Guess whose back? Hey, Jack!

Sally Rippin’s popular Hey Jack and Billie B Brown series have been favourites here at Fairfieldbooks for awhile now. If you missed it, Billie B Brown is a series of first readers about Billie and her best friend Jack. More recently, Jack got his own spin-off series called, you guessed it, Hey Jack! The good news is we have a brand new Hey Jack! in store, the appropriately themed The Lost ReindeerĀ will be a great addition to the Christmas loot of any Billie or Jack fan. These are great for boys and girls, get them hooked on one and they’ll want to read the other. The fact that Sally Rippin is a local is pretty much just the icing on the cake. Hey Jack titles are all $7.95.

Eric Vale: Epic Fail

From the man behind Don’t Call Me Ishmael and its follow ups, and Just a Dog, Eric Vale will become popular with fans of Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid and L. Pinchon’s Tom Gates books. Michael Gerard Bauer uses attention grabbing typography and a simple style of illustrations by his son, Joe Bauer, to tap into that market of (mostly) boys aged 8 and up. Some of them might be reluctant readers, some of them not, but all of them will giggle along with Bauer in this one for the not-so-cool kids.
A story of bad luck, friendship and the power of stupid nicknames, Bauer has hit a younger market than his Ishmael series still with relevant morals, and kept it laugh-out-loud funny and easy to read.

Joe Bauer is also filmmaker; see the book trailer he made below!

Goldilocks Variations- a lovely pop-up book!

Goldilocks Variations

by Allan & Jessica Ahlberg

HB, $27.95

 

From the creators of The Jolly Postman and Each Peach Pear PlumĀ comes a beautiful new pop-up book.

This edition of the classic tale of Goldilocks features six different versions of the original story. Each one is wonderfully illustrated and has pop-ups or pull the tabs. There is also a mini removable book of Goldilocks; The Play so the kids can put on their own production!

This is a fantastic book that will keep kids entertained for hours and be kept forever.

 

Schleffer & Donaldson team up again in SUPERWORM

From the hugely successful team behind The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale, Tiddler and many more we have Superworm! Julia Donaldson has teamed up with Axel Scheffler once again to bring another distinctive picture book for kids around 3 years and up. A rhyming story about a super-long worm with superpowers, what could go wrong?

This is a really fun story about helping out others when you can and the power of teamwork, set in the somewhat unlikely world of insects. The rhyming makes it flow really nicely with repetition making it a great one for reading aloud and joining in. I think Superworm is set to be just as popular as other books from the Donaldson/Scheffler team. Hardback, $25.

Stupid Baby!

Stephanie Blake was the brains behind Poo Bum and now she has a new book, this one for kids with new siblings. Simon is a young rabbit whose little brother has been home from hospital for three. whole. days. The cute illustrations have shades of Miffy styling about them, though maybe all cute rabbits have shades of Miffy. The bright text and smart use of typographic devises gets the emphasis of the speech just right. Simon just can’t believe he has to be quite because of the Stupid Baby. But in the night when the big bad wolves come, Simon realises that he needs to protect his little brother…and maybe get some company out of it himself.

A cute story about being a big brother, paperback,$17.

Heroes of Olympus #3 The Mark of Athena

Heroes of Olympus #3 The Mark of Athena

by Rick Riordan, PB $20.00

The characters we grew to love in Riordan’s first series (Percy Jackson) continue their adventures with a whole bunch of great new characters.

The Mark of Athena is the third in the series, Heroes of Olympus. Percy and Annabeth from the Greek demigods camp must join forces with Piper and Jason from the Roman camp to close the Doors of Death and save the WORLD!

Can two groups of people brought up to hate each other get past their differences and carry out the quest of the Gods?

Once again, Riordan writes an action packed story that is funny and sad with many twists and turns along the way!

 

*Try Rick Riordan’s other series… Percy Jackson chronicles and the Kane Chronicles