Three new picture books from Book Island

When it comes to children’s books Book Island is by far the most interesting small press in New Zealand. The books are original and always beautifully produced, and I really like the idea that they are all European books being published into English. Here’s three new titles from them – all perfect Christmas gift ideas […]

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A round up of picture books

It’s prime Christmas shopping time, people! And for the little kids in your life I recommend picture books. There are some beautiful examples out there, and here’s three recent favourites. Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet, Allen & Unwin, ISBN 9781760110956 A very cute and lively book for the young ones. Tullet uses colour and energy […]

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Win a copy of Play in the Garden by Sarah O’Neil

Kids don’t have the patience or the interest in having their own garden patch, they just want to have fun! Sarah O’Neil knows this well. Her series of clever outdoor projects will get kids outside throughout the growing season, having fun in the vegetable garden. While learning to grow vegetables is covered in the book, […]

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Win a copy of Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson

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Opal Plumstead might be plain, but she has always been fiercely intelligent. Yet her scholarship and dreams of university are snatched away when her father is sent to prison, and fourteen-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family. Opal struggles to get along with the other workers, who […]

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Mr Miniscule and the Whale by Julian Tuwim

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Mr Miniscule and the Whale by Julian Tuwim, illustrated by Bohdan Butenko, Book Island, ISBN 9780987669681, RRP $18 There’s something in stories about teeny tiny things meeting big giant things that always appeals to children and in that vein they will thoroughly enjoy Mr Miniscule and the Whale. Mr Miniscule is a wee little explorer who goes […]

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