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Ged Adamson


Elsie hates getting her haircut. There’s absolutely nothing more terrifying for her. “They squirt you and they pull and they snip!” she cries in her most horribly loud voice. “I’m never going again. EVER!”
But after some coercion from her parents, Elsie reluctantly tries a new hairdresser named Boris Lazzario. Almost immediately, Boris is eager to cut her hair, but then learns of her fear. Reassuringly, Boris explains that his father, Count Lazzario, also dreads haircuts and is unhappy by Boris’s profession Boris. When confronted with the mean Count Lazzario, Elsie learns that she must be brave, in the end, both she and the count learn that haircuts are not so scary after all. (more)

“a wonderful addition to any bookcase.” — Kate Louise, author of The Upside-Down Fish 

9781629146188_p0_v1_s260x420MEET THE MCKAWS by Ged Adamson

Captain Stan and Tiny McKaw are rough-and-tumble pirates. Whether it’s searching for treasure or battling on the high seas, this adventurous duo is up for anything. But then Tiny’s parents come to visit. Suddenly, the big pirate ship starts to feel very small. Mrs. McKaw is always nagging—even in her sleep! Mr. McKaw insists on telling endless stories. And they both make the cook cry when they insult his food! After they stick Tiny in a very un-pirate-like suit and tie, Captain Stan has had enough. “Get off my ship!” he orders. Only moments later, though, a massive storm envelops the boat. Will the McKaws forgive Stan’s outburst and help to save the ship and crew?

From writer/illustrator Ged Adamson (Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser) comes this hilarious story of family and forgiveness. Adamson’s familiar humor makes Meet the McKaws a riot for everyone who has ever dealt with the trials of family. Accompanied by playful illustrations and bursting with color, this story is a reminder that while no family is perfect, a family’s love is irreplaceable. (more)

26150587DOUGLAS, YOU NEED GLASSES by Ged Adamson 

Meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn’t know it, and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty hairy situations.

Readers will laugh along with the new picture book character Douglas as he chases a leaf that he mistakes for a squirrel, walks through wet cement because he can’t see the warning sign, and annoys the neighbor’s dog by mistakenly eating out of his bowl. And when Douglas’s owner Nancy finally takes him to what is clearly an eyeglass store and Douglas asks, “Why are you taking me to a shoe store?” everyone will be giggling. (more)

Coming soon: I WANT TO GROW by Ged Adamson 

In which a small dinosaur, Herb, jealous of his tall human friend, Muriel, tries increasingly bizarre methods to make himself grow.

Coming soon: SHARK DOG by Ged Adamson 

SHARK DOG, in which a boy and his explorer father bring home a curious animal, half shark and half dog; this odd but loveable character’s delight in exploring the human world turns to homesickness after a visit to the beach.

Coming soon: SHARK DOG 2 by Ged Adamson 

Isabel Atherton

15899046THE BAD EASTER BUNNY by Isabel Atherton and Stéphanie Röhr

Every spring the Easter Bunny frolics through every neighbourhood in every city to hand out candy and toys to children. The problem is he feels a total lack of gratitude from them. He’s getting sadder and sadder, and in turn his once bright-pink fur has gone a depressing shade of blue. His fur really does reflect how he is feeling inside. When a group of highly excitable children knock him to the ground, he sees all of the colors of the rainbow and settles on a hopping red color. The Easter Bunny is furious! He’s tired for being taken for granted and has decided to become the Bad Easter Bunny.  (more)

“Great twist in the conclusion sprinkled with a hint of darkness throughout the storyline. An excellent take on the traditional theme of the Easter Bunny.” — Philippa Rae, author of Count the Sheep to Sleep

Isabel Atherton and Bethany Straker

17592617SMELLY GHOST by Isabel Atherton and Bethany Straker

In Spooky Town, there live many ghosts, ghouls, skeletons, and scary creatures. However, none of these creepy characters wants to play with a particular ghost—Smelly Ghost. The reason is simple: Smelly Ghost only consumes frightening junk food. He devours bone chips, chocolate toes, and eyeball pizza. Sadly, these foods make his tummy growl and yell—keeping everyone far, far away. Devastated, Smelly Ghost wonders why no one wants to be his friend. (more)

