Children's New Releases 

April May 2020

 - Wednesday, April 22, 2020


Bin Chicken by Kate and Jol Temple, (ill) Ronojoy Ghosh $18

The Australian White Ibis is a native species increasingly exiled from natural breeding areas, and deserves a PR makeover.  Bin Chicken  may well  just provide it; with Kate and Jol Temple's springy rhymes, and Ronojoy Ghosh's stinky pictures.  



Landing with Wings by Trace Balla ($28, HB) 

CBCA Book of the Year Award and Wilderness Society’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature winner, Trace Balla is often found sketching in nature, riding her bike, dancing, and growing vegies in her garden in central Victoria. Her new book—a story about spreading your wings & putting down roots in an ancient land is written in the form of a young girl’s (Miri) nature diary—Miri’s been on the move and now she’s finding her feet, her freedom, her community and her home, treading lightly all the way. A great book to inspire kids to keep their own nature diary.

The Pirates Are Coming! by John Condon (ill) Matt Hunt
In this hilarious retelling of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Tom has a VERY important job—every day he climbs to the top of the hill and watches for pirate ships. But when he rings his bell and shouts PIRATES! a few too many times—and there’s NO pirate ship—the villagers begin to get tired of hiding. So what will happen when the pirates really do show up? ($25, HB)

The Astronaut’s Cat by Tohby Riddle ($25, HB)
The astronaut’s cat is an inside cat— a really, really inside cat ... on the Moon! In Tohby Riddle’s wonderfully whimsical story this very unusual and very ‘housebound’ cat dreams about the strange outside world—and the mysterious blue ball that rises into the ink-black sky. Perfect for housebound readers dreaming of landscapes Earthly or luna—and perhaps Cats!

Princess Kevin by Michaël Escoffier (ill) Roland Garrigue
This year, Kevin is going to the school fancy dress show as a princess. His costume is perfect but he knows that the best costumes are authentic. So he is outraged that none of the knights will partner with him and complete the look. When things don’t go quite a smoothly as he planned, there is only one thing for it—next year he will just have to be something even more fabulous. A heartwarming and funny story about imagination, diversity and persevering at expressing your fabulous self. ($22, HB)

Ten Little Figs by Rhian Williams & Nathaniel Eckstrom
Ten little figs are on my tree. I love figs and they’re all for me. This is a joyful rhyming picture book about a child keeping careful watch of the figs on the fig tree in his backyard. With his dog by his side, he counts down the number of figs as they are taken by various hungry Australian animals (flying fox, finches, green ants & others) until only one fig is left. Who will get that very last fig? Luckily Dad comes to the rescue & surprises his little one with the very last fig. ($25, HB)


Hundred: What You Learn in a Lifetime by Heike Faller & Valerio Vidali 

How does our perception of the world change in the course of a lifetime? When Heike Faller’s niece was born she began to wonder what we learn in life, and how we can talk about what we have learnt with those we love. And so she began to ask everyone she met, what did you learn in life? Out of the answers of children’s writers and refugees, teenagers and artists, mothers and friends, came 99 lessons—that those who have had a difficult time appreciate the good moments more. That those who have had it easy find it harder getting old. That a lot of getting old is about accepting boundaries. And of course, as one 94 year old said to her, ‘sometimes I feel like that little girl I once was, and I wonder if I have learned anything at all.’ ($40, HB)

Recycle and Remake: Creative Projects for Eco Kids
Looking for something to keep the kids occupied ... and care for the environment? Save trees by making your own seeded recycled paper from junk mail, clean up the oceans by turning old carrier bags into kites, friendship bracelets & colourful weaved baskets, and repurposing a cardboard box into a periscope. Learn about sustainable energies by creating a simple solar oven, cutting down on cling-film by making a food wrap from scrap cotton & beeswax, and turning an old T-shirt into a reusable tote bag so you never need to buy a plastic carrier bag again. You can even grow new plants to clean the air in your own upcycled milk bottle planters & using homemade compost. And as the kids make & create, they’ll learn kid-friendly facts about the big issues our planet is facing. ($20, HB)

Dare to Be You: Inspirational Advice for Girls on Finding Your Voice, Leading Fearlessly, and Making a Difference by Marianne Schnall
Journalist Marianne Schnall interviews role models like Gloria Steinem, Maya Angelou, Amy Poehler, Kerry Washington, Sheryl Sandberg, Luvvie Ajayi & Arianna Huffington bringing together the most inspiring & rousing quotes to shed light on the many ways girls can empower themselves. Representing a diverse group of women’s voices-from actresses, comedians, and musicians, to business leaders, elected officials, activists, and Nobel laureates—these words speak to a wide array of issues that young women are facing every day. ($25, PB)

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty ($30, PB)
What happens if someone dies on a plane? Can we give Grandma a Viking funeral? Why don’t animals dig up all the graves? Will my hair keep growing in my coffin after I’m buried? Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. In this book she offers factual, hilarious & candid answers to thirty-five of the most interesting questions posed by her youngest fans, sharing the lore & science of what happens to, and inside, our bodies after we die. Why do corpses groan? What causes bodies to turn strange colours during decomposition? and why do hair & nails appear longer after death? Find out within. 


