‘The Most Ungrateful Girl in the World’ giveaway

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Sep 032019


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!

Grandpa’s Noises giveaway

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Aug 222019

EK Books

This month marks 13 years since I left my home country, my family and my loved ones behind to move to Australia. Time really does fly and the saying ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ is totally true as well. My old Opa is now 96 years old and I would give a small fortune to be able to visit him today. Whether you have a grandpa, a poppy, an opa or a pa, this gorgeous EK Books release celebrates the funny side of them all:

Go on, put on your best listening ears and come along for a visit to Grandpa. Giggles are guaranteed as you learn to recognise Grandpa’s Noises (RRP $24.99)!

He may not be a man of many words, but that definitely doesn’t mean Grandpa is quiet… A day with Grandpa is filled with lots of interesting noises, you could call them his signature sounds. From his crunching knees and creaking back to his slurping lips and his peaceful purring when he sleeps, the more time you spend with Grandpa, the better you get to know his repertoire of noises.

Reading ‘Grandpa’s Noises’ quietly in your head is obviously not an option, this book simply demands to be read out loud with each sound turning into a real performance. Our youngest readers thoroughly enjoy the show and love predicting and joining in the different noises. What a lovely family book!

You can find ‘Grandpa’s Noises’ in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Grandpa’s Noises head over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck!

Nov 122018

After 12 years away from my family I can safely say that saying goodbye does not get any easier. In fact, it only seems to get harder every time! Knowing this I give myself two months after each farewell to feel homesick and this week my time is up, I don’t feel exactly ready yet but it’s time to face the world again. If you’re feeling a little down in the dumps too or could just do with a lovely, relaxing evening out filled with big belly laughs here’s a tip for you:

After the huge success of The Play That Goes Wrong the expectations were high for Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Mischied Theatre once again delivered. We all know things don’t always go to plan and in this case those trip-ups and stumbles, falls and fights and glitches and hitches are exactly what makes Peter Pan Goes Wrong disastrously funny.

On their way to magical Neverland the much-loved members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society have to battle against technical hiccups, flying mishaps and cast disputes which will leave the audience in stitches. This successful West End production is a welcome treat of fabulously funny comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick, who knew disaster could be this hilarious?

Since its London premiere in 2013 Peter Pan Goes Wrong has been bringing smiles all across the UK and the West End and even earnt a nomination for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, so grab your tickets today and settle in for two hours of roaring laughter.

On its way to Neverland Peter Pan Goes Wrong will stop in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Perth.

To find out more about Peter Pan Goes Wrong, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.peterpangoeswrong.com.au.

One lucky Hip Little One reader is in for an evening full of laughs as we are giving away a double pass (RRP $199.80) to see Peter Pan Goes Wrong at Arts Centre Melbourne, The Playhouse on Wednesday 19th December (7pm). For your chance to win enter below:

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Dec 192017

I don’t know about you but at our house the school holidays are filled with crafting and creating, reading and relaxing and plenty of making and baking. Without the usual time pressure I am quite happy to take on a fun kitchen challenge and all our children love helping out with mixing, rolling, icing and of course eating. Are you looking for a super cool school holiday baking project to do with the kids? Let expert cake sculptor Sweet Art show you how to take your The Emoji Movie favourites from screen to scrumptious:

These days almost everyone loves using emojis to express their thoughts and feelings, but have you ever wondered what really happens when you select an emoji on your phone? Discover a secret world inside your smart phone in The Emoji Movie, welcome to Textopolis!

Each Emoji in Textopolis has been assigned one facial expression, something that makes it unique and stand out from the crowd. All except for Gene, a bouncy bundle of mixed emotions who is forever struggling to find the right expression. Together with his emoji buddies Hi-5 and Jailbreak, Gene embarks on a mission to lock in his desired ‘Meh’ character, but a firewall stops them in their tracks and the future of their world is on the line. Will Gene be able to rescue Textopolis? It all comes down to embracing what makes you unique and special.

