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This is an introduction to the great painter, seen through the eyes of a young boy entranced by his painting. Can a skeleton have an x-ray From the practical to the philosophical, the interesting and big questions in this book are guaranteed to fire your imagination. Can I touch your hair? Two young children from different racial and cultural backgrounds are asked to collaborate on a set of poems. They write about lots of different subjects showing their very different perspectives on issues such as religion, identity and friendship, finally coming to some kind of understanding of each other and the world they live in.

Can you whistle, Johanna Berra doesn't have a grandfather and Ulf suggests there are plenty of old men at the retirement home who would do as a grandfather. They go there to find a grandfather, ideally one who eats pig's trotters, invites you to tea and who can teach you to whistle. Cassowary's egg, The Carla, a very bossy cassowary, leaves her partner, Calvin, to look after their egg for twenty-one days.

But, the egg gets stolen and Calvin must find a way to get it back before Carla returns.

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Cat Sometimes this adventurous cat is the victim and sometimes it is the victor. The story is told through the illustrations more than the words with lots of humour. A great book for reading the pictures. Cat, the dog, Little Red, the exploding eggs, the wolf and Grandma's wardrobe, The Cat starts reading to Dog, explaining that it's a story about a little girl who always wears a red cape with a hood. Dog loves stories about superheroes and wants to know her special power. When Cat advises that the little girl doesn't have any special powers and it's not that kind of a story, the fun begins.

Caterpillar, butterfly A child and her grandfather watch as a family of tiny caterpillar eggs turn into beautiful butterflies. At each stage, the story reveals their awe at the magic of what is happening. The illustrations come with notes on the scientific details. Cezanne and the apple boy Young Paul joins his father, artist Paul Cezanne, on a painting expedition in the mountains of southern France.

The artist enjoys painting portraits of his apple-cheeked son but most of his paintings are landscapes of the mountain country where they are camping. The local people think the paintings are poor and laugh at his efforts. But, a picture dealer from Paris, who happens to be in the region, believes Cezanne's paintings are wonderful.

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Soon, Cezanne becomes famous and wealthy. Chalk Boy Barnaby is a pavement artist. This morning he started drawing me, Chalk Boy. I have a head that can think, eyes that can see, ears that can hear and legs that can run. Best of all, I have a heart that can feel. Thank you, Barnaby. Changes Joseph Kaye is beset by bizarre and threatening changes occurring around him, including the arrival of a new baby. Charlie Cook's favourite book A fun, entertaining stroll through eleven books woven into one. Charlie reads his favourite book, in which a character reads a favourite book, in which another character reads another favourite book.

Chicken clicking One night, Chick hops into the farmer's house and has a little browse on his computer. Soon, she's bought a funny teapot, a frilly blouse, scooters for the sheep and a car for the cows. She just can't stop clicking. But, when she arranges to meet up with a friend she makes online, Chick discovers that all is not as it seems. Chicken dance Marge and Lola are two chickens on a mission. They must win the barnyard talent contest to win tickets to see the famous singer, Elvis Poultry.

But, first, they have to summon up enough talent to score higher than those heckling ducks. Child's garden: a story of hope, A In a ruined village, torn apart by war, a barbed wire fence cuts off a little boy from the hills he loved to walk in. One day, after rain, he sees a tiny, green shoot breaking through the rubble. Christmas rose, The The fields near Bethlehem are filled with joy when angels appear telling of the birth of a very special baby. Men are travelling to give the baby gifts, but Madelon has nothing, what could she possibly give him when she meets him.

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Cindy-Ella, an Aussie Cinderella Aussie Cinderella who is hard-working, has a fairy godnanna and a lost thong is after Steve, the best sheep shearer in town. Cinnamon In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. So they offer a reward to anyone who can teach Cinnamon to speak.

People travel from far and wide to attempt it, but nothing works. Until a mighty tiger, huge and fierce, prowls into their palace and announces that he is here to teach the girl-cub to talk. Clarice Bean picture books series Spunky year-old Clarice Bean Tuesday and her adventures at home and at school! Clarice Bean, guess who's babysitting? Who can Mom and Dad get to babysit the feisty Clarice, her pesky brother Minal Cricket, and the school's guinea pig, Albert, who's visiting for spring break?

