New picture books to make sense of all your feelings

Me and My Fear book cover

Some fantastic picture books to take you on a journey through a roller coaster of feelings and emotions.

Hey awesome / Young, Karen
“If kids with anxiety could see their strengths, they would feel so much bigger than their anxiety. They would feel bigger than everything – as though a tiny, tip-toed stretch could have them touching the top of the world from where they are.
This book is a reminder for all kids that everything they need to be brave, strong and brilliant is already in them.” (Catalogue)

I feel teal / Rille, Lauren
“…You’re pink, you’re teal, you’re gray, you’re jade.
You’re every golden, warmy shade…
All of us have lots of feelings, and this sweet rhyming story cleverly uses colors to explore the wide range of emotions little ones experience throughout the day, from a shy scarlet to a quiet ecru to an exuberant magenta. Along the way it celebrates individuality and self-acceptance–after all, our feelings are the palette that makes us who we are” (Catalogue)

Me and my fear / Sanna, Francesca
“Introducing a companion picture book to the award-winning picture book, The Journey, from rising star Francesca Sanna.
When a young immigrant girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, she is accompanied by her Fear who tells her to be alone and afraid, growing bigger and bigger every day with questions like “how can you hope to make new friends if you don’t understand their language?” But this little girl is stronger than her Fear. A heart-warming and timely tale from the bestselling author and illustrator of The Journey, this book shows us the importance of sharing your Fear with others–after all, everyone carries a Fear with them, even if it’s small enough to fit into their pocket” (Catalogue)

My friend sleep / Baker, Laura
My Friend Sleep is a simple bedtime story that reminds children of the joy of dreams, and how to deal with the very common issue of night terrors that many toddlers and preschoolers experience.
Journey with a little girl through her dreams, alongside her friend Sleep. Meet friendly aliens, ride on a dragon’s back and meet a scary monster… who turns out to be not-so scary after all. With Sleep by your side, nothing is as terrifying as it seems. This magical picture book delights in the joy of dreams, opens a door to children’s imaginations and helps to contain their fears around sleep and night terrors. Featuring stunning, atmospheric illustrations, this beautiful story is the perfect book for getting little ones off to sleep at bedtime.” (Catalogue)

The bear, the piano, the dog and the fiddle / Litchfield, David
“Set in New Orleans with a new cast of animal musicians, this big-hearted sequel to the best-selling The Bear and the Piano teaches that friendship, like good music, lasts forever.
Hector and his dog Hugo have made music together through good times, bad times and even some crazy times. But when Hugo learns to play the fiddle, and gets the chance to play with Bear’s Big Band, Hector’s jealousy gets the better of him. Can Hector swallow his pride and learn to be for happy for his friend? Set in New Orleans with a new cast of animal musicians, this big-hearted sequel to the best-selling The Bear and the Piano teaches that friendship, like good music, lasts forever.” (Catalogue)

Picture Books to Warm Your Heart

Petra book cover

Some very lovely books to share with the special little people in your life.

Petra / Coppo, Marianna
“Petra is a little rock who believes she is a mighty mountain . . . until a dog fetches her for its owner, and she is tossed into a bird’s nest. A mountain? No, Petra is now an egg An egg of the world in a world of possibility. Until she’s flung into a pond, and becomes an amazing island . . . and, eventually, a little girl’s pet rock. What will she be tomorrow? Who knows? But she’s a rock, and this is how she rolls” (Catalogue)

Everything you need for a treehouse / Higgins, Carter
“Featuring beautiful images and a lyrical text with an exquisitely readable cadence, this poignant picture book captures the universal timelessness of treehouses and celebrates all the creativity and adventure they spark.” (Catalogue)

One day on our blue planet …in the ocean / Bailey, Ella
“The series focused on the way our young animal friends spend a day continues with an adventurous dolphin calf, as she explores the vast Pacific ocean with her mother and meets the many wonderful water dwelling creatures that live there.” (Catalogue)

The digger and the flower / Kuefler, Joseph
“From the creator of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground comes a breathtaking new book with a powerful message about the environment–about a lonely construction digger that finds a flower, an encounter that ends up changing his whole world.” (Catalogue)

Alma and how she got her name / Martinez-Neal, Juana
“If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza Jos Pura Candela has way too many names: six. How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.” (Catalogue)

Beguiling new picture books about bears and bunnies

A Bear Sat On My Porch Today book cover

Sad, scary and scrumptious, these beautiful picture books have it all!

