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The Queen with the Wobbly Bottom

By: Phillip Gwynne

Illustrated By: Bruce Whatley

The Queen is popular with her subjects. She is beautiful and clever but she is worried about her bottom. Mostly she can’t help but think of how it wobbles like a jelly on a plate. The Queen offers a reward for whomever can solve her wobbly problem. As the solutions continue to fail, the amount of the reward increases. In despair the Queen agrees to try the one thing she was convinced wouldn’t work.

A highly amusing story that deals with the idea of self image and self-esteem, and also with the power of words and affirmation. This is a great story with a positive message that speaks volumes just by itself. The illustrations are simple, muted in tone and complement the story beautifully. Two celebrated creators have come together to give us a cheeky tale about the power of praise.

Publisher: Little Hare

Published: 02 April 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books, Self Image, Animal Stories

ISBN 13: 9781921714597

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

Hunting For Dragons

By: Bruce Whatley

Every weekend the main character hunts for dragons. It is something fun to do. I’ll bet you didn’t know that dragons can be anywhere, you just need to know how to look for them. They can be in bedrooms, dining rooms, outside and even in workshops.

This is a fun little story with simple text and clever illustrations. It is a great book to encourage the imagination as dragons are to be discovered in the shapes all around us. How many dragons can you find in a day?

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 December 2010

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Imagination

ISBN 13: 9781741693300

Purchase: use Booktopia logo on the side of the page

 

Indie Awards Shortlist

The Indie Awards are the awards handed out by the independent booksellers from around Australia. There are several categories but the one we are particularly interested in her at TheKylieVerse is the children’s category. Here are the nominees:

The Jewel Fish of Karnak by Graeme Base

The Little Refugee by Anh and Suzanne Do (illustrated by Bruce Whatley)

The Coming of the Whirlpool: Ship Kings Book One by Andrew McGahan

The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Congrats to the nominees and good luck.

Aussie Christmas Books

It’s that time of year and I get asked for these titles all the time, so here they are.

An Aussie Night Before Christmas – Yvonne Morrison/Kilmeny Niland

An Aussie Day Before Christmas – Kilmeny Niland

Santa’s Aussie Holiday – Maria Farrer/Anna Walker

Six White Boomers – Rolf Harris/Bruce Whatley

Aussie Jingle Bells – Colin Buchanan/Nick Bland

Fair Dinkum Aussie Christmas – Colin Buchanan/Kilmeny Niland

Christmas Wombat

By: Jackie French

Illustrated By: Bruce Whatley

Wombat is still very busy sleeping in and eating carrots. This time she finds a new and unexpected windfall of her favourite orange vegetable. The abundance comes with a hitch in her plans as she comes up against a strange new creature – a reindeer and ends up going on rather a long trip.

This is a wonderfully fun addition to the Wombat series. The text is perfect for the very young, simple and fun. The illustrations are bright in keeping with the season and charming in keeping with Whatley’s unique and appealing style.

An enjoyable and distinctly Australian story with a christmas theme.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd

Published: 01 October 2011

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Animal Stories, Christmas

ISBN 13: 9780732291716

Purchase: here or use link on side of the page to Booktopia

Speech Pathology Australia 2011 Book of the Year Awards

Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) this week released the shortlist for its annual Book of the Year Awards.

These awards were started with the objective to promote literacy and the need for good literacy skills, and enabling speech pathologists, teachers and parents the resources to build a library that can be uses to help promote literacy and reading.

There are four categories and this years short list is :

YOUNG CHILDREN

A Giraffe in the Bath
Mem Fox & Olivia Rawson, ill. Kerry Argent – Penguin Group (Australia)

The ABC Book of Cars, Train, Boats and Planes
Helen Martin, Judith Simpson & Cheryl Orsini – Harper Collins Publishers Australia

Can We Lick the Spoon Now?
Carol Goess, ill. Tamsin Ainslie – Working Title Press

The Flying Orchestra
Clare McFadden – University of Queensland Press

I Found a Friend and My Friend Found Me
Beth Norling – Penguin Group (Australia)

It’s Bedtime, William!
Deborah Niland – Penguin Group (Australia)

JoJo Goes to Playgroup
Christine Miesen – Penguin Books (Australia)

Leo, the Littlest Seahorse
Margaret Wild, ill. Terry Denton – Penguin Group (Australia)

The Little Drummer Boy
Bruce Whatley – Random House (Australia)

