Alex Rider ‘Secret Weapon’ giveaway

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Oct 102019

In the latest heart-stopping Alex Rider release Secret Weapon, teen-turned-agent Alex Rider travels across the globe to stop evil enemies in their tracks. From kidnappers to terrorist gangs and from sneaky ex-army personnel to smooth criminals and more, Alex will encounter all kinds of troublemakers as he tries to complete a range of new MI6 missions. Alex Rider: Secret Weapon made the perfect holiday-read for our 11-year adrenaline-junkie, you can read his thoughts below:

Talented teenage super-spy Alex Rider, who works for the British Intelligence Service MI6, is a magnet for trouble. Alex will be pushed to the limit in seven action-packed adventures, each story is full of surprises and will keep you guessing what will happen next. Alex Rider stories are perfect for bored, adventure-seeking kids, they sure kept me entertained and I couldn’t put the book down!

There is nothing ordinary about Alex Rider’s life and nothing is as it seems: A free chocolate on the way to the dentist lands Alex in a secret hide-out in the midst of a food poisoning epidemic and a para-sailing trip in France takes a scary turn when the boat driver has a seizure and Alex has to take the wheel. Then there is a kidnap attempt and a laptop full of valuable information, a hunt for a hidden invention and a daring escape from jail by a dangerous drug-dealer who is out for revenge. And let’s not forget the mysterious car crash that Alex can’t remember at all…

I really enjoyed this story collection by author Anthony Horowitz. I hadn’t read the rest of the Alex Rider series before I read ‘Secret Weapon’, but now I definitely want to! I’ll be checking the school library once school goes back.

To find out more about Walker Books and to take a closer look at the Alex Rider series visit

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘Alex Rider: Secret Weapon’ (RRP $16.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck!

Dec 042016

Roadshow Entertainment

Christmas Countdown – Day 4

It’s been a very long 1,5 year wait for Aidan Turner fans but I have good news for you: A brand new season of Poldark is finally here, just in time for Christmas. Here’s a little sneak peek of what’s happening when Poldark continues:

Do you love a good period drama, beautiful costumes and intricate hairdos, British history and landscapes and passionate lovers and enemies? You’ll be treated to plenty of that and more in Poldark: Complete Series 2. Featuring 10 episodes spread out over 3 DVDs Poldark is the perfect mama-indulgence for the upcoming Christmas break.

poldark-series-2-dvdReturning home following his arrest in the finale of series one, Ross soon faces a new fight for freedom when George Warleggan tries desperately to steal his mine and have him hanged as a revolutionary. Crippled by debts, Ross and Francis strive to heal old wounds by joining forces in a new venture, while buried passions threaten to bubble to the surface once again. Amid catastrophic losses, significant triumphs and shattered relationships, they must learn to settle their differences once and for all, but at what cost?

‘Poldark: Complete Series 2’ is now available on DVD (RRP $39.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit

For your chance to win 1 of 5 ‘Poldark: Complete Series 2’ 3-DVD sets (RRP $39.95) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Sep 122015

Roadshow Entertainment

If you have ever wondered what really happens on the school playground, what little students talk about amongst each other and what the hot topics are during recess you are sure to love Little Lunch. Based on the popular book series by Danny Katz this fresh new kids comedy offers guaranteed laughs for the whole family:

Little Lunch DVD

Meet a interesting mix of primary school students and their principal Mrs. Gonsha and find out what they get up to during snack time in ‘Little Lunch: The Principal’s Office’. From monkey bars to book week, from slides to time-outs, from plans for the future to little notes and lunchbox contents, snack time is never boring for this colourful mix of characters. Each bite-size Little Lunch episode covers everyday topics like fear, anxiety, friendship, loyalty, trust and abandonment, packed with a good dose of humour. ‘Little Lunch: The Principal’s Office’ contains all 13 episodes of the first season, that’s a whole lot of playground entertainment!

Little Lunch

‘Little Lunch: The Principal’s Office’ is available on DVD (RRP $19.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to read all about Little Lunch and to order your copy online visit

Little Lunch Prize Pack

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Roadshow Entertainment we have two fabulous Little Lunch prize packs (RRP $79 each) to give away. Each pack will contain the ‘Little Lunch: The Principal’s Office’ DVD as well as 6 great Little Lunch books perfect for young readers. For your chance to win enter our giveaway below:

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Aug 182015

Penguin Australia

I am sure you have all heard the quote ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get’ (Forrest Gump, 1994). Sweet and gooey, dark and intense or slightly nutty, every chocolate is different and the same goes for families. The Tanberry family is one of those ‘Chocolate Box’ families and with every character comes a new and interesting story, meet them all in the Chocolate Box series by Cathy Cassidy:

Fortune Cookie

Of course we know that all good things come to an end some time but it’s still a little sad to read that Fortune Cookie is the latest and also the final addition to the Chocolate Box series.