Syndetics book coverBig bunny / Rowboat Watkins.
“Once upon a time there was a book about . . .
MONSTERS!
No.
SPACE ALIENS?
Nope . . . a BUNNY!
A GIANT SCARY TRUCK-EATING BUNNY?!?
Um . . . well, maybe it was a tiny bit big.
From the curious mind of Rowboat Watkins comes a ginormously imaginative story that is as funny as it is philosophical. How big is Big Bunny? And how will this story end? Delightfully meta and humorously subversive, Big Bunny will take its place as the next go-to story about stories.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOh me, oh my, a pie! / cooked up by Jan Fearnley.
A nice old grandma bakes a pie, but oh me, oh my! that yummy treat is stolen by a greedy fox, then lost and found by a mouse, snatched by a cat, grabbed by a dog, and plucked away by an owl, before landing back on Grandma’s table for everyone to share… or maybe not.

Syndetics book coverRabby the Brave / Patrick Guest & Tom Jellett.
“Leon and Lily do everything with their best pals Rabby and Snuggles, until one night the unimaginable happens and Snuggles is left outside. Faced with sadness, the others must find a way to save Snuggles from a frightful end. Heart-warming and playful, compassionate and true-to-life, Rabby the Brave is a story about close bonds and sibling love.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA bear sat on my porch today / story by Jane Yolen ; art by by Rilla Alexander.
“What to do if a rather insistent bear squats on your porch today? Followed in short order by a shaggy squirrel, a spraying skunk, a playful possum, and a bevy of forest critters large and small? This hilarious cumulative tale of reluctant hospitality and generous inclusivity will leave readers chanting, “OKAY. OKAY! YOU CAN STAY.” But watch out! That porch is starting to sway…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe rabbit listened / by Cori Doerrfeld.
“When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs. Whether read in the wake of tragedy or as a primer for comforting others, this is a deeply moving and unforgettable story sure to soothe heartache of all sizes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCome home already! / by Jory John ; illustrated by Benji Davies.
“Duck and Bear are BACK – but where has Bear gone? And what will Duck do without him? Duck just wants to hang out with his best buddy, bear. But Bear’s gone fishing for a whole week. What will Duck do without Bear? And more importantly, how will Bear survive without him? From the bestselling creators of Goodnight Already! and I Love You Already! comes a fun-filled, laugh-out-loud adventure about friendship and family, from the bestselling author Jory John and award-winning illustrator Benji Davies.” (Syndetics summary)

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)

 

All creatures big and small – New Picture Books

Lots of animals from worms to bears to charm your socks off.

Syndetics book coverWorm loves Worm / J.J. Austrian ; Mike Curato.
“Worm and Worm love each other and want to get married. They’ll need a best beetle, bride’s bees, a white dress, a tuxedo, and so on. None of that stuff matters to Worm and Worm, but they’re agreeable. They’ll wear rings like belts (they don’t have fingers) and get cake for their friends, even though they only eat dirt. When asked who’s the bride and who’s the groom, however, they’re firm: We can be both. Cricket objects, since that’s not how it’s done, and the worms cheerfully reply, Then we’ll just change how it’s done. This timely title is a warm and easy way to introduce the idea of same-sex marriage to children.” (Adapted from Booklist)

