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- author Jackie French

Sunday 24 November 2013

KBR Recommends: New Picture Books, October + November 2013

What Do Werewolves Do When it's Not Halloween? by Heath McKensize, Scholastic, $14.99, 9781742838793, ages 3-8

But what about werewolves? Where do they go? What do they do through the year? Do they groom? Do they howl? Do they listen to jazz? Or watch movies and shed a small tear? What do werewolves do when it's not Halloween? Perhaps they're lurking where you least expect! Featuring vampires, witches, zombies, ghosts and skeletons, this is a SPOOKY and KOOKY Halloween treat for all to devour!

Little Evie in the Wild Wood by Jackie Morris and Catherine Hyde, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, $27.95, 9781847803719, age 4+

Little Evie steps into the wild wood carrying her heavy basket. But where is she going? And who will she meet? Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, this is a fairytale with a twist!

Rainforest Lullaby by Sally Odgers and Lisa Stewart, Scholastic, $24.99, 9781742838205, age 3 - 8

In the drowsing tropic scene, Tree frog's clinging green-on-green, Snuggled safe when the sun slips down, Ringtail possum's sleeping sound.

From the creators of Bushland Lullaby comes this evergreen story--the perfect bedtime companion.

Two Little Bears by Suzi Moore and Nicola O'Byrne, Bloomsbury Children's Publishing, $14.99, 9781408836941, age 2 - 5

Two little bears down by the shore.
Two little bears, eight little paws.
Two little bears have much more fun.
Two little bears are better than one.

Take one little brown bear and one little snow bear, add a sprinkling of fun and then watch as a magical and heart-warming friendship develops.

Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog by Axel Scheffler, Nosy Crow, $19.99, 9780857631152 age 1 - 4

When Posy goes to stay at Pip's house they have lots of fun together before bedtime. But just as they switch out the light, disaster strikes: Posy realises that she has forgotten her favourite frog toy. Desperate to help his distraught friend, Pip offers Posy a range of different toys to substitute for her frog, including his own favourite frog money box. But none of them will do, 'that's the wrong frog!' Posy wails. It is only when Pip gives Posy his own, very favourite, pig toy that Posy is comforted and that the friends can get a good night's sleep, at last.

Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde by Joyce Dunbar and Jill Barton, Frances Lincoln, $16.95, 9781847804921, age 4+

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! Page by page, this delightful book explores the two very distinct personalities of the enchanting pet.

The Pirate Who Had to Pee by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton, ABC Books, $24.99, 9780733332944, age 2–4

The toilet is broken onboard Captain Bones' ship and Pirate Pee needs to pee! Will he be able to hold on as they race back to land across an awful lot of ocean? By the creative team behind the very successful There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts, this fun book is guaranteed to make little ones wet their pants with laughter!

Herman's Letter by Tom Percival, Bloomsbury, $14.99, 9781408836750, age 3 - 8

What do you do when your best friend in the whole wide world has to move a long way away? Promise to write to each other ALL the time and to stay best friends FOREVER, that’s what. But it’s easier said than done – especially when your best friend seems to be having much more fun than you are . . .

Join Herman the bear as he embarks upon one epic journey to deliver a very special letter and to ensure that his friendship with Henry the raccoon really is FOREVER.

Australia's Greatest People and Their Achievements by Linsay Knight, Random House, $24.95, 9780857980205, age 10+

Not strictly a picture book but a striking visual nonetheless, this non-fiction book is a visual delight.

Australia is a young country, but in the short time since our recorded history began, we have achieved remarkable wealth and prosperity across many areas of life. From business to science, politics to sport, science to the arts, and entertainment to social justice, we are a country of achievers.

Many of the people in this book came from humble beginnings, but worked hard to achieve their dreams. These stories will show you that with hope and dedication, almost anything is possible.

Be inspired!

Filled with information, interesting fact pages, breakout boxes and loads of illustrations, this is a fun and inspiring book for people of all ages, and especially children aged 12+, to dip into.

Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup, Koala Books, $14.99, 9781742760353, ages 2-6

Clumsy Duck keeps falling over her big webbed feet! She feels that she is too clumsy to do anything well.

'Not so,' says her friend, Little Chick. 'Those big feet must be good for something.'

The two friends set off to find out just what those big webbed feet are good for.