‘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!

Jul 172015

Crawf's Kick it to Nick

Often people think that reading is more something for girls, while boys are expected to kick a footy in the backyard with their mates. Well I have news for you, boys love reading too but sometimes the trick is finding a book with the right theme to get their attention. If you’ve got a young AFL fan at home who is looking for a cool read the Crawf’s Kick it to Nick series by Shane Crawford is just what you need. Fun and interesting, not too thick and not too thin (ca. 90 pages), some pictures here and there and of course some footy tips and tricks from the experts; score!

T-Rex At TrainingAhead of the upcoming finals Nick and his mates are warming up with a last-chance training session. When the kids discover that a dinosaur fossil is buried under the field they are only worried about the upcoming match, but then a bubbly mass of purple goop appears and the footy practice turns into a race against a pre-historic animal of gigantic proportions. I hope their footy skills are up to scratch because they’re about to run for their lives in Crawf’s Kick it to Nick: T-Rex at Training.

Half-Time HeroesIn Crawf’s Kick it to Nick: Half-time Heroes The Crocs win the very special opportunity to play a half-time exhibition match at the AFL Grand Final. Nick is terribly excited to be playing at the MCG, thousands of people will be watching his team in the stadium and millions at home on TV. He is rather disappointed when he is not selected as the team captain but realises that it’s a team effort and together they can do anything. They’re about to win the game when ‘Cactus’ and the mysterious ball of purple goop come to throw a spanner in the works…

There are currently 8 different ‘Crawf’s Kick it to Nick’ books to collect.

To find out more about the ‘Crawf’s Kick it to Nick’ series (RRP $9.99 per book), published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Jun 162015

Penguin Australia

Every Sunday afternoon we pack the entire family in the car and head to the pool for swimming lessons. Thankfully all four kids have their classes at the same time and they absolutely love their time in the water; it’s fun for the whole family and an excellent way to fit some exercise into their week. For now swimming is their only sport but the kids are already discussing their next after-school activity, ballet and soccer are the hot favourites at the moment. The Sporty Kids book series is fun, quick and easy to read and a great way for young kids to read up on different sports:

Sporty Kids SwimmingIn Sporty Kids: Swimming Emma is determined to turn her embarrassing belly whacks into proper dives, after all no one likes being the laugh of the team. By picturing different animals and the way they get around in the water Emma soon slides to the water like a real pro. Our miss 6 is not usually very keen on reading but this short read was just perfect for her and she was very proud of herself when she finished.

Sporty Kids FootyWe all know it is not about but winning but having fun, in saying that when Joe feels it is his ‘fault’ his team doesn’t win he is not very happy. In Sporty Kids: Footy Joe spends his week practising his handball skills so that he won’t let the team down at the next match. Not everyone is pleased with all these test throws but it is all worth it in the end when his last-minute handball leads to the winning goal.

Keep an eye out for more Sporty Kids titles later this year.

To find out more about Sporty Kids (RRP $9.99 per book) by Felice Arena, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Jun 012015

Penguin Australia

We all know stuff happens every day so it was about time for some new adventures to be added to the Stuff Happens book series. This time the spotlight is on Lennie, who argues with a teacher, and Cooper who goes on school camp; they are real-life stories that regular Aussie boys will recognise and love:

Stuff Happens CooperWhen Cooper’s grandfather dies unexpectedly he is not sure how to feel: he is angry because he misses his Pop, at the same time he is upset that he has missed the start of school camp. When he does make it to camp Cooper just wants life to continue the way it was, but everything seems different. It takes a frightening accident with a kayak and a night out in the woods for Cooper to come to terms with what has happened in Stuff Happens Cooper (RRP $9.99)

Stuff Happens LennieStuff Happens Lennie (RRP $9.99) is my favourite book in the series so far, it felt like it was written about our own son. Lennie loves reading, learning and sharing his knowledge with other people, whether they like it or not. Mr. McDonnell, the relief teacher, and Lennie don’t exactly hit it off straight away and as always Lennie insists on being right all the time. It’s time for Lennie to learn that you don’t always have to be right or have the last word and that’s OK. Who will be the bigger person?

