There is no need to be alarmed. Sure, school holidays are all around us - some of you are already knee deep in holiday madness, some are trembling as the first days of school holidays draw near.
My colleagues and I know, from horrible first hand experience, just how stressful school holidays can be for parents. Not for all parents, to be sure. Some parents have raised themselves perfect little angels. Ahem.
Now... for the rest of us, I have prepared a selection of books to throw at the kids when you ban the kids from 'all screens' in a fit of self-harming parenting. (What were you thinking? Especially when you know your kids have developed a fear of the outdoors?)
John Flanagan will be visiting Booktopia to sign copies of both - The Lost Stories andThe Brotherband Chronicles: Book 1 The Outcasts. Pre-order now to ensure you secure for yourself the collectable signed copies. GET IN SOON. STOCK WON'T LAST
Also, we are giving away boxed sets of the first five Ranger's Apprentice titles to eleven lucky customers who order The Lost Stories before October 31, 2011. We will announce who the lucky customers are on the Booktopia Blog. THE LOST STORIES By John Flanagan Excitement, drama and action - and the answers to all your burning questions about the Rangers of Araluen!
Everyone knows the legends of the Rangers of Araluen. But no one has heard the whole story - until now. Has Halt told Will the truth about how Will became an orphan? Did Gilan track down Morgarath's lieutenant after the battle of Three Step Pass? Is there to be a royal wedding - or will tragedy strike first?
Inspired by questions and letters sent by his loyal readers, John Flanagan answers all your burning questions about the world of the Rangers.
If you want to know what's gone before and what comes next for Will, Halt, Horace, Alyss, Evanlyn and Gilan - not to mention a certain stubborn little pony - The Lost Stories
is an unmissable read.
About the Author
John Flanagan's bestselling RANGER'S APPRENTICE adventure series originally comprised twenty short stories, which John wrote to encourage his twelve-year-old son, Michael, to enjoy reading. The series has come a long way since then. Now sold to more than twenty countries, the series regularly appears on the NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller List and has been shortlisted for children's book awards in Australia and overseas. John, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife, Leonie, in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. He is currently writing further titles in the RANGER'S APPRENTICE series as well as the exciting new BROTHERBAND series.
BEATRIX POTTER - THE COMPELETE TALES HERITAGE EDITION
BEATRIX POTTER THE COMPLETE TALES By Beatrix Potter
The beautiful, cloth-bound and embroidered limited edition of Beatrix Potter's Complete Tales is a fabulous collector's piece.
The design is inspired by Beatrix Potter's love of textiles and embroidery. Her grandfather had owned a calico printing firm, called the Dinting Vale Printworks, and been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for his innovative printing techniques. Beatrix had therefore grown up with an understanding and appreciation of good textile design.
In the early 20th century, when her publisher Frederick Warne & Co., was planning deluxe editions of The Tailor of Gloucester and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, Beatrix insisted that the cloth bindings should be 'distinctly different and pretty'. The unusual flower-printed cloth that was finally used on these books actually came from her grandfather's printing works at her suggestion. The Tailor of Gloucester demonstrates how Beatrix revelled in beautiful textiles; the exquisite paintings in this book of intricately embroidered clothes, copied from eighteenth-century examples in a museum, are amongst her finest work.
A newly illustrated edition of this classic tale by one of Australia's greatest children's book illustrators.
When a raging cyclone whisks Dorothy's Kansas home away, she and her dog Toto, trapped inside, are transported to the magical Land of Oz. Desperate to return home, they set off towards the Emerald City to find the Great Wizard who can help them. So begins the action-packed adventure that delivers a world of witches and wizards, a pair of magical silver shoes, and a trio of new friends: the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion.These three prove to be valuable companions to Dorothy in the classic fairytale, where the journey itself really is at the heart of it all... First published in 1900, L. Frank Baum's tale is a tapestry of traditional storytelling, an exciting quest and
unforgettable characters. This beautiful new edition brings together the complete and unabridged text with over seventy magnificent illustrations by the award-winning Australian artist Robert Ingpen.
About the Author
L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) was born in the village of Chittenango, New York. His first children's book, a collection of nursery rhymes, was published in 1897, and he wrote many more books for children under his own name and various pseudonyms. He is best known for his books about the magical Land of Oz. The first, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was published in 1900 and was an instant hit - followed by thirteen sequels! Baum was an unstoppable creative force, pouring his energy and fortunes into his writing, and producing many theatrical and film adaptations of his works.