Syndetics book coverI am bear / Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyüz.
“”I am Bear./And I am bare./The suit I wear has purple hair.” After he zips up and strikes a pose, Bear shows off a little more for his readers by strutting about and antagonizing all the minor characters-especially that squirrel who mocked his nakedness. He eats the bees’ honey, tells a knock-knock joke at the squirrel’s expense, performs some questionable magic tricks, and shows readers his favorite game, “cops and robbers,” where he eats all of a police officer’s doughnuts. (The squirrel gets the blame.)” (Adapted from School Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverElla and Penguin stick together / by Megan Maynor ; illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet.
“Ella has just received a sheet of glow-in-the-dark stickers, and she’s eager to share them with her friend Penguin. But the only way to appreciate their radiance is to go deep into the hallway closet-and while Ella is a little hesitant, Penguin breaks out in a sweat when he even thinks of the dark. Maybe, he suggests, “the stickers will glow somewhere else-somewhere mostly dark.” When Ella and Penguin finally screw their courage to the sticking place and enter the closet, the unleashed glowing is a payoff worth waiting for. Ages 4-8. ” (adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverHop / Jorey Hurley.
“Mother rabbit leads her young out of a tree hollow to snack and play in a meadow. They avoid predators, hide in a borrowed burrow to wait out the rain, and head back out to graze. All is conveyed simply through single-word spreads. Flat, graphic-style illustrations are done primarily in greens and browns with splashes of spring colors in the flowers.” (School Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverMr. Goat’s valentine / by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Kevin Zimmer.
“Apparently in the goat world, typical Valentine’s Day offerings are not chocolates and fragrant flower arrangements in lovely vases, but rather rotten eggs (the older the better) and weeds in cans (the rustier the better). Mr. Goat is on the search for a valentine for his first love and picks items he thinks will be just right: two-year-old eggs and a bouquet of crabgrass, pigweed, and ragweed. His first love turns out to be his mother, and, of course, she is delighted with the gifts. While the goats are entranced by the rotten eggs, the audience’s response to the sight of green eggs oozing a black liquid, complete with wavy stink lines, will probably be loud ewws which makes this all the more fun!” (Adapted from Booklist)

Syndetics book coverThe bear’s surprise / Benjamin Chaud.
“Baby Bear awakes on a Spring day and finds Papa missing. He sets off searching for him through the forest, into a cave, through a set of pipes, and up to the entrance of a circus tent, where it turns out that Papa is performing high-flying feats of daring. Naturally, Baby Bear joins in and sails into the air only to land on Mama. And what’s that Mama is holding in her lap? Welcome, Teeny Tiny Bear! In this third installment of Baby Bear’s adventures, the fun is enhanced by die-cuts in an assortment of shapes. Familiarity with the previous books is not essential, but it won’t hurt, either.” (Adapted from School Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThe skunk / story by Mac Barnett ; art by Patrick McDonnell.
A skunk mysteriously appears on a man’s doorstep and follows him – until the man turns the tables and follows the skunk.

Christmas stories to enjoy – New Picture Books

There is lots of Christmas cheer to be found in these wonderfully festive picture books!

Syndetics book coverA homemade together Christmas / Maryann Cocca-Leffler.
“A family of adorable pigs decides that this year they will make their gifts to each other for Christmas rather than buy gifts. Each family member is excited to try. Momma makes breakfast, Dad makes a blanket, and sister Rosie sings a song. But the littlest pig struggles to come up with an idea. What can he make?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe nutcracker’s Night before Christmas / written by Keith Brockett ; illustrated by Joseph Cowman.
“In The Nutcracker’s Night Before Christmas preparations for a doomed stage production of the classic ballet goes from terribly bad to ridiculously worse. Sick stagehands, renegade cats, and crashing Christmas trees have everyone sure that the show won’t go on. But it’s Christmas Eve and help is on the way! Told in verse with wonderful whimsical illustrations, this story hits all the right notes for holiday reading.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSanta’s reindeer / Tom Duxbury, Matilda Tristram ; illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
Reindeer has lost his squeaky nose, help him find it, meeting lots of animals and squeaking all the way!

