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Kids
Title 13-Storey Treehouse
Author Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton
Publisher Pan Australia
Binding PB
ISBN 9780330404365
incGST $9.99

Kids, especially reluctant readers, delight in Andy Griffiths’ sheer silliness. Now they can get a double dose with his new book, The 13-Storey Treehouse, as well as a Christmas giftpack including his bestselling book Just Stupid and a specially designed T-shirt (complete with an explosive graphic) featuring the book’s antihero Andy. Perfect Christmas presents! 8+

 
Kids
Title Again!
Author Emily Gravett
Publisher Macmillan
Binding HB
ISBN 9780230745360
incGST $26.99

It’s nearly Cedric the dragon’s bedtime – there’s just enough time for his mum to read him his favourite book. Unfortunately for her, Cedric likes the story so much that he wants to hear it again... and again... and again... with incendiary consequences! A typically clever and quite irresistible book from the awardwinning author/illustrator. 3+

 
Kids
Title Aoki
Author Annelore Parot
Publisher Hardie Grant
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742970035
incGST $24.95

The enchanting illustrations in this picture book are sure to make it a firm favourite with children (particularly girls) and their parents. Following on from the introduction to Japanese culture she offered in Yumi (Hardie Grant Egmont. HB. $24.95), Annelore Parot tells the story of a kokeshi (little wooden doll) called Aoki who travels to Tokyo to visit her friend Yoko. The text includes quite a few words with kanji (Japanese written characters) for young readers to learn, and some lovely matches of text and image. Delightful. 4+

 
Kids
Title The Apothecary
Author Malle Meloy
Publisher Text Publishing
Binding PB
ISBN 9781921758171
incGST $19.95

It’s 1952, and Janie has been forced to move from Los Angeles to London. She feels uncomfortable in her strange new school, and so the local apothecary promises her a remedy for homesickness. But the real cure is meeting the apothecary’s son Benjamin. Benjamin’s father is no ordinary apothecary, and when he’s kidnapped, Benjamin and Janie find themselves entrusted with his sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia. What secrets does the book contain? And can they trust a skinny pickpocket called Pip to help them keep it from a group of Russian spies and prevent an impending nuclear disaster? 11+

 
Kids
Title Black Beauty
Subtitle Penguin Deluxe Classics Edition
Author Anna Sewell
Publisher Penguin Classics
Binding PB
ISBN 9780143106470
incGST $19.95

Published to coincide with the centenary of its original publication, this ‘Penguin Threads’ edition of The Secret Garden features magnificent hand-stitched cover art, sculpt embossing and French flaps. Black Beauty uses the same innovative design and presentation and also includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winner Jane Smiley. 10+ Also available in the same series: Jane Austen’s Emma (Penguin Classics. PB. $19.95).

 
Kids
Title A Bus Called Heaven
Author Bob Graham
Publisher Walker Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9781406334197
incGST $27.95

Read a Bob Graham book, and whatever your age, you’ll become an instant fan. A Bus Called Heaven has all the Graham hallmarks – inventiveness, beautiful use of language that doesn’t shy away from using sophisticated vocabulary and expression (meaning is obvious through context) and illustrations featuring people who look like they might live next door rather than in an idealised picture book world. Just lovely. 3+

 
Kids
Title Cabin Fever
Subtitle Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author Jeff Kinney
Publisher Puffin
Binding PB
ISBN 9780143306641
incGST $14.95

Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Well, sort of. The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the entire holidays? 8+

 
Kids
Title Children's Book of Sport
Author Cliff Gifford
Publisher Dorling Kindersley
Binding HB
ISBN 9781405368506
incGST $29.95

This lavishly illustrated book will be your child’s ultimate guide to the diverse world of international sport. From the best known to the most obscure, this guide showcases more than 100 different sports using dynamic photographs and fact boxes highlighting key information (everything from rules and regulations to tactics and techniques). There are also special sections on extreme sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 8+

 
Kids
Title Christmas Eve at The Mellops'
Author Tomi Ungerer
Publisher Phaidon
Binding HB
ISBN 9780714862507
incGST $14.95

The latest additions to Phaidon’s re-released series of picture books by world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer are these stories about the Mellops, an adventurous family of pigs.

