Glorious new picture books to entertain and delight

These great new books are filled with wonder, imagination, and a wild, magical spirit that will thrill young and old alike.

Syndetics book coverA hundred billion trillion stars / by Seth Fishman ; illustrated by Isabel Greenberg.
Did you know there are 37 billion rabbits in the world or that the moon is two hundred and forty thousand miles away? There are numbers galore in this fascinating book about numbers and the world all around us.

Syndetics book coverCake [hardback]
“Cake has been invited to a party. He’s very excited! He’s never been to a birthday party before. And he doesn’t know what to expect. But as the candles on his party hat begin to burn and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he’d rather not be at…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThank you, Octopus / Darren Farrell.
How would a tricky octopus put you to bed? with a lot of word play and egg salad!  This very simple picture books will amuse and delight everyone.

Syndetics book coverGrandma Z [hardback]
“On an ordinary day, in an even more ordinary town, it was Albert’s birthday. When Grandma Z roars into town on her motorcycle, Albert is swept up in a very extraordinary adventure.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe thing Lou couldn’t do / written and illustrated by Ashley Spires.
“‘Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals.’ But one day, when they’re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou’s friend has an idea: ?Up there! The tree can be our ship!? ?Ummm …’ says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she’s sure she can’t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them — her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTìa Isa wants a car / Meg Medina ; illustrated by Claudio Muñoz.
“Isa wants a car. A shiny green car the same color as the ocean, with wings like a swooping bird. A car to take the whole family to the beach. But saving is hard when everything goes into two piles – one for here and one for Helping Money, so that family members who live far away might join them someday. While Isa saves, her niece does odd jobs for neighbors so she can add her earnings to the stack. But even with her help, will they ever have enough? Meg Medina’s simple, genuine story about keeping in mind those who are far away is written in lovely, lyrical prose and brought to life through Claudio Munoz’s charming characters.” (Syndetics summary)

Birds of a feather flock together in these new picture books!

From feathers, nests, seeds and knitting these beautifully illustrated books will introduce your children to physics, ornithology and environmentalism in a very gentle way!

Syndetics book coverPlume / Isabelle Simler.
“Introduces a wide variety of birds, their feathers, and Plume, the cat that is stalking them.” (Catalogue summary)

Gorgeous feathers on every page, the illustrations are delightfully detailed but will the mischievous cat catch them all?

Syndetics book coverBird builds a nest / Martin Jenkins ; illustrated by Richard Jones.
“Bird is building her nest. She pushes and pulls twigs into place until she’s made a cosy cup, ready and waiting … can you guess what for?” (Catalogue summary)

This is a great book to introduce your child to science and the world of forces. There are some fun experiments to do too!

Syndetics book coverBird to Bird [hardback]
“Award-winning picture book creators Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris team up to bring us a gentle story of nature, history, recycling and art. A bird drops a seed to the floor of the forest. The seed grows into a sapling, then a tree. The tree is felled and taken to a busy city. Bird to Bird is the story of one bird, one seed, one tree. Award-winning picture book creators Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris have crafted a gentle story of nature, history, recycling and art. The truth behind this story is that the wood used to make bunks on board the convict ships was reused when the ships reached Australia. There was no need for the bunks on the return journey and the wood was a valuable resource. Exquisite paintings by award-winning illustrator Wayne Harris take this story through time. This is a gentle story of nature, Australian history, recycling and art.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFeather / by Cao Wenxuan ; illustrated by Roger Mello ; translated from the Chinese by Chloe Garcia Roberts.
A single feather, blown about by the wind, asks a variety of birds if she belongs to them but is dismissed time and again until she gives up her quest.

Syndetics book coverGranny McFlitter, the champion knitter / Heather Haylock ; (illustrated by Lael Chisholm).
“But did Granny stop knitting? Oh no, she did not! She kept right on knitting . . . like it or not! Granny McFlitter’s family have had enough of her knitting. But when a ship runs aground, spilling oil into the sea, a call goes out for small jumpers for the shivery rescued penguins. It’s the moment Granny has been waiting for! A sparkling environmental story with award-winning illustrations that is sure to warm hearts and feathers.” (Syndetics summary)

Sleepy picture books to read at bedtime

Send your little one off to sleep with these new sleepy reads.

