Children's New Releases 

February 2018

Gleebooks Bookshop - Friday, February 09, 2018
For all those wishing they were still on holidays, preferably somewhere remote, we’ll start the year exploring far-flung places and times.


Rebel Voices: The Rise of Votes for Women by Louise K. Stewart (ill) Eve Lloyd Knight (25, HB)
Many of the rights we take for granted are the result of prolonged struggles by others. In the history of women’s suffrage are starvation; persecution and arrests; riots; an opinion-changing play; men boycotting a store that employed a woman; and even a woman taking a lion for a walk through the streets of Paris. Rebel Voices traces the history of women’s campaigns to have an officially recognised say in their world, from enlightened C19th New Zealand to the ongoing battles still faced in some nations today. This is a history of defiance, of assertion and passion, containing many surprising facts and examples of ingenuity. In the style of the bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, it’s attractively illustrated and prompts admiration for the women featured. Lynndy

City Mazes: Real Street Map Puzzles to Solve from Amsterdam to Vancouver by Lonely Planet Kids (25, HB)
With the Lonely Planet pedigree this activity book is sure to appeal to travel and puzzle aficionados. Geographically accurate street maps from thirty major cities (including Sydney), complete with facts and landmarks as well as unusual gems idiosyncratic to each place are rendered as challenging mazes. Contemplating Krakow? Aspiring to a tour of Athens or a mosey around Marrakesh? Here’s armchair travelling with a difference: you can explore the world, become acquainted with unique aspects of these cities, and be confident that if you do visit them you’ll navigate with ease. Get your visas ready to start your maze journey in March! Lynndy

A Journey Through Art: A Global Art Adventure by Aaron Rosen (ill) Lucy Dalzell (30, HB)

Art reflects much about the society of its time, and this guided tour of art from the Palaeolithic period to the twenty-first century illuminates art and culture alike around the world. Come time travelling from early cave art through the Renaissance to inspiring architecture and sculpture in the present, with stopovers in thirty significant destinations. Arranged chronologically, these adventures cover prehistoric and ancient; medieval and early modern; and modern and contemporary art. Readers of 8+ can engage with the art and trace its development. Visiting an art gallery will be so much more meaningful for all ages with this as an introduction. Lynndy


Today I Feel: An Alphabet of Feelings by Madalena Moniz (20, HB)
Starting at the front endpaper, all the way through to the back, this book is an imaginative celebration of a child’s feelings. Each page is different, beautifully drawn in ink and painted in watercolour, expressive, good humoured and sometimes unexpected, handsomely produced as a tall portrait shaped book. Madalena Moniz has deftly played around with different perspectives, scale and negative space: eg the page for the letter ‘P’ (patience) is an aerial view of a child assembling a jigsaw puzzle—just one of many exquisite illustrations. Today I Feel is a rare book, informative but not didactic, and both beautiful and useful. Highly recommended for ages 2-8. Louise

Tiny Little Rocket by David Fickling (ill) Richard Collingridge (25, HB)
David Fickling, gentleman and discerning publisher of high quality children’s books from picture books to YA fiction, is now also a collaborating author. His rhyming text invites you into the cockpit of a rocket, zooming away on journey into space that is imbued with a sense of immediacy and drama by both the language and the realistic illustrations. Epic deep space is just a turn of the page away, before you return safely home and into bed. Simple yet arresting. Lynndy


The Nickle Nackle Tree by Lynley Dodd (15, BD)
Dodd’s beloved Hairy Maclary books are part of most children’s early collections, as this counting book should be. Bold colourful art depicts the nonsensical avian characters in infectious rhyme that simply begs to be read aloud. Often! Now in a sturdy board book it will withstand the demands for more. ‘In the Manglemunching Forest there’s a Nickle Nackle tree, Growing Nickle Nackle berries that are red as red can be…’ Lynndy


The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (ill) Robert Lawson ($9-$15 PB, $32 HB)

I’ve yet to see ‘Major Motion Picture’ Ferdinand, but it certainly has had mixed reviews. However, the book that the film is based on, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, has long been a one of my favourite picture books. First published in 1936, it is a triumph of minimal language and maximum meaning. Ferdinand is a placid bull, he’s happy under the cork tree, smelling the flowers. A chance encounter with a bee ends up with the pacifist bull being carted off to the bullfights in Madrid, with unexpected results. Robert Lawson’s illustrations are simply brilliant. They are in black and white, and resonate with all the sensitivity of that medium, while still being vivid and strong—much like Ferdinand himself. Essential reading for all humans over the age of 3. We also have the very attractive plush Ferdinand, based on the star of the movie ($29.00), and a boxed set with board book and plush toy ($34). Louise


A Sheepdog Called Sky by Helen Peters (ill) Ellie Snowdon ($13, PB)
Helen Peters’ books capture all the excitement of children living in the country, whether they are for older readers, or the younger reader. Jasmine lives on a farm with her farmer father, vet mother and brother and sister. She loves animals and is determined to have an animal sanctuary when she’s older. Sky is a terribly mistreated little puppy when Jasmine discovers him under a bush, and only through her care and ministrations does the puppy survive. The big question is, will Jasmine be allowed to keep him? Ellie Snowdon’s black and white illustrations really set the scene, and bring Jas and her family, and their many animals, to life. Highly recommended for 8-10 year olds. Louise

The Lustre of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller ($25, PB)
‘There is only one place in the world that Walter Lavender feels at home: The Lavenders, his mother’s unusual New York bakery where meringues scud through displays like clouds, marzipan dragons breathe actual fire, and the airy angel-food cake can make customers pounds lighter. When the mysterious Book at the heart of the bakery’s magic and success vanishes and the landlord threatens closure, it is up to Walter to find the Book and save the shop.’ Walter has a special ability: finding lost things, and even with a disorder that renders him speechless, Walter, accompanied by his dog Milton, communicates with people all over New York City, making extraordinary friends and retrieving their missing treasures. It’s a joy to discover books like this with memorable characters, imagery that insists you linger within, and a story that connects and uplifts. Milton is evocatively doggy ‘Joy coursed through Milton and he hurled it into the world and wherever it landed there was pandemonium.’ Walter may not speak, but we don’t regard him as in any way less, and his epiphany is so beautifully expressed ‘I feel like I have been walking toward this moment, the final movement of some opus of existence in which I already experienced love and fear and anger and loneliness, and along the way I found courage and vulnerability and connection and conviction...’ Highly recommended dose of sensitivity for 10+. Lynndy


Mini Colouring Rolls ($14.95, BX)
Keep children occupied with these pocket-sized kits. Choose from eighteen different thematic designs, each containing a 76cm roll of illustrations to colour, and 4 crayons. Great when travelling!

Sigrid Calon Memory Game ($35, BX)
Among the large selection of memory games we stock this is a little different, being a stylish objet and a game, featuring Dutch designer Calon’s fluorescent Risograph-print-inspired art on 52 cards.

Superhero Snap! Card Game by Jason Ford ($13, BX)
Based on his books of superheroes, this variation of the traditional game Snap! Features smashing superheroes and felonious villains.

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