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)

Colourful picture books that will delight! New picture books in June

These delightful new books will charm and bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Syndetics book coverBums & tums : a lift-the-flap book of animals / illustrated by Mandy Foot.
“Who has an orange bellybutton and hangs from a tree? Who’s big all over, but especially on their ears? Who lives in Africa and has stripes on their knees? Make a guess from the clue and the close-up picture, then lift the flap to see if you are right!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFrida and Bear / Anthony Browne, Hanne Bartholin.
“Frida and Bear both LOVE to draw – but what? First, Frida draws a shape. Bear adds to it and turns it into a picture. Then Bear draws a shape for Frida as the game begins again. Anthony Browne and Hanne Bartholin celebrate the power of imagination and the importance of creativity in this delightful picture book that invites the reader to join in and play the shape game with them.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverI ain’t gonna paint no more! / Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by David Catrow.
“A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green… everywhere. To the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he’ll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and… Oh no–here comes Mama! Karen Beaumont’s zippy text and David Catrow’s zany illustrations turn an infamous childhood activity into raucous storytime fun, giving a silly twist to the fine art of self-expression.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGet out of my bath! / Britta Teckentrup.
“A beautifully designed, boldly illustrated picture book for the very young in which readers are encouraged to get involved in the story through tilting and shaking the book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe pirate’s bed / Nicola Winstanley ; illustrated by Matt James.
“A pirate is sleeping snug in his bed, dreaming pirate dreams, when a great storm comes up at sea. The pirate sleeps on, but his bed is awake and scared of the thunder and the angry waves. Tossed this way and that, the ship finally crashes, sending the pirate to a tropical island and his bed off to sea. At first, the bed is overjoyed. It’s free from smelly feet, snoring and scratchy wool. It floats in the now peaceful water, meeting friendly gulls and playful dolphins and basking in the sun. But soon the little bed begins to feel like something is missinga This fanciful tale of a bed lost at sea will capture the hearts of little pirates everywhere and send them off to sleep with dreams of tropical birds, swooshing waves and chattering monkeys.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRustle up a rhythm / written by Rosalind Malam ; illustrated by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson.
“”There’s a thud, thud thudding as we scurry down the stairs. ‘Breakfast’s nearly ready!’ sounds like music to my ears.” Rhythmical text and illustrations introduce children to onomatopoeia through a range of sounds that they hear, both subconsciously and consciously, around them everyday.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJanine / by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.
“Meet Janine. She is one of a kind! Janine dresses a little different, remembers random facts, reads the dictionary for fun, and has her own style of cheering. Nobody does things the way Janine does things! One girl in Janine’s class is throwing a party and all the COOL kids are invited. But Janine is not cool. Some kids think she is strange and want her to change. Will Janine try to be different or just be her spectacular self? In this charming story, Maryann Cocca-Leffler uses her own daughter as inspiration for a delightfully spunky character. Janine Leffler focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She has become a role model to children and adults, encouraging them to focus on abilities and promoting respect, tolerance, and kindness.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverI had a favorite hat / by Boni Ashburn ; pictures by Robyn Ng.
“The narrator of this charming picture book loves her summer hat, but as the seasons change, her hat isn’t always appropriate for every occasion. She must use her crafting skills to turn the hat into a work of art, perfect for every season and holiday. Featuring the same characters from the first book, I Had a Favorite Dress , along with the hip, eye-catching art style that won it so many fans, this book is perfect for young crafters and their stylish parents.” (Syndetics summary)

Mums, grans and new babies, books for Mother’s Day

Mums are especially important this weekend so share a story with her this Sunday.