THE WIZARD OF OZ - A SCANIMATION BOOK By Rufus Butler Seder
We're off to see the wizard ... through the magic of Scanimation. Rufus Butler Seder has done it again, turning The Wizard of Oz, one of the most beloved films of all time, into his latest full motion masterpiece.
Take a journey down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion - and Toto, too! - reliving ten memorable scenes from the classic movie: from the twister that started it all, to a melting Wicked Witch of the West, to the great and powerful Oz - not to mention the ruby slippers' three heel-clicks that finally bring Dorothy back to Kansas. Dorothy was right: there's no place like home ... and there's no book quite like The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book.
Contains: Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto dancing down the Yellow Brick Road; Dorothy's farmhouse flying upward in a twister; Miss Gulch, on her bicycle in the tornado, transforming into a witch on a broomstick; The Lollipop Kids strutting from side to side; The Scarecrow doing a wacky dance; The Tin Man swaying from side to side; Dorothy and the Scarecrow flanking him as if to catch him; The Wicked Witch of the West waving on a sky full of flying monkeys; The Wicked Witch of the West melting; The Great and Powerful Oz-and the man behind the curtain frantically pulling levers; A close-up of Dorothy clicking her ruby slippers.
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF FLOWER FAIRIES By Cicely Mary Barker
This beautifully presented edition of Cicely Mary Barker's The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies is an enchanting and magical collector's piece. It is limited to an edition of only 1000 copies, and comes exquisitely packaged in a lavish presentation box with two hand-numbered, limited edition prints of rarely seen Cicely Mary Barker artwork. The original artwork for these prints has only recently been re-discovered; these charming and delicate fairy pen-and-ink drawings have not been seen in print since they were originally published in Fairies of the Flowers and Trees in 1950.
The vintage-inspired design of the set pays tribute to the timeless beauty of Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies.
The book has luxurious linen effect binding with foil detail and has special endpapers.
With Cicely Mary Barker's poems and fairy illustrations throughout, this is the perfect gift for fairy fans of all ages and something to treasure for a lifetime.
The Pixar Treasures
is a scrapbook of instinct and inspiration, experiences readers can touch, and visions that exist only in the imagination. It begins with a group of animators who were inspired by Walt Disney films. In the late 1970s and early '80s, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, and Joe Ranft were hired into an apprenticeship program at Walt Disney Productions. The last of Disney's golden age artists, including animators Eric Larson, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston mentored the young dreamers, and as Pixar later developed, their work would draw heavily from this direct connection with Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men."
The tale continues with Pixar's foray into computer animation, and the resulting success of Toy Story. With chapters on A Bug's Life; Monsters, Inc.; Finding Nemo; The Incredibles; Cars; Ratatouille; and WALL-E, Hauser's narrative covers the struggles, growth, and successes of an incredible animation studio. And it gives readers a sneak peak at the newest Disney Pixar film, Up. Filled with unique removable keepsakes, The Pixar Treasures is an essential collector's item for every Pixar fan.
The Necromancers no longer need Valkyrie to be their Death Bringer, and that′s a Good Thing.
There′s just one catch. There′s a reason the Necromancers don′t need her any more. And that′s because they′ve found their Death Bringer already, the person who will dissolve the doors between life and death.
And that′s a very, very Bad Thing...
About the Author
Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children′s story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. 'I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave,' he says, 'or she would be if she were dead.'
Cal's life is finally getting back to normal. He's living back at home with his mum and Gabbi, but the paparazzi still follow him everywhere. One night, Cal hosts a midnight movie marathon with his friends, which turns into a nightmare when they receive a mysterious message - you have 30 days. The hunt is on again!
About The Author
Gabrielle Lord survived being 'razed' by the nuns, acquired an education despite this, and after working in many different areas, sales, teaching, brick-cleaning, peach-picking and packing, and in the Public Service as an employment officer, started writing seriously aged 30.
"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best -- " and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.
A.A. Milne's eternally appealing tales about the Bear of Very Little Brain are brought wonderfully to life in this one complete collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories. This is the ultimate gift set for the nursery or discerning Winnie-the-Pooh enthusiast: 30 individual hardback books beautifully presented in an elegant chest, decorated inside and out with original E.H. Shephard illustrations. A stunning heirloom to keep for generations!
About The Author
Alan Alexander Milne (January 18, 1882 - January 31, 1956) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work.