Not to mention teenage brother Kurt, who abhors daylight; big sis Marcie, who chats on the phone all day; and Grandad, who tends to wander off. Only Uncle Ted, firefighter and movie addict, can be persuaded. Will he survive the week? Clarice Bean, that's me Clarice Bean's mother retreats to the bathtub with candles and language tapes, her father scoots off to his big fancy office and Grandad spends all his time asleep with a cat on his head, leaving Clarice with two painful brothers and a boy-mad sister.

Clever crow Clever Crow is an endearing and witty tale that follows the exploits of a hungry and very clever crow. Crow searches in the bush for food but he can find none. It is only when he comes across people preparing for a ceremony that his luck changes. Crow spots a big turtle egg waiting to be cooked, and he cries out, 'Yummy, food for me!

Crow has to be more clever than he has ever been before! Children will love Bronwyn Bancrofts's distinctive illustrations, and how the Djambarrpuynu language translation - Yolnu language from North East Arnhem Land - is woven into the design. Click go the shears The Australian song is probably the most wide spread and enduring of the old-time shearers' songs. The song was first published in written format in and versions don't seem to differ much. The version in this book is as sung by A L Lloyd in the s. Click go the shears The illustrations breathe new life into this classic Australian folksong.

The eccentric shearers have their work cut out for them but still find time for fun. Click, clack, moo, cows that type Farmer Brown's hilarious cows go on strike after their demands are not met. Clinton Gregory's secret Clinton Gregory has a secret. Actually, Clinton has at least seven secrets just from last week. Every night, when no-one else is looking, Clinton does extraordinary things.

He befriends a dragon, teaches a stegosaurus a new trick and flies around the world on a plate of spaghetti. Look in the pictures for a clue to Clinton's next secret. Cloud tea monkeys Tashi lives in a tiny village below the tea plantations where her mother earns a living. One day, her mother falls ill and Tashi must pick tea to earn the money for a doctor.

But, she is too small to reach the tender shoots and the cruel Overseer sends her away empty-handed. Tashi needs a miracle. Cocky who cried dingo, The Cocky is a cheeky trickster who loves nothing more than pulling pranks on the other birds. But, when Cocky's tricks get him into real trouble, he finally learns his lesson. Cold paws, warm heart Far away in the land of snow and ice lives Cold Paws, a lonely polar bear.

Cold Paws shivers and wonders why he always feels cold inside. But, when little Hannah from the village becomes his friend, the cold feeling inside begins to melt away. Collecting colour Rose and her friend, Olive, love going bush in Arnhem Land to collect 'colour' and pandanus leaves for weaving baskets, bags and mats. Come by chance Bertha found an abandoned home in the middle of nowhere and fixed it up. She called her home, Come by chance, and that is what happened. All sorts of animals, sheep, kangaroos and a cat, came to her door during the cold winter.

She took them all in and cared for them until summer. Cook and the King, The There once was a very hungry king who needed a cook like anything Then the most unlikely of chefs comes along: the shuffling, shaking Wobbly Bob. He's scared of everything, from catching fish to digging for potatoes.

But can he convince the hungry king to give him the job? Corduroy Corduroy is a teddy bear who searches for his missing button because he believes that, if he is perfect, he will be loved and bought. Counting on Frank Frank counts on everything. He is always calculating things like how many whales will fit in his house. His dad says, 'If you've got a brain, then use it', and Frank does. Crazy hair Bonnie tries to tame Mister's hair but to no avail.

Birds and beasts of every type jostle for space among the curls and tresses of this hairy book. Crow and the waterhole Crow is so lacking in self-esteem that she doesn't realise what a special crow she is. She wishes she could be more like the 'other' crows she sees. She flies off to seek her destiny and to discover that she is all these things and more. Curiosity: The story of a mars rover Meet Curiosity, a Mars rover that has rolled across the deserts of the red planet searching for clues to one of science's greatest mysteries: has there ever been life on Mars? Discover the story behind the most ambitious Mars mission yet with Curiosity herself as your guide.