To find out more about the Stuff Happens series (RRP $9.99 per book), published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Apr 072015

Penguin Australia

I’ll be honest here: I don’t like footy. As I was raised in The Netherlands I do get excited about soccer but words like AFL, NFL, NRL, footy and rugby don’t mean much to me at all. However as our children are growing up in Australia it was only a matter of time before our son would request to try his hand (or foot) at footy too. If you have a little footy fan at home too you are sure to love this gorgeous new children’s book:

Why I Love Footy

Why I Love Footy (RRP $19.99) is a large, hardcover children’s book covering all there is to love about footy, written from a child’s point of view. Featuring gorgeous illustrations and easy-to-understand language Why I Love Footy explains everything there is to know about this popular sport.

Why I Love Footy 1

From the rules of the game to what to expect at the footy match, from special moments shared with family and other fans to team songs and mascots, from prizes to win to foods to eat and cards to collect, these 32 colourful pages of footy fun are perfect for young readers (and unknowing mamas).

Why I Love Footy 2

Why I Love Footy very much focusses on the bonding part of the sport, how it bring families together and creates wonderful memories to be treasured for life (even if you lose!). I also love that the book covers footy in general, not taking sides for a particular club or player and therefore appealing to little footy fans all around the country.

To find out more about Why I Love Footy by Michael Wagner, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Mar 072015

Pan Macmillan Australia

As AFL fans across the country wait impatiently for the new season to kick off next month here’s a little something from Pan Macmillan to keep you busy while you count down:

Game Day

The ruckmen face off over the centre circle and for a moment everything is frozen possibility: players, umpire, the ball suspended overhead, the softly clouded sky. Everything except the fans, a circus beyond the stillness. Then the ball swings down and cracks it all open.’

The new draft pick, the tired has-been, the up-and-comer, the might-have-been. The talent scout, the coach on the edge, the beleaguered umpire, the concerned medic. The number-one fan, the lifetime members, the desperate gamblers. The footballers’ mums, the WAGs, the groupies. The tags, the rivals, the sledging. The pressure.

Mick Reece and Jake Dooley, best mates since childhood, began their first professional season playing AFL with little notion of what they’re getting into or the complexity of the beast that the game must feed.

In Game Day (RRP $29.99) Miriam Sved brings this beast into the light over the course of one season of Aussie Rules. Revelling in their battles, their victories and their relentless interdependence, Game Day asks whether what unites the true believers is stronger than what divides them, and if love of the game can transcend our flaws and imperfections to result in something beautiful.

To find out more about Game Day by Miriam Sved, published by Pan Macmillan, and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

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Feb 202012

Recently we were invited to the birthday party of our nephew, of course the kids were super excited but they are not the ones having to buy a present for a 10 year old boy. I never have any trouble picking gifts for girls, no matter what age, in fact I am always well prepared and know in advance what sort of present I am looking for. Shopping for boys on the other hand is much more difficult (I think) and up until the last minute I wasn’t sure what to get. The only thing I did know is that he loves footy so just in time I came across these two great new books:

The Find The Footy activity book ($14.95, 48 pages) is both fun and educational so it will get the tick of approval from both kids and parents. On every page kids need to locate up to 12 footy balls, hiding in pictures of famous landmarks and locations from all around the world. That sounds easier than it is and it will certainly keep them busy for quite a while! The Great Wall of China, the Colosseum in Rome, the Tower Bridge in London, kids will learn a lot whilst hunting for icons from their favourite sport.

As a child I (and my sisters) used to love arts and crafts but my brother was not much into all the creative stuff. Both my son and daughter love sitting at the table with their colouring books but when boys get that little bit older they are often not very interested in drawing and colouring in anymore. They prefer to go outside and get dirty in the yard or even better, play a game of footy. But what do they do when it is too cold or rainy to play outside?

The Bumper Footy colouring book ($9.95, 96 pages) is great crafty entertainment for young footy lovers. The book features a massive 48 famous AFL players and whilst learning lots of interesting facts about the players kids can colour in a picture of each sportsman and team logo. When was he born, how tall is he, what position does he play and what moves is he famous for? Little supporters will love this crafty footy ‘encyclopedia’. Priced at just $9.95 the Bumper Footy book is a great gift idea.

To find out more about Find The Footy or Bumper Footy and to order your favourite titles online visit www.slatterymedia.com, delivery within Australia is free for every book order.

For your chance to win a copy of Bumper Footy and Find the Footy visit www.slatterymedia.com and answer the following question: Name one of the players featured in the Bumper Footy colouring book.

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