Syndetics book coverMe and my dragon : Christmas spirit / David Biedrzycki.
“Christmas is coming, and our young hero wants to buy his best friend, Dragon, the perfect present. He and Dragon take job after hilarious job, earning enough to buy a deluxe Knight Boy action set–but they eventually realize that the best part of Christmas is sharing what you have with those in need. This book has it all: holiday cheer, humor, a meaningful message and a ton of heart.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSanta’s tight squeeze / Alex Field ; illustrated by Karen Erasmus.
“It’s Christmas Eve, and Santa finds many treats left for him while delivering presents throughout the world. But as Santa keeps eating, his belt gets tighter. Will he still fit down the chimney?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSamurai Santa : a very ninja Christmas / by Rubin Pingk.
“It’s snowing on Christmas Eve! Yukio loves snowball fights, but none of the other ninjas will play with him for fear of landing on Santa’s naughty list. Can Yukio chase Santa away from Ninja Village, or will a Samurai Santa thwart Yukio’s plan? An epic snowball fight later, one thing’s for sure: this is going to be Yukio’s best Christmas ever.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe knights before Christmas / Joan Holub ; illustrated by Scott Magoon.
“‘Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons, but nothing would stop their white-whiskered foe. No matter their efforts, he just would not go! This parody of Clement Clarke Moore’s well-known poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is kid-friendly, clever, and just plain silly.” (Syndetics summary)

Books to get wild about! New picture books in October

Go wild with these great books, they might tame even the wildest child.

Syndetics book coverWild child / written and illustrated by Steven Salerno.
“The jungle can be a scary place, but there is one creature who is the fiercest of all: it grabs, it pulls, it cries, it poops–it’s the WILD CHILD! All the animals live in fear of this nasty baby who cannot be tamed or soothed. No matter what the animals try, the wild child just gets wilder! Can the animals join together to bring peace back to the jungle and make the wild child a mild child?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLion practice / Emma Carlisle.
“Laura loves to practise. She’s been a kangaroo, a parrot and a crocodile – but nothing beats lion practice! It’s fun to leap, and run and roar really loud, isn’t it? Laura’s patient parents aren’t so sure. So when Laura takes a lion-sized leap too far, she gets a telling off. But like all good lions, Laura soon bounces back and it isn’t very long before her Mum, Dad and baby brother are joining in the game. A warm, funny and reassuring book, which celebrates the joy of imaginative play and the importance of patience and family love. A lively debut from a brand new picture book talent.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWild feelings / David Milgrim.
“Do you ever feel as stubborn as a mule? Or as chicken as a chicken? Of course you do. Everyone does. In this lighthearted look at feelings, David Milgrim tenderly and humorously sketches the emotional range–from awkward to unnoticed, to really, rrrreally mad. Ultimately reassuring, this is a loving look at the normal, natural feelings we all have.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLovely old lion / Julia Jarman, Susan Varley.
“Lenny the lion loves his grandpa, King Lion. But when King Lion starts to forget things, Lenny begins to worry. He can’t understand why grandpa keeps getting muddled and doesn’t want to play any more. Lenny doesn’t know what to do, but with a little help from grandpa’s old friends, perhaps he can find a way to help him remember.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAs big as you / Sara Acton.
“Claude is a large elephant. Finlay is a small one. Claude can trumpet so loudly, the earth shakes! Finlay can only squeak and spurt tiny fountains with his trunk. Will he ever be as big as Claude?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMitford at the fashion zoo / by Donald Robertson.
“Mitford is a giraffe. But not your everyday, live-on-the-savannah giraffe. Mitford lives in the city. But not your everyday, filled-with-people city. This city is filled with animals. Animals who like to dress up, especially the animals who work at Cover magazine. Mitford would do ANYTHING to work there. But can Mitford survive the Fashion Zoo?!” (Syndetics summary)

Books to share with Dad!

Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, so here’s a great selection of new books for dads to share.