Syndetics book coverSome mums / Nick Bland.
“Some mums are graceful and some mums are tough. Each mum has her own way of being a mum and they are all delightful! Another instant classic from Nick Bland!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMum’s the word / [written by] Timothy Knapman and [illustrated by] Jamie Littler.
“This is a funny tale with adorable illustrations showing the importance of a mother’s love. When a little dog tries to find the word that feels like a cuddle and is as warm as a goodnight kiss, he discovers that the word is ‘Mum’.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCuddles for Mummy / Ruby Brown ; illustrated by Tina Macnaughton.
“Little Owl wants to give Mummy Owl a cuddle. There are good morning cuddles, good night cuddles, thank you cuddles and cuddles just because you are happy. Which cuddle will Little Owl choose?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverI love my granny / Giles Andreae & Emma Dodd.
“I love my granny. Can you tell? She says I’m pretty great as well. The joy of spending a fun-filled day with granny is explored with warmth and humour. The perfect present for every family, this book will delight time and time again. From the bestselling author Giles Andreae, whose rhyming text perfectly captures the joyful exuberance of young children, and the award-winning Emma Dodd, whose cheerful colours and irrepressible illustrations delight children and their parents everywhere.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWish / Matthew Cordell.
“As an elephant couple embark on a life together, thoughts of children are far away-at first. But as the desire for a child grows, so do unexpected challenges. And it’s only after thwarted plans and bitter disappointment that their deepest wish miraculously comes true.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUse your words, Sophie! / Rosemary Wells.
“Sophie knows lots of words, but she doesn’t always use them. It’s more fun to speak in hyena talk or space language. ‘Use your words, Sophie!’ urge her parents, but Sophie just won’t. But when her new baby sister arrives, Sophie is the only one who can find out what she really wants. Use Your Words, Sophie is the third book about the irrepressible two-year old who is wonderful, terrible, and always lovable.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMission: new baby : top secret info for big brothers & sisters / written by Susan Hood ; illustrated by Mary Lundquist.
“Greetings, Special Agent! You’ve accepted the mission: you’re going to be a big sibling! This is your super-secret guide to training your family’s newest recruit. There will be lots to do, like leading physical training (teaching your sibling to walk) and sharing intel (reading together), but we know you’re up for the challenge. Best of luck, Agent! This is HQ, signing off. Over and out!” (Syndetics summary)

These new picture books will entertain every transport loving child

Buses, diggers, boats, trucks and bikes. Take a ride with your child and these fantastic books.

Syndetics book coverYou can’t take an elephant on the bus / Patricia Cleveland-Peck ; illustrated by David Tazzyman.
“You can’t take an elephant on the bus … It would simply cause a terrible fuss! Elephants’ bottoms are heavy and fat and would certainly squash the seats quite flat. Never put a camel in a sailing boat, or a tiger on a train, and don’t even THINK about asking a whale to ride a bike… This riotous picture book is filled with animals causing total disaster as they try to travel in the most unsuitable vehicles. A real romp of a book, with hilarious rhyming text and spectacular illustrations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFollow that car / Lucy Feather ; [illustrations by] Stephen Lomp.
“Packed with comic capers and animal antics, this brilliantly bold book follows Mouse’s madcap race after Gorilla through a variety of exciting settings.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA river / by Marc Martin.
“There is a river outside my window.Where will it take me? So begins an imaginary journey from the city to the sea. From factories to farmlands, freeways to forest, each new landscape is explored through stunning illustrations and poetic text from this award-winning picture-book creator.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDigger dog / illustrated by Cecilia Johansson ; written by William Bee.
“Digger Dog loves to dig – with diggers! The bigger the machine, the better. But what will he need to dig up the biggest bone in the whole world? When Digger Dog smells something big under the earth, he’s determined to dig it up, and fetches a series of bigger and bigger machines to help him. This brilliant read-aloud romp has two fantastic, fold-out surprises at the end. The perfect story for digger-mad little ones.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMonster trucks. Mega city cup / Jon Hinton ; illustrated by Tado.
“These are no ordinary monsters… These monsters have wheels… These are MONSTER TRUCKS! Today’s the day of the long-awaited City Trophy. Bolt, Newton, Roxy, Chunk, Fizz and Masher speed through Slick City, but there’s trouble ahead when Masher the cheeky monster swaps the street signs around in an attempt to win… Perfect for fans of Moshi Monsters and Disney’s Cars, this exciting new picture book series is ready to race your way! Features bright, bold, eye-catching illustrations by the the well known artist duo TADO whose work has featured on everything from designer toys and fashion to advertising campaigns.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Usborne big book of big trucks / written by Megan Cullis ; illustrated by Mike Byrne.
“Open out the giant fold-out pages to find out about some of the world’s biggest, strongest and tallest trucks. Huge, impressive colour illustrations. Fascinating facts about all kinds of trucks, from enormous heavy hauler dump trucks to towering mobile crane trucks.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRide, Riccardo, ride! / written by Phil Cummings ; illustrated by Shane Devries.
“Ricardo loved to ride his bike through the village. He rode under endless skies, quiet and clear. He rode every day…But then the shadows came.”–Back cover.