Through stunning art and fascinating diagrams, the rover takes us on a journey from the laboratory to Mars, showing just how far human curiosity has led us, and how much further it might take us still Daisy Dawson at the beach School's out for Daisy Dawson, and things couldn't be any better. Imagine a whole summer at the beach, full of sand, sun, and surfing! And now that she's making new animal friends - a crab named Pinchy who likes to dance and two fun-loving rabbits named Rabsy and Raberta - her vacation promises to be all the more exciting. But when Daisy hears a call for help from the bottom of the sea, she finds a dolphin in deep trouble, caught in old fishing nets.

Will Daisy and her friends be able to save the dolphin before it's too late? Daisy Dawson series Daisy Dawson is a little girl who can talk to animals. Dance teacher, The When Isabelle arrives at Miss Sylvie's dance studio to become a ballerina, she is told to be prepared to work hard. As the other young dancers switch to hip hop or drop out, Isabelle continues to practice, aiming to become a prima ballerina.

Dangerous alphabet, The A is for Always, that's where we embark. Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where monsters and pirates roam. A captivating, chilling riot of an alphabet book with eye-popping illustrations. Danny Blue's really excellent dream Danny Blue lives in a world where everything is blue.

And while there are many different shades and hues, everything is essentially the same. Until the night Danny sees something in a dream that is unlike anything else Dark, The Lazlo is afraid of the dark, when tucked up in his bedroom at night. He wants to find out what this thing called 'the dark' is. Darkest dark, The Chris love rockets and planets and pretending he's an astronaut in Space. Only one problem- at night, Chris is afraid of the dark. But when he watches the ground breaking Apollo 11 Moon Landing on TV it inspires him to follow his dreams and explore the darkest dark.

Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield. Day I remember, A This is a day that Chintu will always remember.

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He's going to be Markundi, the boy who keeps the bridegroom, his uncle, company through the wedding preparations. Come and join in the celebrations, with dancing, fireworks and music. Day war came, The Imagine if war came to your town and destroyed everything you had known. Imagine you made a long journey to safety but were not welcomed and turned away.

Imagine then how the gift of something small from one child could change your life. Day with Dad, A Tim waits with excitement for a train to bring his father, who lives in another town, to spend the entire day with him. They do all of their favourite things, until it is time for Dad to catch the train home. Days of the blackbird Gemma and her father, Duca Gennaro, live in a house with a bird-filled courtyard.

All the birds sing but the duke's favourite is La Colomba. When the duke falls ill, La Colomba refuses to fly south, even though snow and fierce winds swirl. Digby loves Main Street but he isn't sure he wants it to change. With plans of his own and a new friend, Claude, Digby explores what it really means to belong. But children beware, a hungry beast is looking for you! Join Dinner Detectives Clementine and Aksel in their first adventure, travelling back in time and around the world to uncover magical stories behind the food we eat every day.

Dinner detectives: Tangled tale of tagliatelle, A Sophia, the new girl next door, likes football. Shes also a super sleuth of pasta! Join our intrepid trio as they travel from Rome to a fabled renaissance meeting with the feared Mongol emperor, Kublai Khan, and uncover the ancient origins of pasta. Celebrate with Sophia's Dad's delicious Tagliatelle al Ragu - yum!

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Find his easy-to-follow recipe inside. Dinosaur encore A simple, flip book that has lots of interesting dinosaur facts for you to test yourself. Perhaps you know which dinosaur was smaller than a Dalmatian dog or most like the modern day ostrich but, if you don't, you can find out by reading this book.

Panoramic pictures of collage artwork add to the joy of learning more about the shape and size of dinosaurs. Do not lick this book Min is microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before- like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt.

The perfect book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world. Dougal's deep-sea diary Dougal's job is boring but he loves deep-sea diving. When Dougal goes to spend a week underwater, his diary tells of the many wonderful creatures he sees and his adventures. Dougal needs a change from his boring old job.

