Category Archives: Picture books (0-5 years)

Meerkat Madness!

One of our shyer staff members, who can usually be found hiding in the front corner of the shop among the soft toys has gathered the courage to share her favourite book with us! Melanie Meerkat shares her thoughts on Nicki Greengerg’s Meerkat Choir:

I loved this book because it was about Meerkats, and also about singing and joining in with people to make friends. I like to make the LA LA LAAAA sounds myself when a grown up is reading this to me.

Here is Melanie with her staff pick, which you can take home to share with your own little singing Meerkats ūüôā










Meerkat Choir, $24.99

Meerkat Toy $36.95


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Exploring The Curious Museum with facts and flaps

Oscar gets woken up in the middle of the night, and outside his window is a woolly mammoth (called Timothy) looking for his baby brother. Follow Timothy and his brother back to The Curious Museum, and lift the flaps to find out information about animals, dinosaurs and adventurers. Brightly coloured, crowded with things to see and learn, a good fun book for 3 to 6 year olds.

The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth –¬†Ellie Hattie and Karl James Mountford (ill.) – HB – Little Tiger Press – $24.99

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New book from Matthew Van Fleet

Great news for fans of Matthew Van Fleet! If you’ve read and loved his¬†Tails¬†or¬†Cats, with the push tabs and flaps and furry bits and colours, then you’ll enjoy this one. Little ones can learn to¬†do the Hippopota Hula, the Bouncy Bunny Hop and the Gator Mashed Potater, with demos and tabs to pull. Good for 2 to 4 year olds, in a solid board book.

Dance – Matthew Van Fleet – Simon & Schuster – BB – $30

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Indie Book Awards: Winners announced!

And the winner of the Indie Book of the Year is… Jane Harper’s¬†The Dry: for the best Australian writing of 2016, as chosen by Australian independent booksellers. Our congratulations to Jane — we’ve barely been able to keep her book in stock since it came out!

Other prize winners this year:

* Fiction: The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
* Debut fiction: The Dry by Jane Harper
* Non-fiction: Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner
* Children’s:¬†Circle by Jeannie Baker
* Young Adult: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

All titles in-store now, or on order in desperate haste if we’ve sold out! Let us know if you want any of the prize-winners put aside for you, and come enjoy some great Australian writing.

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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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Komako Sakai’s “The Lost Kitten”

lee-sakai-the-lost-kittenKomako ¬†Sakai, author of staff¬†favourite¬†Emily’s Balloon, has illustrated a lovely new picture book by one-name author Lee. With her characteristic illustration style (we’re bidding that it’s oil-on-board painting), Sakai guides us through Hina’s story of given-lost-found with her baby kitten. It’s terribly high on the child-and-cat cute factor.

The Lost Kitten – Lee, Komako Sakai – HB – Gecko Press – $28

Emily’s Balloon –¬†Komako Sakai – PB – Chronicle Books – $15


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The Princess in Black takes a well-earned break


I think we’ll all be relieved to hear that the Princess in Black, aka Princess Magnolia, is finally taking a holiday from her important job of keeping the kingdom safe from monsters. She has, after all, had to cope with a hungry bunny horde, a princess party and tea with Duchess Wigtower, all while keeping (almost) everyone from knowing that she is the kingdom’s resident monster-hunter.

In her fourth adventure, our dear Princess is trying hard to take a seaside nap, but will she be able to sleep through a sea-monster attack?

This is one of our favourite series for four-to-seven year olds, great for both read-alouds and readers just heading off without training wheels. All four books are now available in paperback ($10), and you can also take a look at her official website for FAQs and activities.

The Princess in Black
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation



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