A DAY WITH DAD
Bo.R.Holmberg, illustrated by Eva Eriksson
Walker Books – Hardback - A$27.95 NZ$29.99
Tim’s Dad lives in another town so Tim doesn’t see him very often. But today Tim’s Dad is coming on the train and they are going to spend a whole day together.
Beautifully written, and illustrated, this is a heartwarming story that will be especially useful for children experiencing divorce or separation from a parent.
THE BOY FROM BOWRAL
The Story of Sir Donald Bradman
By Robert Ingpen – Walker Books – A$29.95 NZ$34.99
Here is one great Australian writing about another!
I have long admired the artistic talent of Robert Ingpen who is one of those clever artists who can also write. He has written and illustrated over 100 titles, both fiction and non-fiction, he has received the highest honour in the children’s book world, the Hans Christian Andresen Medal, he has an honorary doctorate from RMIT and he is a member of the Order of Australia for his services to literature. Wow, what a lifetime of achievement.
In his new book he writes, and illustrates, the life story of arguably the greatest cricketer ever, Don Bradman. This is the perfect book for every young cricketer.
MY PLACE – 20th anniversary edition
Nadia Wheatley & Donna Rawlins
Walker Books –Paperback A$19.95 NZ$24.99
Hardback edition also available.
I remember very well when this book was first published back in 1988 when it cleaned up just about every children’s book award in Australia and then went on to become an IBBY Honour Book in 1990. It is so good to see that it has been reissued in this special 20th anniversary edition. It is one of the great Australian contemporary children’s books.
It features new artwork, revised text with a new timeline that is right up to date with reference to Australia’s apology to indigenous Australians.
The combination of author/historian Nadia Wheatley and brilliant illustrator Donna Rawlins is a winning one today just as much as it was 20 years ago. Congratulations to them both and to Walker Books for attending to this new edition. You have done us all a great favour.
DUCK, DEATH & THE TULIP
Wolf Erlbruck - Gecko Press
Hardcover $29.99 Paperback $18.99
Looking at this exquisitely illustrated book one is not surprised to learn that German illustrator Wolf Erlbruck won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration in 2006 for his previous title to go alongside the many other awards he has won previously. He is super talented.
Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill went so far as to call it her favourite book of all time and one she reads over and over again.
Translated by New Zealand author Catherine Chidgey and edited by Penelope Todd.
Another winner from Gecko Press.