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September e-News from Jeffreys Books

While we live in turbulent and ever changing times, one thing we can turn to is books. Parents rejoice when their children find a love of reading and as adults we are sustained by our last great read or hungry for our next favourite book. Books give us a safe place to explore the world around us. Book Week in schools and the Melbourne Writers Festival, both celebrated in August, remind us of this. We bring you a snapshot of September's new releases and there are many more to discover in-store. 
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Happy reading,
Linda and all the team at Jeffreys Books

Backlist Book of the Month: IT - Stephen King
Adam's quote
: "My favourite Stephen King novel, about friendship over time, and the peculiar terrors of childhood. He powerfully infuses nostalgia with an unsettling rhythm that made me nervous reading this on a bus at 8am, let along at night before bed."
To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing... The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

  

Last Tuesday Book Club (Fiction)
This month our book club will be reading two different books and comparing notes.
Tin Man - Sarah Winman
The unforgettable and achingly tender new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller When God Was A Rabbit and the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller A Year Of Marvellous Ways. It begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things. And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable. And the boys become men, and then Annie walks into their lives, and it changes nothing and everything. Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When God Was A Rabbit and A Year Of Marvellous Ways with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.

 

 

House of Names - Colm Toibin
From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra - spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling - and her children. "I have been acquainted with the smell of death." So begins Clytemnestra's tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war. In House of Names, Colm Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life. Told in four parts, this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess, who will herself be murdered by her own son, Orestes. It is Orestes' story, too: his capture by the forces of his mother's lover Aegisthus, his escape and his exile. And it is the story of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation, until, on the return of her brother, she has the fates of both of them in her hands.
Tuesday 26 September at 7pm. Contact us to reserve your place on 9509 5133.

Connection Book Club (Fiction/Non-Fiction)
Hunger - Roxane Gay
"I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere... I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe." In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined", Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past-including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life-and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.
Tuesday 26 September at 10.30am. Contact us to reserve your place on 9509 5133.

 
Events: Stonnington Library Open Book: Neon Pilgrim by Lisa Dempster 
Thursday 28 September at 6.30pm Toorak/South Yarra Library
Can travelling help us find hope during the darkest times of our lives? Lisa Dempster, writer, editor and artistic director/CEO of the Melbourne Writers Festival, will discuss her debut travel memoir, Neon Pilgrim and share her story of walking herself back to health on the henro michi, an arduous 1200km Buddhist pilgrimage through the mountains of Japan.  
Contact Stonnington Library to book on 8290 8000

 
 
 
Interview with an Author: Eliza Henry Jones author of Ache and In the Quiet
1. Eliza, horses are important to your writing. Can you explain how they inspire you? 
Horses have always been a huge part of my emotional world. For the past fifteen years, horses have been a source of comfort and elation (and frustration and despair). I think horses and emotions are very much entwined for me. Writing about them, together, feels very natural.  
2. I heard you speak once and you mentioned you'd been writing for years ... do you ever struggle to put pen to paper? 
I very rarely get writer's block in terms of the actual writing - but I'm often very unhappy with what I've written. For instance, I'm working on my next novel for grown-ups and have completely scrapped over a hundred thousand words and have restarted it about fifteen times. 
3. We're excited to hear that you have a YA book coming. Can you give us a teaser? 
I originally wrote it eleven years ago! It's about a teenager called Pearl, living in a wild Tasmanian town. It deals with issues of trauma, friendship and first love. To be released 2018. To read more about these titles, click here.

 

Dear Uncle Jeffrey,
I'm wanting to make a choice that will decide my future for the next 3 years - if not a lifetime. But I'm currently stuck in decision paralysis. I need to replace my phone and want to move from, let's say Apple, to something else, let's say Samsung. I'm reluctant to mention brands because, trust me, even the man on the tram next to me, on overhearing a conversation, had an opinion to share. I just need to make a choice and proceed with confidence.
Yours sincerely,
Alison

Dear Alison
What you need is rose-tinted glasses. I'm sure you know the sort of people that once they jump on a bandwa
gon, it is the only bandwagon to be on. I've never confronted one to check if they feel the decision insecurity inside and it's all just a front. Since you've asked me, here is my opinion - save 
yourself for the big things in life - kids, partners and where to live. (Melbourne - where is Spring?) In most cases you won't really know until you've made the choice.
Embrace the ambiguity and enjoy your new phone.
Uncle Jeffrey