It is the day before Christmas and the four Mellops brothers all have the same idea - to surprise their family with a Christmas tree. By Christmas Eve the hall is full of trees - and tears - and the Mellops must find a way to share the festive cheer. Reissued in English to inspire and delight a new generation of children. 5+

 
Kids - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Christmas Wombat
Author Jackie French, Bruce Whatley
Publisher Harper Collins
Binding HB
ISBN 9780732291716
incGST $19.95 Originally $24.99

Santa’s reindeer aren’t amused – there’s a naughty wombat called Mothball stealing the carrots that local children leave out for them on Christmas Eve. And when Mothball takes an unexpected sleigh ride, it’s not just Santa who faces the prospect of getting stuck in the chimney! Christmas from a wombat’s eye view is always going to be interesting – especially when that wombat is Mothball, the central character in the much-loved Diary of a Wombat. 3+

 
Kids
Title The Coming of the Whirlpool
Subtitle Ship Kings 1
Author Andrew McGahan
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Binding PB
ISBN 9781742376479
incGST $22.99

Explicitly written for young adults, this book by award-winning author Andrew McGahan is further proof that he is one of Australia’s most impressive and versatile authors. The first in a quartet set in an imagined world where Ship Kings rule the oceans and thereby the world, this book introduces Dow Amber, the eldest son in a highland family of tree cutters. Dow feels the call of the high seas, which is taboo for a highlander such as he. But it turns out that ocean faring is in his blood. 13+

 
Kids
Title The Enchanted Wood
Subtitle Retro Hardcover Edition
Author Enid Blyton
Publisher Dean
Binding HB
ISBN 9780603566240
incGST $19.95

When Joe, Beth and Frannie’s father accepts a job in the countryside, the children’s lives change forever. Beyond the garden gate is a wood where the trees gently chant ‘wisha-wisha-wisha’. So begins Enid Blyton’s perennially popular series of tales. The threesome embark on manifold adventures, encountering magical creatures including Moon-Face, Silky the fairy, the Saucepan Man, Dame Washalot, Mr Watzisname and the Angry Pixie. These classic bedtime stories are accompanied by colourful artwork from the 1980s editions. As Joe says himself, ‘Oh, Mother, what fun!’ 7+

 
Kids
Title Gangsta Granny
Author David Walliams
Publisher Harper Collins
Binding PB
ISBN 9780007443888
incGST $19.99

Add this one to the Christmas pile for reluctant boy readers in the middle years of primary school. After knowingly indulging in some appalling stereotypes – and also inserting hundreds of fart jokes – David Walliams of Little Britain fame defies his readers’ expectations. Ben hates visiting his cabbageloving granny, but when she tells him she was the world’s greatest jewel thief, he concocts a plan for them to steal the Crown Jewels. Their time together makes Ben appreciate his tough old gangsta granny. Simultaneously a tender tale and a hilarious romp. 9+

 
Kids
Title Glow
Subtitle Skycatcher's Trilogy 1
Author Amy Kathleeen Ryan
Publisher Pan Australia
Binding PB
ISBN 9781742610320
incGST $16.99

When a future Earth’s resources are exhausted, two mega spaceships are sent out to colonise a distant planet. On one are Waverley and Kieran, teenagers in love. When their ship is intercepted by the supposedly friendly crew of its sister craft, the adults on board are killed or captured and Waverley and Kieran are separated. In this gripping first instalment of a trilogy for YA readers, the two fight for their own and their compatriots’ freedom. 14+

 
Kids
Title The Jewel Fish of Karnak
Author Graeme Base
Publisher Viking
Binding HB
ISBN 9780670074679
incGST $29.95

Jackal and Ibis are common thieves granted a pardon by the Cat Pharaoh, but only if they can retrieve Jewel Fish stolen by the Crocodile Prince. Do not steal anything else, she warns them, but course they do, leading to the loss of the Jewel Fish. They, and the reader, must work out how to get it back. Comes complete with hieroglyphics, sparkling jewels and an ingenious mechanical device built into the back of the book. 6+

 
Kids
Title Just Stupid
Subtitle Book with T-Shirt
Author Andy Griffiths
Publisher Pan Australia
Binding PK
ISBN 9789991105079
incGST $19.99

Kids, especially reluctant readers, delight in Andy Griffiths’ sheer silliness. Now they can get a double dose with his new book, The 13-Storey Treehouse, as well as a Christmas giftpack including his bestselling book Just Stupid and a specially designed T-shirt (complete with an explosive graphic) featuring the book’s antihero Andy. Perfect Christmas presents! 8+

 
Kids
Title King Jack and the Dragon
Author Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury
Publisher Puffin
Binding HB
ISBN 9780141327594
incGST $22.95

Jack, Zac and Caspar spend the day protecting their cubby house from dragon attack (‘They spent the whole day fighting dragons and beasts / and returned to their stronghold for fabulous feasts’). Then one by one, their parents take them home to bed. All, that is, except King Jack (‘Wrapped in his blanket, Jack sat on his throne / ‘All right then,’ he said. ‘I’ll fight dragons alone.’) Featuring Helen Oxenbury’s magnificent illustrations, this is a perfect book for reading aloud to children aged 3+.

 
Kids
Title Lego Brickmaster
Subtitle Ninjano
Author Dorling Kindersley
Publisher Dorling Kindersley
Binding BX
ISBN 9781405367769
incGST $39.95

Become a LEGO Brickmaster.