Syndetics book coverDaddy hugs / Nancy Tafuri.
“Little ones love daddy hugs. Feathered hugs… whiskered hugs… cozy hugs. Just-daddy-and-me hugs. All across the woodlands, animal daddies and their little ones cuddle up together. From furry bear hugs to silky hare hugs, Nancy Tafuri celebrates all the hugs that are extra special because they are just-daddy-and-me hugs. A special author’s note includes a list of critters to seek and find on each page, along with their scientific names.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDaddy cuddle / written by Kate Mayes ; illustrated by Sara Acton.
“An undeniably adorable new picture book for dads everywhere, from bestselling author Kate Mayes and award-winning illustrator Sara Acton. ‘Daddy up?’ It’s early in the morning and one little rabbit is wide awake … From bestselling author Kate Mayes (COUNT MY CHRISTMAS KISSES, STEW A COCKATOO – writing as Ruthie May) and award-winning illustrator Sara Acton (BEN AND DUCK, ESTHER’S RAINBOW, THE UNEXPECTED CROCODILE) comes this gorgeous tale of an early riser who just wants to play! A book to be loved and treasured by children, fathers and families everywhere. Ages: 0-5” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy dad still thinks he’s funny / by Katrina Germein ; illustrated by Tom Jellett.
“My dad says, “I’ve told you fifty million times, don’t exaggerate.” Dad is back by popular demand with more hilarious material. And yes, My dad STILL thinks he’s funny. Short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2014, 5 to 8 Years Category.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDaddies are great! / Meredith Costain ; Polona Lovšin.
“A warm and lively rhyming text about the special relationship between fathers and their children, with gently humorous illustrations showing different adult dogs and puppies in adorable poses.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy dad is a giraffe / Stephen Michael King.
“Is your dad big and tall, gentle and fun? Can you climb up his legs, over his head, slide down his neck and ride on his back? Maybe your dad is a giraffe!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDaddy, you’re awesome / Laine Mitchell ; illustrated by Renée Treml.
“My daddys a giant, So tall and so strong, I want to be just like him, Why is it taking so long? Daddy, youre awesome to me.” (Syndetics summary)

Great books to read to your little monster – New picture books in August

Dragons, robots, dinosaurs and monsters. There is a creature here for everyone to love.

Syndetics book coverHave you seen my monster? / Steve Light.
“In a follow-up to Steve Light’s highly praised Have You Seen My Dragon?, the county fair is filled with shapes–and somewhere among them a monster is waiting to be found. A little girl gallivants through a county fair, searching for her furry friend. Readers will surely spot the friendly monster as well as twenty shapes, identified here by their proper names–trapezoids, ellipses, kites, and more–hidden among iconic fair attractions from the fun house to the Ferris wheel. Youngsters will be so mesmerized by Steve Light’s masterful pen-and-ink illustrations, decorated with vivid splashes of color, they won’t even realize they’ve learned how to spot a nonagon while looking for a monster.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAce Dragon Ltd. / Russell Hoban & Quentin Blake.
“From the inimitable duo of Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake, the pair behind the hilarious tales of Captain Najork, comes a story about a little boy, a fire-breathing dragon, and their sky-high adventure! “I can make fire come out of my nose and mouth,” the dragon under the pavement tells John. “I can fly. I can spin gold into straw if you have any gold.” John doesn’t have any gold – and he doesn’t need any straw. (Not yet, anyway.) The dragon tells John that if he fights the dragon and wins, the dragon will take him flying.” What a challenge! Where will it lead? John soon finds out – and he also finds out that you just never know when a bundle of straw might come in handy…With sword-flashing excitement, a moon landing and plenty of magic, this irresistible page-turner is brought back into print in a bigger format – and a beautiful, more colourful, new edition.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPower down, Little Robot / Anna Staniszewski ; illustrated by Tim Zeltner.
“It’s time to power down for the night, but Little Robot isn’t ready! He quickly opens his stalling program. Luckily, Mom Unit knows exactly how to get him into his sleep module. From a debut picture book author and the illustrator of Little Boo , this funny twist on a familiar nighttime routine will click with bedtime avoidance experts everywhere.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA monster moved in! / by Timothy Knapman ; illustrated by Loretta Schauer.
“It’s raining, and Ben is stuck inside with nothing to do. Then he comes up with a wonderful idea: he will build a fort! “But a monster might move in!” say Mom and Dad. After playing for a while, Ben wishes that a monster would move in. BIG MISTAKE!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpace dog / Mini Grey.
“Spacedog’s lonely mission is nearly over, and it’s nearly time for him to go home. But one perilous rescue attempt later, and he finds himself with an Astrocat aboard his ship. But everyone knows Spacedogs and Astrocats are sworn enemiesa aren’t they? And then they encounter a Moustronaut in peril, in this intergalactic romp by awardwinner Mini Grey.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDinosaur police / by Sarah McIntyre.
“Dinoville Police Station was having a perfectly quiet morning – until the phone rang. ‘Red alert!’ hollered Sergeant Stig O’Saurus. ‘There’s a rampaging T-Rex at the pizza factory!’ The dino police hop in their vehicles and switch on their sirens faster than you can say ‘WOO WOO!’ They try to arrest Trevor T-Rex who is gobbling pizzas meant for the town fair, but Trevor manages to escape. The walkie-talkies are out, the air squad is being called in to help – but Trevor is still on the loose . . . until the cheeky T-Rex runs through the building site and gets stuck in . . . CEMENT!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHave you seen a monster? / Raymond McGrath.
“Elliot and Emma-Jane Rose have a knack for finding things, and right now they are HOT on the trail of something very . . .B I G and very . . . H A I R Y. Elliot and Emma-Jane Rose follow the clues to something they did NOT expect – BARNABY. And luckily they know just how to help him. From the author of It’s Not a Monster, It’s ME!, this exuberant new picture book; about a monster-sized friendship also includes a bonus CD with three all-new songs performed by The Little Critters, and a read-along version of Have You Seen a Monster.” (Syndetics summary)