Featured Fiction
Book of Dirt - Bram Presser
They chose not to speak and now they are gone. And we cannot find the pieces of the puzzle that make up those few years of their life, for they too are gone... What's left to fill the silence is no longer theirs. This is my story, woven from the threads of rumour and legend. The Book of Dirt is a love story, a riveting survivors' tale, and a grandson's quest to learn about his grandparents' extraordinary lives. The author's family built myths around them: Jakub was a teacher in the camps, keeping the children busy until it was their turn to be killed; Dasa laid the railway sleepers on the tracks that brought her fellow Jews to their deaths. When they died, their stories went with them. Then came the cracks. Everything the author thought he knew was wrong. In this story of two unlikely survivors, Bram Presser brilliantly imagines the fate of Jakub, deported to Auschwitz and to Theresienstadt, where it was rumoured after the war that he had sorted through thousands of Jewish texts confiscated for a so-called Nazi Museum of the Extinct Race. The Book of Dirt is also the story of Frantiska, her fraught marriage in Prague, and how she and her two eldest daughters, Dasa and Irena, miraculously survived the camps. The Book of Dirt is a completely original, page-turning novel about family myths and Jewish myths. And it is a heart-warming story about a grandson's devotion to the power of writing, storytelling and his family's legacy.

The Choke - Sofie Laguna
"I never had words to ask anybody the questions, so I never had the answers." Abandoned by her mother as a toddler and only occasionally visited by her volatile father who keeps dangerous secrets, Justine is raised solely by her Pop, an old man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow they can almost touch - a place of staggering natural beauty that is both a source of peace and danger. Although Justine doesn't know it, her father is a menacing criminal and the world she is exposed to is one of great peril to her. She has to make sense of it on her own - and when she eventually does, she knows what she has to do. A brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power, guns and violence, in which grown-ups can't be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature, The Choke is a compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in deep trouble. Sofie Laguna, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award for The Eye of the Sheep, once again shows she is a writer of rare empathy, originality and blazing talent.

Rain Birds - Harriet McKnight
Alan and Pina have lived contentedly in isolated - and insular - Boney Point for thirty years. Now they are dealing with Alan's devastating early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis. As he is cast adrift in the depths of his own mind, Pina is left to face the consequences alone, until the arrival of a flock of black cockatoos seems to tie him, somehow, to the present. Nearby, conservation biologist Arianna Brandt is involved in a project trying reintroduce the threatened glossy black cockatoos into the wilds of Murrungowar National Park. Alone in the haunted bush, and with her birds failing to thrive, Arianna's personal demons start to overwhelm her and risk undoing everything. At first, when the two women's paths cross, they appear at loggerheads but - in many ways - they are invested in the same outcome but for different reasons. Ultimately, unexpected events will force them both to let go of their pasts and focus on the future. 'Heartbreaking and real, grounded in a stunning natural environment. McKnight questions our responsibilities - to loved ones, and to places we love.' - Inga Simpson... 'A poetic and powerful portrayal of how hard it is for humans to change - even while the world changes around us. Rain Birds is a moving meditation on the deeply intimate kinds of loss experienced within families, and the harrowing losses our entire planet is facing.' - Ceridwen Dovey... 'With a delicate yet decisive hand, Harriet McKnight deftly weaves the stories of two forthright women searching for moments of stillness in an ever-changing world. Intelligent and absorbing, Rain Birds eschews sentiment in favour of clear-eyed empathy for its characters.' - Melanie Joosten

A Legacy of Spies - John Le Carre
This is the first novel in over twenty-five years to feature George Smiley, le Carre's most beloved character. Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carre has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

 
 
The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz
A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can't control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's page-turning new thriller. SPREAD THE WORD. THE WORD IS MURDER


 

 

 

 

