Poor 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
We 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.
- 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
It 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.
- The Wild One, by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo: Celebrating the wilderness inside
- Let’s Get a Pup, by Bob Graham: No one is safe on a trip to the animal rescue centre
- Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen: Always follow your dog’s nose
Thanks 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
- Peggy, by Anna Walker: Because all Melbourne love-stories should have a chicken on a trampoline
- Each Peach Pear Plum, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg: Because ‘I Spy’ works best when you know the fairy tale you’re looking for
- Hasel and Rose, by Caroline Magerl: About finding a wish thing in a tired brown box from across the sea
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
- Commotion in the Ocean, by Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz: Rhyming rambles under the waves…
- Rosie’s Walk, by Pat Hutchins: Showing that one can always be outfoxed on a farm by a chicken
- Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Byrne: Showing that a good imagination can always outsmart even the scariest of wolves
Thanks 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!
- Monster Chef, by Nick Bland: Because aspiring chefs aren’t just in the Australian suburbs…
- 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!
- Have You Seen My Egg? by Pam Olsen, illustrated by Rhonda N. Garward: Beautifully illustrated lift-the-flap expose of Australian egg-layers…
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
- Emus Under the Bed, by Leann J Edwards: Proving that dust bunnies aren’t the only critters under Auntie Dollo’s 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
- Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek: Because we all know it’s out there somewhere…
The perennial favourite, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, is celebrating its 25th birthday with three lovely new editions and the opportunity to win a special Bear Hunt Birthday Party. Check the books out in store, and find out about joining the bear hunt yourself…
Board Book (25th Anniversary) — BB — $14.95
Paperback (25th Anniversary) — PB — $16.95
Celebratory Pop-Up Edition — HB — $29.95
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
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.