LEGO Ninjago Brickmaster promises hours of imaginative playtime and learning for your child. Watch as they find out all about building with the LEGO bricks provided, using them again and again to build 15 exclusive Ninjago models. Ninjago is the newest LEGO theme and features modern, rather than historical, Ninja characters and the brand new Skeleton Army.

If your child loves LEGO bricks they'll enjoythis book complete with 140 LEGO bricks and two exclusive Ninjago minifigures. It's an ideal book for LEGO fans of all ages. 10+

 
Kids
Title Lego Brickmaster
Subtitle City
Author Dorling Kindersley
Publisher Dorling Kindersley
Binding BX
ISBN 9781405356237
incGST $39.95

Become a LEGO Brickmaster. LEGO City Brickmaster promises hours of imaginative playtime and learning for your child. Watch as they find out all about building with the LEGO bricks provided, using them again and again to build 9 exclusive LEGO City models. LEGO City is the best-selling series from LEGO, offering your child something more than a traditional action figure. If your child loves LEGO bricks, they'll enjoy this book complete with 130 LEGO bricks and two exclusive minifigures. It's an ideal book for LEGO fans of all ages. 10+

 
Kids
Title Lego Ideas Book
Subtitle You Can Build Anything
Author Dorling Kindersley
Publisher Dorling Kindersley
Binding BX
ISBN 9781405350679
incGST $39.95

The LEGO Ideas Book is packed full of tips from expert LEGO builders on how to make jet planes reach new heights, create fantastic fortresses, swing through lush jungles, have fun on the farm and send space shuttles out of this world! The book is divided into six themed chapters – transport, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure and useful makes – and is perfect for any young LEGO fans who want to make their models cool, fun and imaginative. 10+

 
Kids
Title Liesl and Po
Author Lauren Oliver
Publisher Hoder & Stoughton
Binding PB
ISBN 9781444723083
incGST $22.99

A ghost story that engages gently with grief and loneliness, Liesl & Po is anything but dismal. Locked in an attic by her wicked stepmother, Liesl finds company in Po and Bundle, a blurry ghost child and its pet. In another part of town, Will is the ill-treated apprentice to an alchemist. Liesl determines to place her father’s ashes with her mother’s; Will must also escape. With Po guiding them, the two children embark on a quest that results in a book that has adventure and poignancy in equal measure. 9+

 
Kids
Title The Little Refugee
Author Anh Do, Suzanne Do, Bruce Whatley
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742378329
incGST $24.99

Comedian Anh Do has reworked his bestselling memoir as a touching children’s picture book. The narrative doesn’t flinch from the horrors of the Vietnam War or the journey by boat to Australia, but there is hope and inspiration to be found throughout – in his very survival, in the strength of his parents and in the fact that he became class captain despite having no English. All of Do’s profits for this book will be donated to charity. 6+

 
Kids
Title The Magic Faraway Tree
Subtitle Retro Hardcover Edition
Author Enid Blyton
Publisher Dean
Binding HB
ISBN 9780603566233
incGST $19.95

When Joe, Beth and Frannie’s father accepts a job in the countryside, the children’s lives change forever. Beyond the garden gate is a wood where the trees gently chant ‘wisha-wisha-wisha’. So begins Enid Blyton’s perennially popular series of tales. The threesome embark on manifold adventures, encountering magical creatures including Moon-Face, Silky the fairy, the Saucepan Man, Dame Washalot, Mr Watzisname and the Angry Pixie. These classic bedtime stories are accompanied by colourful artwork from the 1980s editions. As Joe says himself, ‘Oh, Mother, what fun!’ 7+

 
Kids
Title The Mellops Go Diving for Treasure
Author Tomi Ungerer
Publisher Phaidon
Binding HB
ISBN 9780714862484
incGST $14.95

The latest additions to Phaidon’s re-released series of picture books by world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer are these stories about the Mellops, an adventurous family of pigs.

When Mr Mellops discovers a family treasure map he takes his sons on a maritime adventure. Before they know it, the Mellops are dodging a giant octopus, exploring an undersea wreck and digging for treasure. But will the Mellops find treasure of another kind? Reissued in English to inspire and delight a new generation of children. 5+

 
Kids
Title The Mellops Strike Oil
Author Tomi Ungerer
Publisher Phaidon
Binding HB
ISBN 9780714862491
incGST $14.95

The latest additions to Phaidon’s re-released series of picture books by world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer are these stories about the Mellops, an adventurous family of pigs.

