June e-News from Jeffreys Books
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We'll be closed on Monday 12 June for the Queen's Birthday.
Linda and all the team at Jeffreys Books
Backlist Book of the Month: Nakano Thrift Shop - Hiromi Kawakami
Izzy's quote: "A beautifully subtle book that depicts the way relationships grow and falter. Though it is not particularly action-packed, the intelligently-crafted storyline had me gripped from start to finish."
When Hitomi takes a job on the cash register of a neighbourhood thrift store, she finds herself drawn into a very idiosyncratic community. There is Mr Nakano, an enigmatic ladies' man with several ex-wives; Masayo, Mr Nakano's sister, an artist who has never married; and her fellow employee Takeo, a shy but charming young man. Every day, customers from the neighbourhood pass in and out as curios are bought and sold, each one containing its own surprising story. When Hitomi and Takeo begin to fall for one another, they find themselves in the centre of their own drama - and on the edges of many others. A tender and affecting exploration of the mystery that lurks in the ordinary, this novel traces the seemingly imperceptible threads that weave together a community, and the knots that bind us to one another.
Last Tuesday Book Club (Fiction)
Quicksand - Malin Persson Giolito
Innocent or guilty, her time is running out . . . The air is hazy and grey with gunpowder smoke. Everyone has been shot but me. I haven't got so much as a bruise . . . Maja Norberg has spent nine months in jail awaiting trial for a shooting in her school. Among those killed were her boyfriend and her best friend. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom . . . But is Maja a demonised victim - or cold-blooded killer?
Tuesday 27 June at 7pm. Contact us to reserve your place on 9509 5133.
The Spy - Paulo Coelho
When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Soon she was fêted as the most elegant woman in the city. A dancer who shocked and delighted audiences; a confidant and courtesan who bewitched the era's richest and most powerful men. But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari's lifestyle brought her under suspicion. Until, in 1917 she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysées and accused of espionage. Written as a series of letters, The Spy tells the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to break the conventions of her time, and paid the price.
Tuesday 27 June at 10.30am. Contact us to reserve your place on 9509 5133.
Dear Uncle Jeffrey,
Quick UJ, I need some tips on planning. I know this [thing] has been looming for months and now I'm counting the days. I thought I was organised but realise I maybe should've taken steps earlier. Heck, I'm the one nagging my kids to start their assignments and I feel I'm setting a very bad example (that's if I wasn't keeping my cool exterior). I'm a brilliant list maker but now I have too many lists!
Yours in anxiety,
Oh the intrigue - is it a wedding? a relocation? a holiday? Whatever it is, I get the impression it's something you've anticipated with excitement rather than dread.
Ho hum, you're really expecting me to deliver advice on organising (you should speak with the good folk at Jeffreys as to whether I deliver on their deadlines - Ha!) Anyway, I scoured the shelves and came up with these beauties:
- The 80/20 Principle - Richard Koch
- Harvard Business Review - Getting the Right Work Done
- The Stop Doing List - Matt Malouf (my personal favourite!)
- Organizing for Creative People - Sheila Chandra
Good luck and happy planning,
PS There is a phenomena rising called Bullet Planning. Look out for the book in Jeffreys in July!
To Become a Whale - Ben Hobson
To Become a Whale tells the story of 13-year-old Sam Keogh, whose mother has died. Sam has to learn how to live with his silent, hitherto absent father, who decides to make a man out of his son by taking him to work at Tangalooma, then the largest whaling station in the southern hemisphere. What follows is the devastatingly beautiful story of a gentle boy trying to make sense of the terrible reality of whaling and the cruelty and alienation of his new world, the world of men. Set around Moreton Island and Noosa in 1961, To Become a Whale is an extraordinarily vivid and haunting novel that reads like an instant classic of Australian literature. There are echoes of Craig Silvey, Favel Parrett, Tim Winton, and Randolph Stow in this moving, transformative, and very Australian novel.
Rich People Problems - Kevin Kwan
When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan's gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia's most privileged families.
