Kids & Teen

Funny Kid Slapstick (Funny Kid, Book 5) by Matt Stanton

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Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. Only now he's been forced to join the local ice-hockey team, and there's nothing funny about slipping over and getting a frozen bum. Or is there? Max is the funny kid ... and this time he's skating on thin ice! Epic fails, a wrestling rhinoceros called Roxanne, fake news, locker rooms filled with popcorn and the dreaded return of Mr Armstrong are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure.

Matt Stanton is a bestselling children's author and illustrator, with more than half a million books sold. He is the co-creator of several bestselling picture books, including the mega-hits There Is a Monster Under My Bed Who Fartsand This Is a Ball. He launched his much-anticipated middle-grade series, Funny Kid, in 2017. The first book in the series, Funny Kid for President, debuted as the #1 Australian kids' book, and Funny Kid is fast winning legions of fans around the world. He lives in Sydney with his wife, bestselling picture book creator Beck Stanton, and their three young children. 

ISBN-13 9780733339486
ISBN-10
0733339484
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
320
Available:
17th June 2019
Publisher:
ABC Books

Sick Bay by Nova Weetman

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Two very different Grade 6 girls meet in their school sick bay. Meg is a loner. Grieving over the death of her father, and struggling with changes at home, she wears slippers to school and hides out in sick bay to avoid other kids. New girl Riley, is a Type 1 diabetic and already popular. She doesn't want to go to sick bay, but sometimes she has to if she's having a high or a low. As Meg and Riley are forced to spend more and more time together in the cramped sick bay room, they start to uncover each other's secrets and find the courage to be who they really are.

Nova Weetman lives in Melbourne with her partner and two children. She has written for film and TV, including the children's series Backyard ScienceH20 and Pixel Pinkie. Nova has written three middle-grade books in the Choose Your Own Ever After series, and three young adult novels, including Everything is Changed, a 2017 CBCA Notable Book. Her middle-grade novel The Secrets We Keep was shortlisted for the Readings Children's Book Prize, the Speech Pathology of Australia Book of the Year Awards and the ABIA Awards, and was a 2017 CBCA Notable Book, winner of the KROC Award for Best Fiction for Years 7-9 and Honour Book in the 2018 KOALA Awards. Her second book in this series, The Secrets We Share was a 2018 CBCA Notable Book.

ISBN-13 9780702260322
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Available:
4th June 2019
Publisher:
University of Queensland Press

Dolly Parton (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

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Little Dolly grew up in Tennessee in a family "as poor as dirt." She started performing at an early age, singing on local radio and television. After graduating high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue her singing dreams. Her managers wanted her to sing pop, but she followed her heart to sing and write country songs. Her heart was right-Dolly became a musical superstar, but she never forgot where she came from. She now uses her wealth to give back to people, children, and animals in need. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the singer's life. Little People, Big Dreams is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

 ISABEL SANCHEZ VERGARA, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture.

ISBN-13 9781786037596
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
1st June 2019
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

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Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together. A wonderfully silly, full-colour, early graphic novel series featuring three short stories and a super fun ocean fact page – and joke page too

ISBN-13 9781405295307
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
64
Available:
1st June 2019
Publisher:
Hardie Grant

Gandhi (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

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As a young teenager in India, Gandhi led a rebellious life and went against his parents' values. But as a young man, he started to form beliefs of his own that harked back to the Hindu principles of his childhood. Gandhi began to dream of unity for all peoples and religions. Inspired by this idea, he led peaceful protests to free India from British rule and unite the country- ending violence and unfair treatment. His bravery and free-thinking made him one of the most iconic people of peace in the world, known as 'Mahatma' meaning 'great soul'. With innovative illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful people of the world.

Isabel Sanchez Vegara was born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture.

ISBN-13 9781786033345
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
6th May 2019
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's

David Bowie (Little People Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

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As a child, young David had a head full of songs and ideas. He was inspired by the pop and mod scenes in Britain to pick up the saxophone. After earning his stripes in some of the coolest bands in London, David splashed onto the solo scene. His songwriting talent and musical skill made him one of rock and roll's all-time greatest artists. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the musician's life. Little People, Big Dreams is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, Big Dreams!

Isabel Sanchez Vergara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture. 

ISBN-13 9781786038036
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
6th May 2019
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's

My Friend Fred by Frances Watts

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My friend Fred eats dog food for breakfast. I think dog food is disgusting. My friend Fred howls at the moon. I don't know why. He does a lot of funny things. But even though we are different, Fred is my best friend.