Far, far away in Ancient Egypt, Jackal and Ibis are brought before the Cat Pharaoh to be punished for stealing from the town market. In a merciful moment, the cat Pharaoh decides to give the friends one last chance. She tells them they must journey up the River Nile to the temple of Karnak and bring back something that has been taken from her - a beautiful and precious Jewel Fish. But she has a warning for the two prisoners:
'Do not take anything else while you are in Karnak. And be warned that the Jewel Fish is magical. Be sure it does not get wet.'
Jackal and Ibis are not very clever and ignore the Cat Pharaoh's words by taking a few more riches for themselves . . .
Complete with hieroglyphics and sparkling jewels, here is a cautionary tale set amongst the wonders of an ancient world, from the bestselling and highly acclaimed author of such classics as Animalia, The Eleventh Hour and The Legend of the Golden Snail
THE BIPPOLO SEED AND OTHER LOST STORIES By Dr. Seuss
The amazing stories are full of typical Seuss humour, rhyme and rhythm and are all beautifully illustrated. They include ′The Bippolo Seed,′ in which a scheming cat leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision; ′The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga,′ about a rabbit who is saved from a bear via a single eyelash; ′Gustav the Goldfish,′ about a fish that grew and grew; ′Tadd and Todd,′ a tale about twins; ′Steak for Supper,′ about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner; ′The Strange Shirt Spot,′ about a spot of dirt that gets everywhere; and ′The Great Henry McBride,′ about a boy whose far-flung career fantasies
were bested only by those of Dr. Seuss himself.
Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.
Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.
Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories--Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures--weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful--with over 460 pages of original artwork--Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.
2012 will be the year of the Olympics, and to celebrate, Guinness World Records 2012 unveils its most thrilling edition yet, with a dynamic new "widescreen" design, thousands of new and classic records, never-before-seen photos and an exciting selection of new topics and features.
New topics and themes include: Apex Predators, Tough Guys, Dangerous Endeavours, Social Media, Battleships, Collectable Card Gaming, TV Action Heroes, Fashion, Most Dangerous Records Ever, The Oil Industry and World Cinema. Plus, meet the pioneers - the new generation of young men and women who are pushing the boundaries of human achievement... on land, air, ice and sea.
And there's more! This year's edition delves deeper into each record to bring you the anecdotes and trivia behind the records in new Fact-File spreads and trivia boxes. There are also "fact snakes" wiggling their way around some of the images with a wealth of fascinating facts.
WHERE'S ASTERIX by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
Young Asterix fans will have hours of fun searching for their favourite characters amidst a variety of fascinating and colourful scenes.
A fun and funny volume full of hilarious scenes featuring Asterix and his friends in a range of different escapades!
Younger readers are sure to have fun searching for Asterix amidst the chaos.
About The Author
Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 34 Asterix albums.
THE 13 STOREY TREE HOUSE by Andry Griffiths and Terry Denton
Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-storey treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favourite flavoured marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you're hungry.
Two new characters - Andy and Terry - live here, make books together, and have a series of completely nutty adventures. Because: ANYTHING can happen in a 13-storey treehouse.
This is a major new series from Andy and Terry- and it's the logical evolution of all their previous books. There are echoes of the Just stories in the Andy and Terry friendship, the breakaway stories in the Bad Book (the Adventures of Super Finger), there's the easy readability of the Cat on the Mat and the Big Fat Cow , and like all these books, the illustrations are as much a part of the story as the story itself.
Ooh-la-la! Pearlie has arrived in a grand palace garden in Paris, where Fifi the French fairy is preparing to unveil her fabulous fashion collection. Soon all Fifi's friends will be there to admire the dazzling gowns and Pearlie will have a front row seat. When Fifi's plans are turned upside down, can Pearlie weave a little magic and bring some Jubilee Park glamour to Paris in time for Fifi's show?
Here′s the low-down on Ruby Redfort: she′s a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a thirteen-year-old girl. She and her slick side-kick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains, but they′re always ice-cool in a crisis.
In LOOK INTO MY EYES, we go right back to Ruby′s beginnings as an agent. When an anonymous caller sets Ruby a challenge, it′s not long before she finds her way into the HQ of the most secret of secret agencies - SPECTRUM. They need her help to crack a code but her desk job soon spirals into an all-out action adventure, as Ruby uncovers the dastardly plans of the formidable Fool′s Gold Gang...