Dragon machine, The Unseen, ignored and overlooked, the dragons went unnoticed, just like George, until he was gone. Dream of bunyips dancing, A LuLu wants to see the legendary bunyips and her quest takes her to the creek at the end of her garden. But she doesn't know what bunyips look like. Dreaming tree, The Through free-verse and rhyming poems, celebrate the joy and freedom of being a child in the Australian landscape.

Duck gets a job My name is Duck and I would like a job. My friends work in the city and never stop talking about it. So, any job please. Yours sincerely, Duck. Duck's stuck Greedy duck sticks his head where he shouldn't and it gets stuck. Now his only hope is that rat can get him out. A cautionary tale. Dugong meadow, The The tranquil seagrass meadow seems a safe place for gentle Dugong and his aquatic undersea friends to play until one day a trawler with its scoop net appears. One of a series of Aboriginal stories about animals and birds.

Dunbi the owl is discovered in a tree by some children who soon learn the consequences of mistreating him. Each beach Eccentric and lovable characters search for the best ice cream, with funny tongue twisting rhymes. Ebi's boat Ebi has a passion for boats and builds a fantasy world around them.

When he meets an old, ex-sailor who lives next door, the two share Ebi's fantasy world in a host of imaginary ways. Elephants have wings Nestled in the wings of a mystical, white elephant, two children embark on a great journey of discovery. They fly across the universe, seeing its beauty then conflict, to discover there is a pathway to the humanity in all of us.

The parable of the blind men and the elephant is told in Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, Jainism and studied in philosophy universally. Emerald the green turtle's tale Emerald the Green Turtle hatches from her egg and, with her many sisters, makes her perilous journey to the beckoning sea. An Endangered Species Wildlife Book. Emily and the big bad bunyip It's Christmas day in Shaggy Gully. The kangaroos are bouncy, the echidnas are prickly and the bats and possums are just hanging about. Only the bunyip is gloomy and Emily Emu is determined to make him smile for Christmas.

Emperor's egg, The The Emperor penguin is the only large animal to remain on the Antarctic mainland throughout its bitterly, inhospitable winter. Once the female has laid her egg, she heads back to the sea, leaving the male to incubate it. He then spends two months standing on the freezing cold ice with the egg on his feet.

Emu In the open forest, Emu gathers granite-green eggs under soft feathers. Emu will care for the eggs and protect the stripy chicks once they hatch. There are many hazards in the forest for this unusual family. Enigma: a magical mystery Young Bertie Badger loves to visit his grandpa and friends at the retirement home for elderly magicians. One day, he arrives to find all the magic props have vanished. Bertie will have to solve the mystery before the magic show can start. Maybe you can help him.

Enoch the emu Enoch the emu thinks it will be very easy being a house husband. He is not so sure once his partner, Wilhemina, leaves him to look after the eggs. By the time the story finishes only the joy of fatherhood can make up for his ordeal. Ernie dances to the didgeridoo Ernie is going to live in the Australian Outback for a year. He is going to write a postcard during each season. Lots of lovely pictures and fun. Exploring soils: A hidden world underground Have you ever wondered what happens in the earth underneath us?

James has, and he wants to learn more about soil. He explores how plants and animals live in soil, how soils are formed, how they differ, and the many ways that soil is essential in our lives. Eye to eye Imagine you could soar high in the sky with an eagle or dive into the deep with a majestic blue whale. Come eye to eye with some of nature's most impressive creatures.

Eyes in the dark Poetry, printed in large white font on glossy black pages, describes a variety of Australia's nocturnal birds and animals, all of whom have eyes that stare out of the dark pages. Eyes in the night In a suburban backyard that borders the bush, the night is dark and a storm is coming. Peter leaves the comfort of his house to check his pets and is just in time to save a young owl from the clutches of a feral cat. Eyes of gray wolf, The Gray Wolf loses his mate and finds a new one during a winter of survival.

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Fabish, the horse that saved a bushfire Fabish was a handsome, grey racehorse who always tried his hardest. When he retired, Fabish took care of the flighty yearlings, showing them what was expected of a racehorse. One hot summer day, a wild wind blew up and Fabish smelled smoke. Fire was coming, fast. When the trainer opened the gate, Fabish and the yearlings galloped away.

