Haven Magazine - - Upfront - Belinda Now­ell Beck and Matt Stan­ton An­gel­ica Banks Amanda Voisey


Writ­ten for preschool and early pri­mary age chil­dren by first-time au­thor Belinda Now­ell, Who’s Got a Nor­mal Fam­ily? in­tro­duces read­ers to Alex, who is over the moon when he gets a new foster sis­ter. But when school bully Jimmy Martin tells him his fam­ily isn’t nor­mal, joy turns to de­spair. Alex turns to his mum to help him find ‘a nor­mal fam­ily’ in a trip through their class photo. “Are we nor­mal?” he asks. Mum gave Alex her bright­est smile. “Ab­so­lutely NOT… but why don’t we find out who is?” The book ex­plores dif­fer­ent fam­ily struc­tures in a unique and hu­mor­ous way and is a cel­e­bra­tion of fam­i­lies and the many won­der­ful forms they take. Ages 3-6 years. $24.95 from Boa­bel and Lit­tle Steps Pub­lish­ing Grown-ups: There are two things you need to know about this book. Firstly, your favourite thing in the whole wide world is the let­ter B. And sec­ondly, you’re about to sneeze and all the Bs will be blown out of the book. So un­til you can get your favourite let­ter _ack, you’re go­ing to sound re­ally, re­ally silly - and the kids will love it! Did You Take the B from My _ook? is a high­con­cept pic­ture book from the Books That Drive Kids Crazy! se­ries, cre­at­ing fun read-aloud ex­pe­ri­ences be­tween adults and chil­dren, to help kids foster a love of books from a very early age. Ages 4+ years. $19.99 from Harper Collins


Deal­ing with a ter­ri­ble loss at home and faced with un­known dan­ger in the world of story, Tuesday McGil­ly­cuddy has to muster all her re­sources to sur­vive her most chal­leng­ing adventure yet. Win­ter has fallen in the world of story and at Brown Street, Tuesday’s type­writer lies silent. Far away in the Pep­per­mint For­est, Vivi­enne Small fears that she will never again feel the touch of the sun. But when the mys­te­ri­ous Lod­don ap­pears in Vivi­enne’s tree­house, he brings with him ter­ri­ble dan­ger. With­out warn­ing, Tuesday is swept up into the world of story as she has never seen it be­fore. In this for­bid­ding and un­fa­mil­iar place - and with­out her beloved dog Bax­terr at her side - Tuesday be­comes Lod­don’s cap­tive. But who ex­actly is this strange boy? And will she find a way to de­feat him? Aged 8-12 years. $15.99 from Allen & Un­win


With more than 611,000 loyal Facebook fans and her web­site (www.cook­ing­for­busy­ see­ing an av­er­age 250,000 page views a month, Amanda Voisey has cre­ated the per­fect plat­form for shar­ing recipes with all those time-poor fam­i­lies look­ing to eat well on a bud­get. In this book, Amanda shares her most pop­u­lar, most de­li­cious and quick­est recipes for break­fast, lunch and din­ner that will make feed­ing your fam­ily a whole lot eas­ier. She in­cludes valu­able in­for­ma­tion on nu­tri­tion for kids, how to cope with fussy eaters, how to save money at the su­per­mar­ket and great, sim­ple ideas of pack­ing a school lunch box. $24.99 from Allen & Un­win Re­views

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