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Friendly Day

I was sent this book by the publisher
By: Mij Kelly and Charles Fuge

Cat catches Mouse, it’s not looking too good but then Mouse informs cat that today is Friendly Day, a day where old grudges are put aside and everyone is friends. It is a fun day when foxes croon to entertain geese. Then Cat tells Bear who thinks and knows that know such thing exists, but wouldn’t it be really awesome if it did.

This is a really fun story about what it is to be a friend, and the possibility of how things could be. The animals do silly things that kids will get a giggle out of and Fuge’s illustrations are recognisable, fun, simple and expressive. And really, wouldn’t it be awesome if there was an Friendly Day.


Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Format: Paperback 32 pages
Publication date: 7 August 2014
Genre: Friendship, Animals
ISBN 13: 9780340981283
Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of page

Gilbert the Great

By: Jane Clarke

Illustrated by: Charles Fuge

Gilbert is a great white shark and from the time he was a pup Raymond the Ramora had been around. They did everything together and were best friends. Then one day Gilbert wakes up and Raymond is gone, he is very sad. Slowly with some help Gilbert learns to smile once again.

This is a wonderful and simple story that deals with the issue of loss (the word death is never mentioned) and moving on after. The text is heartfelt and easy to understand. The illustrations are simple, expressive and very appealing. It is a touching story on it’s own and provides a good springboard to open discussion of loss and death with a child.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s

Published: 06 March 2006

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Friendship, Animal Stories

ISBN 13: 9780689861406

Purchase: here or use logo on side of page to go to Booktopia

Picture Books Theme – Australian Animals

Many, many times we get asked to recommend picture books that feature Australian Animals so here is a list of some of the popular ones, and probably not so popular. These are in no particular order.

Little Wombat books – Charles Fuge

Wombat Stew – Marcia Vaughn

Emily and the Big, Bad Bunyip – Jackie French

Josephine Wants to Dance – Jackie French

Diary of a Wombat – Jackie French

Possum Magic – Mem Fox

Koala Lou – Mem Fox

Yes We Can – Sam McBratney

The Cocky Who Cried Dingo – Yvonne Morrison

Yes We Can!

By: Sam McBratney

Illustrated by: Charles Fuge

Little Roo, Country Mouse and Quacker Duck decide to build a leaf mountain. It’s hard work so they start to play a game but at the end of it no-one is very happy. Little Roo’s mother comes along to see what is going on.

An adorable tale of fun, friendship and the discovery that everyone can be good at something.

Another wonderful pairing of McBratney and Fuge. I have said it before and will say it agin I love Charles Fuge’s illustrations. There are bright colours and wonderful expressions teamed with delightfully appealing text that contains a beautiful truth.


Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 03 May 2007

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books

ISBN 13: 9780140569926

Purchase: here

The Terrible Greedy Fossifoo

By: Charles Fuge

Everything is wonderful in the green forest until the Fossifoo arrives and ruins everything. He wants to be the centre of attention, he’s loud and horrible and doesn’t notice what is going on around him until it is too late. The forest and it’s inhabitants have gone. One day he decides he has to work to fix it all.

This is a wonderful cycle story, accompanied by beautifully detailed illustrations, that can open the door to behaviour and environmental discussions with older readers, while also standing just fine as an entertaining story for younger ones.

Publisher: Koala Book Company

Published: 01 June 2009

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Social Issues, The Environment

ISBN 13: 9780864618917

Purchase here

Run! Run! It’s Scary Poo!

By Susan Gates and Charles Fuge

It is time for little shrew to enter the big world. This means he needs to be taught that most important of skills for all shrews…How to smell panther poo.

This is a great fun story of little shrew’s attempts to learn and the discovery of a rather different ability.

What kid won’t have a blast shouting out ‘run, run. it’s scary poo’? Though that may just be mine.

I also have to say I am a big fan of Charles Fuge’s illustrations.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 07 April 2005

Format: Paperback 32 pgs

Categories: General

ISBN 13: 9780140569414

Purchase here

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