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Picture Book Delights

Enjoy these ….

thunderstorm-dancingThunderstorm Dancing Katrina Germein & Judy Watson (Allen&Unwin)

This is an absolutely gorgeous story of a family who create their own storm while a thunderstorm erupts outside.

Daddy is the wind. Tommy is the cloud. Poppy is the thunder. Lachie is the lightning. Mummy is the rain and together the family creates a rhythmical and rollicking thunderstorm inside their house dancing and tapping and drumming and rolling until all is quiet inside the house and outside … as Granny is the sun and a sparkling rainbow appears.

Wonderfully lyrical text with sweepingly thunderous illustrations. This book is a joy.


where-is-galah-Where is Galah? Sally Morgan (LittleHare)

Dingo is searching for Galah without success. A wonderful parade of Australian animals are seen or heard, including Emu, Swan, Python, Numbat, Turtle Crocodile, Frog and Kookaburra but Galah remains hidden … until the culmination where there is a wonderful twist when Galah appears exclaiming “Here I am!”

The books created by Bronwyn Bancroft are always gorgeous and this one is no exception. Rich bright colours, and sparse text with the repeated line “But where is Galah?” will make this a regular read.


me-and-mooMe and Moo P. Crumble & Nathaniel Eckstrom (Scholastic)

Me has a friend – it’s Moo and Moo lives under Me’s bed, or at least he did until Moo became too big to live under the bed. Now it is a little less comfy but Moo still lives there.  Me’s parents even allow Moo to live in the house as long as he follows the rules. And Moo is part of the family. Sometimes Moo even goes to school and joins the other special friends there … Oink and Baa and Cluck.

A fun picture book about imaginary friends and finding them in the most unexpected places.


the-toast-treeThe Toast Tree Corina Martin, Fern Martins (Magabala Books)

Every day, Ella and Mia’s grandpa comes home from work with a treat from a special tree – the best-tasting toast in the world with golden brown squares and dripping with honey. The girls search the sand dunes for the tree, with no luck but they do find a bush with yellow cream dripping from the flowers which they enjoyed. Grandpa was sad when he discovered what the girls had done after which he explains about the magic that could disappear.

The Toast Tree is based on a true story revealing the beauty of believing the impossible. The illustrations are delightful evoking the beauty of the Australian bush.

the Adventures of the Magic Car Wash (Picture Book Month)

Two new books for this day’s entry for Picture Book Month.

magic-car-washThe Adventures of the Magic Car Wash Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley & Ben Smith Whatley (Five Mile Press)

In this, the first book of the Magic Car Wash series we meet the cast of vehicles who become super heroes including Tony the taxi, Red the fire engine, Amy the ambulance and more! Kit is the town mechanic and whenever the cars drive through the Car Wash behind his garage magic things occur – they mix and match as fronts and backs join together. The cars and trucks have great faces and character and lives of their won.

In this adventure, Kit decides to take the day off and go fishing so Tony took him to his favourite fishing spot. Kit tells Tony that he is going to catch a monster trout and that is where the trouble begins. On his return journey Tony tells Red what Kit said – but not quite correctly. And so this tale of Chinese Whispers begins.

This is a new series written by Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley with illustrations by Bruce and Ben Smith Whatley. It is quirky and will be great fun for the very young readers! The pages are of thicker paper with the size being perfect for the younger hands. The illustrations are colourful and bold and in 3D. These will be adored by youngsters who love animation.

Also available Red’s First Fire.


… and remember have a look at the Picture Book Month website for words from some of the creators of picture books from around the globe about why picture books are so important.

Picture Books

Here are three new beautiful titles:


chooky-doodle-dooChooky-doodle-doo, Jan Whiten & Sinead Hanley (Walker Books)

Two little chooky chicks pulling at a worm.
Clucky cluck, worm’s stuck.
What should chookies do?

This is a lovely new rhyming counting book, from one to five, with a sixth chook and rooster thrown in too. It has cleverly structured rhyming words like; puff and tough, wrong and long, pick and thick that can be used for discussion as well as the counting of choosy chicks. But it is not just a counting book – there is a twist to the story at the end – what are the choosy chicks actually tugging at?

The artwork created with handcrafted and digital collage, is bold and colourful and very attractive.