Love from Grandma
Jane Tanner – Penguin Group (Australia)

One Funky Monkey
Stacey McCleary, ill. Sue Degennaro – Walker Books Australia

The Truth About Penguins
Meg McKinlay, ill. Mark Jackson – Walker Books

LOWER PRIMARY

Boris Gets a Lizard
Andrew Joyner – Penguin Group (Australia)

The Boy and the Toy
Sonya Hartnett, ill. Lucia Masciullo – Penguin Group (Australia)

Duck for a Day
Meg McKinlay – Walker Books

Hairy Nose, Itchy Butt
Elizabeth Frankel, ill. Garry Duncan – Jane Curry Publishing

The Important Things
Peter Carnavas – New Frontier Publishing

Magpie
Luke Davies, ill. Inari Kiuru – Harper Collins Publishers Australia

The Miracle of the Little Wooden Duck
Margaret Wild, ill. Dee Huxley – Working Title Press

Miracle on Separation Street
Bob Graham – Walker Books

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna
Cathy Goonack – Magabala Books

Shake a Leg
Boori Pryor – Allen & Unwin

The Snake and the Boy
Azmen Senastien – Magabala Books

UPPER PRIMARY

Arnie Avery
Sue Walker – Walker Books

Battle Boy: White War
Charlie Carter – Pan MacMillan Australia

Grimsdon
Deborah Abela – Random House Australia

Harriet Bright: The Star You Are
Claire Craig – Penguin Group (Australia)

Head Spinners
Thalia Kalkipsakis – Allen & Unwin

Mosquito Advertising: The Parfizz Pitch
Kate Hunter – Quniversity of Queensland Press

The Keepers: Museum of Thieves
Lian Tanner – Allen & Unwin

Nanny Piggins & the Runaway Lion
R. A. Spratt – Random House (Australia)

NOW
Morris Gleitzman – Penguin Group (Australia)

Raven’s Mountain
Wendy Orr – Allen & Unwin

Red Dirt Diary
Katrina Nannestad – Harper Collins Publishers

The Song of the Winns
Frances Watts – Harper Collins Publishers

INDIGENOUS CHILDREN

Beautiful Colours
Tina Raveneau – Black Ink Press

The Devil You Know
Leonie Norrington – Allen & Unwin

Fair Skin Black Fella
Renee Fogorty – Magabala Books

Guulaangga the Green Tree Frog
Gloria Whalan – Black Ink Press

Jakobi & Nan
Esther Fisher – Black Ink Press

The Little Moo Cow
John Delacour – Black Ink Press

Look See, Look at Me
Leonie Norrington – Allen & Unwin

Our World: Bardi Jaawi Life at Ardiyooloon
One Arm Point Remote Community School – Magabala Books

Peka-Boo, the smallest bird in the world
Eliza Feely – Allen & Unwin

Sam’s Fishing Adventure
Monique Russell – Black Ink Press

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna
Cathy Goonack – Magabala Books

Shake a Leg
Boori Pryor – Allen & Unwin

Sissy’s Secret
Althea McKeown – Black Ink Press

The Snake and the Boy
Azmen Goonack – Magabala Books

Stolen Girl
Trina Saffioti – Magabala Books

Walkabout with our Mates
Esther Fischer – Black Ink Press

Congratulations to all short listed authors. The Awards will be presented  in Darwin on Tuesday 18 October 2011.

2011 Get Reading! Campaign

In Sydney today the 2011 Get Reading! campaign was launched with the release of the ’50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ list for this year.

This year’s campaign will run from 29 August to 30 September.

The reading guide this year features 35 Australian titles, with 13 of the 50 titles children’s/ young adult books.

The children’s and YA titles are:

Baby Wombats Week Board Book (Jackie French & Bruce Whatley)

The Flying Orchestra (Clare McFadden, UQP)

Mr Badger and the Big Surprise (Leigh Hobbs, A&U)

Billie B Brown: The Secret Message (Sally Rippin & Aki Fukuoka, HGE)

The Three Doors #1: The Golden Door (Emily Rodda)

Museum of Thieves (Lian Tanner, A&U)

Troubletwisters (Garth Nix & Sean Williams, A&U)

Mice (Gordon Reece, A&U)

Last Sacrifice: Vampire Academy V6 (Richelle Mead, Penguin)

Passion (Lauren Kate, Doubleday)

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Lament (Maggie Stiefvater)

Heroes of Olympus – The Lost Hero (Rick Riordan, Puffin)

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