Chil­dren’s PIC­TURE BOOKS

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The Christ­mas Tree Tan­gle by Mar­garet Mahy & Sarah Davis, Pen­guin/Ran­dom House.

A kit­ten has climbed to the top of the town’s Christ­mas tree. Her saviours – a cat, a dog, a goat and some pigs – rush to her aid but, amid all the drama, she finds her way down, leav­ing her res­cuers stuck. This new edi­tion of Mahy’s play­ful rhyme fea­tures fresh il­lus­tra­tions from Sarah Davis. Ages 3-6.

Sum­mer Days, Pen­guin/Ran­dom House.

This vi­brant an­thol­ogy cap­tures the essence of the great Kiwi sum­mer. Po­hutukawa, sand­cas­tles, rock pools, Jan­dals, cow­sheds and Christ­mas cake fea­ture in tales and po­ems by best-loved au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors in­clud­ing Mar­garet Mahy, Joy Cowley, Gavin Bishop, and Pamela Allen. A lus­cious keep­sake all the fam­ily will trea­sure.

Moo and Moo and Can You Guess Who? byJane Mill­ton and Deborah Hinde, Allen & Un­win.

The bovine stars of the Kaik­oura earth­quake re­turn in an ad­ven­ture set nine months af­ter their tu­mul­tuous time atop an “is­land” that formed in their pad­dock dur­ing the tremor. Im­ages of the stranded cows shot them to world fame. Now it’s spring and the start of new life...

Oi Cat! by Kes Gray and Jim Field, Ha­chette.

Ac­cord­ing to Frog, cats sit on gnats, dogs sit on logs, rac­coons sit on mac­a­roons and chicks sit on bricks. But Cat doesn’t like sit­ting on gnats be­cause they bite his bot­tom! What fol­lows will have every­one in gig­gles as Cat tries to change the ab­surd seat­ing plan, just as Frog did in the equally ridicu­lous, but bril­liant, pre­quels Oi Frog! and Oi Dog!

Scar­face Claw, Hold Tight! by Lyn­ley Dodd, Pen­guin/Ran­dom House.

That bat­tle-scarred moggy Scar­face Claw is en­joy­ing a sunny snooze when his warm spot sud­denly roars into ac­tion and he’s off on a claw-cling­ing ride. It has been seven years since Dame Lyn­ley’s last pic­ture book and this one is a cracker. Her fault­less rhyme makes it an ideal readaloud for ages 2-plus.

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