Sep 262019
 

In many ways our little miss 9 is a lot like her mama, but when it comes to her favourite animals Juliet is most definitely not mine! Where I love the furry, soft, cuddly kind she goes crazy for scaly and scary, slimy and slippery ones that give me the shivers just thinking about them. She loves learning all about these creepy creatures so this gorgeous Flying Eye Books title has her name all over it:

Fanatical about Frogs (RRP $27.99) is a delightful combination of art and amphibians. Across 40 beautifully decorated pages well-known British illustrator Owen Davey introduces young readers to all kinds of interesting facts about frogs, before you know it your budding biologist will be quite the frog expert!

From a desert rain frog to the American bullfrog, from the Vietnamese mossy frog to a starry night reed frog and many more, you have never seen a bigger collection of frogs before. How small/big are different types of frogs and what makes them special? Where do they live and how do they grow? What sounds do frogs make and which frogs should you stay far away from? If you have a froggy question this book is bound to have the answer! Even the frog that turns into a handsome prince gets a little mention.

To find out more about Walker Books and to take a closer look at ‘Fanatical about Frogs’ visit www.walkerbooks.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Fanatical about Frogs (RRP $27.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck!

Sep 172019
 

Spring is finally here and we are so excited about the warmer weather! After having been cooped up inside during the dark, rainy months we are soaking up the sunshine and heading outside when we can. The new season calls for a fresh look and stylish do and going by the brand new HairDooz range bold and bright is the way to go:

Featuring twelve cool new dooz in the prettiest of neon shades the new HairDooz Neonz are definitely eye-catching. Pixie, Sparkle, Crystal, Lilly, Skye or Candy… who will you find in your swivelling salon chair today? Twist the bottle door to unveal your latest client and check out her fresh spring look and sniff her frooty scent. Even the bottle has had a colour makeover and is now a funky neon orange!

While true collectors will no doubt be on the lookout for the rare ‘Glow in the Dark’ treasure (a party ready doll with a festive Braidy Updoo), we actually lost our heart to Wavy Rave Doo with her long, luscious locks in blue, pink and yellow. Securely seated on her salon seat you can store your Doo bestie in her bottle, display it on a shelf/cupboard or use the suction cup to create a floating chair for your mirror or a window.

There are twelve gorgeous HairDooz Neonz to collect and you can find the range at your local Kmart, Big W, Target, Woolworths, Coles, Toymate, Toyworld and Mr. Toys store or online.

Thanks to the release of the adorable new MiniDooz you can now really take your Doo with you, anywhere and anytime. Each of the twelve tiny MiniDooz girls is packed in the sweetest nail polish – shaped salon bottle, how sweet is that? We love that you can flip open the bottle lid (hair dryer style!) to take a sneak peek at your mini’s stylish doo… Will you be one of the first to discover the limited edition Glitzy Glama Fuzzidoo? We were and she is super sparkly!

Not only does their compact size make these little ladies the perfect companion for backpacks and dress pockets, MiniDooz are also designed to slide on top of your favourite pencil or pen. Add to that the familiar suction cup to build a floating seat and a bonus sheet of six cheeky mark nail stickers and we can safely say that this new HairDooz range has nailed it!

Pop into your local Kmart, Big W, Woolworths, Toymate or Mr. Toys store or online to start your MiniDooz collection.

Hip Tip: While the cute MiniDooz bottles come in a range of bright colours, these colours do not necessarily represent which Doo is inside so it will always be a surprise!

To find out more about HairDooz, to meet the different characters and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hairdooz.net.

‘Wonky Fruit & Vegetables’ giveaway

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Sep 162019
 

I’m sure by now you’ve all spotted the Coles ‘I’m Perfect’ fresh produce range and the ‘Odd Bunch’ section at Woolworths, but here’s a delightfully different alternative you’ve (most likely) not heard of before:

Dutch social enterprise Kromkommer (Krom means crooked, Komkommer means cucumber) has joined forces with sustainable play specialist and multiple award-winner Plan Toys to bring funky formed fruit and vegetables to toy kitchens around the globe. Grab a quirky apple and bumpy pear, add a two-legged carrot and heart-shaped tomato, throw in a curvy cucumber and you’ve got the Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Playset.

The Wonky Fruit & Vegetables Playset (RRP $50.99, 18 months+) is a powerful platter in many ways: It encourages children to use their imagination and grow social skills during pretend play, it helps budding chefs to develop fine motor skills as they cut their food with the (toddler-safe) toy knife, it stimulates logical thinking as kids match the food halves to make pairs, it teaches children about different fruits and vegetables and the importance of healthy eating habits AND it shows them that fruit and vegetables come in many perfectly imperfect shapes that are all tasty and worthy!

Loved and cherished across the globe Plan Toys are made from replenishable rubberwood which is preservative free and naturally processed. No harmful additives or colourings are used during manufacturing and the carefully selected water-based paints are safety certified, making Plan Toys a fantastic sustainable choice for modern eco-conscious parents. After all we all know pretend meals sometimes involve real bites or cheeky chomps and your child’s safety is Plan Toys’ priority.

Australian families can find the Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Playset at Knock On Wood ToysThe Coffee Apple, Amazon and Twigs Toy Boutique. Enjoy your meal!

To find out more about Plan Toys, to take a closer look at the Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Playset and to locate a stockist near you visit www.plantoys.com.

For your chance to win a Wonky Fruit & Vegetables Playset (RRP $50.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck.