While on a family picnic Mr Mellops notices the mountain water has an 'awful taste, like oil'. Soon, the intrepid Mellops embark on a quest that takes them to the library, the museum and eventually an oil field! Reissued in English to inspire and delight a new generation of children. 5+

 
Kids
Title Moo!
Author Matthew Van Fleet
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Binding HB
ISBN 9780857073181
incGST $29.99

This book for the very young is about farmyard animals. A simple rhyme cleverly includes the different words for adult and baby animals, as well as the sounds they make and ways they move. Touch-and-feel elements provide extra fun for small fingers, and the lift-the-flap and pop-up features are equally appealing. Super cute photos abound. The large format and sturdy construction will ensure Moo is an enduring favourite. 1+

 
Kids
Title The Naked Boy and the Crocodile
Subtitle Stories by Children from Remote Indigenous Communities
Author Andy Griffiths (ed)
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Binding PB
ISBN 9781742610573
incGST $16.99

As an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, the ever-popular Andy Griffiths travelled to remote communities around Australia and worked with children to help them create their own storybooks. Thirteen are reproduced here, complete with drawings. Typically over-the-top tales such as the title story sit beside more realistic nonfiction about everyday life, reflecting both the universality of children’s storytelling and the specifics of the cultures of contemporary Aboriginal communities. All proceeds go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. 4+

 
Kids
Title Northwood
Author Brian Falkner, Donovan Bixley
Publisher Walker Books
Binding PB
ISBN 9781921529801
incGST $19.95

Magic and humour are a winning combination in this fairytale, which combines the best of modern and old-fashioned storytelling. Its strong and irresistible 10-year-old heroine Cecilia Undergarment has a name as delightfully unlikely as this fabulous tale of a floating balloon attic, daring rescues, stalking black lions and people trapped in a forgotten castle in an impenetrable maze. Brian Falkner’s wit is sophisticated but accessible, and the adventure-laden story will delight children aged 8+.

 
Kids
Title The Outcasts
Subtitle Brotherband 1
Author John Flanagan
Publisher Random House
Binding PB
ISBN 9781741664492
incGST $17.95

From the author of the wildly popular Ranger’s Apprentice books comes this first instalment in a new Viking series. In Skandia, there is only one way to become a warrior. Boys are chosen for teams called brotherbands and must endure three months of gruelling training in seamanship, weapons and battle tactics. When Hal finds himself the unwilling leader of a brotherband made up of outcasts, he must step up to the challenge. This exciting story is sure to engage boys aged 10+.

 
Kids
Title Pizza Cake and Other Funny Stories
Author Morris Gleitzman
Publisher Puffin
Binding PB
ISBN 9780143305989
incGST $16.95

Morris Gleitzman’s unbounded imagination is put to hilarious use in these 10 stories. And as always with this masterful author, there’s more on offer here than just the funny stuff, with depth of content and authentic emotion equally at play. Children in the middle years of primary school will sense that Gleitzman is in touch with their own experiences, even if the premises of the stories are gloriously absurd.

 
Kids
Title Ready, Set, Boris
Subtitle Boris Books 3
Author Andrew Joyner
Publisher Puffin
Binding PB
ISBN 9780143305040
incGST $9.95

GO, BORIS!

It's Sports Day and Boris is ready to run like he's never run before. He wants to beat Eddie, who always wins everything. All Frederick wants is not to come last—again. Who will make it across the finish line first? Ready, set . . .

You'll never be bored when Boris is around!
With his big dream and super-sized imagination, anything is possible – and adventure is guaranteed. 5+

 
Kids
Title Ruby Redfort
Subtitle Look Into My Eyes
Author Lauren Child
Publisher Harper Collins
Binding HB
ISBN 9780007430628
incGST $19.99

Fans of the Clarice Bean novels will know Ruby Redfort – she’s the super smart, super brave and super funny girl detective who stars in Clarice’s favourite book series. Now Lauren Child has begun a series of books for her, and what fun it will be! In this first instalment, Ruby is recruited by an underground security agency as a code breaker, and soon finds herself in the thick of some tense but hilarious action. 9+

 
Kids
Title The Secret Garden
Subtitle Penguin Deluxe Classics Edition
Author Frances Hodgson Burnett
Publisher Penguin Classics
Binding PB
ISBN 9780143106456
incGST $19.95

Published to coincide with the centenary of its original publication, this ‘Penguin Threads’ edition of The Secret Garden features magnificent hand-stitched cover art, sculpt embossing and French flaps. Black Beauty uses the same innovative design and presentation and also includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winner Jane Smiley. 10+ Also available in the same series: Jane Austen’s Emma (Penguin Classics. PB. $19.95).

 
Kids
Title A Song for Lorkie
Author Dean Bowen, Jennifer Castles
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742377186
incGST $29.99

This joyful, optimistic picture book is about Lorkie, a bird finding his place in the world and the song in his heart. Lorkie, his six siblings, his best friend Brian and Brian’s sister Sweetheart live in the Valley of Roofs, where every bird except Lorkie and Sweetheart has its own special song. Instead of a song, Lorkie has a secret – he prefers to spend his time on the road rather than on a roof. This sweet and surprising story will enchant children aged 3+.