Featured Non-Fiction
The Museum of Words - Georgia Blain
In late 2015, Georgia Blain was diagnosed with a tumour sitting right in the language centre of her brain. Prior to this, Georgia's only warning had been a niggling sense that her speech was slightly awry. She ignored it, and on a bright spring day, as she was mowing the lawn, she collapsed on a bed of blossoms, blood frothing at her mouth. Waking up to find herself in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital, she tries to answer questions, but is unable to speak. After the shock of a bleak prognosis and a long, gruelling treatment schedule, she immediately turns to writing to rebuild her language and herself. At the same time, her mother, Anne Deveson, moves into a nursing home with Alzheimer's; weeks earlier, her best friend and mentor had been diagnosed with the same brain tumour. All three of them are writers, with language at the core of their being. The Museum of Words is a meditation on writing, reading, first words and last words, picking up thread after thread as it builds on each story to become a much larger narrative. This idiosyncratic and deeply personal memoir is a writer's take on how language shapes us, and how often we take it for granted - until we are in danger of losing it.

Plant Style: How to Greenify Your Space - Alana Langan & Jacqui Vidal
Ferns are back in the bathroom; cacti are sitting on plant stands and you don’t have to look far to see a devil’s ivy hanging from a ceiling. Indoor plants are the ultimate indoor accessory. Softening interiors and readily available, they are also a stylist’s best friend. However, it’s their power to transform a sterile space into an urban sanctuary that makes them more than just an inanimate prop – all you need to know is how to use them. From the founders of coveted plant-wares label, Ivy Muse, comes this charming guide on how to turn your home into a jungle-like retreat.

 

 

Ostro: Good Food. Hand Made - Julia Busuttil Nishimura
"My approach to food favours intuition over strict rules and is about using your hands, rushing a little less and savouring the details. It's not food that needs to be placed on a pedestal or admired from afar; it is food that slowly weaves its way into the fabric of your daily life - food for living and sharing." Since launching Ostro online in 2014, Julia Busuttil Nishimura has gained a strong and loyal following for her generous, uncomplicated, seasonal food. As an Australian of Maltese descent and a fluent Italian speaker, who is married to a Japanese man, Julia and her food represent everything that is good about modern Australian eating. She deftly brings together a broad range of cuisines and culinary influences using the very best produce on offer. 

 

 

The Vanished Land: Disappearing Dynasties of Victoria's Western District - Richard Zachariah
The Vanished Land is the Western District of Victoria stripped of its identity, its social elite of grazing dynasties departed for their own reasons.
The melancholic exodus has increased recently as the myriad pressures of holding inherited land have become intolerable in a nation never intimidated by ditching its past. This historic plain of fecundity demands an investigation of its ending as the home of a ruling class that for 150 years bestrode an Australia riding on the sheep's back.
The Vanished Land is a human tale of leaving, of a disconnect with the land, of submerged anguish and inhibited grief, a private story of loss told for the first time by an outsider with insider connection.

 

 

Featured Young Adult
Nothing - Annie Burrows
Really, this book is about me, Charlotte, and my friend, Frankie, and some stuff that happened to us last year. It wasn't anything amazing. Thrust me on this one. But personally, I am tired of reading about abused/drug-addicted/depressed/alien-infested teens. And - also personally -I think Frankie and I are pretty funny. Actually, I think we're hilarious, but that could be a me-thing. So if you want to read about some not-incredible-but-not-entirely-basic fifteen-year-old girls, then this book is for you! That's as enticing as it's going to get.

 

 

 

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe - Lauren James
A romance set in space from the beloved author of The Next Together series. Can you fall in love with someone you've never met, never even spoken to - someone who is light years away? Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth - with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication is via email - and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean? Sometimes, there's something worse than being alone...

 

All Rights Reserved - Gregory Scott Katsoulis
In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society. Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks ("Sorry" is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She's been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can't begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she's unable to afford. But when Speth's friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family's crippling debt, she can't express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech -- rather than say anything at all -- she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth's unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

S.T.A.G.S. - M. A. Bennett
Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend. A twisting thriller for fans of Looking for Alaska and The Hunger Games It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin' shootin' fishin'. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered. But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry's parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports - hunting, shooting and fishing - become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school...

Featured Children's Reference
Kids in the Kitchen - Amanda Grant
Let your kids make their own food with 50 fun recipes that will not only encourage future healthy eating habits but also develop motor skills, cognitive development and self-confidence plus you won't have to cook! 