The fire raged through the night as the trainer battled to save the racehorses. The next morning, there were no signs of Fabish or the young horses. Based on a true story during the Black Saturday fires. The excitement of seeing the American soldiers and tanks, the concept of black-outs, bomb shelters and ration coupons are explained. Fair, brown and trembling: an Irish Cinderella story A lively retelling of an Irish folk tale in the Cinderella tradition.

The book is peppered with curious names and whimsical illustrations featuring the costumes of fifteenth century Ireland. Fairytale news Modern retelling of the fairytales. Read all about it in The fairytale news that Jack delivers. Find out how Jack's paper run gets a very interesting customer. Famous artists Anholt series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.

Fancy Nancy Meet Nancy who believes that more is always better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her parents and little sister, Jo Jo, a thing or two about being fancy. Fancy Nancy and the butterfly birthday Nancy thinks butterflies are simply exquisite.

That's why she can't wait to go to her friend Bree's butterfly birthday party. It's going to be the fanciest party ever. But, when Nancy finds out she can't go because of her grandparent's fiftieth anniversary party on the same day, she is furious. Nancy feels she will never get over her disappointment. Here, you can find the fanciest, almost-new outfits, accessories, jewellery, and lots more. The fashion boutique is a huge success but it's also Nancy's little sister's birthday. And, when it starts to rain, the birthday party might be ruined. Nancy knows she has to come up with an idea, a brilliant one, and fast.

Fancy Nancy and the fall foliage Fancy Nancy loves fall -- the fashion, the weather, and especially the colours of the leaves! As Fancy Nancy helps Mum and Dad rake the leaves outside in Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage, she gets a stupendous idea to do something unique with the most beautiful leaves she finds. Join Nancy as she celebrates the changing of the seasons in this storybook adventure! Fancy Nancy and the mermaid ballet Fancy Nancy is ready for the spotlight. Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, could not be more excited about their upcoming dance show.

After all, it's all about mermaids and Fancy Nancy knows how to be a fancy, glamorous mermaid. But, when another ballerina wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. When disaster strikes right before the big ballet, someone steps in to steal the spotlight. Fancy Nancy and the posh puppy When her family decides to get a dog, Fancy Nancy is certain she can be fancier than ever.

After all, a papillon, a small, delicate, fluffy dog, is the ultimate accessory. But, Fancy Nancy's family wants a large, plain dog. How unglamorous. Fancy Nancy and the wedding of the century Not only does Nancy help out the bride, she also gets to attend a fabulous party reception. Nancy will discover how truly special even the simplest wedding can be. Fancy Nancy aspiring artist It's holiday time and Nancy is feeling glum because her best friend, Bree, is out of town. When her mum brings home a brand-new set of glitter markers, Nancy puts her trademark flair to creative use and devotes herself to becoming a serious artist or artiste, as the French say.

After all, everything about being an artist is fancy, fancy, fancy, especially when inspiration strikes. Fancy Nancy explorer extraordinaire In their exclusively glamorous Explorers' Club, Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, set out to explore the fascinating world of wildflowers, trees, leaves, birds and, of course, butterflies. With recipes for pinecone bird feeders, extra-fancy lemonade, an official club bird and an exclusive map of the territory, Fancy Nancy is one Explorer Extraordinaire.

Fancy Nancy fanciest doll in the universe Fancy Nancy's little sister, JoJo, can be naughty and a real pest at times. Even worse, it's in permanent marker so will never come out. When her mother suggests a fancy doll party, Nancy is excited to accept. But, the doll drama isn't yet over. Fancy Nancy poet extraordinaire Fancy Nancy Clancy is so poetic, even her name rhymes. And, with limericks, couplets, free verse and more, poetry is plenty fancy. So, when her teacher gives Nancy and her classmates an assignment to come up with their very own poems, Nancy is determined to write one that is superb.

But, first, Nancy needs an idea and she's having trouble. Fancy Nancy Saturday night sleepover When Nancy's parents go away overnight, she and her little sister, JoJo, get to sleep over at Mrs. DeVine's house. JoJo is a little nervous about sleeping at someone else's house. Luckily, Nancy is an expert on sleepovers and can help prepare her little sister. The big night arrives and JoJo and Nancy have a blast at Mrs.