“If you have a stubborn eater this book is super cute and will hopefully get them to make better choices when it comes to eating ‘creepy food.'” — Everything Mom and Baby

18211038SPRINGY CHICKEN by Isabel Atherton and Bethany Straker

Martha’s the tallest chicken on the farm—and it’s not because she hit a growth spurt. Unfortunately, instead of normal chicken legs to hold her up, Martha’s legs are two giant yellow springs. After a run-in with a nasty fox, the farmer does the best he can to fix poor Martha, but it just isn’t the same. Now, she’s too tall to fit inside the chicken coop like all the other hens, her eggs are always smashed and scrambled since she’s so high off the ground, and it’s difficult to maneuver such big legs without stepping on a few toes and ruffling some feathers. But when the fox comes back, can Martha and her spring-legs muster the courage to save the day? Will that be enough for the brood to welcome her back?

Featuring an empowering story of acceptance from author Isabel Atherton, and bold, colorful illustrations by Bethany Straker, Springy Chicken celebrates that we all have something special to offer. (more)

20344706RUBY MOO’S DEEP-SEA ADVENTURE by Isabel Atherton and Bethany Straker

Ruby Moo has always been different from the other cows. She isn’t content making yogurt, milk, and cheese on the dairy farm. Ruby wants to be an astronaut, an explorer, and, more than anything, she wants to be the first cow deep-sea diver. So one day, brave Ruby Moo stows away on a van and rides it all the way to the ocean. Borrowing a helmet, she dives right into the water and discovers an exciting shipwreck along with a scary, giant squid! Thankfully, the squid is only looking for a chess partner—and maybe someone to play with on his trampoline. Phew! (more)

“A great little picture book bursting with energy.” — Kate Louise, author of The Upside-Down Fish 

Ian Beck 



Someone is stealing teddies. But who could it be?

Who is the Teddy Robber?

When Tom’s own teddy is snatched in the dead of night, he is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery . . .

A friendly, warmhearted and cheerful story that makes the perfect bedtime read for young children, teddies and Giants! (more)

“Big, handsome, irresistible.” — The Observer


An exciting adventure featuring tons of dinosaurs, one smoking volcano, and two brave children.

This is the story of a far away land, and one boys heroic quest to discover its secrets. The last of the dinosaurs are saved in a daring rescue in this thrilling tale, lavishly illustrated by award-winning Ian Beck.(more)

“A rip-roaring yarn . . . the stuff of a master storyteller weaving an epic – it’s not just the paper he paints, but also our imaginations.” — Books for Keeps

2568227PICTURE BOOK by Ian Beck

For every child who is just beginning to talk — a classic book of pictures from award-winning children’s illustrator, Ian Beck.
In luminous water-color, we see a duck, a moon, a teddy, a ship… familiar things that are transformed by Ian Beck’s stunning artwork into the realms of the magical.
As very young children recognize and identify these objects, they embark on a spellbinding journey through a unique picture book. A picture book that is both a learning experience and a thing of beauty. (more)

658414PETER AND THE WOLF by Ian Beck

Peter and the Wolf was composed by the great Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra. This timeless tale is beautifully retold and illustrated with by award-winning Ian Beck, and remains a wonderful introduction to the world of music. (more)

“Beautifully presented with childlike, atmospheric illustrations made more dreamy by the drifting snowflakes.” — Daily Mirror


THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT by Edward Lear and Ian Beck

Sail away for a year and a day. . . To the land where the money tree grows!

A magical new edition of Edward Lear’s much-loved rhyme, dreamily illustrated by award-winning artist Ian Beck.

Edward Lear’s popular poem is accompanied by Ian Beck’s gloriously atmospheric illustrations, full of humour and tenderness this is a thoroughly enchanting book. (more)

6536607FIVE LITTLE DUCKS by Ian Beck

Ian Beck’s pictures expand this favourite counting rhyme into an exciting adventure, in which a wicked fox prowls along snatching one little duck after another.

