Category Archives: Baby books (1-18 months)

Little Hoot isn’t allowed to go to bed

krause-rosenthal-little-hootPoor Little Hoot. He’s desperate to go to bed, but because he’s an owl he has to stay up late, late, late. That’s just the way it is. So instead of going to sleep when his friends do, he has to stay up playing swords, on the jungle gym, building a fort, jumping on leaves — then ten MORE minutes playing on his skateboard.

A quirky little charmer, this boardbook, just perfect for your little owls who are susceptible to reverse psychology.

Little Hoot – Amy Krause Rosenthal; Jen Corace (illustrator) – BB – Chronicle Books – $15

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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

s-is-for-sabertooth

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This week in Storytime!

ffb storytimeIt was a pleasure to stories with our return audience on Saturday. We hope we see you again! This week’s books are…

  • Peepo!, by Janet & Allan Ahlberg: Because peekaboo never loses its charm.

janet, allan ahlberg peepo v2

  • The Wild One, by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo: Celebrating the wilderness inside

hartnett, masciullo the wild one

  • Let’s Get a Pup, by Bob Graham: No one is safe on a trip to the animal rescue centre

bob graham let's get a pup

  • Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen: Always follow your dog’s nose

barnett, klassen sam + dave dig a hole

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This week in Storytime…

ffb storytimeThanks to Saturday’s audience: we hope you come again and use your imagination with us! This week we have:

  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak: Because we all really want to be the Wildest Thing there is

where the wild things are

  • Peggy, by Anna Walker: Because all Melbourne love-stories should have a chicken on a trampolineanna walker peggy
  • Each Peach Pear Plum, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg: Because ‘I Spy’ works best when you know the fairy tale you’re looking for

each peach

  • Hasel and Rose, by Caroline Magerl: About finding a wish thing in a tired brown box from across the sea

caroline magerl hasel and rose

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This week in Storytime…

Thanks to our enthusiastic counters and readers on Saturday. We especially hope you enjoyed  your Lucy Cousins fish! This week we have:

  • A House of Her Own, by Jenny Hughes & Jonathan Bentley: Exploring how soon a girl really does need a place to call her own

jenny hughes jonathan bentley house of her own

  • Commotion in the Ocean, by Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz: Rhyming rambles under the waves…

giles andreae david wojtowycz Commotion in the Ocean

  • Rosie’s Walk, by Pat Hutchins: Showing that one can always be outfoxed on a farm by a chicken

pat hutchins Rosie's Walk

  • Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Byrne: Showing that a good imagination can always outsmart even the scariest of wolves

nicola o'byrne Use Your Imagination

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This week in Storytime…

ffb storytimeThanks to Saturday’s devoted audience: we hope you come again! This week we have:

  • Hooray for Fish, by Lucy Cousins: Because every fish deserves praise, especially the little toy fish we’ll have to help us read the story!

lucy cousins hooray for fish

  • Monster Chef, by Nick Bland: Because aspiring chefs aren’t just in the Australian suburbs…

nick bland monster chef

  • Good Dog Hank, by Jackie French with illustrations by Nina Rycroft: Hank didn’t get to go for a run last week, so he’s hanging out for this Storytime!

jackie french nina rycroft good dog hank

  • Have You Seen My Egg? by Pam Olsen, illustrated by Rhonda N. Garward: Beautifully illustrated lift-the-flap expose of Australian egg-layers…

penny olsen, rhonda n garward, have you seen my egg

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This week in Storytime…

Thanks for the readers who helped us lift the flap on Saturday’s Storytime. This week we have:

  • I Went Walking, by Sue Machin & Julie Vivas: Showing there’s always a menagerie following us

sue machin julie vivas i went walking

  • Emus Under the Bed, by Leann J Edwards: Proving that dust bunnies aren’t the only critters under Auntie Dollo’s bed

leann j edwards emus under bed

  • Good Dog Hank, by Jackie French with illustrations by Nina: Rejoicing in the fact that the road to canine hell is paved with good intentions

jackie french nina rycroft good dog hank

  • Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek: Because we all know it’s out there somewhere…

mem fox, judy horacek green sheep

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