Children’s PICTURE BOOKS
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.