Children's New Releases 

October 2018

Gleebooks Bookshop - Thursday, October 11, 2018


Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Patricia Hegarty (ill) Britta Teckentrup
Tree was one of our favourite picture books when it came out in 2015, and it has made a perfect transition into a smaller board book. The story starts in winter with a bare, snow covered tree, through the other seasons, with an owl peering out through a hole in the middle of all of the pages. There are plenty of animals throughout the book, and we see them all preparing for each season. A great book for 0-3 year olds. ($15, BD) Louise

Fourteen Animals That Are Definitely Not an Octopus by Gabe Pyle ($15, BD)
Imagination runs riot in this depiction of easily recognisable non-octopus animals—although closer scrutiny reveals… can that be an octopus after all, pretzelled into the shape of a… snail? These disguised cephalopods tease youngsters’ observational powers, encouraging them to think creatively and enjoy the wit of the unordinary. Just right for preschoolers of 2-5 years. Lynndy


Anna and Otis by Maisie Paradise Shearring
Otis is a snake, and Anna is a girl, and they are the best of friends. Sadly other people aren’t as friendly to Otis, and it takes a concerted effort on Anna’s part for the people in town to see Otis’ many charms and talents. This is a refreshingly cheerful book, true it has a very worthwhile theme of friendship and acceptance, but mainly it’s just very good fun. The mixed media illustrations are warm and colourful, full of humour and detail, and they extend the story and bring it to life; and front and back endpapers are terrific as well. Recommended for 4-8 year olds.  ($25, HB) Louise


This Book Thinks You’re an Artist by Harriet Russell ($17, PB) This is such a fun book, full of really good ideas, and surprisingly informative about art and artists. There are lots of projects, like writing a Futurist sound poem, designing a movie poster, creating a pop-up scene, decorating your own wallpaper etc. There’s plenty of room for drawing in the book, and lots of related information (such as a little piece on Louise Bourgeois’ spider sculptures accompanying directions for making your own tinfoil spiders). This is an inspiring and original book, and one that would be a great gift for 9 year olds to teens, and adults that create with children.  Louise

Illuminatlas by Kate Davies (ill) Carnovsky ($35, HB)
‘Set off on a journey around the world with this follow up to the bestselling Illuminature and Illumanatomy. Use your three-colour lens to explore the continents: use your green lens to see the landscape, the red lens to see plants and animals, and the blue lens to see cultural highlights and famous buildings. Packed with facts and stunning illustrations, this is an atlas like no other from Milan-based design duo Carnovsky.’ The preceding books in this interactive series have been tremendously popular, prompting close examination of details that often escape notice, and Illuminature was acclaimed Outstanding Science Book for Students K-12 for 2017. Pitched at readers of 8+, Illuminatlas will entrance younger children with the illustrations, and inquisitive readers of all ages with its presentation.  Lynndy

Origami Games for Kids Kit by Joel Stern
Follow the step-by-step instructions to create the 15 models with the origami papers, decorate them with the enclosed stickers, and you’re ready to play! This kit contains everything you need to fold and personalise the simple game pieces, then you’re all set to play the games of skill described in the instruction booklet. Age 6+. ($35, HB)  Lynndy


Elizabella Meets Her Match by Zoe Norton Lodge (ill) Georgia Norton Lodge ($15, PB) The greatest curse of 10¼-year-old Elizabella is also one of her best attributes: she is a Very Gifted Prankster with a Very Impressive Imagination. Who else would have envisaged the school sand pit as a swimming pool, or inveigled other students into converting it? Elizabella is also a poet, a generous friend and a lovable character known for her escapades, but maybe even her mischief will be eclipsed by the subversive pranks of new girl Minnie. Running counter to Elizabella’s life at school is her close family life with her dad and her brother—remarkably forbearing in the wake of Elizabella’s jokes: can a haiku apology make up for those? With hints of Cynthia Voigt’s Bad Girls (now out of print), this first in a new series is infectiously funny, evoking a sneaking admiration of the wayward heroines and their unusual rivalry. Welcome Elizabella, I look forward to the continuation of your exploits!   Lynndy


A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood ($17, PB) Imagine a melding of Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby set in Cornwall during the summer of 1929. (If you’ve not read either of these classics, do add them to your must-read list!) After her sister Alice marries, 17-year-old Lou is adrift, missing her closest relationship. She idles through the days reading in the library of a nearby deserted mansion, access to which is determined by the tides. When the young socialites who own the property return for the summer Lou is intrigued, covertly observing them until she is discovered and swept into their life of parties and excess. Adoption into their milieu further alienates her from her own family, and especially from Alice. It’s a summer of transformation, of revelations, bringing an end to Lou’s sheltered innocence as well as her entrée into unexpected romance. Gorgeous cover and a story that lingers like the heat of a long lazy summer.   Lynndy

Unpacking Harper Holt by Di Walker ($17, PB)
Harper Holt and her parents have lived all over the world, owing to her father’s work which involves short contractual assignments of a few months. To many of the temporary friends Harper has had, her life seems enviably glamorous but now all she wants is a normal teenager’s life, in one place, with friends who outlast however long Harper attends their school. Entreating her parents to stay put this time for at least a year yields uncommitted murmurings, and the pattern of their life continues until Harper’s mother dies unexpectedly. It then becomes obvious that it was her mother who was the glue holding them all together as Harper’s father retreats into his own grief leaving Harper adrift. This could have been unrelentingly tragic, but in her masterful debut Walker peels back the veneer holding Harper and her father in stasis and allows them a gradual rebirth of hope and support. This is the most astutely realistic depiction of grief and loss I’ve read for this age, a testament to Walker’s experience as a family and adolescent counsellor. It explores family and identity, longing and life, and the connections which sustain us, and I defy any reader of 13+ not to be moved.   Lynndy


Are you superstitious about the number 13? If you place a prepaid order with us for the next book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (#13)  you should be lucky enough to get the limited edition merchandise as well: a bookmark plus a metal badge to proclaim your allegiance to the Greg Heffley school of fun. This offer is subject to availability, so get in quickly—don’t have a meltdown from disappointment! ($15, PB; $18, HC).   Lynndy

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