But, when it's time for bed, it turns out Nancy isn't as prepared as she thought. Good thing there is nothing better than a sister to make you feel better. Fancy Nancy series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Fancy Nancy stellar stargazer Fancy Nancy thinks that everything in the sky is simply stellar, from the sun and the moon to the stars and their constellations that's a fancy word for the shapes that stars make. So, nothing could make her happier than a special sleepover under the stars with her dad and her little sister, JoJo.

Together, they wish on stars, moon bathe and even eat astronaut ice cream. But, Fancy Nancy faces a real challenge when rain clouds cover up the stars. Fancy Nancy tea parties You're invited to join in the fun with hostess extraordinaire, Fancy Nancy. With a little imagination, you too can create an exquisite tea party that is perfect for your friends and family. Fancy Nancy's favorite fancy words Fancy Nancy thinks that words are simply fascinating.

She wonders why people say beautiful when there are fancy words like gorgeous and glamorous. Instead of hello, try bonjour, which is French and so much fancier. An umbrella will keep you dry but a parasol will make you feel like a Hollywood movie star. Fancy Nancy: Oodles of kittens It is raining cats and dogs, when all of a sudden, Nancy hears a strange sound coming from outside!

Nancy and Bree decide to investigate, and what do they find? Lo and behold! It's oodles of adorable kittens! Oodles is fancy for a lot. After finding some of the kittens good homes, Nancy and Bree each get to keep one for themselves. That is until Nancys new kitten meets her posh pup, Frenchy. Will Nancys two pets ever get along? Will Nancy be able to love them both the same? Fancy Nancy: Ooh la la it's beauty day Fancy Nancy has created a super-deluxe beauty day for her mum's birthday.

It's a pampering paradise, right in the backyard. With relaxing music, fragrant lotions, colourful nail polish and foamy mousse, Nancy gives her mum a total makeover. She even treats her to sumptuous refreshments and special entertainment. But, suddenly, the pampering goes too far.

Fancy Nancy: Sand castles and sand palaces It's the best day ever when Mum takes Fancy Nancy and her friends to the beach! They spend the whole day building the most magnificent sand palace imaginable, but when the tide comes in what will happen to their beautiful creation? Join Nancy as she discovers how the beach is full of spectacular surprises! JoJo's a little nervous about sleeping away from home, but luckily big sister extraordinaire Nancy is there to put her mind at ease.

Nancy is an expert at sleepovers. Fancy Nancy: splendiferous Christmas Christmas presents are so fancy. Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles. After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la. This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree.

She's bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But, her plans may not be quite as splendiferous as Nancy imagines. Fancy Nancy: Super secret surprise party Shh! Fancy Nancy and her classmates are planning a surprise party -- that means it's top secret! Together Nancy and her friends prepare the treats and decorate the classroom for the party. Everything has to be kept super secret.

Even the cupcakes have a surprise inside! Will you be able to guess who the party is for? Fancy Nancy: The worst secret keeper ever JoJo is telling all Nancy's secrets-she just can't help it! Nancy begins to think she's the worst secret keeper ever. But when Bree comes over to watch a movie that only Nancy has seen before, Nancy realises it's very hard to keep a secret. Could it be that maybe JoJo isn't the worst secret keeper, after all? Fans of Fancy Nancy will delight in this sweet story about understanding and the love between siblings.

Fancy Nancy: Time for puppy school Ooh la la -- school starts soon! Fancy Nancy can't wait to go back, but she'll miss Frenchy very much. Nancy's loved playing with her favorite puppy all summer, but sometimes Frenchy can be a bit naughty. When she gets into trouble one too many times, the Clancys decide that it's time for Frenchy to go to school, too -- puppy school! But will Frenchy change her doggy ways? He makes beautiful wings of paper and feathers, but never quite manages to fly. When he isn't preoccupied with his dream of flight and air, he scoops his son up and they play along the beach.