A Baby For Loving, Libby Hathorn & Tamsin Ainslie (Little Hare)a-baby-for-loving

The bear family has a baby … and they tickle and chuckle, tug and hug, swing and sing, all through one sunny afternoon. From the moment baby is stirring then waking, we are introduced to the bear family as they collect missing toys, share baby bath time, play games and of course all are loving the baby.

Join in the celebration of babies and how the daily joy is shared. The beautiful gentle text matches the delightful soft illustrations. And yes this is a gorgeous addition for any family with a new baby.

the-amazing-a-z-thingThe Amazing A-Z Thing, Sally Morgan & Bronwyn Bancroft (Little Hare)

The Amazing A-Z Thing is an amazing book. Beautiful words and beautiful pictures create this scrumptious alphabet book that also introduces readers to an A-Z of Australian wildlife.

Anteater has something amazing to show her friends but each of the animals she visits is either too busy standing or scratching or counting or sucking or lying or more to have a look. But when anteater opens it and starts gasping and giggling and dancing and cackling and oh so much more the other animals suddenly discover they aren’t too busy after all!  And it truly is an amazing thing that anteater has to share!

This is an amazing book of art, an amazing book of text and each page should be devoured over and over again.

Perfect for PreSchoolers

These are two just wonderful new series for preschoolers!

One of the most frequent questions preschoolers ask – ‘But Why?” and the answers are here (for some of them) in the SmartyCat series. this is glorious. Wonderfully written text explaining what is happening and lusciously illustrated full colour pictures – and all in an easy format for the young hands to hold. And at the end of each of the SmartyCat books there is a joke and an activity related to the topic of the book. These little books are educational, fun and wonderfully created.

SmartyCat: Frogs Louise Park & Jeannette Rowe (ABC Books)
And the question from SmartyCat for this book is: Where do frogs come from? and the answer is provided by Buddy beaver one of SmartyCat’s friends from SmartyTown. There is a simple explanation for preschoolers of the lifecycle of a frog. And that final page activity – making Frog in a pond.

SmartyCat: Butterflies Louise Park & Jeannette Rowe (ABC Books)
And the question from SmartyCat for this book is: Where do butterflies come from? and the answer is provided by Mooey the cow. There is a simple explanation for preschoolers of the lifecycle of a butterfly. And that final page activity – making a clothes peg butterfly.

Little Mates

With slightly more text comes the Little Mates series – a series of 26 small books, again perfect for little hands, that introduces the alphabet. Each title is also themed with a question asked of the reader at the end (Are you amazing too? Are you Bouncy too?) that will stimulate further chatting. The text is filled with alliteration and the illustrations are lovely.

Little Mates: Amazing Amelia Susannah McFarlane & Lachlan Creagh (Scholastic)
Amelia is the most athletic ant on the ant hill but when she has an accident it is up to all her ant friends to give her a helping hand.

Little Mates: Bouncy Ben Susannah McFarlane & Lachlan Creagh (Scholastic)
Ben is the best bouncer in the bush but one day he bounces a little too high and gets stuck in a bush so it is up to his friends to set him free.


More Picture Book Treats for Youngsters

Enjoy these delights for babies and toddlers.

Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House Libby Gleeson & Freya Blackwood (Little Hare)

Clancy and his family have moved to a lovely house but to Clancy this house is just way too big. Clancy remembers the beauty of his old familiar house. When outside he discovers the pile of moving boxes and starts playing with them. A voice from Millie, his new neighbour, is heard and soon the two are playing with the boxes, creating towers to the sky and trains all over the garden. Then together they build houses, just like the three little pigs until they build the best house that is a very fine dwelling that Clancy loves.
This book about friendship, change, moving house and belonging from this award-winning team is just delightful. Lovingly written and gorgeous illustrations.

Ivy Loves to Give Freya Blackwood (Little Hare)
Beautiful illustrations make this a very special book about giving.
Ivy loves to give and she gives lovingly. Sometimes the gifts she gives are not quite right, although they are always given with love. They might be too big, or too small – slippers to a snail, glasses to a dog, tea to a chicken. But sometimes Ivy gives gifts that are just right – the right fitting glasses to grandma, or slippers to father, or the perfect cup of tea.
This is a book that is a celebration of giving and receiving!