Five little ducks went swimming one day, Over the hills and far away. Mother duck said, Quack, quack, quack, quack. But only four little ducks came back …Ian Beck’s beautifully illustrated classic interpretation of a well-loved nursery song is a perfect first picture book to share with very young children. (more)

“A beautifully illustrated counting mystery based on the well-loved rhyme.” — Bookstart 

9781407107820LOST IN THE SNOW by Ian Beck

Uh-oh! Teddy is lost in the snow!

When Lily goes out to play in the snow, she leaves Teddy on the window ledge. But BANG goes the window and WHOOSH goes Teddy on another exciting adventure. But Lily can t get to sleep without him. Soon it starts to snow harder and Teddy islost in the snow! Another gorgeous book starring Teddy, thebear for all seasons, which finishes with delightful Christmas touch! This edition of Lost in the Snow also includes a poster of Teddy to pull out and treasure! (more)

522398THE LITTLE MERMAID by Ian Beck

Once, long ago there was a beautiful little mermaid with skin as pale as the palest rose petals and eyes the colour of the ocean itself. One day she swims up to the surface of the sea, where she catches a glimpse of Prince Caspar on board a sailing ship and falls deeply in love.

Ian Beck’s powerful storytelling and jewelled illustrations bring this enchanting, timeless tale to life, making it the perfect gift for little girls everywhere! (more)

“Beck’s haunting and colourful illustrations bring to life the love story between the Mermaid and Prince Caspian perfectly. A timeless classic with a modern touch.” — The Bookseller  

5969190WINSTON THE BOOK WOLF by Marni McGee and Ian Beck

Devour a good book!
In this clever take-off on Little Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf is the very hungry Winston who likes to eat books! When the librarian scolds him for this naughty behavior, Rosie (who wears a familiar red hoodie), rescues him and takes him out into the woods to teach him how to read books, not eat books. Winston grows to love reading and is soon devouring books with his eyes, and reading them (disguised as Granny Winston) to groups of children at the library. This hilarious book, complete with fabulous art and a die-cut cover highlights the importance of books and the joy of reading! (more)

13355010ALADDIN AND THE ENCHANTED LAMP by Philip Pullman and Ian Beck

Philip Pullman’s wry wit and award-winning talent brings much to this rich, dark and uplifting rendition of the classic tale “Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp”. With magic and mischief in equal measure, it will captivate readers of all ages.

This retelling of Aladdin captures the full feel of this well-loved tale. Aladdin is a poor peasant, until he buys a magic lamp. When the lamp is rubbed vigorously, a genie appears to grant any wish. (more)

“Written with masterly ease from the reigning master of children’s literature.” — The Daily Telegraph

James Duffett-Smith and Bethany Straker

17592621A CURIOUS ROBOT ON MARS! by James Duffett-Smith and Bethany Straker

Far off into space—186 million miles to be precise—a fearless robot rover travels all by his lonesome. He is on a crucial mission from Earth, eagerly seeking to answer the much-anticipated question: Does life exist on Mars? But there is nothing to be seen on this planet except miles of rocks. He loses support from mission control and finds himself alone and cut off from civilization. But the curious little robot is resilient! After noticing a flash of light shining brilliantly through the crack of a rock, he instantly realizes his mission is far from over. He slowly inches towards the edge, but then suddenly falls perilously into the darkness! What will he discover? (more)

“such a lovely, feel-good picture book.” — Kate Louise, author of The Upside-Down Fish 

Pip Jones

9780571311835DADDY’S SANDWICH by Pip Jones and Laura Hughes

Daddy, would you like a sandwich, with all your favourite things…?

Join one little girl on her quest to make her father the perfect sandwich, whether he likes it or not… You’re in for a wicked surprise!

