Aug 022015

Penguin Australia

As some of you will know our little Sybbie is not a big talker so recently we visited a lovely speech therapist for some insight and helpful tips on how to encourage her speech. We’ve learnt lots of new tactics already and one of them is fewer words and repetition to make her familiar with certain sounds. This gorgeous children’s picture book is a big favourite at the moment and ticks those learning boxes in a fun way:

I'm a Hungry Dinosaur

I’m a Hungry Dinosaur is a large, hard-cover picture book (22-pages) for young children about a happy little dinosaur who loves to get messy in the kitchen. Each page features a cute dinosaur illustration and 1-2 simple sentences that flow in a rhyming fashion making it fun to read and to listen to.


To encourage children to read and/or talk along certain words are repeated in big, bold writing and this is just what helps miss Sybbie practise the different sounds, we love it! ‘I’m a Hungry Dinosaur’ is an ideal bite-size read before bedtime (no pun intended).

To find out more about I’m a Hungry Dinosaur (RRP $19.99) by Janeen Brian and Ann James, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit

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Apr 242015

Penguin Australia

In our home with four young kids it’s a sentence you regularly hear: ‘I’m sorry little wombat, but you’re too small’. Of course it makes perfect sense that some things are more suited to the older kids but it doesn’t make it any easier for the small person who has to miss out. If your child is feeling ‘too small’ for everything too you will love this gorgeous new book by Penguin Books Australia:

How Big is Too Small?

From the hand of award-winning author Jane Godwin comes a lovely new picture book called How Big is Too Small? (RRP $24.99), showing little readers that you are perfect no matter what size you are.

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When Sam tries to play ball with his brother and his friends he is being told he can’t join in because he is too small. But what is too small? An ant is smaller than Sam, but for an ant it’s the perfect size. A leaf is small but an important part of a tree, which is born from a tiny seed, and in turn the seed grows from a minuscule cell you can’t even see! Sam realises there is a right size for everything (and everyone), what he needs is a friend his own size.

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How Big is Too Small! is a large hardcover book written in rhyme, making it fun to read and to listen to. Artist Andrew Joyner has done a fantastic job with the illustrations, they’re friendly, colourful, attractive and easy to recognise for young children (particularly handy for those cheeky toddlers who are not patient enough just yet to listen to the rhyme).                                                  

To find out more about How Big is Too Small? by Jane Godwin, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit

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Jun 172014

Penguin Australia

As you may have guessed our book shelves are filling up fast, there are just so many fantastic kids books out there! I regularly have to stop myself from buying yet another great title but as I have a real soft spot for rhyming books I will always make room for another one of those. Here’s our latest rhyming hit:

I Am Cow Hear Me Moo

They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence so in I Am Cow Hear Me Moo cow Nadine and her friends Annette and Starla decide to see for themselves what’s out there. Nadine loves telling her cow pals all about how brave she is and how she fears nothing, but now that they are venturing out of the farm gates she is not so sure. The woods look rather scary from up close but she keeps up her brave front…

I Am Cow Hear Me Moo 1

Not long and the excitement gets the better of her, there is so much to see and discover. Things to touch, thing to taste, things to climb and things to smell, Nadine is loving the forest. But of course all good things come to an end, when it’s time to head back to the farm Nadine finds herself lost and in the dark the woods are full of little frights.

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I Am Cow Hear Me Moo is written by talented author Jill Esbaum and features the most gorgeous illustrations by Gus Gordon. The story is full of humour and being a rhyme it is really fun to read (and great for kids to guess the end words of sentence). With 32 pages to explore there is lots to read and lots to see, it’s a fantastic bed time book. I especially love the use of some less common/more tricky words, it’s always good to add new words to your child’s vocabulary.

To find out more about I Am Cow Hear Me Moo (RRP $24.99) by Jill Esbaum, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit

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Feb 272014

Penguin Australia

Two weeks ago the twins were asked to select their favourite book and bring it to school for Show and Tell, quite a tricky decision when you are five. After lots of umming and ahing they settled on a title each, miss 5 chose a new picture book that we’ve read endlessly over the past month or so by much loved Australian author Aaron Blabey (you may know him for Noah Dreary and The Dreadfull Fluff). The Brothers Quibble is officially available in Australia as of yesterday and I LOVE reading this book to the kids, I think you will enjoy it too:

The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey

The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey

In The Brothers Quibble Spalding Quibble is in for a ‘nasty’ surprise, used to being the king of the castle he is now presented with a baby brother called Bunny and he is not happy about it. Spalding is making very clear what he thinks of this little intruder and everyone in the house is miserable. But as Bunny grows he manages, little by little, to turn Spaldings anger into love and in the end Spalding realises that a little brother can also make an awesome friend.


Spalding didn’t understand.
He felt a bit delirious.
He took his mother by the hand
and said: ‘You can’t be serious?’

‘Is this some sort of joke?’, he cried.
‘It really isn’t funny.’
‘Hush now, Spalding,’ mother sighed,
‘And say hello to…

The Brothers Quibble is beautifully written and covers a topic that many families deal with at some point in time, the arrival of a new sibling. Dressed in a pretty jacket of gorgeous illustrations and covered in a delightful sauce of rhyme, humor and words that flow like a wave this book is a pleasure to read, look at and listen to, I could read this book over and over without it ever getting boring.

Spalding and Bunny

You see, despite the pain that came
 with every whack or shove,
Bunny spoke his brother’s name
 with nothing less than love.

The twins’ teacher and the children in the class loved The Brothers Quibble so much that they have requested to borrow it so they can read it again in class, I told you it was a winner!

To find out more about Aaron Blabey’s The Brothers Quibble ($24.99) published by Penguin Books Australia and to order online visit

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