 
Kids
Title Star Wars
Subtitle The Jedi Path
Author Daniel Wallace
Publisher Lucas Books
Binding BX
ISBN 9781603801768
incGST $85.00

Press a button and the doors of this manual’s protective vault slide open in a wash of light and sound, revealing the essential accoutrement for all Star Wars disciples. Crafted by Jedi masters, this eight-part manual for students of the Force explains what Jedis must know to take their place as defenders of peace in the galaxy – from mastery of the Force to the nuances of lightsaber combat. 10+

 
Kids
Title The Travel Book
Subtitle Not-for-parents Edition
Author Lonely Planet
Publisher Lonely Planet
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742204963
incGST $29.99

Subtitled ‘Cool stuff to know about every country in the world’, Lonely Planet’s first-ever children’s book is the ultimate world guide for kids. It includes essential information such as the capital city, population and language of every country in the world, along with ‘Epic Event’, ‘Hideous History’, ‘Amazing Animal’, ‘Funky Food’, ‘Crazy Stuff’ and ‘Scary Stuff’ fact boxes. Packed with photographs, this well-priced volume is as educational as it is entertaining. 8+

 
Kids - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Waddle!
Author Rufus Butler Seder
Publisher Workman
Binding HB
ISBN 9780761157205
incGST $9.95 Originally $19.95

As irresistible as the waddling penguin on its front cover, Waddle is the third in a series of children’s books to use ‘scanimation’, a mysterious method of producing dynamic illustrations that move when the pages of the book move. In Waddle, for the first time, the scanimation pictures are in colour. A fun rhyme alongside the illustrations is perfect for parents to read aloud as their children turn the pages before reaching a surprise ending. Endlessly fascinating. 2+

 
Kids
Title Wonderstruck
Author Brian Selznick
Publisher Scholastic
Binding HB
ISBN 9780545027892
incGST $34.99

Ben and Rose wish their lives were different. Set 50 years apart, their intertwined stories of running away from their homes in search of the place where they can belong – Ben’s told in words, Rose’s in pictures – are powerful and exciting. Brian Selznick’s latest novel is a worthy successor to his award-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic. HB. $29.99), utilising the same striking pencil-shaded illustration style and delivering a story strong on emotion and message but light on schmaltz. 8+

 
Kids - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title Boris
Subtitle Boris Books 1
Author Andrew Joyner
Publisher Puffin
Binding PB
ISBN 9780143305026
incGST $9.95

MEET BORIS!

He lives with his Mum and Dad in Hogg Bay. Their home is a bus that once travelled all over the world but now stays put in their garden. Boris wishes the bus would travel again . . .

Then, one morning, Boris feels a jolt while he is eating his breakfast. Could it be? Is the bus really moving? Is Boris on an adventure at last? 5+.

 
Kids - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title Boris Gets a Lizard
Subtitle Boris Books 2
Author Andrew Joyner
Publisher Puffin
Binding PB
ISBN 9780143305033
incGST $9.95

BORIS LOVES PETS!

He already has lots of them. All he's missing is his favourite animal, a Komodo dragon - the biggest lizard in the world! If only Boris could get one to come to Hogg Bay. But how? What Boris needs is a plan. 5+

 
Kids - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title Boris Sees the Light
Subtitle Boris Books 4
Author Andrew Joyner
Publisher Puffin
Binding PB
ISBN 9780143305057
incGST $9.95

BORIS IS HAVING A SLEEPOVER!

He's camping in the backyard with Frederick and Alice. They are not one bit scared of the dark. No way . . . But what is that strange light moving around outside the tent?

You'll never be bored when Boris is around!
With his big dream and super-sized imagination, anything is possible – and adventure is guaranteed. 5+

 
Kids - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title Box Office Smash
Subtitle Star League 7
Author H J Harper
Publisher Random House Australia
Binding PB
ISBN 9781864718720
incGST $9.95

This series about a werewolf, ninja, zombie, robot, animancer and movie star fighting the forces of evil features manga-style illustrations and is ideal for reluctant readers, especially boys.

The Star League are at the premiere for one of their films, but the occasion turns disastrous when Professor Pestilence’s henchmen kidnap Ben Beaumont.

Before the Star League can act, six mysterious figures show up and challenge them. They are the Shadow Six, six kids with superpowers – a mind controller, a vampire, a human lightning bolt, a troll, a sorceress and an arachnid girl – and they’re not in the mood for making friends! Can the Star League defeat the Shadow Six – and another mysterious villain – in time to save Ben? 8+

 
Kids - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title By the Pond
Subtitle Life for Beginners DVD and Activity Cards
Author Sonia Orchard
Publisher Life for Beginners
Binding BX
ISBN 9780987155405
incGST $35.00

Introduce children to the beauty and magic of the Australian wetlands.

