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Happy Holidays for Everyone (especially parents!)

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Here in Queensland, the independent schools broke up over a week ago and the state schools finished up last Friday. I can guarantee that there are already kids complaining about being bored!  Any of these will stop them in their tracks.

 

The Arty Book – Nikalas Catlow, David Sinden

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Bloomsbury

September 2016

ISBN: 9781408870662

Imprint: Bloomsbury Activity Books

$16.99

When this first arrived in my pile of books I thought it would be a ‘how to’ book but in fact, it is a wonderfully interactive activity book for budding artists.

Each page has a minimal start to a new project for the reader. Whether this involves drawing, colouring, painting, applying tape or even leaves, the happy reader will spend hours creating their own take on the suggested idea.

A terrific holiday or rainy day book for anyone, this one is going to a very busy little seven year old.

 

The Anti-Boredom Christmas Book – Andy Seed

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Bloomsbury

December 2016

ISBN: 9781408870105

Imprint: Bloomsbury Childrens

RRP $12.99

Now this will really hit a high note with any child who needs something to while waiting for Santa to arrive.

Find out how to say snow in 16 different languages; discover who banned Christmas carols; act out your own wacky routine of the Twelve Days of Christmas… and much much more!

Chock-a-block with many funny and fantastic facts, quizzes, games and other activities, this will guarantee any frazzled parent some quiet time.

Some hilarious artwork [Scott Garrett] adds to the overall festive flavour.  Andy Seed has also published some other anti-boredom books which may well be worth adding to your collection for  moments of the inevitable “Mum, I’m bored” moments.

My Lovely Christmas Book

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Bloomsbury

November 2016

ISBN: 9781408883679

Imprint: Bloomsbury Activity

RRP $11.99

And yet another great book from Bloomsbury Activity, this one is full of colourful pages for the owner to cut and create projects such as frames or pockets, spaces to doodle and diarise, write poems or lists, make Christmas tags and much more.

There are simple activities like ‘spot the difference’ or mazes as well as whole pages for writing ‘what I like to eat at Christmas’ or thank you letters.

A really lovely and pretty book with its scarlet cover and green edged pages not to mention the lovely silvery title and robins on the front cover!

 

 

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Found You! – Mardi Davies

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Ford St Publishing

ISBN:
9781925000665 (hardcover)
9781925000672 (paperback)
Publication date:
October 2014 (hardcover)
February 2015 (paperback)
Extent: 32 pages
Format: Portrait picture book 260 x 265mm
Price:
$24.95 (hardcover)
$14.95 (paperback)
Category: Picture book
Age guide: 3+

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Mardi Davies has long been involved with creating art for children. As part of Walt Disney Animation Australia’s team she has drawn pictures for 8 full-length movies. Her animation skills have now been delightfully applied to her first picture book with great success.

Florence Moon and her dog Trevor are great friends and share a backyard that is just perfect for playing hide-and-seek. It’s just that Trevor is pretty awful at hiding. In fact he’s terrible at it. Everytime!

It simply does not matter how long Florence counts, waiting for Trevor to find a great hiding spot, he just can’t manage  a successful attempt. It doesn’t help that he chooses places like a too-small box or the washing hanging on the clothesline!

But Florence Moon doesn’t give up. In an inspired moment, she turns around her approach, realising that although Trevor is a terrible hider he just might be a really good finder. And he is!

With beautifully imaginative illustrations, this book about a simple game that becomes a little complicated is a wonderful exploration of perseverance and creative thinking.

This is a terrific book to share with little humans about fun and friendship – and being ready to change a ‘game plan’.

Highly recommended for young readers from toddlers up.