Aug 232018

Maybe it’s the petting zoo or the cake competition. Maybe it’s the ferris wheel, the popcorn stall or the dodgem cars. Or maybe you just love looking at all the delighted faces and listening to the happy giggles and big belly laughs. There’s nothing like a day at the show, there is just so much to see and do! Let Gwyn Perkins take you out and join the fun:

In Gwyn’s latest picture book Grandad and Iggy set off for A Day at the Show, they want to enter Doreen the Chook into a competition because she lays such beautiful eggs. With Doreen under his arm Grandad and Iggy go on the bus and so their day out begins…

They see amazing rides, wood choppers, ball-throwing games and cheerful bright colours, they go on pony rides and enjoy a twirl in the spinning tea cups, they see animals and ride on the Merry-Go-Round and so much more. The show has something fun for everyone! Then it is time to put Doreen in the spotlight, will she be awarded a ribbon? Let’s see what the judge thinks of Doreen and her beautiful egg…

Gwyn has delivered yet another gorgeous picture book that will delight not just young readers but their parents too (you are never too old for a day at the show!). Through his amazing illustrations has skilfully captured the magic of the show, the joy that is found in every corner and the excitement it brings to all, what a wonderful addition for your family book shelf.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘A Day at the Show’ by Gwyn Perkins and to order a copy online visit

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Aug 152018

EK Books

Learning how to write and spell is tricky, and sometimes no matter how hard you try the words just don’t make it to the paper the right way! If your young author is struggling with spelling or battling with dyslexia this gorgeous book by EK Books is a fantastic motivating read:

Come along on an exciting adventure in My Storee and discover that awesome stories are not about perfect spelling but all about having a big imagination!

Your child may recognise him/herself in the main character, a young boy who loves writing stories about the most amazing things. Sadly his creative skills are dimmed by the teacher’s red pen, and he loses interest in writing because of all the angry red lines marking his spelling mistakes. Until a new teacher comes along who looks beyond spelling and puts the spotlight on creativity, imagining skills and the magic of story telling.

My Storee is an excellent way to empower young children to express themselves through story writing, without focusing on performance and getting things ‘right’. It is also a great tool to talk to children about dyslexia and about the impact a good teacher can have on a child’s confidence. Here’s to fantastic teachers who bring out the best in all children!

You can find My Storee (RRP $24.99) 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

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Aug 092018

‘It is impossible until it’s done’
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

While sadly Nelson Mandela is no longer, his legacy lives on and to this day the world is inspired by one man who was determined to fight for change. Not only would Nelson Mandela have turned 100 this year, it also marks 25 years since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa, all the more reason to celebrate his remarkable life in style with a visit to Madiba the Musical:

Combining traditional African dance and vocals with contemporary twists, eternal love songs and stirring anthems Madiba the Musical tells the life of former South African leader Nelson Mandela like you have never heard or seen it before. What an amazing opportunity to learn about Mandela’s lifework as a lawyer and activist for peace, catch a glimpse of his fight against apartheid and get a taste of forbidden love in a troubled land.

Featuring authentic and talented performers from all across the globe (including Australia’s own Timomatic) this energetic new stage show will open your eyes to South Africa’s history and the amazing difference one man made to his homeland. According to Mandela’s own grandson Madiba the Musical is ‘the best show about my grandfather’, are you ready to meet the man that is Nelson Mandela?

Madiba the Musical will tour across Australia from October 3, 2018, visiting Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Warrnambool, Perth and Adelaide. After this the turn goes to our neighbours in New Zealand with stops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Tickets are available now so make sure you secure your seats!

To find out more about Madiba the Musical, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online via Ticketmaster visit

Two lucky Hip Little One readers are in for a fantastic night, as we have the following to give away:

  • 1x double pass for Madiba the Musical on Wednesday 3rd October (7pm) at Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (RRP $179.80)
  • 1x double pass for Madiba the Musical on Thursday 17th January (7.30pm) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide (RRP $179.80)

For your chance to win enter our giveaway below, please make sure you to include the venue of your choice:

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Aug 082018

Starting at a new school is not easy, especially when you are only 5 years old and rather shy. Our miss Sybil has been working hard on making new friends and is doing well, although it does make her a little sad when her class mates struggle to remember how to pronounce her name. Sizzle, single, simple… we’ve heard them all and the latest addition is Cyril. Initially she was upset, but I quickly turned that frown upside down with this gorgeous picture book by Emily Gravett:

I read a lot of children’s books but I think Cyril and Pat (RRP $24.99) is my new favourite. This fabulous picture book, filled with the sweetest illustrations tells the story of Cyril, a cheeky little squirrel, who forms a special (and rather unusual) friendship with a rat called Pat. Against the odds, and against what others may think of this unlikely couple, the two make a great pair and love hanging out together. What a fantastic message: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Sometimes the most unlikely people turn out to be the best friends!

Written in a catchy rhyming manner and filled with detailed, colourful, eye catching illustrations this book is an absolute joy to read and our kids love listening to the melody of the story and predicting the words.

From the same skilful hand comes Old Hat (RRP $14.99), another sweet book with a empowering message hidden amongst the gorgeous illustrations. Harbet the Dog wears a cosy knitted hat, handmade for him by his nana. Harbet is totally content with his hat, until others start commenting on his ‘old hat’. The teasing leads Harbet on a journey of trying to fit in, always searching for the latest, trendiest item to wear on his head.

There are so many colourful, quirky, unique hat styles, little readers will adore Emily’s creations. However no matter how hard Harbet tries, somehow he always ends up with an ‘old hat’. Thankfully in the end Harbet stops trying to fit in and learns a valuable lesson: You are perfect just the way you are!

To find out more about PanMacmillan, to discover more books by Emily Gravett and to order your favourite titles online visit

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