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BumbleBunnies #4: The Balloon – Graeme Base


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Harper Collins Australia

February 2020

ISBN: 9781460754030

ISBN 10: 1460754034

Imprint: HarperCollins – AU

List Price: 16.99 AUD

Graeme Base’s whimsical illustrations are always a joy and combined, as they in this series for very small humans, with a simple plot and engaging text are a total winning package.

There’s a bit of a panic in the garden when Wuffle the puppy, Lou the kitten and Billington the duck are disturbed in their quiet afternoon by a huge rogue balloon headed straight for the rose bushes. In their mad scramble to avoid the impending catastrophe they don’t even notice that the three residents rabbits observing from their hutch are suddenly transformed into the superheroes they truly are.

A little bit of quick thinking and some handy tennis racquets ensure that disaster is averted and peace returns to the garden – and the bunnies resume their quiet bystander status back in the hutch.

These are such cute stories for little people who will giggle at the antics of the hiding animals who are rather hysterical about the imagined ‘big bang’.

Utterly perfect for your early learning centres or Prep classes make sure you have the whole series because there will be many fans of these as well as much opportunity for the concept of helping others without expecting recognition.

Highly recommended for littlies from around 2 years upwards.

Hattie Helps Out – Davina Bell & Jane Godwin/Freya Blackwood




Publisher:Allen & Unwin

Imprint:A & U Children

Pub Date:March 2016

RRP $24.99


This is a delightful story to which young readers will easily relate.

Hattie loves to help out and she thinks she is very good at it. Baby Lottie is not so much of a help but that’s not her fault. One very busy day Mama is trying hard to get ready for Dad’s special birthday dinner.  There is so much to do – the birthday cake, the house cleaning, flowers to arrange and more. Hattie helps with the birthday cake but then it’s time for her nap – which is not a nap anymore insists Hattie. “It’s a rest…”. She persuades Mama to snuggle with her just for a few minutes and inevitably one very tired mother is sound asleep and Hattie is wide awake.

And because she is such a great helper she knows what she must do. Watch Hattie as she builds a delightful biscuit tower, arranges flowers all over the house including the light shades and toilet bowl, sweep the floor and all it’s stuff into a corner and shovel all the cooking equipment back into a cupboard.

When the family arrive for dinner and Mama finally wakes up they are all amazed at the wonderful surprise. Who could possibly ask for a more special birthday dinner?

With Freya Blackwood’s always exquisite illustrations this is a real treasure of a book and highly recommended for little humans from around 3 – 6 years old.