From Squishy McFluff author Pip Jones and bright new talent Laura Hughes, this is a brilliantly funny and charming picture book perfect for ages 3+ and for Fathers’ Day gifts. (more)

“Very sweet and funny.” — Huffington Post 

Kate Louise

UDFTHE UPSIDE-DOWN FISH by Kate Louise and Laura Matine

Upside-down Fish lives in a big tank at a pet store filled with lots of other fish. The other fish in the tank swim the right-way up, though, and they don’t understand why Upside-down Fish is so different. This makes him very lonely. One day, a child comes into the store and chooses Upside-down Fish as a pet. He is anxious that he won’t be accepted in his new tank, but much to his surprise, the new fish are friendly! They love that he is different and want to know what it’s like to have the sky below and the ground above. Upside-down Fish realizes that it’s okay to be different—it’s what makes him so special. (more)

“This big-hearted story has a lovely message delivered with a light touch.” — Clara Vulliamy, author of Martha and the Bunny Brothers 

Kate Louise and Bethany Straker

Pierre_coversmlPIERRE THE FRENCH BULLDOG RECYCLES by Kate Louise and Bethany Straker

Like most dogs, Pierre, a French bulldog, loves the excitement of digging things up. He hoards his treasures in a hole in the backyard and then makes space for more. One day Pierre tosses some old stuff into the trash can, but he forgets to recycle. Now, instead of being transformed into new things, that plastic bottle and newspaper will sit in a landfill forever! Well, not if Pierre has anything to do with it. He chases the garbage truck through town, but will he catch it in time, or will those treasures be trash forever? (more)

“Children will adore Pierre! A Must-Read!” — SoCal City Kids

Kate Louise and Grace Sandford 

Tough Cookie_covermedTOUGH COOKIE by Kate Louise and Grace Sandford

When this gingerbread man was baked, someone forgot to put in the ginger. He’s made of eggs and cinnamon and flour and butter and sugar, but he’s missing a key ingredient! Without ginger, the gingerbread man feels like he’s not really a gingerbread man at all! He can’t be sold in the bakery, so he lives at the back of the store. And there he causes all kinds of trouble.

This is a story about being kind and finding happiness through helping others. Sandford’s cute illustrations accompany Louise’s sweet story, and children won’t be able to resist its delightful charm. (more)

“An attitudinally challenged gingerbread man gets a lesson in manners. . . . A didactic take on the traditional tale.” — Kirkus Reviews 

Rose Mannering and Bethany Straker

18211052THE SPOTTY DOTTY DAFFODIL by Rose Mannering and Bethany Straker

The little daffodil’s only dream, ever since he was just a bulb, was to grow to be tall, bright, and yellow. But during the winter, the little bulb caught a cold. When springtime finally arrives, the bulb’s brothers and sisters have all grown into beautiful yellow daffodils, while the little daffodil is left spotted and small. The daffodil is ashamed of his red spots, and thinks himself ugly in comparison to his brothers and sisters. So when a little girl comes outside to play for the first time since winter, the little daffodil tries to hide in shame. But the little girl is looking for a special flower to give her grandmother. Does she choose the spotty dotty daffodil? Does the daffodil finally accept his spots? (more)

“Such a lovely children’s book! I think that the story about accepting differences concerns every young reader.” — Literasa 

24693854BOO’S BEARD by Rose Mannering and Bethany Straker

Tom can’t read facial expressions, so he doesn’t understand the other children and they don’t understand him. Playing at the park can be lonely sometimes, but luckily Tom has his dog, Boo, and Boo is easy to understand. She wags her tail when she is happy and whines when she is sad.

This sweet book familiarizes children with social disabilities, such as autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Children learn the meaning of facial expressions and are introduced to the possibility that some children may have difficulty interacting with them. (more)

Mo O’Hara

FintasticFishsitter330MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH: THE FIN-TASTIC FISH SITTER by Mo O’Hara and Marek Jagucki

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish — now taking a splash into picture books!

Everyone knows that fish and cats don’t get on. So when Sami has to look after her big brother’s goldfish, it won’t be easy with Fang the vampire kitten lurking next door . . .
Frankie the hypniotic zombie goldfish is back! This time he’s in full picture book colour so younger readers can join in the fishy fun. Featuring favourite characters from the original bestselling fiction series, MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH.

