As part of the I Love Local movement in Halifax, Woozles has special events planned for this Saturday’s Open City celebration in downtown Halifax.
Drop by Woozles on Saturday May 11th. We will be offering:
- free gift with purchase.
- sidewalk chalk drawing outside the store, for budding artists of all ages.
- draws for Playmobil prize packages.
- picture drawing: draw us a picture of what you love about Halifax and our fair municipality. These pictures will become part of a mural Woozles will create in the store, to celebrate our fair city!
- local author Lisa Harrington will be at Woozles from 2:00 – 3:00pm to read from, and sign copies of, her new young adult novel Live to Tell.
We look forward to seeing all of our Woozles friends every day!
Checkout the I Love Local website for a list of participating businesses and their Saturday specials.
We have some new Calico Critter families at Woozles, as well as a supermarket for them to frequent!
If you don’t know about Calico Critters they are a high quality line of toys suggested for ages 3+, but children of ages love to play with them. There are animal families, furniture sets, houses, vehicles, schools, cottages, a burger cafe, ice cream van, and now, a supermarket!
The Critters themselves are all dressed in lovely detailed clothing, and are soft and fuzzy to the touch, with arms and legs that move.
They have long been a favourite of Woozles customers and they continue to charm us all!
Bestselling board books and picture books:
Jack and the Flumflum Tree by Julia Donaldson
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Brontorina by James Howe
The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants by Giles Andreae
The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson
Bestselling books for readers aged 7-14:
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basel E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
A Nest For Celeste by Henry Cole
True Blue by Jane Smiley
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
The Island Horse by Susan Hughes
Mystery at Lake Placid by Roy MacGregor
Bestselling books for young adults:
Looking for Alaska by John Greene
The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Every Day by David Levithan
The Messenger by Marcus Zusak
The Death Cure by James Dashner
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Woozles has always loved Groovy Girls
, and now many new Groovy Girls
have moved in at Woozles! They bring with them some new clothes to wear as well.
If you have never met the Groovy Girls by Manhattan Toy, they are a well made line of soft dolls for ages 3-99. The girls have nice smiling faces, cheery eyes, and clothes that you can change from one Groovy Girl to the next. Choose from an assortment of nice dresses and accessories that are sold separately. Their tags convey their names, such as Leilana, Seraphina, Amelia, Inez, and Bianca, to name just a few, but you can name them whatever you choose! They are lovely to hold, fun to play with their hair and dress them up, and to play games with.
We have two Groovy Girl mermaids whose tails can come off and the girls have legs like a regular doll underneath, making them a very versatile doll to play with!
We think that you will love the new Groovy friends that have dropped by Woozles as much as we do!
Ages 3-99, $12.99-$19.99
How about some family card games to keep parents and children entertained? Woozles has some new card games in stock, and some familiar items back on the shelves.
Back in stock are Rat-A-Tat-Tat, Sleeping Queens, UNO, and Crazy Mates.
New on the shelves are:
There’s a Moose in the House
In this silly matching game, the goal is to keep the moose out of your house while passing the moose cards to your opponents instead.
Use a door to close off empty rooms, maybe plant a moose trap to keep the mooses (?!) away. The player with the fewest moose wins. An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Platinum Award Winner.
Ages 8 and up. For 2-5 players.
Which horse will take home the blue ribbon? Pick the best horse cards from your stable and enter the show. Each event favours some horses and penalizes others. There are special assit cards like custom saddles and braiding kits that earn you extra points. The most blue ribbon cards wins! A Dr. Toy Best Vacation winner.
Ages 8 and up. For 2-4 players.
A new card game where nature springs surprises and players battle for survival in the outdoors. Go on a trek, get lost on a trail, ride out avalanches and always remember to watch out for … poop. No littering allowed. PLay a card in each hand and the win a hand with the fewest leftover cards. A Dr. Toy Best Vacation winner.
Ages 7 and up. For 3-8 players.
This is a game of trump, where you score points if you predict exactly how many tricks you will will bid and take. Winning too many or too few means losing points. Each round adds more cards and more excitement as you try to beat your opponents!
Ages 10 and up. For 3-6 players.
Dutch Blitz is a highly interactive, highly energetic, family-friendly card game that will test your skills, smarts and speed. A player’s goal is to be the first to empty his/her Blitz pile and yell “Blitz” to win the game. Speed is essential in winning since everyone plays at the same time!
Ages 8 and up. For 2-4 players.
Woozles has a variety of Easter items in stock that may suit the Easter baskets you give to your children.
As usual we have a selection of Easter and Passover books:
- books that tell the Easter story
- books that tell the tale of the Easter Bunny
- books about rabbits and chicks
- even books with floppy rabbit ears!
Similarly for Passover, we have books that tell of the story and traditions of Passover.
Don’t forget Playmobil Easter eggs, this year with playground, knight, and forest ranger themes.