Frances Watts is an award-winning author of more than 25 books for children. Her first picture book, Kisses for Daddy, illustrated by David Legge, was a Children's Book Council of Australia Honour Book and has been published in 20 languages. Her next book with David Legge, Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books, was a CBCA Book of the Year and Goodnight, Mice!, illustrated by Judy Watson, won the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Frances lives in Sydney, Australia. 

ISBN-13 9781760290948
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
24
Available:
6th Mayl 2019
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin

Fabio the Flamingo Detective 2 by Laura James

In a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee lives the world' s greatest flamingo detective. His name is Fabio. ' s not tall or strong, but slight and pink. And ' s very, very clever.
It's the height of summer and Fabio and his associate Gilbert are taking a relaxing holiday journey on the fastest train in the world! But no sooner does the conductor call 'all aboard' than a very expensive ruby necklace disappears and the great detective is back on the case! The second book in the hilarious illustrated mystery series by the author of Captain Pug

Laura James' s love of storytelling began at an early age and led her to undertake a degree in Film Studies and an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Laur' s debut novel Captain Pug was shortlisted for the Waterstones Childre' s Book Prize in 2017. Laura lives near Bath with her two dachshunds, Brian and Florence. 

Emily Fox is a Bristol-based illustrator who graduated from Falmouth University. She loves to experiment with colour, funny stories and animals, which means that Fabio is the perfect project for her!

ISBN-13 9781408889343
ISBN-10
140888934X
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
128
Available:
6th May 2019
Publisher:
Bloomsbury

The Day I was Erased by Lisa Thompson

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Eleven-year-old Maxwell is always, always in trouble. Roaming the town with his beloved pet dog Monster (who he rescued as a puppy from being run over) as a way to escape his parents' constant sniping at home, he's a menace to the neighbours and teachers at school. While visiting an elderly neighbour, Maxwell comes across a mysterious cabinet of curiosities and suddenly finds himself erased from his life: it's as if he's never existed. Able to walk around anonymously might be great at firstno-one is yelling at him!but he soon realises that he misses his old life and, crucially, if he had never existed, then he wouldn't have swooped in and stopped Monster the dog from being hit by that car... Maxwell needs to find a way to reverse his erasure, with the help of his best friend Charlie and his sister Bex.

ISBN-13 9781407185125
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
360
Available:
1st May 2019
Publisher:
Scholastic UK

The Bad Guys Episode 9: The Big Bad Wolf by Aaron Blabey

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 THE SKY GOES DARK. THE CITY TREMBLES. THE SCREAMS BEGIN. ...and everyones favourite Wolf has a LOT of explaining to do. Big? Yep. Bad? You betcha. Unmissable? YESSSSSSSSSSS. But seriously, will someone tell those whiny Three Little Pig dudes to stop saying 'We told you so'? Get under a table and put on a sensible helmetthis is BAD GUYS EPISODE 9!

ISBN-13 9781742993737
ISBN-10
1742993737
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
144
Available:
1st May 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Who Am I?: A Peek-Through-Pages Book of Endangered Animals by Tim Flach

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I may be a very big cat, but you won’t hear me meow. My roar can be heard from miles away. Who Am I?

In Who Am I? we meet 12 endangered animals. Read each clue, then try to guess which animal is peeking through the page. From cold polar seas to tropical rainforests, learn about the animals that need our help to survive.

Tim Flach is a photographer best known for his portraits of animals and for the originality that he brings to capturing animal behaviour. In recognition of his work, he has received numerous awards, and his photographs are showcased in books, exhibitions, and galleries around the world. Tim has photographed some of the most threatened species on earth to create the images for his Endangered series. He believes that community-based conservation and enhancing feelings of kinship between humans and animals are important factors in saving some of our most threatened species.

ISBN-13 9781760760359
ISBN-10
1760760358
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
48
Available:
1st May 2019
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson

Happy Birthday Wombat by Jackie French

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She eats, she sleeps, she scratches. But today it's Mothball's birthday and it's time to celebrate! Created by author Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley, Happy Birthday Wombat is a very funny picture book about enjoying a special day - as seen through the eyes of the world's most famous wombat.

ISBN-13 9781460751596
ISBN-10
1460751590
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
15th April 2019
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Adventure Duck vs Power Pug by Steve Cole

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There's no ducking out - it's time for this ordinary, wise-quacking duck to become . . . A Hero! Adventure Duck didn't ask for greatness. All he wanted was his nest on the duckpond and plenty of soggy bread to eat. But when a meteor gives him superpowers, he knows he must fly into battle and defeat the forces of evil. Every superhero needs a nemesis, and Adventure Duck finds a pint-sized one in Power Pug. This tiny arch-villain is plotting to take over the world with his hypnotic stare and an army of hench-animals. Luckily, Adventure Duck has helpers, too. There's Yoki - a mystical, moustachioed egg - and Neon Zebra, Adventure Duck's karate-kicking sidekick. Can Adventure Duck and his friends stop Power Pug in this egg-ceptionally funny, action-packed adventure?