‘I recommend ‘By the Pond’ for every young family. It is gold’ Justine Clarke, Play School presenter and children’s entertainer.

‘By the Pond’ is a musical animation about the animals and plants that live in and around an Australian pond. Young children will be entranced watching and discussing the platypus raise her young, ducklings hatch from their eggs, and tadpoles grow into frogs. The dvd is accompanied by 18 sturdy activity cards filled with fun facts, questions and activities to help make watching ‘By the Pond’ a fascinating and interactive learning experience for every child.

‘By the Pond’ is the second in the Life for Beginners Australian nature series. ‘In the Garden’ has been endorsed by early childhood professionals, ABA therapists, speech therapists, kindergarten teachers and parents around the country.

DVD (24min) and 18 Activity cards.

 
Kids - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title City of Lies
Subtitle The Keepers 2
Author Lian Tanner
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742371962
incGST $22.99

A gripping fantasy adventure: the exciting sequel to Museum of Thieves. Six months have passed since the Great Storm, and Goldie Roth is trapped at home again, this time by the invisible chains of love and guilt. But when Toadspit's sister Bonnie is abducted by a mysterious criminal called Harrow, Goldie must leave home in a bold attempt to rescue her friends ...

Description
In the last few months she had had more than a dozen messages from the museum, asking when she was going to take up her position as Fifth Keeper. Tonight she would reply. 'Never.'

Goldie Roth is a trained thief and a skilful liar. She's supposed to be one of the keepers of the mysterious Museum of Dunt, along with her friend Toadspit. But although she desperately wants to be a keeper, her parents are ill and she will not leave them. Then Toadspit's sister Bonnie is stolen, and Goldie is forced into action. She and Toadspit follow the child-stealers to the neighbouring city of Spoke. Along the way, Toadspit is also captured, and Goldie discovers some dangerous secrets - secrets that the child-stealers will kill to protect. She will need all her skills as a thief and a liar if she is to survive and save her friends. But survive she must. Because the Fugleman has returned to Jewel, and the Fifth Keeper will soon be needed more than ever ... 8+

 
Kids - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title Crossed
Subtitle Matched 2
Author Ally Condie
Publisher Ravenhill
Binding PB
ISBN 9780141333069
incGST $19.95

Rules are different outside the Society.

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky-taken by the Society to his certain death-only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.

Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's points of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever...

Incredible sequel to acclamied international bestseller, Matched. 14+

 
Kids - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title Curse of the Werewolf
Subtitle Star League 2
Author H J Harper
Publisher Random House Australia
Binding PB
ISBN 9781864718676
incGST $9.95

This series about a werewolf, ninja, zombie, robot, animancer and movie star fighting the forces of evil features manga-style illustrations and is ideal for reluctant readers, especially boys.

Connor's having trouble fitting in with the rest of the Star League, and when the group suspects a werewolf might be behind a savage attack, it only makes matters worse. As they search for the attacker's trail, they discover that the mystery werewolf may not be what he seems, and that his evil scheme may rob Connor of the very thing that makes him who he is.

Illustrated throughout by Nahum Ziersch. 8+

 
Kids - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title Final Cut
Subtitle Star League 8
Author H J Harper
Publisher Random House Australia
Binding PB
ISBN 9781864718737
incGST $9.95

This series about a werewolf, ninja, zombie, robot, animancer and movie star fighting the forces of evil features manga-style illustrations and is ideal for reluctant readers, especially boys.

The Star League are defenceless when the Shadow Six use the Shadow Shards to steal their powers.

The team must retrieve these shards in order to get their talents back, but not before they uncover the real identity of their arch-enemy, Professor Pestilence. Will the Star League ever be the same again. 8+

 
Kids - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title Froi of the Exiles
Subtitle Finnikin of The Rock 2
Author Melina Marchetta
Publisher Viking
Binding PB
ISBN 9780670076086
incGST $24.95

Blood sings to blood, Froi . . .
Those born last will make the first . . .
For Charyn will be barren no more.

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home - or so he believes.

Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess.

And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

Gripping and intense, complex and richly imagined, Froi of the Exiles is a dazzling sequel to Finnikin of the Rock, from the internationally best-selling and multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, On the Jellicoe Road and The Piper's Son. 12+

 
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Title The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon
Author Aaron Blabey
Publisher Viking
Binding HB
ISBN 9780670074747
incGST $29.95

No matter what hour, she lurked looking sour, be it midnight or mid-afternoon. Her dresses were shabby, her mood always crabby. Her name was Miss Annabel Spoon.

Life is cursed for the people of the village of Twee. The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts their every waking hour and they've had enough! But then one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has the most extraordinary idea . . . 4+

 
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Title The Golden Door
Subtitle The Three Doors 1
Author Emily Rodda
Publisher Omnibus
Binding PB
ISBN 9781862919129
incGST $16.99

The first in a new fantasy adventure series written by the Australian author of the internationally acclaimed Deltora Quest series.

