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My Favorite Children’s Picture Books!

Who knew that kids books needed as much thought as any other book?

Before I had my baby I just bought all the books! But when I started reading them to my son I quickly realised that kids books need to flow! It's the worst when you're reading along and sentences just don't read nicely. These are my 5 best books that are super easy to read to your little one!

Time for Bed by Mem Fox - This one is just so cute for bedtime, say goodnight to all the baby animals then to your little darling!

Koala Lou by Mem Fox - This heart breaking story has a nice ending! Koala Lou was used to all the attention on her until she started getting bothers and sisters and her mother's attention wasn't solely on her. Koala Lou has the perfect idea, She was going to compete in the Bush Olympics so she can win her Mother's affection back!

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox - Well this is the sweetest book you'll ever read! Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge live next door to an old persons home and he just loves going and visiting them all but his favorite was Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she had four names just like he did. When Wilfrid finds out that Miss Nancy has lost her memories he sets out to find out what a memory is to help her get her memories back.

Wombat Stew by Marcia K Vaughan - Dingo catches a Wombat and decides he will make a Gooey, Brewy, Yummy, Chewy, Wombat Stew but when his friends insist that he needs to add billabong mud, feathers, slugs, nugs and creepy crawlies I don't think Dingo realises what it is that his friends are up to!

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey - Can Brian convince his Piranha friends into try his "awesome fruit platter" or are his friends bound to love to eat knees, feet and bums instead?

-Dimiti, Hurstville  QBD

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Breaking Treehouse News! Trouble in the Treehouse!

Calling all Treehouse lovers - Andy & Terry have a new short story coming out... AND IT'S ONLY $2!!!!

Terry's Dumb Dot story is an original short story starring the characters we all know and love- Terry, Andy & Jill.
The best part? The publisher, Pan Macmillan Australia, are donating all of their proceeds to an Australian children's charity, the ILF!

Get Terry's Dumb Dot story in stores from March 1st 2018.

About the book:
Andy always narrates the Treehouse stories. That's because Terry is the illustrator and 'illustrators can't narrate-everybody knows that!'

Everyone except Terry, that is.

He can tell a story too. Just watch what he can do.

He begins with a dot.
A dot that joins up with some lines.
Some lines that join up with some shapes.
Some shapes that go ... KABLAM!

And that's just the beginning of the Trouble in the Treehouse.

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Reviewsday: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

 

Step boldly into a Wundrous new world of magic with Nevermoor!

"Nevermoor is the first book in a magical new series and is set to become one of the biggest children's books of the year. The story is at times reminiscent of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, A Series of Unfortunate Events and more recently A Most Magical Girl. Despite these likenesses, Nevermoor is wonderfully original and captivating read for all ages.

Morrigan Crow is a true underdog; a cursed child shunned by all, including her family. An extraordinary rescuer comes to her aid and thus launches Morrigan and us as readers headlong into a 'Wundrous' new world where she must remain long enough to discover her awesome true calling. A secret society, a magical hotel, a vampire dwarf and a giant talking Magnificat are just a few enchanting elements of this riveting series that will leave you wanting more." - Nola, QBD Fountain Gate

Nevermoor is available in store and online now.

Can't wait to get started? Read an excerpt here.

QBD Reviews: There May Be A Castle by Piers Torday

9781848668621A heartwarming middle grade story, There May be a Castle is full of adventure with knights, wizards, dragons, dinosaurs, a castle and a quest. A very enjoyable read, I loved it!

There May be a Castle focuses on eleven year old Mouse. Teased by family and friends for being so small, he was christened “Mouse” at a young age and the name stuck.

This novel takes place on Christmas Eve. It’s a white Christmas and Mouse’s mother has to drive through a blizzard to get Mouse and his two sisters to their grandparents’ house. An accident on the way sets Mouse off on an adventure to rescue his family.

Even though he is small Mouse proves himself to be very brave. Due to the trauma of the accident after being thrown clear of the car, Mouse keeps forgetting things and people. He knows something happened to him but can’t remember what or who was with him.

I loved how we had just enough information from alternate chapters to know what was happening to Mouse. We know that in previous years the family walked to their Grandparents’ house and what landmarks appeared on the way. Mouse uses these memories to help him find his way to the castle, even though he doesn’t remember clearly. He knows there’s a haunted forest, a dragon’s lair, a church graveyard and cairns to mark the way. The special toys he brought with him in the car keep him company and grow in his imagination to become real. In Mouse’s reality he is a knight travelling through a forest on his trusty steed Nonky, accompanied by Bar (the sheep that woke him) and Trex – chased by a fearsome nemesis The Pink Knight, a character from his favourite iPad app “Junior Joust”.

It is amazing what the human body can go through to survive and protect loved ones, also how our brains work to help in extreme situations. This reminded me a little of Gayle Forman’s young adult book If I Stay. Mouse physically goes on a journey to save himself and his family yet his mind plays tricks on him. A very emotional ending for both books, I was engaged all the way through.

~ Kerryn, QBD Northland

NEW: The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson

 

det-dogThis is a brand new Julia Donaldson! How exciting!

This is a brightly illustrated book that left me with a sense of wonder. If any book will inspire the littlies to read, it'll be one about a book thief who discovers a library thanks to a book loving detective dog!

Sara Ogilvie's illustrations were fabulous! They just made the story to be honest. This is quite a long one for Julia Donaldson, but well worth the read!