The French Art of War - Alexis Jenni
It was the beginning of the Gulf War. I watched it on TV and did little else. I was doing badly, you see. Everything was going wrong. I just awaited the end. But then I met Victorien Salagnon, a veteran of the great colonial wars of Indochina, Vietnam and Algeria, a commander who had led his soldiers across the globe, a man with the blood of others up to his elbows. He said he would teach me to paint; he must have been the only painter in the French Forces, but out there no one cares about such things. I cared, though. In return, he wanted me to write his life story. And so he talked, and I wrote, and through him I witnessed the rivers of blood that cut channels through France, I saw the deaths that were as numberless as they were senseless and I began finally to understand the French art of war.
Amnesia - Michael Ridpath
Alastair Cunningham wakes up in hospital with almost total amnesia. But he knows that something terrible happened in his past, something that haunts him still. A young family friend, Clemence is called in to help rekindle his memory. Retreating with Alastair to his remote cottage, Clemence finds a peculiar manuscript hidden away from prying eyes. Reading the prologue, she discovers a murder by someone very much like a young Alastair. The victim? Clemence's grandmother, Sophie. Could this kindly old man truly be a killer? Clemence becomes determined to find out what happened all those years ago, even if she must risk everything to do so...
The Fortunate Brother - Donna Morrissey
The Fortunate Brother is a dark, atmospheric, and compelling novel about the aftermath of a murder in a claustrophobic rural community in Newfoundland. When a body is found in the lake suspicion falls on the troubled Now family. As the mystery unfolds other, far deeper, secrets are revealed. Compassionate and wise, beautiful and brutal, The Fortunate Brother is the story of a family and a community in turmoil and confirms Donna Morrissey's place as one of Canada's foremost storytellers.
Exile: Nomad #2 - James Swallow
NOMAD was explosive. This is nuclear. A vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons A disgraced Russian general, with access to the real thing. A vengeful Somali warlord, with a cause for which he'd let the world burn. A jaded government agency, without the information to stop him. Only one man sees what's coming. And even he might not be able to prevent it... Racing breathlessly from uncharted CIA prisons to the skyscrapers of Dubai, from stormbeaten oil rigs off the African coast to the ancient caverns beneath the city of Naples, Marc Dane returns in the explosive new thriller from the internationally bestselling author of NOMAD.
A Talent for Murder - Andrew Wilson
'I wouldn't scream if I were you. Unless you want the whole world to learn about your husband and his mistress.' Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, boards a train, preoccupied and flustered in the knowledge that her husband Archie is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events. Her rescuer is no guardian angel; rather, he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind. Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf.
The 7th Function of Language - Laurent Binet
Roland Barthes, one of the twentieth-century's towering literary figures, is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It's February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, who is locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident. But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? That document was the key to the seventh function of language - an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything. Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a global chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous. What they discover is a global conspiracy involving the President, murderous Bulgarians and a secret international debating society. In the world of intellectuals and politicians, everyone is a suspect. And who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake?
A Forger's Tale - Shaun Greenhalgh
In 2007, Bolton Crown Court in the United Kingdom sentenced Shaun Greenhalgh to four years and eight months in prison for the crime of producing artistic forgeries. Working out of a shed in his parents' garden, Greenhalgh had successfully fooled some of the world's greatest museums. Written in prison, A Forger's Tale details Shaun's notorious career and the extraordinary circumstances that led to it. From Leonardo drawings to L.S. Lowry paintings, from busts of American presidents to Anglo-Saxon brooches, from cutting-edge Modernism to the ancient art of the Stone Age, Greenhalgh could - and did - copy it all. Told with great wit and charm, this is the definitive account of Britain's most successful and infamous forger, a man whose love for art saturates every page of this extraordinary memoir.