The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending the invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost, and he must help them. What terrors await him beyond the wall? 8+

 
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Title The House at Pooh Corner
Subtitle Deluxe Facsimile Edition
Author A A Milne
Publisher Egmont
Binding HB
ISBN 9781405260657
incGST $34.95

Gorgeous hardback editions of Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, complete with Ernest H. Shepard’s original black and white drawings.

These beautifully produced, high quality editions of the original Milne and Shepard titles Winnie-the-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, Now We Are Six and When We Were Very Young are the perfect gift for any Pooh fan. Each book is a reproduction of the original first editions, with cloth covers, beautiful gold foiling on the cover and high-quality paper. 3+

 
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Title Lights, Camera, Action Hero!
Subtitle Star League 1
Author H J Harper
Publisher Random House Australia
Binding PB
ISBN 9781864718669
incGST $9.95

This series about a werewolf, ninja, zombie, robot, animancer and movie star fighting the forces of evil features manga-style illustrations and is ideal for reluctant readers, especially boys.

When Jay is invited to audition for his favourite director, he is overjoyed. But things are not as they seem. Could director Ben Beaumont really be asking Jay to lead a team of kids in a battle against evil? Jay has his doubts, but when someone close to him is kidnapped, Jay knows he has no choice. He must step up to head the team.

Illustrated throughout by Nahum Ziersch. 8+

 
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Title Monkey Business
Subtitle Star League 5
Author H J Harper
Publisher Random House Australia
Binding PB
ISBN 9781864718706
incGST $9.95

This series about a werewolf, ninja, zombie, robot, animancer and movie star fighting the forces of evil features manga-style illustrations and is ideal for reluctant readers, especially boys.

‘Le Nice Pets’ is all the rage among the rich and famous - Aunt Petunia promises to turn your misbehaving pets into perfect angels. But Leigh suspects something’s not right, and when animals start to go missing it’s time for the Star League to step in.

But the closer they get to finding the missing animals, the more dangerous it becomes for those close to Leigh. Is cracking this case worth losing what Leigh cares most about in the world?

Illustrated throughout by Nahum Ziersch 8+

 
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Title The Ninja Code
Subtitle Star League 4
Author H J Harper
Publisher Random House Australia
Binding PB
ISBN 9781864718690
incGST $9.95

This series about a werewolf, ninja, zombie, robot, animancer and movie star fighting the forces of evil features manga-style illustrations and is ideal for reluctant readers, especially boys.

Asuka is finding the constant attention of being a movie star a real drain. So when all the ninja clans are called to a secret location, Asuka welcomes the chance to relax with her fellow ninjas out of the way of prying eyes.

But when Asuka learns what the meeting is really about, relaxing is the last thing on her mind. It seems the ninjas are uniting against one common enemy - the Star League.

Illustrated throughout by Nahum Ziersch. 8+

 
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Title Now We Are Six
Subtitle Deluxe Facsimile Edition
Author A A Milne
Publisher Egmont
Binding HB
ISBN 9781405260633
incGST $34.95

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Author Mem Fox, Julie Vivas
Publisher Scholastic
Binding BX
ISBN 9781862919396
incGST $29.99

Possum Magic, the classic story of Hush and Grandma Poss, is presented together for the first time with a cuddly toy Hush. On its first publication in 1983, Possum Magic was an instant success, and has been voted by booksellers as Australia's best-selling children's picture book. 2+

 
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Title Raising the Dead
Subtitle Star League 3
Author H J Harper
Publisher Random House Australia
Binding PB
ISBN 9781864718683
incGST $9.95

This series about a werewolf, ninja, zombie, robot, animancer and movie star fighting the forces of evil features manga-style illustrations and is ideal for reluctant readers, especially boys.

Roger is having a great time in the Star League, pulling pranks on his friends. But when someone steals formulas for his magic potions, it’s no joke. Roger needs those potions to survive.

He must fight an ancient evil to get back his potions before they’re used to raise an army of mummies. Can Roger and the team make it through in one piece?

Illustrated throughout by Nahum Ziersch. 8+

 
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Title Robot Reboot
Subtitle Star League 6
Author H J Harper
Publisher Random House Australia
Binding PB
ISBN 9781864718713
incGST $9.95

This series about a werewolf, ninja, zombie, robot, animancer and movie star fighting the forces of evil features manga-style illustrations and is ideal for reluctant readers, especially boys.

Sam is one of the smartest kids on earth, but there are a lot of things he doesn’t quite get. When Sam gets to be too much of a know-it-all for his friends, he accepts a mysterious offer of help: a computer chip that will make him more like a normal kid.

