Read on about some new board books on the Woozles shelves that are fast becoming staff favourites, titles that we like to point out for young book lovers.
Hopper is a toy elephant and Wilson is his little friend, a toy mouse with lovely floppy ears. One day they sit by the water’s edge pondering what it is like at the end of the world. Wilson hopes for lots of lemonade, and Hopper thinks that there may be a staircase to the moon. With their red balloon in hand and their newspaper boat, they set sail. In a strong wind storm, Hopper is lost from their boat and Wilson tries to find him.
With simple watercolour and collage pictures, little ones will enjoy this story of two great friends who discover that they have all that they need at home. (Age 3+ $7.99)
Little You by Ricard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett
A lovely new book that celebrates the arrival of a new baby in a family. Neutral colours on the page are brightened with red throughout. The simple rhyming text expresses the great love of the parents for their newborn child. (Age 0+ $9.95)
Red Wagon by Renata Liwska
A staff favourite when this book came out in hardcover last year, we are all pleased to have it in board book to show to younger children. The story is the same, of Lucy, a little red fox, who is keen to play with her new red wagon. Her mother agrees and gives Lucy a list of things to get at the market, using her wagon. Lucy thinks that this work, but as she heads off with her friends, they soon find themselves imagining their journey in many other ways. Little readers will enjoy the fuzzy look of the animal friends, and their playful adventures. (Age 3+ $7.99)
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
First published in 1983, the board book format will bring the wonderful rhyming language of Lynley Dodd to a new generation of young readers. Hairy Maclary, a little shaggy black dog, heads off for a walk. As he goes, all of the neighbourhood dogs come out of their gates to join him, one after the other, in his walk. But the walk comes to an abrupt end when the group encounters Scarface Claw, the toughest Tom Cat in town.
Wonderful repetitive rhymes that children will enjoy anticipating and reciting themselves. (Age 3+ $11.99)