In the Days of Rain - Rebecca Stott
In the vein of Why be Happy when you can be Normal?: an enthralling, at times shocking, and deeply personal family memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Christian cult. As Rebecca Stott's father lay dying he begged her to help him write the memoir he had been struggling with for years. He wanted to tell the story of their family, who, for generations had all been members of a fundamentalist Christian sect. Yet, each time he reached a certain point, he became tangled in a thicket of painful memories and could not go on. The sect were a closed community who believed the world is ruled by Satan: non-sect books were banned, women were made to wear headscarves and those who disobeyed the rules were punished.
Rebecca was born into the sect, yet, as an intelligent, inquiring child she was always asking dangerous questions. She would discover that her father, an influential preacher, had been asking them too, and that the fault-line between faith and doubt had almost engulfed him.
Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life - Sally Bedell Smith
The first major biography of Prince Charles in more than two decades, with new insights into his family and his two marriages, from the bestselling author of Elizabeth the Queen. Drawing on extensive access to the Royal Family's inner circle, Sally Bedell Smith delivers unprecedented insights into Prince Charles, a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet has spent his life in waiting for the ultimate role. Beginning with his lonely childhood, Smith details his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his love affairs, from the tragedy of his marriage to Diana to his eventual reunion with Camilla, as well as his relationship with the next generation of royals, including Will, Kate, Harry, and his beloved grandchildren. As this sweeping biography shows, Prince Charles is more complicated and compelling than we knew, until now.
Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment - Jenny Valentish
Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way. Her travels around Australia take her to treatment facilities and AA groups. Mining the expertise of leading researchers, she explores the early predictors of addiction, such as childhood trauma and temperament, and teenage impulsivity. Drawing on neuroscience, she explains why other self-destructive behaviours - such as eating disorders, compulsive buying and high-risk sex - are interchangeable with problematic substance use. Valentish follows the pathways that women, in particular, take into addiction - and out again. Woman of Substances is an insightful, rigorous and brutally honest read.
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama - David Garrow
The definitive account of Barack Obama's life before he became the 44th president of the United States - the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross. Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted the little-known state senator from Illinois into the national spotlight. Three months later, Obama would win election to the U.S. Senate; four years later he would make history as America's first black president. Now, at the end of his second presidential term, David J. Garrow delivers the most compelling and comprehensive Obama biography - as epic in vision and rigorous in detail as Robert Caro's The Power Broker.
In voluminous detail, drawn from more than 1,000 interviews and encyclopedic documentary research, Garrow reveals as never before the ambition, the dreams, and the all-too-human struggles of an iconic president in a sure to be news-making biography that will stand as the most authoritative account of Obama's pre-presidential life for decades to come.
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-lodge
A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge. In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted the piece on her blog, and gave it the title: 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race'. Her powerful, passionate words hit a nerve. The post went viral, and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own, similar experiences. Galvanised by this response, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings; this clear hunger for an open discussion. The result is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.
The Inkblots - Damion Searls
Despite decades of controversy, the Rorschach test is still widely used and continues to pervade popular culture. Shouldn't we have written off this rather embarrassing vestige of early twentieth-century pseudoscience long ago, along with hypnosis, orgone boxes, and truth serum? In fact, the Rorschach test remains because it works - much better than Rorschach himself ever imagined. How and why that's the case cuts to the very heart of human personality. Searls tells the story of Hermann Rorschach, his ingenious experiment, and his pioneering insight into personality before going on to discuss the long and unexpected afterlife the Rorschach test has enjoyed in the last century. Searls pays tribute to this man's fascinating and too brief life but also considers the cultural history of his famous test, how it evolved and grew out of a period of intense ferment in psychology and psychoanalysis (Freud was a near contemporary, Jung a colleague) and how both the cultural and the clinical meaning and uses of the test have changed over time.