A hilarious story of animal mayhem featuring the most badly behaved pets ever! (more)

9781447277644More People to Love MeMORE PEOPLE TO LOVE ME by Mo O’Hara and Ada Grey 

This little girl’s family is huge! The only way to show how huge would be to draw a family tree. With a step-mum, a step-dad, four brothers and sisters, and a whole lot of grandparents, her family tree has a lot of branches – and a lot of people to love her.

Mo O’Hara’s warm and playful story will speak to any young child with an extended family. Accompanied by Ada Grey’s charming illustrations, More People To Love Me is a gorgeous book which shows that families come in all shapes and sizes.

With this many people to love, why have a family tree when you can have a family forest?(more)

Grace Sandford

EggCover-290x292THE EGG by Grace Sandford

Grace Sandford’s THE EGG, about a feisty goose who discovers an egg that she reluctantly looks after – discovering responsibility and friendship in having a sibling and more importantly, a friend.

Gracie Goose had always done things by herself, until the day she discovered an egg on its own… Follow Gracie on her adventure as she learns to look after the egg and whatmight happen once it hatches! This story is perfect for those who have younger siblings or a baby on the way. (more)

Bethany Straker

9781629146102_p0_v1_s260x420THE FUNNY BUNNY FLY by Bethany Straker

Something doesn’t smell right at Mr. Abel Throppe’s bakery. Eighteen customers are sick, and they’re blaming it on his pie! What could have caused this awful epidemic? It seems a funny bunny fly has taken up residence in the bakery. You see, Funny Bunny Fly doesn’t like to be clean. Prior to entering the bakery, he rolled in some dog doo-doo and is spreading germs all over town! Mr. Throppe better keep his bakery clean, or he’s going to lose his customers and gain a permanent new tenant. (more)

“A fun, delightful picture book with a strong message!” — Rose Mannering, author of The Spotty Dotty Daffodil 

Isabel Thomas

9781782023159EMMA PEROR’S NEW CLOTHES by Isabel Thomas and Erica-Jane Waters

Fairy-tales today!

Emma Peror is the ballet class terror! But a new pupil in the class is going to teach her a lesson.

Trixie Tailor gives Emma a tutu … a tutu that she says only the best ballet dancers can see.

But is the tutu actually even there? (more)

9781782023135HANSEL, GRETEL, AND THE DASTARDLY DINNER LADY by Isabel Thomas and Mónica Carretero-Suarez 

Fairy-tales today!

Harry and Greta just love dessert. But Mrs Maggot, the dastardly dinner lady, won’t let them eat any.

One day, Harry and Greta follow a trail of chocolate sauce into the school kitchen to find the puddings of their dreams … but get more than they bargained for! (more)

Elli Woollard 

elli-woollard-untitled-1-june-2013-978144725473701THE GIANT OF JUM by Elli Woollard and Benji Davies

“Fee!” he said, and “Fi!” he said, and “Fo!” he said and “Fum!”

Look out children, the Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry and he’s off in search of a tasty snack. And the tastiest of all is a boy known as Jack! But Jack and his friends don’t see a scary giant, they see a magically tall man – a man who can fetch lost balls and rescue cats from trees! Perhaps this hungry giant is softer than he seems…

An incredible rhyming text and a brilliant, big-hearted twist on a classic fairy tale, this book sees the launch of a major new picture book pairing: the uniquely talented author and poet, Elli Woollard, and award-winning illustrator, Benji Davies.

Also contains an important message for all: don’t eat kids, eat cake! (more)

9781447254805The Dragon and the Nibblesome KnightTHE DRAGON AND THE NIBBLESOME KNIGHT by Elli Woollard and Benji Davies

When a kind young boy helps a strange-looking bird, a beautiful friendship forms. But what these two friends don’t realise is that one is a young knight . . . and the other a young dragon! What will they do when they discover they are enemies and destined to FIGHT?

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight is a bold, funny and heartwarming story from a perfect picture book pairing; the uniquely talented Elli Woollard and award-winning Benji Davies.

Fairy tale fun from the creators of The Giant of Jum. (more)


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