Children's reading books, toys and games are often targeted at specific age groups, and this new book by "one of the UK's leading children's food educators", Amanda Grant teaches core cooking skills designed for children aged 3-5 years, 5-7 years and 7-11 years. Each skill is presented at the stage when a child's development, self-confidence and independence are ready. With plenty of step-by-step photographs for children to follow and easy, tasty and fun recipes that they will love to learn, this is an invaluable book for parents to help teach their kids practical kitchen skills that will remain useful throughout life. As well as explaining hygiene and kitchen safety, there are more than 50 recipes specially suited to particular age groups.

Audrey Hepburn (Little People, Big Dreams) - Amaia Arrazola
In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. This book follows the life of Audrey Hepburn, from her early life during World War Two, to ballet school, her acting career and UNICEF work. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Audrey's life at the back.

 

 

Featured Middle and Junior Readers
The Explorer - Katherine Rundell
From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them...

 

 

 

The Children of Willesden Lane - Mona Golabek & Lee Cohen 
Jewish musical prodigy Lisa Jura has a wonderful life in Vienna. But when the Nazis start closing in on the city, life changes irreversibly. Although he has three daughters, Lisa's father is only able to secure one place on the Kindertransport. The family sends Lisa to London so that she may pursue her dreams of a career as a concert pianist. Separated from her beloved family, Lisa bravely endures the trip and a disastrous posting outside London before finding her way to the Willesden Lane Orphanage. Here, her music inspires the other children, and they, in turn, cheer her on in her efforts to make good on her promise to her family to realise her musical potential. Through hard work and sheer pluck, Lisa wins a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Academy. As she supports herself and studies, she makes a new life for herself and dreams of reconnecting with the family she was forced to leave behind. Based on the true story of her mother, Mona Golabek describes the inspirational story of fourteen-year-old Lisa Jura Golabek's escape from Nazi-controlled Austria to England on the famed Kindertransport.

Maybe - Morris Gleitzman
1946. Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else. Fourteen year old Felix is one of them. When he's offered a journey to Australia, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone very dear to him, even though she wasn't actually invited. They have high hopes for Australia, and their dramatic arrival there makes them want to stay. But before Felix and Anya can embrace the love and friendship of their new land, they must confront the murderous urge for revenge still alive in the old. Felix knows he hasn't faced anything like this before. He may not survive, but he's hoping he will. Maybe.

 

 

 

Laugh Out Loud - James Patterson
Jimmy loves reading so much that he's inspired to start a book company for kids - run by kids. It's a big dream for a twelve-year-old boy - some would even say it's laugh-out-loud ridiculous!
But that doesn't stop Jimmy from dreaming even bigger! His company will be as imaginative and fun as Willy Wonka's chocolate factory... with a Ferris wheel instead of an elevator, a bowling alley in the break room, and a river filled with floating books! He just has to believe in himself and his idea. And maybe win the Lottery.
In this hilarious story filled with clever references to children's book favourites, James Patterson shows young readers that anything can be achieved if you believe in yourself no matter what!

 

 

Brave Red, Smart Frog - Emily Jenkins
Step into a wintry forest where seven iconic fairy tales unfold, retold with keen insight and touches of humor. There once was a frozen forest so cold, you could feel it through the soles of your boots. It was a strange place where some kisses broke enchantments and others began them. Many said witches lived there -- some with cold hearts, others with hot ovens and ugly appetites -- and also dwarves in tiny houses made of stones. In this icy wood, a stepmother might eat a girl's heart to restore her own beauty, while a woodcutter might become stupid with grief at the death of his donkey. Here a princess with too many dresses grows spiteful out of loneliness, while a mistreated girl who is kind to a crone finds pearls dropping from her mouth whenever she speaks. With empathy and an ear for emotion, Emily Jenkins retells seven fairy tales in contemporary language that reveals both the pathos and humor of some of our most beloved stories. Charming illustrations by Rohan Daniel Eason add whimsical details that enhance every new reading.

Ben Pole's Worst Day Ever - Adam Stower
Ben Pole is on the run from his arch-enemy Monty Grabbe when he discovers a forest with rope swings, water slides, Herbert the wombat, and best of all, KING COO. But watch out! Cow-pat-a-pults and Slug Pulp to the ready! Monty and his gang have a dastardly plan, and Ben and Coo need to come up with their best invention yet...