Kiwi: The Australian Brand That Brought a Shine to the World - Keith Dunstan
You probably have a tin of shoe polish tucked under the laundry sink bearing the little bird logo that has been in homes around the globe for over a century. Founded in Melbourne by William Ramsay in 1906, Kiwi is one of the most iconic and enduring international brands ever to have come out of Australia. Keith Dunstan tells the remarkable story of the Ramsay family and how they created and nurtured the Kiwi brand. Always quick to seize a marketing opportunity, the Ramsays sent Kiwi to England with the Anzacs in World War I, putting a brilliant shine on belts, bridles and leggings as well as boots. Soon there was a Kiwi factory in London, and in time Kiwi ran 24 factories worldwide, selling more than 250 million cans of shoe polish annually. In his inimitable warm and chatty style, Dunstan follows the fortunes of the Ramsay family as they built the Kiwi brand over the decades: business decisions good and bad, grand houses, the latest cars, constant travel, and their marriages, quarrels and friendships. He also tracks the clever advertising strategies that kept Kiwi in the public mind, including the notorious sign that caused traffic accidents in Richmond in the 1960s. Richly illustrated in full colour, Kiwi is the fascinating inside story of one of Australia's great families, as well as one of its great brands. 'I have not previously read a business story or family history that is so pithy and observant, and written with such a mix of fun and seriousness.' Geoffrey Blainey
Pocket Money to Property: How to Create Financially Independent Kids - Hannah McQueen
Through her work as a financial advisor Hannah believes strongly that we need to be giving our children good financial skills so that they don't make the same mistakes that many of their parents have made. There is good news: even if you have missed all of the financial stages yourself, you can still create financially independent children. This book is a practical resource that outlines the key financial principles that everyone needs to learn, and Hannah gives very clear, detailed and direct advice for parents of children at every age from five year olds right through to 30 year olds. This is essential reading for every parent, whatever your financial status. It asks the hard questions and forces you to confront your own attitudes around money and gives clear guidelines for the next generation.
Beyond Veiled Cliches: The Real Lives of Arab Women - Amal Awad
Books on the Arab world - particularly those focussed on the place of women in it - are plentiful, but they are generally written by Western women. Many women emigrate to western countries and do anything but transform themselves into a western 'ideal'. They remain true to personal values. Meanwhile, the popular belief that Arab men are controlling does a complete disservice to women who have taken ownership of their lives and trajectories. It's an issue that cuts deep for Amal who continues to examine her own relationship to her Arab heritage, rebooting her understanding of the world, and her rights to live as she chooses within it. And yet, her experience is but one story of many. As someone who has a foot in both the Western and Arabic worlds, and with cultural understanding to address important contemporary issues in both, Amal feels equipped to do this by comparing and connecting lives in both worlds. Thus Amal sets off on an exploration of life from the perspective of Arab women, both in the West and the Arab world, interviewing more than 80 women.
Featured Young Adult
My Life as a Hashtag - Gabrielle Williams
I'd been warned - in French, no less. By a tram-riding, mermaid-swaying, wolf-eaten, peace-sign flipping friend. I knew she wouldn't be happy if I stayed out here by the pool, with Jed's nail tracing the length of my neck. But I didn't want to go inside. I didn't want another drink. I wanted to stay out here and see what would happen. What's a girl to do when her parents have split up; her mum's trawling Tinder; and one of her best friends has decided not to invite her to the biggest party of the year, which she then has to watch unfold on everyone else's social media? If you're a girl called MC, you get mad as hell, that's what you do. But what begins as one girl's private, no-holds-barred rant soon snowballs in the most public way possible. A funny, heartfelt novel for anyone who's ever wished they hadn't pressed send.
The Fall - Tristan Bancks
In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above. He goes to the window to see what's happening - only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall from the sixth-floor balcony. Pushed, Sam thinks. Sam goes to wake his father Harry, a crime reporter, but Harry is gone. And when Sam goes downstairs, the body is gone, too. But someone has seen Sam, and knows what he's witnessed. The next twenty-four hours could be his last.