Steve Cole (Author) Steve Cole is the bestselling author of the ASTROSAURS books, which Amanda Craig from THE TIMES recently described as 'the kind of inspired, hysterically silly fantasy that boys adore.'

Aleksei Bitskoff (Illustrator) Born in Estonia, Aleksei loved to draw as a child and doodled all over his school books. Although he originally intended to become a teacher, his extensive travels brought him back to art. Aleksei studied illustration in London at LCC and Camberwell, where he received his masters degree. Influences on his quirky, humorous illustrations include Tove Jansson and Russian animators. He lives in London with his wife and son.

ISBN-13 9781408356838
ISBN-10
140835683X
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
144
Available:
9th April 2019
Publisher:
Hachette Australia

My Tree and Me by Jo Witek

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One little girl has a very special friend, the tall ancient tree in her backyard. Through the seasons, she grows along with the tree, playing in its branches and basking in its shade. She can swing and have a picnic, draw the tree and play hide and go seek. Through her time with her tree, the girl learns to appreciate the natural world as something to be savored and protected and acknowledges her place within it. The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler's emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.

Jo Witek and Christine Roussey are the author/illustrator team behind the Growing Hearts series, including In My Heart, Brave As Can Be, In My Room, With My Daddy, All My Treasures, and Hello in There! They live in France.

ISBN-13 9781419735035
ISBN-10
1419735039
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
2nd April 2019
Publisher:
Abrams

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renee Treml

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Hi there, I'm Sherlock Bones. Who is Sherlock Bones, you ask? Well, I don't like to brag, but my trusty side-kick Watts says I'm the greatest detective in our whole museum. Don't you, Watts? Watts...? You might not be able to hear Watts, because he's technically a stuffed parrot, but I always know what he's thinking. And right now he's thinking: Can we solve the mystery of the missing Blue Diamond and save the Museum of Natural History, before it's too late?

Renee Treml is the author and illustrator of several successful picture books for very young readers, including: Once I heard a Little Wombat , Ten Little Owls and Wombat Big, Puggle Small . She also has a degree in environmental science and has a passionate love of natural history.

ISBN-13 9781760523954
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
272
Available:
1st April 2019
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin

A Cat Called Trim by Corinne Fenton (Illustrated by Craig Smith)

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Trim was a cat born for adventure ... This is the true story of a courageous, mischievous and fearless cat called Trim, who sailed with Matthew Flinders on his voyages to map the coastline of Australia and beyond. From best-selling creators Corinne Fenton and Craig Smith, this charming picture book brings Trim's story to life.

Corinne Fenton has a passion for picture books and is published in Australia and internationally. Her first picture book Queenie: One Elephant's Story was an Honour Book in the CBCA Awards, The Dog on the Tuckerbox was a CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted in the APA and ABIA Awards and Bob the Railway Dog was named a CBCA Notable Book in 2016 with the US version named an outstanding book on the 2017 USBBY OIB Honour list. Little Dog and the Christmas Wish was shortlisted in the Crichton CBCA Awards in 2015 and had the honour of being chosen as the theme for the 2015 Myer Christmas Windows followed by One Christmas Eve chosen as the theme for the 2016 Myer Christmas Windows. My Friend Tertius, published by Allen and Unwin, was a CBCA Notable Book in 2017. Her favourite kind of day is to sit with a new picture book text, searching for perfect words

Craig Smith is one of Australia's most prolific, best-known and well-loved children's book illustrators, with over 400 books published. He has collaborated with many of Australia's best-loved authors, such as Paul Jennings and Doug MacLeod, and has illustrated books for Allen and Unwin including The Big Ball of String, The Boy Who Built the Boat, Heather Fell in the Water, Where Are You, Banana? and I Was Only Nineteen. Craig's work over the last 30 years has been acknowledged in the CBCA Book of the Year awards, as well as in children's choice awards around Australia. In 2011, Craig was awarded the biennial Euphemia Tanner Award, which recognised his distinguished services to children's literature and his encouragement of the joy of reading in children.

