Best of 2016 - Top 10 Picture Books

Megalopolis

Megalopolis

 
5/5 Rating 2 Reviews

For centuries, the wondrous imaginary city of Megalopolis has attracted visitors from all over the world. Then one day, a strange visitor arrives from another galaxy, and everything changes.

He tours the zoo, meets the mayor at City Hall, enjoys a parade, and eventually meets a mermaid and falls in love.

Readers will delight in a book which unfolds from thirty-eight pages into one giant page that is over three metres long. Filled with scenes from the bustling town, featuring the many characters and animals that live there, the intricately detailed illustrations tempt young readers to invent their own stories, even as they follow the adventures of the friendly extraterrestrial.

With its engaging story and distinctive foldout design, Megalopolis is a book that kids will want to read again and again.

Ages: 5-8

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01/03/2016
21%
OFF
RRP  $35.00 $27.80

Thank You, Mr Panda

Mr Panda is happy to help his friends prepare for a special surprise - IF they remember to say thank you!

Mr Panda and friends are back for a third hilarious story about the importance of good manners!

Steve Antony's Please Mr Panda has taken the publishing world by storm, selling over 200,000 copies since it was first published.

From Steve Antony, winner of Oscar's First Book Prize for The Queen's Hat.

'An ideal book for kids to learn about the importance of good manners.' - Sun

'There's a new pre-school politeness tsar in town.' - The Times

Ages: 3-7

READ THE SERIES:
Book 1: Please, Mr Panda
Book 2: I'll Wait, Mr Panda
Book 3: Thank You, Mr Panda

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
25/10/2016
23%
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RRP  $24.99 $19.35

The Journey

The Journey

 
4/5 Rating 1 Reviews
I look up to the birds that seem to be following us. They are migrating just like us. And their journey, like ours, is very long, but they don't have to cross any borders...

What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope.

Based on her interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, Francesca Sanna has created a beautiful and sensitive book that is full of significance for our time.

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01/07/2016
37%
OFF
RRP  $27.99 $17.90

The Patchwork Bike

Winner of the Crichton Award at the 2017 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

Received Honours at the 2017 Children's Book Council Awards for the Picture Book of the Year Category.

What's the best fun in the whole village? Riding the patchwork bike we made!

A joyous picture book for children by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke.

When you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a numberplate from bark, if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for going bumpity-bump over sandhills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home.

A delightful story from multi-award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, beautifully illustrated by street artist Van T Rudd.

'..beautifully written and incredibly powerful..' - Books And Publishing

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
25/10/2016
24%
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RRP  $26.99 $20.75

Lots

Lots

 
4/5 Rating 2 Reviews

A stunning graphic picture book by award-winning author illustrator Marc Martin with quirky facts about different places around the world.

A book about everything* for everyone.

From Hong Kong to the Amazon and Ulaanbaatar to Antarctica, come on a guided journey around the world and discover the many things that make each place unique.

Sleepy sloths, colourful cows, prolific pastries, staggering skylines, terrible traffic, bustling bodies, burglarising baboons...you’ll be surprised by what you find along the way!

From award-winning author and illustrator Marc Martin comes a quirky fact-filled adventure for curious globetrotters, young and old.

*almost!

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
03/10/2016
22%
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RRP  $24.99 $19.50

We Found A Hat

The multiple award-winning and bestselling Jon Klassen presents the final tale in his acclaimed and bestselling hat trilogy, giving his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.

Hold on to your hats! From the Kate Greenaway-winning creator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat comes the much-anticipated conclusion to the celebrated hat trilogy.

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat...

Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this perfectly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen's visual comedy, deceptive simplicity and deliciously deadpan humour.

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01/10/2016
34%
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RRP  $24.99 $16.50

I Am Doodle Cat

I Am Doodle Cat is a cheerful children’s book here to encourage imagination, celebration of the things you love, and finding the magic in silliness.

Written by Kat Patrick, with delightful illustrations by Lauren Marriott, this book shows a tomato-red Doodle Cat rejoicing in everyday pleasures such as swimming in the ocean, wearing a favourite onesie, and playing guitar.

Whatever your age, I Am Doodle Cat reminds you of the universe’s splendidness, and above all, to remember to love YOU!

'It's cool and really funny.' Milla, aged 6, loves reading
'I love the book.'  James, aged 3, loves drums
'Amazing!'  Eva, aged 7, loves animals and jumping on her dad

Ages: 3-7

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
28/03/2016
22%
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RRP  $19.99 $15.75

Ada Twist, Scientist

The creators of the New York Times bestselling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect are back with a story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who is on a mission to use science to understand her world.

Ada Twist, Scientist, from powerhouse team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, is a celebration of STEM, perseverance, and passion. Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!

Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.

Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters, and they have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. Now in her own charming and witty picture book, determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favorites. The book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams.

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01/09/2016
23%
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RRP  $24.99 $19.35

Du Iz Tak?

Du Iz Tak?

 
5/5 Rating 1 Reviews

The creator of Home explores the astonishing changes in a garden, where insects talk their own mysterious language.

In her follow-up to the internationally acclaimed Home, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in the natural world ... even the humblest back garden!

With gorgeous, exquisitely-detailed illustration that will appear to children and art-lovers alike, and a wonderfully playful invented language, we soon find ourselves speaking "Bug" ... Du iz tak? What is that?

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01/10/2016
34%
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RRP  $24.99 $16.50

A Child Of Books

A beautiful, poignant and timely manifesto for the myriad rewards of reading and sharing the enjoyment of stories.

From Oliver Jeffers and typographical fine artist, Sam Winston, comes an inspiring and lyrical picture book about a little girl who sails her raft 'across a sea of words' to arrive at the house of a small boy. There she invites him to come away with her on an adventure where they can journey through 'forests of fairy tales', 'across mountains of make-believe' and 'sleep in clouds of song'. Guided by his new friend, the boy unlocks his imagination and a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him... But who will be next?

Oliver's elegant art is combined with Sam's astonishing typographical landscapes beautifully shaped from excerpts of children's classics and lullabies to create a celebration of all that books can do and all that books can become, and to encourage readers of all ages to have an immersive and unforgettable reading experience that they will want to pass on to others.

  • A first for Oliver Jeffers: his first picture book published with Walker, and the very first book in which he has collaborated with another artist.
  • Features typographic art from much-loved classics including Treasure Island, Frankenstein, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Little Women, The Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty and Great Expectations.
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01/09/2016
37%
OFF
RRP  $27.99 $17.90

 

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