But the chip is encoded with more than just emotions, and soon Sam finds himself being controlled by an old enemy. Can he overcome his programming and fight back, or must he obey all orders?

Illustrated throughout by Nahum Ziersch. 8+

 
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Author Emma Quay
Publisher ABC Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9780733323355
incGST $24.99

A charming bath time and bedtime book for very young children. Two little children go through their night-time routine in this fun picture book. From the bath to the bed - a classic tale all children (and parents!) are familiar with. 2+

 
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Title The Sending
Subtitle The Obernewtyn Chronicles 6
Author Isobelle Carmody
Publisher Penguin
Binding PB
ISBN 9780670853595
incGST $32.95

In the sixth instalment in this popular series, Elspeth Gordie leaves the Land on a quest to find and stop the computer machine Sentinel from unleashing the deadly Balance of Terror arsenal.

It came to me then, like a chilly draught from an unseen gap, that I had always known in my deepest heart that it would be like this, a slipping away from a life full of people I had come to love, in a place I had helped to shape, in a land I had helped to free.

The time has come at last for Elspeth Gordie to leave the Land on her quest to find and stop the computermachine Sentinel from unleashing the deadly Balance of Terror arsenal. But before she can embark on her journey, she must find a lost key. And although she has long prepared for this day, nothing is as she anticipated.

Elspeth's search will take her where she never thought to go, and bestow upon her stranger companions than any she ever imagined. It will lead her far from her destination to those she believed lost forever.

And it will test her, as she has never been tested before . . 14+

 
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Title The Song of the Quarkbeast
Subtitle The Dragonslayer Trilogy 2
Author Jasper Fforde
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Binding PB
ISBN 9781444707236
incGST $22.99

A long time ago magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keep bicycles from falling over. Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls magic controls almost anything. One person stands between Snodd and his plans for power and riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. Meet Jennifer Strange, sixteen-year-old acting manager of Kazam, the employment agency for sorcerers and soothsayers. With only one functioning wizard and her faithful assistant 'Tiger' Prawns, Jennifer must use every ounce of ingenuity to derail King Snodd's plans. It may involve a trip on a magic carpet at the speed of sound to the Troll Wall, the mysterious Transient Moose, and a powerless sorceress named Once Magnificent Boo. But one thing is certain: Jennifer Strange will not relinquish the noble powers of magic to big business and commerce without a fight. 8+

 
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Title When We Were Very Young
Subtitle Deluxe Facsimile Edition
Author A A Milne
Publisher Egmont
Binding HB
ISBN 9781405260640
incGST $34.95

Gorgeous hardback editions of Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, complete with Ernest H. Shepard’s original black and white drawings. 3+

 
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Author Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis
Publisher Penguin
Binding HB
ISBN 9780670075157
incGST $19.95

Prue McKeel's life is ordinary. At least until her baby brother is abducted by a murder of crows. And then things get really weird.

You see, on every map of Portland, Oregon, there is a big splotch of green on the edge of the city labeled 'I.W.' This stands for 'Impassable Wilderness.' No one's ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it.

And this is where the crows take her brother.

So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval, a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much bigger as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness.

A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.

Wildwood is a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger, and magic that juxtaposes the thrill of a secret world and modern city life. Original and fresh yet steeped in classic fantasy, this is a novel that could have only come from the imagination of Colin Meloy, celebrated for his inventive and fantastic storytelling as the lead singer of the Decemberists. With dozens of intricate and beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist Carson Ellis, Wildwood is truly a new classic for the twenty-first century. 10+

 
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Title Winnie the Pooh
Subtitle Deluxe Facsimile Edition
Author A A Milne
Publisher Egmont
Binding HB
ISBN 9781405260664
incGST $34.95

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Subtitle Robert Ingpen (illustrator)
Author L Frank Baum
Publisher Walker Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9781921720444
incGST $39.95

This new edition of Baum’s classic story features illustrations by Robert Ingpen, past winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal.

A newly illustrated edition of this classic tale by one of Australia’s greatest children’s book illustrators.

When a raging cyclone whisks Dorothy’s Kansas home away, she and her dog Toto, trapped inside, are transported to the magical Land of Oz. Desperate to return home, they set off towards the Emerald City to find the Great Wizard who can help them. So begins the action-packed adventure that delivers a world of witches and wizards, a pair of magical silver shoes, and a trio of new friends: the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion.These three prove to be valuable companions to Dorothy in the classic fairytale, where the journey itself really is at the heart of it all… First published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s tale is a tapestry of traditional storytelling, an exciting quest and unforgettable characters. This beautiful new edition brings together the complete and unabridged text with over seventy magnificent illustrations by the award-winning Australian artist Robert Ingpen.

Brand new edition by renowned Australian children’s book illustrator Robert Ingpen, who brings L. Frank Baum’s unforgettable characters to life as never before
A perfect gift for children and adults of all ages

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