ISBN-13 9781760631840
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
1st April 2019
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin

Costa Banana: The Gruesome General by Jozua Douglas

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Welcome to Costa Banana, a tropical island where the President thinks he's a pop star and insists all citizens eat banana soup on Fridays. He's strong, he's unstoppable, he's... COMPLETELY BONKERS. So when the President's kids discover a plot to overthrow their dad, of course he doesn't believe them. With robotic spy flies, banana guns and a gruesome general to dodge, will Rosa and Fico be able to save the day?

Jozua Douglas (born in 1977) worked for several years in Costa Banana as a secret agent for the Dutch government. A clumsy mistake with a drone resulted in his being unmasked and having to hotfoot it out of the country. These days he leads a boring existence as a children's book writer.
Jozua Douglas has written 27 children's books. His books have been translated into 11 languages. Jozua's books are banned in Costa Banana.

ISBN-13
9781925870091
ISBN-10
192587009X
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
256
Available:
26th March 2019
Publisher: Affirm Press

The Ultimate Animal Counting Book by Jennifer Cossins

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Can you count one blue whale? Probably. How about 16 lions? Or 44 penguins? Or 100 fairy flies? Join CBCA Award-winner Jennifer Cossins on an expedition through the animal kingdom, counting one to 100 and collecting fascinating animal facts along the way. Discover the colour of a zebra's skin under its stripes, how a tapir uses its nose as a snorkel when it swims, and that cranes are famous for their dancing! Beautifully illustrated with full-colour pictures of animals great and small, from all over the world - from the familiar wombat and sea turtle to the unusual gerenuk and caracal - THE ULTIMATE ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK is an utter delight.

Jennifer Cossins is a 2017 CBCA Honour Book-winning Tasmanian artist and writer with a passion for nature, the animal kingdom and all things bright and colourful. A born and bred Tasmanian, Jennifer also designs homewares, textiles and stationery, which she stocks in her store in Hobart, Red Parka. Jennifer's books include A-Z OF ENDANGERED ANIMALS, 101 COLLECTIVE NOUNS, THE BABY ANIMAL BOOK and THE ULTIMATE ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK.

ISBN-13 9780734418852
ISBN-10
073441885X
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
136
Available:
26th March 2019
Publisher:
Hachete Australia

Too Many Ponies by Sheena Wilkinson

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Rosevale is a peaceful sanctuary for abandoned ponies. Aidan's family can't afford to run it any longer, but if Rosevale closes down, what will to happen to all the animals? Then Lucy comes up with a brilliant idea! There's a cross-country riding competition offering an unbelievable cash prize. Can she and Aidan put together a team that's good enough to beat their posh rival stables and win the competition? TOO MANY PONIES is a heartfelt and exciting story for horse lovers everywhere.

Sheena Wilkinson has won many awards for her fiction including five Children's Books Ireland Awards, most recently the Honour Award for Fiction for 2017 Star By Star, which was also shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. Described in The Irish Times as 'one of our foremost writers for young people', Sheena received a Major Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2013. She teaches creative writing in settings ranging from universities to prisons and runs a young writers' group in Belfast. Sheena lives in County Down where, when she's not writing or reading, she's either singing or walking in the forest - sometimes at the same time.

ISBN-13 9781925870275
ISBN-10
1925870278
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
192
Available:
26th March 2019
Publisher:
Affirm Press

Izzy + Tristan By Shannon Dunlap

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This isn't a story about anything new. It's about the oldest thing in the world. It's about love. Sixteen-year-old Izzy, a bright aspiring doctor, isn't happy about her recent move from the Lower East Side across the river to Brooklyn. She feels distanced from her family, especially her increasingly incomprehensible twin brother, as well as her new neighbourhood. And then she meets Tristan. Tristan is a chess prodigy who lives with his aunt and looks up to his cousin, Marcus, who has watched out for him over the years. When he and Izzy meet one fateful night, together they tumble into a story as old and unstoppable as love itself. From an exciting new voice in YA, this is a gripping tale of first love for anyone who loved All the Bright Places and The Hate U Give.

Shannon Dunlap was inspired to write Izzy + Tristan not only by her love of Tristan and Iseult, but by a fantastic documentary, Brooklyn Castle, about kids on a chess team at an inner city middle school in Kings County. She is a graduate of the MFA program at New York University. Previously, she was a weekly columnist for The Phnom Penh Post and her work appears in the anthology How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit?: True Stories of Expat Women in Asia (Signal 8 Press). She has written for The Harvard Business Review, Fah Thai magazine and Brave New Traveler. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and baby daughter.

ISBN-13 9781510104358
ISBN-10
1510104356
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
320
Available:
12th March 2019
Publisher:
Orion Books