Count My Kisses, Little One Ruthie May & Tamsin Ainslie (Little Hare)
A sweet new counting book with simple rhyming text for babies and toddlers that is of course filled with kisses.
A young girl and her toys, with the dog being the baby, and numbers and love hearts for kisses are in this small book which is great for small hands.
One kiss for baby on baby’s nose.
Two kisses for baby tickling toes.
This will be just right as the last book before bedtime – along with the kisses for baby!

More coming soon …

Picture Book Treats for Youngsters

Fearless Colin Thompson & Sarah Davis (ABC Books)
Lots of folks think bulldogs are scary looking animals … so naming a bulldog Fearless would usually be just right. And just like people are sometimes given the wrong names it was especially the same with Fearless — Fearless wasn’t! If a car backfired in the street – so did Fearless. He knew there were scary things everywhere, like dangerous black handbags and stairs and monsters! But eventually Fearless does live up to his name when a not-too-nice visitor arrives at the house one night!
Kids will love the story and adore Sarah’s fantastic illustrations – especially of the dangerous monsters and the facial expressions of Fearless.

Ten Little Hermit Crabs Lee Fox & Shane McG (Allen&Unwin)
This is a delightfully bright counting book told in rhyming verse.
Ten little hermit crabs scuttle to the sea … and of course something happens and the ten become 9, the 9 become 8 and so it goes until there is just one little hermit crab sitting on the pier all alone. But that little hermit crab shouldn’t worry … all turns out well in the end when the nine reappear!
The illustrations are bright, especially with the hermit crab’s ever changing shells. And includes a nice note about hermit crabs in the world too. Great for youngsters starting to count and play.

To The Top End: Our Trip Across Australia Roland Harvey (Allen&Unwin)
Roland Harvey has been creating some of the best Australian picture books for ages and this one continues his outstanding tradition. Readers of all ages will delight in pouring over the illustrations examining all the action on the pages as they follow the twisty windy words.

This time the family is off on an adventure travelling from Tassie to the very tip of The Top End. And of rouse there are happenings in each of the environments that they visit. Lots of jokes in the illustrations too (beginning with the scale of the map on the end papers) … and there is a football to find in every illustration – I missed one or two!

Halloween In Christmas Hills: The Legend of Stingy Jack Karen Tayleur & Heath McKenzie (blackdogbooks)
Just in time here comes this funny picture book. Everyone in the Johnson family has a favourite holiday and come Halloween time they all dress up and go trick or treating and for the first time Miles gets to join in! They can visit all the neighbour’s houses in the street … except for Stingy Jack’s house. But Cameron doesn’t listen and rings the doorbell and doesn’t run away! When stingy Jack opens the door Cameron is in for a really big surprise.

What Will Baby Do? Mike Dumbleton & Craig Smith (Working Title Press)
A beautiful rhyming picture book that is just great for babies and their parents to read and read and read again. It features the important things in a baby’s day – eating, bathing, going on an outing, sleeping … and of course being loved.
Bib … Bowl … and small spoon, too. Now what will baby do?

Delilah’s Dream Ian Trevaskis & Janine Dawson (New Frontier)
Delilah is a hen and she dreams of adventure but her sisters in the coop laugh at her dreams. Still Delilah continues dreaming and one night, when Delilah senses an intruder is coming to threaten their existence she puts her dreams into actions and it is Delilah the dreamer who saves the coop!
With delightful bright illustrations this a lovely tale of dreams coming true and friendship.

Grandpa Baby Margaret Wild & Deborah Niland (Penguin)This wonderful storyteller and illustrator have teamed up to create a picture book that grandpas and their grandkids are just going to love.While Georgie’s parents are at work she is looked after by grandpa but one day their roles are reversed and it is Georgie who decides that he is big enough to look after grandpa. Soon Grandpa baby is doing all the things that little kids love to do with their grandparents … like walking on the fences and pressing traffic light buttons and hanging on the monkey bars. When Grandpa Baby trips over and hurts his knee, it’s Georgie who kisses it better but when grandpa baby stops halfway to home Georgie has to be creative to get them both home. Just beautiful.

Glorious picture books to share with younger readers.