – head, fore-edge, dingbat, imprint. A nice touch.

As for the content. It’s a thoroughly research and well-written exploration of four elements which comprise the physical object of the book: page, text, illustrations and form. Papyrus, illuminated manuscripts, Coptic binding, it’s all in here, and I learnt things from this book that I hadn’t read elsewhere. Highly recommended for lovers of the book as form and communication tool.


The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time – Keith Houston – HB – Norton – $42.95

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