‘Letters from Australia’ giveaway

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Sep 102019
 

Sometimes it is hard to picture just how big Australia is. There is still so much our family would like to see of, do in and learn about our beautiful country and (until then) my children thoroughly enjoy exploring our nation on paper. Award-winning artist Maree Coote has expertly combined her love of Australia, art and the alphabet into this sweet picture book:

Letters from Australia (RRP $29.99) is a fabulous celebration of all the things that make Australia special and unique using the magic of the alphabet. The gorgeous illustrations depict our native animals and nature, our  famous sights, well known characters and more with each picture built entirely out of letters.

What a unique way to look at Australia in a whole new way and at the same time practising the alphabet too. ‘Letters from Australia’ is a great tool for parents and educators to build letter recognition, after all every child loves a game of seek and find. It would also make a delightful Aussie souvenir for young readers living overseas so we’ll definitely pack a copy or two for our next European adventure.

To find out more about Walker Books and to take a look at Letters from Australia visit www.walkerbooks.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Letters from Australia (RRP $29.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck!

Cirque du Soleil ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’

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Sep 042019
 

A few years ago I was offered the incredible opportunity to see Cirque du Soleil perform in Antwerp, Belgium, however with no babysitter available I sadly had to pass last minute and it still makes me sad thinking about it. I have always wanted to experience Cirque du Soleil and I have been patiently waiting for another chance… with Adelaide on the tour list for 2020 I am secretly hoping it will be my year!

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a scientist (the Seeker) is convinced that there exists a hidden world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. Out of his curio cabinet steps an international cast of 47 artists from 17 countries, a collection of otherworldly characters made up of world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, hand-puppeteers, yo-yo wizards, clowns, actors and musicians. Together they turn the Seeker’s steampunk world upside-down as they are guided by an energetic gypsy jazz, electro swing soundtrack.

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’ will be opening its doors to the public in the following locations across Australia (with Melbourne now being treated to additional performances, how lucky!):

Sydney – October 2 to November 24, 2019
Brisbane – January 10 to January 26, 2020
Melbourne – March 12 to April 13, 2020
Adelaide – May 29 to June 7, 2020

To find out more about Circque du Soleil, to see the ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’ tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

‘Going to the Footy’ giveaway

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Sep 042019
 

My little students can never get enough of art and craft. Thankfully the school provides plenty of creative opportunities and the kids especially enjoyed learning about (and even trying their hand at) indigenous art at school some time ago. There are many talented artists among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities and how they depict their amazing country in their own unique style is truly eye-catching.

Thanks to Magabala Books people all over the Australia and even the world are able to experience the talent and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, what a fabulous way to share the rich Australian culture! Tiwi artist Debbie Coombes inherited her love of painting from her grandfather and has used his teaching and her heritage as inspiration for this sweet picture book.

We all know Australians love their footy, people come from far and wide to see their favourite teams face off against each other on the footy field. But how do all these footy fans get there? From a bus to a barge, from a tinny to a trail bike and everything in between, in Going to the Footy (RRP $19.99) we take a closer look at different modes of transport. The book features simple words for easy reading and delightful Tiwi art in traditional colours. How will you get to your next game?

As a special treat for our Hip Little One readers Magala Books has put together three fabulous ‘Going to the Footy’ prize packs valued at $60 each. Each pack contains a copy of the ‘Going to the Footy’ book, a beautiful printed tea towel and a gorgeous set of two coasters. Whether your little ones love footy, or is just crazy about transport vehicles of any kind, this real Aussie read would make a great gift (and a fantastic souvenir for family and friends overseas as well).

To find out more about Magabala Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite Magabala titles online visit www.magabala.com.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 ‘Going to the Footy’ prize packs (RRP $60 each) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

‘The Most Ungrateful Girl in the World’ giveaway

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Sep 032019
 

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She may not look like me at all, but if there is one thing miss Olivia has inherited from her mama it’s my love of books. Just like her twin brother she absolutely loves to read and if I let you you’d even find her walking to school while reading a book. When I stumbled upon this new Petra James title Olivia immediately put her hand up to read and review it and she has given it the big thumbs up:

Izzy Winkle is the most grateful girl in the world. At least, she was until a red polka-dotted hot air balloon floated past her window, and out came a competition flyer that fluttered right through her window. That is when the trouble really began. Izzy decides to enter the ‘Most Ungrateful Girl in the World’ competition, surely she must be the best at something? She becomes even more determined to win when the Department of Manners asks her to go undercover to spoil the competition. Now, everywhere girls are being ungrateful as they dream of being crowned The Most Ungrateful Girl in the World (RRP $16.99) and take out the big prize.

But how can Izzy Winkle, the most grateful girl in the world, compete against Fib Girl who holds the record for the tallest story ever told? (At least, she says she does) How can she win against Bad Word Girl, whose favourite word is ‘Bumfuzzle‘? How can Izzy beat Nit Girl, who hasn’t washed her hair for six months? The only thing Izzy is sure of is that there is going to be a lot of trouble, bad manners and fun!

I thought that ‘The Most Ungrateful Girl in the World’ is a great book, it was very funny. I think the ages 8+ will really like this book, or anyone with magnificent manners!

Reviewed and written by Olivia (10)

To find out more about Penguin Books Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite books online visit www.penguin.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘The Most Ungrateful Girl in the World’ hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page an enter, good luck!