Delightful picture books that will have you in stitches

Ponk!

Cuddle up with your kids and share these funny and colourful books!

Syndetics book coverNatalie’s hair was wild! / by Laura Freeman.
“Natalie’s hair is really wild–and she likes it that way! A host of friendly animals agree, and they move right in. At first it’s just butterflies and birds that take up residence atop Natalie’s head, but soon there are zebras, elephants, even a tiger! With all the roaring and squawking and snorting and burping, poor Natalie can hardly sleep. She needs to find someone to help coax those critters out… but who?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPonk! / by Edwina Wyatt ; illustrated by Chris Nielsen.
“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!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Grotlyn / Benji Davies.
“A stunningly illustrated picture book full of mystery and suspense. “I know when the Grotlyn’s been slipping through your house unseen…” What is the mysterious Grotlyn? What sort of creature could it be, scuttling across the town, frightening everyone in its path? And why has it stolen PC Vickers’ knickers?! A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale about things that go bump in the night for ages four and up.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlue monster wants it all! / Jeanne Willis, Jenni Desmond.
“Blue Monster loves brand new things. A fancy new hat… a shiny submarine… a fabulous funfair… and a paradise island, all of his own. But he’s still not happy!  What will it take for Blue Monster to realise there are some things that money can’t buy?
An original, humorous and unforgettable fable, perfect for introducing little ones to the idea of materialism and helping them realise the importance of family.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFox and the bike ride / Corey R. Tabor ; photography by Frog.
“Fun-loving, mischievous Fox from Fox and the Jumping Contest is back in this charming and hilarious tale of friendship, adventure–and snacks.
It’s the day of the animals’ annual bike ride, and Fox is not excited. Every year it’s the same old, same old. Fox wants adventure. He wants action-adventure. He wants danger-action-adventure!  (And snacks too, of course.) So he secretly schemes to make this the most unforgettable trip ever–and his friends are coming along, whether they want to or not!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnock knock pirate / Carol Heart & Nick East.
“A rhyming pirate counting book that’s full of surprises from award-winning author Caryl Hart, creator of Supermarket Zoo, and bestselling illustrator Nick East. A visit from a pirate might sound like fun… but when the Captain’s whole crew turn up too–causing mayhem and chaos–it’s time for this little girl to panic. What is Dad going to say when he gets home?!” (Syndetics summary)

 

Recent Parenting picks

It’s been a little while since our last picks of the parenting books, so we’ve included a few excellent titles we couldn’t go past from slightly further back as well as some wonderful new titles for you to browse. First up, the amazing Emily Writes! Plus the NZ Birthday Cake Book, and Scotty and Stacey Morrison’s Māori at home.

Syndetics book coverRants in the dark : from one tired mama to another / Emily Writes.
“Popular blogger Emily Writes gives words of encouragement to sleep-deprived parents everywhere. With two small boys, both non-sleepers, Emily finds herself awake in the wee small hours night after night. Her writing is often done then, and she offers her own often hilarious and always heart-warming experiences to other exhausted parents. She describes the frustrations as well as the tender moments of real parenting, as opposed to what you thought it was going to be like, or what well-meaning advice-givers tell you it should be like. A must-have for all new parents and parents-to-be. A lovely gift package.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe great New Zealand birthday cake book / cake designer Jazmine Nixon ; recipes Dean Brettschneider ; project editor Wendy Nixon.
“The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book features 80 memory-making cakes with a stunning range of creations to suit any occasion. From bears, boats and ballerinas to pigs, pirates and princesses – and even the latest in emojis – The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book has the perfect cake for everyone. The book is designed to guide you step-by-step through all the basics with plenty of practical design and decorating tips. A laminated A1 template sheet tucked into the back cover of the book will help you create any cake you desire. We’ve even created some spectacular looking cakes for adults to further broaden appeal, so with 80,000 birthdays celebrated each week in New Zealand there is sure to be a cake to delight everyone.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMāori at home : an everyday guide to learning the Māori language / Scotty and Stacey Morrison.
“An introduction to the Mori language … covers the basics of life in and around a typical Kiwi household.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThings that helped : essays / Jessica Friedmann.
“Through the tide of hormones ebbing and flowing my body, and the little runnels of blood and the sour tang of my breasts, I lay awake, listening, and thinking of breath and of water. I had broken my relationship with sleep. In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son, Owen. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays touch on class, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as motherhood, creativity, and mental illness. Occasionally confronting, but always powerfully moving and beautifully observed, Things That Helped charts Jessica’s return into the world- a slow and complex process of reassembling what depression fractured and sometimes broke.” (Syndetics summary)

Overdrive cover How to DAD, Volume 2, Jordan Watson (eBook)
“OK, hurry up and grab me. We don’t have long before the publishers realise I’m not one of those fancy parenting-help people. In here, you’ll find some sort-of helpful tips, some pictures, some words and a few crack-up dad tales. I might not be a fancy parenting person, but I am a black belt in Dadding. Yes, that’s a thing. It’s totally a thing. I’m still making silly parenting videos, I’m still non-PC and I’m still a DAD. This is How to DAD: Volume 2. Back of book bit: DONE.”(Overdrive description)

Syndetics book coverThe single dad’s guide to the galaxy : parenting in the real world / Roger McEwan.
“‘I’ve experienced all the different roles you have to play when there’s nobody else around: a parent, a dad, a father, a stand-in mum, a confidant, always a butler or maid, a teacher and, most crucially, a friend.’In this enlightening but also very practical book, Roger McEwan shares the lessons he’s learned from years as a solo dad.It is not, he insists, a self-help book. But amidst the rich, always fascinating, often hilarious experiences of his times with his two children are dozens and dozens of useful pieces of advice for parents – from developing a great relationship with your ex (if you can) to letting the children pick the clothes they want to wear, teaching them to cook, and acknowledging that changing a toilet roll is too complex for anyone under the age of eighteen to understand” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting through the storm : find help, hope, and strength when your child has psychological problems / Ann Douglas.
“Raising a child or teenager with a psychological condition is a “perfect storm” of stress, sadness, and uncertainty. How can you find the best treatments and help your child overcome emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges–while keeping yourself and your family strong? As a parent, you may feel isolated and alone, but the reality is that a lot of families are in the same boat. Ann Douglas knows firsthand just how daunting it can be. In this compassionate and empowering guide, she combines the vital lessons she has learned with vivid stories from other parents and advice from leading psychologists. The book cuts through the often-confusing clinical jargon and speaks from the heart about what matters most: the well-being of your child.” (Syndetics summary)