Picture Books

The House on the Hill

The House on the Hill By Kyle Mewburn Illustrations Sarah Davis Scholastic Hardback $27 This spooky tale, told in rhyme, includes some lovely sophisticated language and a refrain. It might be a bit scary for some, but those who like a thrill will enjoy the …

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Have You Seen Elephant?

Have You Seen Elephant? By David Barrow Gecko Press Paperback $19.99 Hardback $29.99 A boy and Elephant decide to play hide-and-seek, which Elephant warns he is very good at. And so it would seem…he’s the “elephant in the room” in every situation, apparently unseen by …

How to be Famous

How to be Famous By Michal Shalev Gecko Press, $20 Pb/$30 Hb There is a laugh on every page as a self-centred pigeon teaches us how to be famous. The illustrations are marvellously loose, with scribbles of crayon and pencil over washes of colour, conveying …

Big Book of Love

Big Book of Love By Catherine & Laurence Anholt Orchard Books $20 paperback/$30 hardback The brightly-coloured pages are full of the many diversions of a young child’s life: the beach, a tree-house, a train ride, the dog and other animals, friends, the busy city, bright …

The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh By Lindsay Mattick Illustrations Sophie Blackall Orchard Books, $30 This book is based on the author’s great-grandfather, Harry Colebourne, who signed up as a vet in the Canadian army in 1917. He buys a …

Counting Lions: Portraits from the Wild

Words by Katie Cotton Illustrated by Stephen Walton Introduction by Virginia McKenna (Born Free) Frances Lincoln Hardback $30 Counting Lions: Portraits from the Wild: In this magnificent large format book, counting is perhaps the least important aspect, filled as it is with meticulously executed charcoal …

Shhh! I’m Sleeping

By Dorothée de Monfreid Gecko Press Board $20 Shhh! I’m Sleeping: The tall shape of this book matches the stack of bunk beds, which hold eight dogs. It’s night time; they should be sleeping, and one of them is – very loudly. Others begin to …