The Great Hunt - Wendy Higgins
The Great Hunt reimagines the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The Singing Bone" in a dramatic, romance-filled fantasy with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom. When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona, desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and bravest hunters: whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter Princess Aerity. The princess recognises her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger - she was meant to marry for love - until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. And while there's no denying the fiery chemistry between them, Princess Aerity feels that Paxton's mysteriousness is foreboding, maybe even dangerous. Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He is determined to keep his focus on the task at hand - ridding the kingdom of the beast - but the princess continues to surprise him, and the secrets he's buried begin to surface against his wishes.
Every Hidden Thing - Kenneth Oppel
Deep in the Badlands, embedded in rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the world has ever seen. For Samuel Bolt it's the dinosaur that could put him and his father into the history books. But Samuel and his father aren't the only ones on the trail. Rachel Cartland is dreading a future of housewifery or spinsterhood. But the Rex could be her ticket to finally explore her love of science and adventure. Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together as their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense. And with both after the same prize, any romance seems destined to fail. Can they find the skeleton - and with it a new life together - or will the rivalry tear them apart?
Damage - Eve Ainsworth
How can you heal if you can't face your past? Confident, popular Gabi has a secret - a secret so terrible she can't tell her family, or her best friend. She can't even take pleasure in her beloved skateboarding any more. And then one day an impulse turns to something darker. Gabi has never felt so alone. But then she learns that not everyone has wounds you can see. A searing look at self-harm and acceptance from hugely talented author Eve Ainsworth. Warning: includes content that some readers may find upsetting.
Featured Middle and Junior Readers
Polly & Buster #1 - Sally Rippin
Who ever heard of a witch and a monster being friends?
Everyone knows that witches don’t mix with monsters. Witches are educated, clever, sophisticated. But monsters? Monsters are just uncouth. Some are even dangerous. But Polly the witch and Buster the feelings monster have been best friends forever. It’s the sort of friendship that makes your heart squeeze with happiness. Somehow, they've managed to keep their friendship a secret.
Until one day, when everything changes...
The captivating fantasy-adventure about a boy, a bat, and an amazing transformation from Newbery-winning author Linda Sue Park. Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, every leaf could unleash a kind of magic. When an injured bat crashes into his life, Raffa invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the Forest. His remedy saves the animal but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far-reaching consequences. Raffa's experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question whether exciting botanical inventions - including his own - might actually threaten the very creatures of the Forest he wants to protect. The first book in an enchanting trilogy, Forest of Wonders richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home.
My Dog Gets a Job
My Dog Gets a Job picks up where the very successful My Dog Doesn't Like Me left off. At almost ten years of age, Eric is now the responsible owner of his dog Ugly. But when Ugly is involved in a series of mishaps including the theft of a roast chook and a bedroom decorated with duck poo, it is clear Eric needs to do something to keep his dog out of trouble. Luckily, Eric knows exactly how to solve the problem a Ugly needs a job. But how can Eric find a job for a dog, even if his dog is a genius? Humorous and engaging, My Dog Gets a Job will appeal to pet lovers of all ages.
Bring Me the Head of Ivy Pocket #3 - Caleb Krisp
Our magnificently infuriating heroine is on the very brink of her greatest adventure: bound for London and Prospa House to save Anastasia Radcliff and young Rebecca Butterfield from fates worse than death. But there are difficulties at every turn. The devious Miss Always and her devilish Locks are in hot pursuit. Anastasia is gone, taken by her evil sister-in-law Estelle and hidden in a place no one will ever find her. And worst of all, the Clock Diamond is no longer working, blocking Ivy's route to Prospa. There's a mystery to be unpicked and if anyone can do it, it's Ivy Pocket. After all, she has all the natural instincts of a Russian chess master.
The Incredible Dadventure - Dave Lowe
Ten days, ten tasks - can Holly complete her very own Dadventure? Holly's dad is an explorer, having amazing adventures all over the world, while Holly is stuck at home with her mum, her baby brother and the dog. Now Dad's on a new expedition and he'll miss her tenth birthday. She's not happy - until she finds out that he's planned a special treasure hunt, just for her. She has ten days to complete ten tasks - some silly, some tricky and some downright terrifying. Maybe life at home isn't quite so boring after all. The first story in the 'Dadventure' series, a perfect family story or read-alone for fans of David Baddiel and Andy Griffiths Treehouse series.