Havenfall by Sara Holland ($17, PB)Maddie loves spending summers at her uncle’s Inn at Havenfall. But the Inn is much more than a Maddie’s safe haven, and life in Havenfall isn’t without its secrets. Beneath the beautiful, sprawling manor in Colorado lie hidden gateways to other worlds, some long-sealed by ancient magic. When a body is found on the grounds, the volatile peace brokered between these worlds is irrevocably compromised. What’s worse is that Maddie’s friend Brekken stands accused of the murder. With everything she loves at stake, Maddie must confront shocking truths about the dangers lurking beneath Havenfall. First in a thrilling contemporary fantasy series about the safe haven between worlds—and the girl sworn to protect it. from the author of Everless. 

Hello Strange by Pamela Morrow ($18, PB)
Since the death of their mother, Hunter, Milly and Coel have come unstuck. Their father isn’t coping either, even though he’s the successful head of BIOlogic and is developing a humanoid to enhance human lives. He brings home Josie, the latest prototype, hoping she might restore the family’s happiness. But Josie took a blast during an epic electrical storm and her system is unstable. Meanwhile, Professor Bishop and his mysterious student Gwin Tang have their own ominous plans for Josie 

Deep Water by Sarah Epstein ($20, PB)
Three months ago, thirteen-year-old Henry Weaver disappeared from The Shallows during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy mountain bike at the train station. Mason Weaver is trapped. While Mason doesn’t know who he is or what he’s capable of, he knows the one thing binding him to this suffocating small town is his younger brother, Henry. Chloe Baxter wants answers. Why would Henry run away without telling her? One of Chloe’s friends knows something and she’s determined to find out the truth. As Chloe wades into dangerous waters and Mason’s past emerges, a chilling question ripples to the surface: how far would you go to keep a secret?

Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal ($27, HB)
Sanna is a mermaid—except her mother was landish, not seavish. The undersea witch who delivered her cast a spell that made her people, and her mother, forget her birth. Sanna longs to find her mother so much that she apprentices herself to the witch, learns the magic of making and unmaking, and fashions herself a pair of legs to go ashore on the Thirty-Seven Dark Islands, the nearest anyone can remember to where they left her mother. There, Sanna stumbles into a wall of white roses and a community desperate for a miracle—and into a baroness who would do anything to live forever. From the author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book The Kingdom of Little Wounds comes an original fairy tale of belonging, sacrifice, magic and mortality.

Open Fire by Amber Lough ($25, HB)
In 1917, Russia is losing the war with Germany, soldiers are deserting in droves, and food shortages on the home front are pushing people to the brink of revolution. Seventeen-year-old Katya is politically conflicted, but she wants Russia to win the war. Working at a munitions factory seems like the most she can do to serve her country—until the government begins recruiting an all-female army battalion. Inspired, Katya enlists. Training with other brave women, she finds camaraderie and a deep sense of purpose. But when the women’s battalion heads to the front, Katya has to confront the horrifying realities of war. Faced with heartbreak and disillusionment, she must reevaluate her commitment and decide where she stands.


Sabotage: Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker Book 3 by Shelley Johannes ($13, PB) Beatrice’s upside-down adventures continue in this third book about friendship, secret codes & a topsy-turvy approach to life where things always turn out sunny-side up. Beatrice, her best friend, Lenny, and their new friend Sam are celebrating the things that make their classmates unique & special. But when a mystery award appears, it looks like Operation Upside is under attack! Beatrice will have to use all of her special skills—from Morse code to breakdancing—to uncover who would sabotage their secret mission. 

Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach by Rebecca Johnson ($13, PB)
Rebecca Johnson is a part-time primary school science teacher & mother of two. In 2015 she received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools. In her outing for this new series for emerging readers 6-8 years Johnson introduces Katie—who has a wobbly tooth that won’t come out. But she’s not going let that spoil her trip to the beach, or her intention to eat mangoes and play beach cricket!

Aussie Kids: Meet Eve in the Outback by Raewyn Caisley ($13, PB)
Raewyn Caisley is the author of books for younger readers that include Aussie Bites and Nibbles titles, and the award-winning picture books Hello From Nowhere and Something Wonderful. Caisley’s Aussie Kid is Eve, who lives at a roadhouse in the Nullarbor. She doesn’t get many visitors—but today her cousin Will is coming, and Eve is looking forward lots of fun!