 

 

Amazing new picture books to savour in July

Reading these stories to your kids will make everyone’s day better!

Syndetics book coverHow to / Julie Morstad.
A treatise on “how-tos,” including how to go fast, how to see the wind, and how to be brave. More imaginative selections include how to wash your face (look up in the rain), how to watch where you’re going (follow the movements of your shadow), and how to wonder (gaze at the night sky). Morstad’s spare text and whimsical fine-line drawings with pastel enhancements portray children encountering new experiences enriched with whimsy and quiet wit. This guide will engage and delight youngsters. Ideal for one-on-one sharing, it will be read again and again” (School Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverUnicorn thinks he’s pretty great / Bob Shea.
“Rainbows, smiling cupcakes, and flying unicorns in one picture book can be a recipe for a cutesy-wootsy disaster, but not so in this hilarious friendship story. Nothing has gone right for Goat since Unicorn arrived. He seems to best Goat in every way, including making it rain cupcakes. “Dopey Unicorn! Thinks he’s so great!…Look at me! I’m Unicorn! I think I’m so-o-o cool!” the goat cries, in full-on Willems’s Pigeon mode, while sporting a plunger in mockery of Unicorn’s horn. However, when an unlikely scenario involving goat-cheese pizza brings the two together, Goat discovers that Unicorn isn’t so full of himself after all-“Just look at your fantastic horn”; “Eh, it’s just for show. All it’s good for is pointing” -and they become fast friends. Shea’s cartoon illustrations are perfectly suited to expressing the characters’ varied emotions while keeping the story very tongue-in-cheek, with lots of giggle-worthy details. An ideal choice for fans of silliness.” (School Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverLet’s go, Hugo! / Angela Dominguez.
An uplifting story about conquering fears and making friends. Hugo, the scarf-sporting avian protagonist, prefers walking to flying. He enjoys his ground-based Parisian life, making art instead of nests. While building a model of the Eiffel Tower, he meets Lulu, who invites him to the real landmark. He distracts her with land-bound activities until nighttime falls and she leaves. Saddened by her departure, Hugo admits his fear of flying to Bernard the owl. The old bird wisely remarks that “everyone is afraid of something,” and teaches Hugo to fly. With more practice and encouragement, he conquers his fears and befriends Lulu.” (School Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverRabbit and the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf / by Michaël Escoffier ; illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo.
“Rabbit is asked if he knows the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf. When he draws a picture for the unseen narrator, he is told that the ears are too big. The same goes for the nose and teeth. With each new description, Rabbit alters his chalk drawing until he hears that the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf is coming, and that it smells rabbit! Hide, Rabbit! A ball won’t do the trick, and neither will a stack of books. But when the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf catches Rabbit, it gives him an unexpected, happy surprise. The large, bold, mixed-media illustrations are pleasing to the eye. Di Giacomo’s minimalist depiction of Rabbit is charming, and her raw style is appealing. A satisfying story that children will enjoy and most likely will want to read over and over again.” (School Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverPuss Jekyll, Cat Hyde / Joyce Dunbar ; illustrated by Jill Barton.
“Good puss or bad cat? Jekyll or Hyde? One and the same? Who decides? Puss Jekyll is the soft cuddly cat of the house grooming her fur, but at night she becomes Cat Hyde, hunting mice, all fang and claw. One cat, but two very distinct personalities. Suggested level: junior.” (Library Catalogue)