Friday, December 6, 2013

Chookeriffic Children's Book Giveaway 2013 Day 3

Chookeriffic Children's Book Giveaway 2013 Day 3

by Susan Stephenson,

As I mentioned on Monday and Wednesday, I've been chookeriffically eggcited about this Giveaway and about my suggestions for children's books. I hope they make wonderful Christmas gifts for a special someone in your life. Several Australian publishers are playing Santa: donating books to lucky readers of The Book Chook who are also Australian residents. Scroll down to find out more about the Giveaway.

I've been scouring websites and catalogues for months to bring you a variety of books that will make children's eyes light up when they unwrap their gifts. On Monday I presented the first lot of books; on Wednesday we had the second lot. Here are the last six books:

That Is Not a Good Idea: Children love books that make them laugh. Luckily, I do too, so I seek them out, especially when recommending them as gifts. That Is Not a Good Idea, written by Mo Willems and published in Australia by Walker Books (2013), is such a fun read, and is truly fantastic to share with a group of kids. From the first enigmatic meeting between Hungry Fox and Plump Goose, Willems' deceptively simple story is accompanied by expressive cartoon-style illustrations children will love. The Greek chorus in the form of goslings giving advice - "That is NOT a good idea!" - is perfect for joining in. And the wonderful twist in the tale is yet one more element to earn That Is Not a Good Idea a firm place in the Chookeriffic Children's Book Giveaway. (Walker Books are giving away 5 copies of That Is Not a Good Idea.)

Billie B Brown Treasury: All child readers need our encouragement and support. But I have a special place in my heart for newly independent readers who, while oh-so-proud of themselves, can be easily daunted by confusing or dense text. That's why I love the Billie B Brown series. They're perfectly pitched at kids who want to read chapter books, but need extra support. The Billie B Brown Treasury (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2013) has TEN fun stories by Sally Rippin for kids to giggle and nod wisely over. Aki Fukuoka's illustrations help to bring to life the world of Billie and her best friend Jack. There's even a built-in red satin bookmark so kids won't lose their place in the Treasury! (Hardie Grant Egmont are giving away 2 copies of Billie B Brown Treasury. Find out more about Billie B at their website.)

Where's Santa Around the World: With over 600 things to spot, children will spend hours poring over this puzzle book. Where's Santa Around the World was created by Louis Shea and published by Scholastic Australia 2013. (RRP $15.99.) Puzzle pages are loosely connected with a cartoon-style narrative, so there's some reading too. Shea has given kids double page spreads of places and events around the world featuring Santa and friends e.g. an ice-hockey game in Canada, Stonehenge, and a section of The Great Wall. As well as making a great Christmas gift, Where's Santa Around the World is a fun choice for libraries. (Scholastic are giving away 5 copies of Where's Santa Around the World.)

Two Little Bears: The publishers tagged Two Little Bears with "A reassuring feel-good hug of a picture book". I have to agree. After I read it, I found myself wearing a delighted smile. Written by Suzi Moore, illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne and published by Bloomsbury (2013) this children's picture book tells the story of a little brown bear and a little snow bear who become friends. Written in lyrical rhyming text by Moore, O'Byrne's illustrations complement the story beautifully. A perfect choice for a pre-school, school or library setting, this makes an excellent book to read aloud. (Bloomsbury are giving away 5 copies of Two Little Bears.)

How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel: Anyone who has encountered Violet Mackerel will know her wonderful philosophy of small things. How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel, written by Anna Branford, with illustrations by Sarah Davis and photographs by Cath Muscat, was published by Walker Books Australia, (2013.) It's a book for Violet fans and any child who's a maker. There are easy-to-read instructions for making delightful small things like bird and egg hair slides, a leaf necklace with a secret pocket, lovely gift tags. I appreciated the adaptations in the form of Thinking outside the square advice, and loved what the book offers young makers, especially girls. (Librarians: What a great model for procedural text this book is!) (Walker Books are giving away 5 copies of How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel.)

The Bouncing Ball: Picture books for the very young often look deceptively simple. Deceptive, because it takes a great deal of skill to create a good children's picture book, and both illustrator and writer spend months honing and perfecting their initial concepts. The Bouncing Ball, written by Deborah Kelly, illustrated by Georgia Perry and published by Random House Australia (2013), has been polished until it shines. Kids will love following the journey the ball takes, enjoying both twists, similarities and the open-ended conclusion. Like me, they'll also relish Perry's vibrantly colourful graphic design work. Grab your copy soon! (Random House are giving away 3 copies of The Bouncing Ball.)

Giveaway conditions:
1. Open to Australian residents only.
2. One email entry per family or library or school for the giveaway.
3. There are multiple copies of different books in the giveaway but a random chicken will appoint a winner to a book. You and I have no control over which book you get if you win. If that doesn't suit you, please don't enter.
4. The giveaway is open for one week, closing December 9 at 5:00 am AEDT. Winners will be notified via email. Publishers will post books out when they can.

Giveaway directions:
1. Send an email 
2. On the subject line of your email write Chookeriffic Giveaway.
3. In the body of your email write your name and Australian postal address.

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