|Recommended for 3+|
The Girl with the Parrot on her Head
Feb 2015 | Walker Books | $24.95hb
Isabel’s friend Simon moves away one day, leaving her alone with only her pet parrot for company. At first it’s hard to find things to occupy her day, but gradually, Isabel learns to enjoy things as they are, “Isabel felt quiet inside, and decided to like being on her own.” She lets her wonderful imagination run riot until one day she finds a huge, perfect box – the biggest she’s ever seen – on the street. What’s inside the box is not quite what Isabel expects...a lovely picture book about finding new friends and never letting go of your imagination. For ages 3 and up.
|Recommended for 4+|
I am Henry Finch
Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwartz
Jan 2015 | Walker Books | $24.95hb
"A finch woke up in the dark and the quiet. He had a thought and he heard it. I AM HENRY FINCH, he thought...I THINK...I COULD BE GREAT, thought Henry."
For budding philosophers of all ages, this is the uplifting story of Henry Finch the loveable little bird who strives for greatness, gets it all a bit wrong, then makes it right again in a very surprising way. Wonderful, deceptively simple illustrations using fingerprints, watercolour and ink give Henry Finch a unique look. It's an inspirational idea, one with a very good sense of humour. Told with simplicity and style, I am Henry Finch never takes itself too seriously. We love this profound little picture book and recommend it for ages 4 and up.
|Recommended for 7 - adult|
Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book
Feb 2015 | Laurence King | $19.99pb
Following the phenomenal success of The Secret Garden, The Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford takes the act of colouring in to another level. As well as drawings to colour and embellish, there are hidden animals and magical objects to be found along the way, including nine special symbols. Find all the symbols to unlock the castle door and reveal what lies within. Basford has a lot fans - many of them adults - and this new book has been much anticipated. Happily, it does not disappoint. Recommended for 7 and up.
Puffin Chalk Editions: Black Beauty, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz
Feb 2015 | Puffin | $12.99pb ea.
Gorgeous new editions of these classic children's books, paperbacks with gatefold covers and deckled edges, illustrated throughout with their original drawings. Puffin Chalk is a new presentation style for Penguin Books, with colourful chalk cover designs that echo the whimsy of childhood - they will add beauty to the bookshelves of children and lovers of classic fiction alike.