Picture books to cheer you up – New picture books in July

In a bad mood? Feeling grumpy? Enjoy these new picture books all about moods, manners and cheering up.

Syndetics book coverPrickly Jenny / Sibylle Delacroix.
“Jenny is a gentle bundle of contradictions. She wants to be left alone, but she cries when her mom goes away. She wants to wear her old T-shirt instead of her new dress, and that’s that. If you catch her smiling, she’ll go back to grumbling. Jenny wants things her way, but she’s not always sure what her way is. It might seem like she’s being difficult, but she can’t help it — it’s just how she feels. This delightful small-format picture book is a portrait of a character who, despite her grumbling and frustrations, just wants to be loved. The book conveys a quiet balance of humor and strife, perfectly portraying a prickly kid who feels anxious, stubborn and unheard … even though she’s not exactly sure what she has to say.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPom Pom Panda gets the grumps / by Sophy Henn.
“One morning Pom Pom got out of bed on the wrong side and nothing was right.Then things went from bad to worse . . . ‘Harrumph!’ said Pom Pom.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBig, bad owl / written by Steve Smallman ; illustrated by Richard Watson.
“Big, Bad Owl is a fabulously funny, tongue-in-cheek picture book from best-selling author and master of comedy, Steve Smallman ( Dragon Stew and Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom ). Children will love the quirky illustrations in this story about learning to deal with moods and emotions. Feeling cranky? Out of sorts? Perhaps a teeny bit tetchy? Then flap off over to Scowl’s grumpy branch for a good old grouch and grumble… Everybody wants to cheer Scowl up, but there’s one thing that makes him the happiest owl in the world – and that’s being in a good old grump!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAbracazebra / story by Helen Docherty ; illustrated by Thomas Docherty.
“Yawnalot is a sleepy old town until Abracazebra rides in on her bicycle. Suddenly, all the animals flock to see her incredible magic show – all except Goat, who is grumpy and jealous of her. But in the end, even Goat is won over and realises that everybody needs a little magic. A wonderfully original new picture book about the importance of celebrating diversity.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlease Mr Panda / Steve Antony.
“With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony is the one to watch. Panda has a tray of doughnuts. Animal after animal tells him the one they want, but it’s only when Lemur says ‘please’ politely that Panda will give any out! A witty and stylish lesson that manners will get you EVERYTHING. Even a trayload of doughnuts.” (Syndetics summary)