Syndetics book coverBeep beep beep time for sleep / Claire Freedman ; illustrated by Richard Smythe.
“The big machines work to build a road all day, then they go through their night-time ritual and fall asleep. A perfect rhyming bedtime read in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBefore I wake up… / Britta Teckentrup.
“Created by the world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Britta Teckentrup, this dreamy, colorful nighttime journey will captivate and soothe young children everywhere. A young girl falls asleep and travels in her dreams through the sky, down to the ocean’s depths, and into a jungle. She is accompanied by a lion friend, who eases her fears, gives her confidence, and helps her explore the world around her. Along the way she meets whales, jellyfish, grizzly bears and wolves. The gently told story reassures children that they are never alone, even in their dreams. Exquisitely produced, this book is certain to become a pre-bedtime favorite for children and their parents.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Star Tree / Catherine Hyde.
“It is midnight on Midsummer’s Eve and Miranda’s nightlight has gone out. She climbs on her rocking horse and makes a wish… And so begins a magical midnight journey with the great white owl, the little red hare, the big white bear, and the giant stag, all the way to the Tree of Constellations, where Miranda plucks one small star. The great white goose takes her safely home, where now the night light glimmers, star-like, as Miranda sleeps. A mysterious, magical picture book with beautiful, dreamlike illustrations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGoodnight, goodnight, construction site / Sherri Duskey Rinker and [illustrated by] Tom Lichtenheld.
“As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest–so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverABZzz … : a bedtime alphabet / Isabel Minhós Martins, [illustrations by] Yara Kono.
“From “A is for Awake” to “Zzzz…” this whimsical interactive ABC book helps children wind down before bed and fall asleep. Prompts to ask one final question, encouragement to say goodbye to the sun, and details about animals and their sleep habits make this an engaging and useful book that kids will ask for again and again. Each page features a different letter of the alphabet: on some nights kids will make it all the way to “Yaren” where Naru children are beginning their day instead of ending it, while on other nights they will nod off at “Hibernate”.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDozy Bear and the secret of sleep / Katie Blackburn ; illustrated by Richard Smythe.
Now are you all snuggled up and ready for bed? I’m going to tell you a story about the secret of sleep, and a little bear called Dozy who wanted to sleep, but didn’t know how.
Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep fills the gap in the market for relaxing bedtime books that act as a sleep aid rather than bedtime entertainment. It combines proven sleep and relaxation techniques with Richard Smythe’s gorgeous, dreamlike illustrations, and is perfect for any parent who wants to turn naptime or bedtime into a calming experience.” (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.

Some Children’s and YA authors not to miss at Writers Week

Writers Week is a very exciting week for book lovers! This year, children and young adult readers are spoiled with great authors to meet.
Watch these videos of authors who are taking part in this year’s festival and check out a selection of their titles you can borrow from our shelves:

Paul Beavis:

Paul Beavis, author of Mrs Mo’s Monster is leading live reading (and drawing!) of his raucous tale of a little monster … dress ups for this event are encouraged (come as Mr Mo, Mrs Mo, or the Monster. Prizes for best dressed!).

Syndetics book coverHello World!
“In this sequel to Mrs. Mo’s Monster, the fuzzy blue monster from that book-one part toddler, one part gremlin-sets out to see the world since his elderly caretakers are too busy to do anything fun. With a backpack overstuffed with sporting equipment, toys, cookware, and more, the monster tromps off into the mountains before getting lost. Ages 3-up.” (Syndetics)

Mariko Tamaki:

Mariko Tamaki is an award-winning writer of graphic novels – her worlds can be dark and full of surprises. Mariko is a must-see for all readers – she is a powerful storyteller, and her books are especially important for teenage readers and adults remembering what coming-of-age really is.  See her in conversation with Kate De Goldi, and again with Sarah Laing, Kerry Ann Lee and Courtney Sina Meredith.

Syndetics book coverThis one summer
“Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It’s her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. It’s a summer of secrets and heartache, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.” (Syndetics)

Sally Gardner:

Sally Gardner never did things by the usual route. Her books are full of magic, mischief and overcoming the odds – bring your young readers for an hour with this extraordinary author (Maggot Moon, I, Coriander and so many more…)

Syndetics book coverMaggot moon
“The year is 1956. In an unnamed country of obvious allegorical weight, the totalitarian government of the Motherland keeps the impure in ghettos where they live off scraps and hope not to be dragged away to camps. Standish, 15, lives in Zone 7, a nasty place from which school is no respite there cruel teachers beat students and, on this particular day, kill one. Standish is expelled in the aftermath, and the next step for him may be the camps. Standish, however, knows a secret…” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverI, Coriander
“It is night, and I have lit the first of seven candles to write my story by. My name is Coriander Hobie, and I have a great many things to tell-of silver shoes that tempted me and an alligator most rare; of London, the home of my childhood, and another, stranger land, one that I thought only existed in dreams; and of an ebony box whose treasure only now am I beginning to understand. The box was once my mother’s, but its secrets were meant for me. This being my story and a fairy tale besides, I will start once upon a time…” (Syndetics)

Cornelia Funke:

Cornelia Funke is a champion for young readers – her books are enthralling adventures that have delighted children for years. And Cornelia herself is no ordinary person – she’s going to talk with comedian, writer and actor Jo Randerson about her stories and what inspires them.