WeirDo #14: Vote Weirdo by Anh Do (ill) Jules Faber ($16, PB)
Weir Dos in the running for class captain... but will an EPIC HAIR DISASTER destroy his chances of winning?! It wont be easy... but it will be funny!


Red Menace by Lois Ruby ($25, HB)
If thirteen-year-old Marty Rafner had his way, he’d spend the summer of 1953 warming the bench for his baseball team, listening to Yankees games on the radio, and avoiding preparations for his bar mitzvah. Instead, he has to deal with FBI agents staking out his house because his parents—professors at the local college—are suspected communist sympathizers. Marty knows what happens to communists, or Reds, as his friends call them: They lose their jobs, get deported...or worse. Two people he’s actually met, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, have been convicted of being communist spies, and they’re slated to be executed in two months.

Enchanter’s Child #1: Twilight Hauntings by Angie Sage ($15, PB)
New from Septimus Heap author. Alex has a set of Enchanted cards. When she flutters her fingers above them the cards come alive and create moving pictures of what is now and what is yet to come. But Enchantment is illegal in the city of Luma, and those who practice it are imprisoned forever in the Vaults—dark dungeons deep below the city. When Alex is betrayed by her foster sister Zerra she makes a daring escape with the help of her little foster brother, Louie. But outside Luma lurk deadly Hauntings that seek out those who practice magic: Enchanters and their children. Alex doesn’t believe she’s an Enchanter’s Child, but she has no idea who her parents are. Her Enchanted cards are her only clue to her true identity, and she becomes determined to find out who she is. And, while she is at it, to get rid of the deadly Twilight Hauntings forever.

Sticky Pines: The Bigwoof Conspiracy by Dashe Roberts  When 12 year-old, UFO-obsessed, Lucy Sladan sneaks out in the middle of a thunderstorm to investigate the unexplained disappearances in her hometown of Sticky Pines, she finds more than she bargained for: a huge hairy creature, a 13 year-old stranger named Milo Fisher & a deep-rooted secret. Lucy & Milo become entwined in a mystery that threatens to engulf the whole town of Sticky Pines & its weird & wonderful residents. ($15, PB)

Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm ($15, PB)
The transport ship Orion is four months out of Earth when catastrophe strikes—leaving the ship and everyone on board stranded in deep space. Suddenly it’s up to thirteen-year-old Beth & her friends to navigate through treacherous & uncharted territory to reach safety. But a heavily-damaged ship, space pirates, a mysterious alien species & an artificial intelligence that Beth doesn’t know if she can trust means that getting home has never been so difficult. Lot’s of twists in this incredible twists in this unputdownable scifi adventure.


Camping with Unicorns by Dana Simpson
In Volume 11 of Phoebe & her Unicorn school’s out and Phoebe & her unicorn Marygold Heavenly Nostrils have the entire summer to play games, visit the pool and even go camping. Unicorn horns turn out to be excellent utensils for roasting food over the campfire, a unicorn named Alabaster makes an appearance with a video game console that’s powered by plants, and throughout her summer adventures Phoebe learns that being cool isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. ($18, PB)

Stig and Tilde 2: Leader of the Pack
by Max de Radigues ($18, PB)

Local tradition states that when a child turns fourteen, they have to survive all alone on an island for one year—their kulku. Now, it’s time for Stig and Tilde to take up the challenge. After a rocky start to their trip, the twins end up on yet another mystery island and find themselves in even more danger than before. With only each other for back up, will they make it out unscathed...? Find out in this new instalment!


Creativity Books - all $20 

Space Creativity: Take Astronaut Alan’s space test before entering the world of aliens, intergalactic battles and cosmic critters to see if you’ve got what it takes to pass out of astronaut school with flying colours. Princess Creativity:  Make a tiara, design your own royal palace and take the ultimate test! Colouring, sketching and 150 stickers make this an unbeatable activity book for right royal princesses.
Style Queen Creativity: Let your imagination run riot in the ultimate activity book for fierce fashionistas. Design an outfit for every season, make your own perfume and hold a fashion show! Dinosaurs Creativity: Build a Giganotosaurus, become a fossil hunter and make a dinosaur mobile!! Dinosaur decorations to cut out and make, awesome fold-out sticker scenes dinosaur craft paper. Dragons Creativity: Make a knight’s sword, decorate some dragon eggs and create a potion to make dragons friendly. Packed with 2 pages of over 150 stickers, dragon-model pieces, dragon scale art paper.  

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Let’s Roll! Capt. Underpants Sticker Activity Book
This LOL book includes 80 pages of hilarious activities for fans of the book series, the movie and the hit Netflix show! Includes a roll of 40 giant stickers, designed to look just like the elusive roll of toilet paper! Kids can use these stickers to complete activities & games throughout the book, from George & Harold’s creative signs to filling in the blanks of your own Capt Underpants comics.