Mammoth Mistake (Starring Olive Black) - Alex Miles
Life can be hard when your name sounds like a pizza topping, but Olive Black is managing just fine.
Like most Aussie kids she’s balancing school, friends and family. Unlike most Aussie kids, Olive is a mega movie star.
Olive’s latest movie has her character bringing a woolly mammoth back from time. But when Olive takes a chance to one-up her nemesis instead of be there for her BFF, she makes a real-life mammoth mistake of her own. Will she be able to make things right?
Dotty Detective #1 - Clara Vuillamy
Meet Dorothy Constance Mae Louise, or Dot as she prefers to be called! Dot loves super-sour apple sherberts, running fast and puzzles - especially if they're fiendishly tricky. And with the help of trusty sidekick, Beans and TOP DOG, McClusky, she is always ready to sniff out a mystery. So when mean girl Laura seems set on sabotaging the school talent show, Dot is determined to find out how, and save the day...
Glitterwing's Book Week Blunder (Miniwings #1) - Sally Sutton
Sshh... NOT for parents! You can keep a SECRET, right? Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, glitter-twinkly, flying horses - and they're REAL! It's true. Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much TROUBLE. Who would have thought Book Week could end up such a magical MESS!
Hot Dog #2: Party Time - Anh Do
It's Kev's birthday, so Hotdog and Lizzie are throwing him a surprise party! There'll be cake, games and magic tricks! But will a rude rooster and a cranky donkey ruin the day?
Shallow in the Deep End - Tiwi College Al Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga and Jared Thomas
Erica wants a dog. So dad brings home a new pet... a baby water buffalo! Shallow the buffalo and her friend Bruno the dog have a lot of fun, get in a lot of trouble and create a lot of havoc.
Featured Children's Picture Books
Cinnamon - Neil Gaiman
In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. So they offer a reward to anyone who can teach Cinnamon to speak. People travel from far and wide to attempt it, but nothing works. Until a mighty tiger, huge and fierce, prowls into their palace and announces that he is here to teach the girl-cub to talk... A mighty fable from Neil Gaiman, winner of the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, illustrated in vivid colour by up-and-coming talent Divya Srinivasan.
No, Nancy, No! - Alice Tait
Nancy and her sausage dog Roger are ready for a day out in London! But is London ready for naughty Nancy? From Alice Tait, illustrator of the iconic London Map print range, comes a stylish, action-packed lift-the-flap book - the perfect introduction to the capital city for first-time sightseers! Blending her joyful London scapes with the story of a mischievous little girl, Nancy, and her long-suffering dachshund, Roger, Alice creates a wild and calamitous chase by boat, bus and bike across all of London's most famous and best sights - from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London...With over fifteen flaps throughout, an incredible pop-up Nelson's column and a fold-out map, young readers will delight in this interactive adventure, and will love joining in with Roger's catchy refrain: "NO, NANCY, NO!"
The Storm Whale - Sarah Brennan
Bleak was the day and the wind whipped down when I and my sisters walked to town... So begins the story of three sisters who find a whale stranded on a windswept beach and try to save it. With a powerful, poetic text, wonderful to read aloud, and illustrations full of life and movement, Storm Whale celebrates the majesty and vulnerability of nature and our place in it.
Escargot - Dashka Slater
Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things: 1. To be your favourite animal. 2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book. But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there's a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one - with a little help from you! - he discovers that it's not so bad after all.
Wild Animals of the South - Dieter Braun
Famous German illustrator Dieter Braun offers his readers an accurate representation of animals from the southern hemisphere in this gorgeously illustrated volume. Through his beautiful and colourful illustrations, readers will be dazzled by the giraffes and elephants in Africa, koalas and kangaroos in Australia, huge blue whales in the open oceans, and many more! Dieter Braun is a freelance illustrator and children's book author from Hamburg, Germany.
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