Syndetics book coverInkheart 
“One dark night, a mysterious man called Dustfinger appears at the house where Meggie lives with her father, a bookbinder. Dustfinger’s arrival sets in motion a long, complicated chain of events involving a journey, fictional characters brought to life, dangerous secrets revealed, threats of evil deeds, actual evil deeds, a long-lost relative found, and the triumph of creativity and courage.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFearless : a Mirrorworld novel
“After saving his younger brother Will’s life in Reckless, Jacob Reckless now has to save his own. With only months to live after being cursed, he searches for the Witch Slayer’s crossbow, rumored to give life instead of death when it’s used out of love. He is competing for the crossbow against ruthless fellow treasure hunter Nerron; a stone onyx, Goyl, who’s saddled with a spoiled prince; and other unwelcome companions on his quest. A map helps readers track Jacob and Fox, the lovely shape-shifting human/vixen who loves him, as they desperately search all around Mirrorworld while encountering such familiar fairy-tale characters as Bluebeard.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYoung werewolf
“Matt is returning home from the cinema when a yellow-eyed monster bites his hand and his whole world – and body – changes. Helped by his best friend Lisa and teacher Mrs Ruskin, they have just two days to find a cure before the curse takes hold forever!” (Syndetics)

Joy Cowley:

Last, but not least, Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers – she is a delightful person and a brilliant writer. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Joy and her amazing work!

Syndetics book coverRoad to Ratenburg
“A family of rats is forced to leave their home, so sets out to find the fabled city of Ratenburg. Along the way they outwit vicious dogs, tricky rat traps, and sharp-beaked hawks, and make some very dangerous crossings. The rat family’s adventures test their character and grow bonds between sisters and brothers, father and uncle, mum and dad. Narrating the tale is Spinnaker Rat, a classic Edwardian father, full of wisdom about the ways of the world, who finds himself learning more than he expected.” (Gecko Press)

Syndetics book coverDunger
“William and Melissa have been roped into helping their old hippie grandparents fix up their holiday home in the middle of the Sounds. They’ll have no electricity, no cellphone reception and only each other for company. As far as they are concerned this is not a holiday.” (Back cover)

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)

Enjoy some fairytales – New picture books

Share some magic with these age old stories and some with a twist.

Syndetics book coverThe fairytale hairdresser and the sugar plum fairy / Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard.
“On the night of the winter ballet disaster strikes! The Prince of the Land of Sweets has gone missing! Who will help defend the realm from the terrible Mouse King and Queen? With the help of some enchanted toys and some fabulous fairytale fashion, can the Fairytale Hairdresser save the day? The Fairytale Hairdresser: a modern girl in a fairytale world!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHelp / Sally Grindley ; and Peter Utton.
“An interactive version of a classic fairy tale that follows the success of the bestselling Shhh! Based on The Three Little Pigs, Help! physically involves the reader in the narrative and adventure. There’s a wolf inside this book and the pigs need to catch him. Can you help them? Don’t let him escape! Young children can lift the flaps and peep through the holes as they follow the adventure.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHansel & Gretel / Holly Hobbie.
“Holly Hobbie brings to life a favorite spooky tale from childhood. When a woodcutter and his scheming wife abandon Hansel and Gretel in the forest, all hope is lost until they come upon a cottage made of tasty sweets. But the owner is not the kindly old woman she pretends to be. Can Gretel save Hansel from the clutches of a hungry witch? Holly Hobbie’s masterful watercolors reach new heights in this spine-tingling rendition of the tale, faithful to the beloved classic.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPeter and the wolf / adapted and illustrated by Ayesha L. Rubio.
“This beautifully illustrated book has a contemporary classic look but the adapted story transports the original tale, by Sergei Prokofiev, into the 21st century. Its modern twist teaches us how we should show respect for each other, whether human or animal, and by doing this everyone can enjoy a happy ending! Stunning illustrations bring this classic story to life. Rich, detailed artwork offers scope for shared reading and discussion. Features a modern twist with a relevant message about caring for each other and the environment.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSleeping Beauty / Sarah Gibb.
“The classic tale of Sleeping Beauty is brought magically to life through Sarah Gibb’s extraordinary artwork. The beautiful Princess Rosebud, the evil curse that sends her into a deep sleep, and her rescue by a charming prince are all represented in stunning silhouettes and intricate details. Each elegant illustration perfectly captures the magic of this much-loved tale. Sure to enchant readers of all ages!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe whisper / Pamela Zagarenski.
“Step inside the pages of a little girl’s magical book as she discovers the profound and inspiring notion that we each bring something different to the same story. Two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski debuts as an author in this tender picture book about the joy of reading.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJack Frost / by William Joyce ; illustrated by William Joyce and Andrew Theophilopoulos.
“Before Jack Frost was Jack Frost, he was Nightlight, the most trusted and valiant companion of Mim, the Man in the Moon. But when Pitch destroys Mim’s world, he nearly destroys Nightlight too, sending him plunging to Earth where, like Peter Pan, he is destined to remain forever a boy, frozen in time. To keep the cold in his heart from taking over, he spreads it to the landscapes around him and earns a new name: Jack Overland Frost. On one particularly bleak night, Mim shines down and shows Jack a group of children in great peril. Through helping them, Jack finds the warmth he’s been yearning for, and realizes bringing joy to others can melt his own chill.” (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)