And we always have lots of fun little items that can top up Easter baskets such as:
- wind up chicks and other wind up toys
- rainbow ribbon dazzlers for rhythmic gymnastic and dancing play!
- wooden boats that are powered by balloons
- wind up music boxes in a pretend story book
- mood necklaces
- Easter stickers, stencils, and temporary tattoos
- invisible ink pads of various themes (trivia, mysteries, and pictures to colour)
- beautiful boxes of Eeboo coloured pencils
Call us or drop in, and we will be happy to help you find something!
April is a very busy month for us here at Woozles. We have book launches, book fairs, and contests on the go.
We are excited to be involved with all of these events, and we want to share the details so that you can join in too!
March 22nd until April 14th:
Contest to win tickets for two to Ballet Jorgen’s performance of Swan Lake
Drop off a ballet themed drawing at the store or come in and dance for us. Then, enter your name in a draw for two sets of tickets for two to an April 19 performace of Swan Lake at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium in Halifax. We will draw for the winning tickets on Sunday April 14th. Good luck!
James Leck Book Launch
From the author of The Adventures of Jack Lime comes a new book entitled The Further Adventures of Jack Lime (Kids Can Press). In his new book, amateur sleuth Jack Lime has more mysteries to solve in his high school, which he does with his trademark sharp wit and dry humour.
Please join James Leck and Woozles on Saturday April 6, 2013 from 2-4pm at the Alderney Gate Library (Maxine Tynes Room) to hear more about this middle grade book.
Jill MacLean Book Launch
Jill MacLean’s new book is entitled Nix Minus One (Pajama Press). This is a book written in verse. This doesn’t mean rhythmic rhymes throughout, rather a poetic style with carefully chosen words that describe the emotions and thoughts of the characters.
This is a young adult book about a 15 year old boy named Nix and his older sister Roxy. Jill is the award winning author of The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy, and Home Truths.
Please join Jill MacLean and Woozles on Sunday April 14, 2013 from 2-4pm at the Writers’ Federation (1113 Marginal Road, Halifax) to hear more about this young adult book.
April 18th and 19th:
Emergent Learning Conference at the World Trade and Convention Centre
Woozles is excited to be a bookseller at the Emergent Learning Conference again this year. Deepak Chopra is this year’s keynote speaker. Chopra is a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine.
With many other presenters scheduled over the two day conference, this year’s event will prove to be as informative and inspirational to Atlantic Canadian educators as it was last year. For more details about the conference, visit their website at www.emergent2013.com.
Woozles can help with some birthday party activity ideas for your child’s next birthday gathering at home. Here are a few of our suggestions, with pictures of the items below:
Color-in Hats and Crowns
These kits make eight hats or crowns with a ribbon tie to hold them on to young heads. Children can color in the card stock hats and crowns. You can also provide them with glitter glue, feathers, pom poms, stick-on jewels and anything else you can think of to decorate their head gear. Then, try them on and make them part of a party game to go with the hat themes of pirates, firemen, fairies, and so on.
Ages 3+ $13.99 for a set of 8 hats
Kiss Naturals Kits – Make your own lip balm, lip gloss, soap, or bath fizzies
The kits come with the raw ingredients to melt and mix and stir, then pour into bottles, pots, or moulds to prepare the finished product. The kits come with all natural ingredients, including essential oils to scent your balms and soaps. The party goers can then take home some of the goodies as a memento of the party.
The large kit makes ten lip balms, soaps or fizzies. The smaller kit makes five pieces, and is a great birthday present for your best friend.
Ages 8+ $19.99 to $23.99 for the large kit and $12.99 for the small kit
Break your own Geodes!
They look like dusty concrete balls. Yet inside each of these ‘rocks’ lies an unfinished sparkling geode. All you have to do is break them open to find the sparkling stones! Try banging them on the ground inside an old sock. Maybe a hammer or mallet will do the job. Some break easily and some need more effort before you find the hidden treasure. Fun for girls and boys. Let everyone compare the different crystals they all find.
Ages 6+ $1.99 each
Ahh, the power of baking soda and vinegar! Try these little rockets at your next outdoor party and see whose can blast off to the highest heights.
Ages 7+ $4.99 each
Happy International Women’s Day!
In honour of this occasion, we at Woozles would like to share a list of some of our favorite literary heroines. These stories teach girls to be independent, creative, and brave, and instill lessons to last a lifetime. Celebrate Girl Power at any age!
For ages 1-5 years:
Red is Best by Kathy Stinson
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch
Maggie’s Chopsticks by Alan Woo
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Sheila Rae the Brave by Kevin Henkes
For ages 5-8
Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
Daisy Dawson is on her Way! by Steve Voake
The Princess Who Had No Kingdom by Ursula Jones
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
For ages 8-11
Kat, Incorrigable by Stephanie Burgis
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Agency – A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
The Gypsy King by Maureen Fergus
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Waiting for No One by Beverley Brenna
Drop in to Woozles or call us to find out more about any of these book titles. We will be happy to help you!