If you prefer the happy face of Smiler or can’t stop giggling when you see Poop, Sweet Art has those covered too. That’s your ultimate Emoji party sorted!

The Emoji Movie is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures Australia and to take a closer look at The Emoji Movie visit www.theviewinglounge.com.au.

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Dec 032017

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Take it from this mum of six, if you’re planning a fun Christmas escape or road trip you might want to put together a special ‘holiday backpack’ for your little travellers. I always plan ahead and pack a range of boredom busters to get us to our holiday destination without going crazy: a notebook with pens/markers, a toy for pretend play, a game to play alone or with siblings, some snacks, a puzzle/brain teaser and of course a good read. The new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book would be perfect for your upcoming Christmas vacation:

Today’s book review is brought to you by Tommie (9 years old):

Read more about your favourite teenager Gregory Heffley in the action packed adventure Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (RRP $14.99). Middle schooler Greg is looking forward to a traditional Heffley Christmas in front of the fire while Dad’s shovelling the drive in the cold, but instead he finds himself on a strange and faraway island where his parents want to ‘relive their honeymoon’. At first Isla de Corales with its beautiful hotels and good service doesn’t look that bad, except it seems that the whole world has decided to come celebrate Christmas on the small island!

It wouldn’t be a true Diary of a Wimpy Kid hit without a bunch of strange surprises, funny hiccups, silly incidents and loads of laughs. From venomous critters and painful sunburn to stomach trouble and a suitcase mix-up, it looks like the holiday is heading for distaster. Will Greg be able to stop Christmas turning into crisis?

I enjoyed this book because it’s really funny and interesting learning about Greg’s life in an awesome novel by one of the world’s best writers and drawers, Jeff Kinney. I think people my age will love this new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, it is one of my favourite book series.

To find out more Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, to browse the different titles in the series and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Nov 212017


When people hear I am a mum of six, including a newborn, they often say ‘You have your hands full’ followed by ‘at least you have lots of helpers’. Of course all the kids love helping out with the new baby but miss 9 especially is always ready to assist with any chores big or small. Because she is a real bookworm and likes the responsibility of a ‘job’ she was super keen to help out with today’s blog post. After the success of Ickypedia kids can now enjoy another hilarious guide full of yucky creations by The Listies, check out our latest book review brought to you by my wonderful assistant Olivia:

Learn all gross foods from A-Z in Ickyfoodia (RRP $14.99)! From Bindigestion (which is to feel sick after eating something out of the bin) to Phlegmonade (which is the most disgusting soft drink ever), you can learn all gross foods that you’ve never heard of. Find out what “Fail chips” are or see all of the recipes to foods that will make you sick! Also includes disgusting poems, weird quizzes and gross games.

I thought this book was a bit crazy, interesting and gross. It has some strange words and their meanings, some silly stories and an episode of ‘The ultimate sandwich’. The recipes are weird, funny and interesting. I’m nine years old and I think the book is suitable for people the same age as me. I think it’s a funny book and I liked reading it.

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

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Dec 272016

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

After a very hot Christmas I’m rather happy with the cool change and the garden is loving the rain, even the kids don’t mind being stuck inside thanks to all the awesome books they received for Christmas. Every now and then I hear some giggling coming from the corner, proof that even after 11 books the Diary of Wimpy Kid series still delivers:

Sometimes you have to be creative to get what you want, something Greg is surprisingly good at in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (RRP $14.99). When Greg’s mum hides all the Halloween candy Greg decides to cheat in the school’s balloon competition to win a huge jar of candy corn, except things don’t go exactly as planned and he finds himself stuck with a rather awkward new playmate. To score himself an invitation to a popular Halloween party Greg even goes as far as to join the school band, but playing the French horn turns out to be much harder than he thought it would be.

Unfortunately the truth comes out at the school concert and his dad is far from pleased. Finding himself stuck on home detention and forced to properly learn to play the impossible French horn, without Halloween candy to keep him going, Greg decides to make a scary movie with the help of his friend Rowley…

To find out more Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, to browse the different titles in the series and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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