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FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS
Is it me or do the illustrations in story books actually keep get better and better and better with each passing year?

I fell instantly in love with The Fidgety Itch. Just wait till you see it. You won't be able to resist either. And all of those who fell hard for The Very Cranky Bear , we have the perfect way to share your love with friends - the new edition comes with a little stuffed toy of the cranky bear!

In short, there are many excellent titles being released in the coming days and weeks - there is even a new book by Mem Fox.

Plus: Down the right hand column I've added a few all-time classics and a couple of my personal favourites! (I just love The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None Of His Business)

Kind Regards Click here for more details or to buy...

John Purcell
The Booktopia Book Guru
Booktopia

P.S. Keep your child occupied over the summer holidays with  our great range of Chicken Socks - click the pic!
Book of the Month
Click here for more details or to buy...THE FIDGETY ITCH by Lucy Davey & Katz Cowley

'Twas only a niggle,
the teensiest titch
but that fidgety feeling grew to an ITCH!

When Timpkin gets an itch, Feather McDoo offers to scratch it for him, then Feather gets an itch, so along comes Possum Pie to help...

But what happens when you're the last animal in the line? Who's going to scratch your itch? A bit of teamwork is required to solve the problem!

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Retail Price: $14.99
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GRUG NOVELTY BOX

GRUG AND HIS FIRST CHRISTMAS
click here for more details or to buy Ted Prior

This classic Aussie hero is now available with Board Book, CD and Plush Toy in a fabulous box set.

Ted Prior previously worked as a police officer and art teacher. He also worked in children's TV and animation. In 1979 he started his GRUG series of children's picture books.

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Retail Price: $29.99
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Click here for more details or to buy Ted Prior

Another adventure featuring the all Aussie Grug who is curious about everything around him and solves each new problem with a creative twist. Ideal for beginning readers.

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VERY CRANKY BEAR BOXED SET : MINI BOOK PLUS PLUSH BEAR
Click here for more details or to buy Nick Bland

When four friends encounter a cranky bear, Moose, Lion and Zebra all think they know how to cheer him up. But it is plain, boring Sheep who has the answer.

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a wet and windy day, four little friends found a cosy place to play. Moose had marvellous antlers, and Lion, a golden mane. Zebra had fantastic stripes and Sheep . . . well, Sheep was plain. When four friends encounter a cranky bear, Moose, Lion and Zebra all think they know how to cheer him up. But it is plain, boring Sheep who has the answer. Vibrant illustrations and a very fun, engaging story make this perfect for reading aloud. The exciting sequel, The Very Itchy Bear, was published in August 2010.

Vibrant illustrations and a very fun, engaging story make this perfect for reading aloud.

Click here to buy Very Cranky Bear Boxed Set : Mini Book Plus Plush Bear
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HETTY'S DAY OUT

MAGIC BEACH
click here for more details or to buy Pamela Allen

Hetty the cat wakes up, yawns, washes behind her ears, and pops through her cat flap into the bright sunlight. And what does she find in the big wide world?

One plate of baked beans, two pork pies, three lamb chops - and that's just the beginning!

This charming counting book follows Hetty on her big day out.

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Click here for more details or to buy Alison Lester

A special 20th Anniversary edition in hardback of Alison Lester's enduring favourite, Magic Beach, featuring a pull-out frieze to pin up.

Imagine a beach where you can swim, surf, splash through the waves, make sandcastles, hunt for treasures, explore rock-pools, fish from the jetty, and build a bonfire under the stars. Imagine a beach where adventure begins...

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Retail Price: $19.99
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LET'S COUNT GOATS!
Click here for more details or to buy...Mem Fox & Jan Thomas

"The traditional counting format receives a charming update as playfully expressive goats mimic human behaviour...

Fox, an early-literacy specialist to the core, gets each rhyme just right...

Thomas's trademark digital spreads provide punch through chunky, dark outlines and zany off-kilter expressions...

These wacky goats guarantee a goofy good time."
-- Kirkus Reviews

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A LITTLE BOX OF POSSUM MAGIC

STEW A COCKATOO
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Possum Magic, the classic story of Hush, Grandma Poss and all of their bush friends, is presented together in a sturdy boxed set with the board book The Little Book of Possum Magic. On its first publication in 1983, Possum Magic was an instant success, and has been voted by booksellers as Australia's best-selling children's picture book. Twenty-five years later, it is still wildly popular.

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A Little Box of Possum Magic

Australian author
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Click here for more details or to buy Ruthie May & Leigh Hobbs

Not only is this book jam-packed (no pun intended) with good ol' Aussie recipes but it's full of anecdotal stories about how our cuisine came to be and fair dinkum definitions for words and phrases like 'bush tucker' and 'spuds'. Bet you didn't know there were over 10 different types of Aussie sausage - beef snag, chook snag, pork snag, lamb snag, tofu snag, any kind of meat snag, sav, mystery bag and kanga banger.

Click here to buy Stew a Cockatoo
Australian author
Retail Price: $24.95
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ZOG
NEVER SMILE AT A CROCODILE (WITH A CD)
click here for more details or to buy Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He's also the most accident-prone.

Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help him with his toughest test: capturing a princess?

A wonderfully funny new story from the creators of The Gruffalo and Stick Man.

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Retail Price: $27.99
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Click here for more details or to buy Shane Devries

Devries's amazing oil paintings capture a luscious landscape where three animal friends travel amidst crocodile-ridden swamps, jungles, cityscapes and circus arenas, never quite safe, never quite alone, and most certainly never, ever, to smile at Mr Crocodile . . . well, everyone that is, except for the daredevil monkey!

Never Smile at a Crocodile has been a favourite of children the world over.

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Never Smile at a Crocodile

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BIG-TOP BENN
Click here for more details or to buy...David McKee

Mr Benn is an ordinary man who has extraordinary adventures. In this entrancing story he swaps his bowler hat and black suit for an extravagant clown costume and finds himself transported into a world of big-top tents and circus performers.

Through the inimitable charm and unique style of David McKee's original artwork this enchanting book brings to a new generation the glories of a golden age of children's book illustration and storytelling.

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In This Issue

The Fidgety Itch

Grug

The Cranky Bear

Pamela Allen

Mem Fox

ZOG

Big-Top Benn

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