 

 

 

Dancing Days (The Fairy Dancers #2) - Natalie Jane Prior
The second volume of The Fairy Dancers stories will reunite readers with the lives of Mia, Emma and Grace. There's a fairy ring at the bottom of the garden, and the fairy dancers are wishing hard for dancing days. Join Mia, Emma and Grace in their most magical dancing adventures ever! Ages 4+

 

 

 

 


Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate - Shannon Hale

Princess Magnolia and Princess Sneezewort have plans... mysterious plans, like a princess playdate! They dress-up slam! They karaoke jam! They playhouse romp and snack-time stomp! But then a shout from outside Princess Sneezewort's castle interrupts their fun. It’s a monster trying to eat someone’s kitty! This is a job for the Princess in Black. Yet when the Princess in Black gets there, she finds only a masked stranger and no monster in sight... or is there? Action and humour abound in this ode to friendship that proves that when shape-shifting monsters intrude on your plans, two heroes are better than one. Noseholes and elephants! A pet-eating monster interrupts a perfect playdate with Princess Sneezewort... but who is that new masked avenger?

Pirate McSnottbeard in the Zombie Terror Rampage - Paul Whitfield
A fast and funny pirate romp for fans of Mr Gum and Barry Loser. Packed with comic art and more gags than you can wave a kipper at.A fully illustrated, laugh-out-loud pirate romp in which Emilie and her brother William set out to rescue their parents from the horrible and smelly pirate king McSNOTTBEARD. Whisked from the high seas, through prehistoric lands, into an evil wizard's castle and finally to the PIRATES' clifftop hideout, they must tackle dinosaurs, zombies, angry parrots, and at least one warlock...

 

 

 

Featured Children's Picture Books
His Royal Tinyness: A Terrible True Story - Sally Lloyd-Jones
Once upon a time there was a happy family: A mum, a dad, a gerbil, and the most beautifulest, cleverest, ever so kindest Princess Marianna. Until one horrible no good day when a new ruler was born... From two of the most revered picture book creators working today comes a unique home-grown fairy tale about a little girl with a new baby brother. Marianna, the most beautiful, ever so kindest princess, lives happily with her mum, dad and gerbil. Happy, that is, until the new baby comes along. His Royal Highness King Baby is so smelly. He's so noisy. And all the talk in the Land is about him - non-stop, All the time! Has there ever been such a time of wicked rule?! Hilariously told from the over dramatic, reluctant big sister's perspective, Sally Lloyd-Jones' unique narrative voice is brought exquisitely, and hilariously, to life by award-winning illustrator David Roberts.

Ponk - Edwina Wyatt & Christopher Nielsen
A hilarious story about getting back up every time you fall. Ponk is a flightless bird, but he chooses to live at the top of a tree because of the exciting view. As often as he loses balance and falls, he climbs straight back up again. Ponk's friends find him a less ambitious place to live, but the lower branches have no view. So Ponk returns to the top and clings on to his twig... and doesn't fall! Driven by curiosity, his friends follow, with hilarious results!


 

 

 

Follow the Tack All The Way Back - Timothy Knapman
Today is a BIG day for little Train... he's going out on the track, all by himself, for the very first time! From Ben Mantle and Timothy Knapman, the author of Soon and Time Now to Dream, comes the story of a Little Train who is going out on the track, all by himself, for the very first time! But before he goes, his Mummy and Daddy remind him: "When it's time to come home, no matter how far you are, just follow the track all the way back, where we'll be waiting." So Little Train heads off into the unknown with a clickety-clack... But, when night falls and the track runs out, will he remember what to do? Taking its place beside the classic The Little Engine That Could, young readers will share Little Train's trepidation and excitement in this uplifting and extraordinary read-aloud adventure, and rejoice in the gorgeously atmospheric artwork of illustrator Ben Mantle.

Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros - Meg McKinlay (Illus. Leila Rudge)
“Don’t you wish,” said the small rhinoceros, “that you could see the world?” And so begins this delightful picture book by award-winning creators Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge.
Once there was a small rhinoceros who wanted to see the big world. So she built a boat. And sailed away... From the duo behind award-winning picture book No Bears comes a simple yet inspirational tale about challenging the norm, pushing boundaries and being true to oneself.

 

 

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