This time we’re following Jake Cooke (aka Cookie) as he runs away from his less than glamourous life in Chinatown to uncover a part of his family he never knew about. It turns out his four newly discovered Tanberry half-sisters live in a big Victorian home near the sea, the family runs a real chocolate business and they are part of a reality show, now that’s quite the exciting life for a boy like Jake!

While Jake is welcomed with open arms and his time at Tanglewood is nothing short of amazing, especially with the big Chocolate Festival coming up, he comes to realise that every family has its struggles. As he gets to know and love his new family and their stories he also learns to appreciate his own family back home.

To find out more about the ‘Chocolate Box’ series (RRP $14.99 per book) by Cathy Cassidy, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit

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Jun 092015

Roadshow Entertainment

If you are a long time reader of Hip Little One you will know that I love a good costume drama. I’ll admit that I am still a little sad that the end of Downton Abbey is on the horizon but luckily I have found a fantastic new distraction in Poldark:

Poldark DVD

A few weeks ago my parents first mentioned this popular new tv series and said I would love it, I decided to give it a shot and have to agree full-heartedly. Ladies, get ready to be bowled over by Ross Poldark!

When dark, mysterious and handsome captain Ross Poldark (Aiden Turner) returns from the American Revolutionary War he finds life in his beautiful Cornwall is nothing like it was before. The woman he loves is now engaged to his cousin, his father has died, the economy is in trouble and the land and business he inherited are far from flourishing.

Ross Poldark

The easiest thing to do would be to move on and away, but Ross is not the man to give up easily and he is determined to come back on top. Ross pulls up his sleeves and is willing to work hard to build a new home and business, make new friends (and say goodbye to old ones) and fight for what is right and those who need his help. In the midst of all these changes one woman manages to break through his barriers and win his heart, it’s his feisty kitchen maid Demelza.

Ross + Demelza

If you love a good period drama, beautiful costumes and intricate hairdos, British history and landscapes and passionate lovers and enemies you are sure to enjoy Poldark.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to read all about Poldark and to order your copy online visit

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May 282015

Penguin Australia

It’s been a while since our latest Our Australian Girl update but that doesn’t mean nothing has been happening on the book front. A new girl has joined the clan and as always there are plenty of adventures waiting to happen, this time we’re stepping back into 1983 and travel to Melbourne:

OAG Marly 1Originally from Vietnam and now living in Australia Marly feels she has finally started to find her feet and make new friends. But then her cousins from Vietnam arrive and Marly is expected to help them settle in, which is not as easy as it sounds. The language, the looks, the habits… they are two different worlds and Marly is struggling to do the right thing. Will she be able stay true to herself and find out who her real friends are in Meet Marly (RRP $14.99)?

OAG Marly 2The cousins have moved away and Marly needs to once again make new friends at school, but when you don’t have the newest toys or the hottest swap cards on the school yard it is hard to fit in. Then she discovers how to earn some much needed pocket money to buy the swap cards and everything appears to go her way. However Marly’s Business (RRP $14.99) doesn’t seem such a good idea when she finds herself lost on the other side of Melbourne, will she find her way home?

To find out more about the Our Australian Girl series, published by Penguin Books, to read all about the characters and to order your own Our Australian Girl books online visit

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Nov 202014

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Did you know there are only 4 weeks left of this school term? Before you know it it’s time for Summer holidays and we’ve found the perfect holiday read that is sure to keep the kids quiet (aside from a loud laugh here and there!), check out the newest title in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series:

The Long Haul

Author Jeff Kinney has gained a huge following through his best selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series and fans around the globe have waiting for Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (RRP $14.99) to hit the shelves. Great news, you can stop counting down because it’s here!

For Greg Heffley it’s school holidays too and he is looking forward to doing absolutely nothing, except his mum has different ideas and decides to take the family on a road trip. Inspired by her favourite family magazine she has come well prepared with healthy snacks, a potty for Manny, interesting and educational car games, a Spanish language course and of course a ban on electronic devices, not exactly things Greg gets excited about.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Of course it wouldn’t be Diary of a Wimpy Kid worthy if the road trip wasn’t full of interesting and hilarious events. From stinky socks and fried butter on a stick to a bearded (and rather frightening) stranger and even a little piggy passenger, the Heffley family road trip is one that has to be read to be believed. Priced at $14.99 The Long Haul is a fabulous stocking filler for your young reader.

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

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