He always returns to his dream until the day he is called up to war, never to return. His son decides to make his dream come true. Jack climbs the choko vine, the princess meets the cane toad, the Kangaroos Gruff outwits the bunyip under the bridge and Little Red Riding Hood is almost eaten by the dingo. Father Koala's nursery rhymes Join Father Koala and his little mates as they romp through a selection of Aussie nursery rhymes. Little Miss Golden works on her Holden, Black Swan swims in an old billabong, Jack and Jill check boundary fences, Swaggie puts the billy on and we all have tea.

Fearless When a baby is born, it's difficult to know whether it will grow up to be big or small or brave or scared of the dark and spiders. So, sometimes, babies get the wrong name. It's the same with dogs. When a new little puppy is named Fearless, it seems a good name for him. Except that Fearless isn't.

Fearless in love The only thing Fearless can remember his mother telling him is that life is much nicer if you love everyone. For Fearless, the act of loving things equates to devouring them, and loving everyone is much more complicated than he had imagined. Fearless must work out how to be a father and teach them everything he knows. But, not everything goes to plan.

Fearsome five, The Toad, Rat, Bat, Hyena and Spider are anything but beautiful but the ugly outcasts learn that beauty comes in many guises. Feathers for Phoebe Phoebe doesn't want to be ordinary. She wants to turn heads and be noticed. She wants to be fabulous. But, when Phoebe seeks the help of the outrageous and beautiful Zelda, her transformation leads to some unexpected results. Field full of horses, A A beautifully worded book for the horse crazy, with exquisite and accurate illustrations. A story that includes information on how a horse trots, canters, gallops and bucks, their diet and how they are groomed.

Fierce little woman and the wicked pirate, The The fierce little woman lived in a house at the end of a jetty. She knitted socks, played bagpipes, fished and swam. Sometimes, she was lonely. One stormy day, a wicked pirate came to her house on the jetty and tap-tapped on her window.

Fiona the pig Fiona's parents wonder why she can't be more like them, that is, more like a pig. Fiona loves ballet, being clean and having tea parties with her dollies. Fiona's parents are desperate to find a solution to this baffling behaviour. First book of the sea, A From the dust cover, end pages and secret illustrations on the front and back covers, whatever you love about the ocean this book of poetry will have it.

The gorgeous illustrations will transport you from harbours and ships, to joyful days at the seaside, and the fascinating world below the waves. These poems use beautiful imagery to explore the mood of the sea. There is a large surprise to find in the centre. Fish for breakfast In possum hat and gumboots, Rebecca collects bait for her first fishing lesson, until a short-sighted sea-eagle spies her. Suddenly, she is carried away. Brave, resourceful Rebecca must help the sea-eagle and still get home in time for breakfast. Each day when they wake up, they are more uncomfortable because the sofa keeps growing smaller.

Or, so they believe. Sent off to war in the Pacific, Flapper is deep in the jungle on Manus Island, on patrol, when he has to evade enemy fire and deliver the message that will save the soldiers to whom Flapper has been assigned. Flotsam A boy finds a box brownie at the beach. Inside are the photos of all the people who have found this camera in the past and the marine scenes they shot before leaving the camera behind. He can choose to do the same or keep the camera.

Fly on the wall series Lots of fascinating information and annotated illustrations about everyday life. Fly, kite, fly A search for a red-tailed bird leads a young boy to meet with a famous artist. He finds not only what he is looking for but also a friend, in the great Leonardo da Vinci. Fox and fine feathers The various birds of the forest floor, Lyrebird, Coucal, Pitta and Nightjar, have very different feather colours and sounds but they look out for danger and warn each other. When a hungry fox comes looking for food, only plain, dull Nightjar is watching.

Frank in time The hero is now looking at history - by going back in time. A day in the local museum can be quite surprising! Frank encounters mummies, dinosaurs, Isaac Newton and some very interesting hair styles. Frankencrayon The costumes are made, the roles are cast and the pages are all set. But, then, disaster strikes. Someone has scribbled on the page. This picture book is cancelled.

Free diving Leaving his family and country behind, a young man joins a crew of a pearl lugger to gather valuable pearl shell. Free diving with no protective suit, he risks his life with every descent. Free to a good home The Smith children collect an old lady from the shops and bring her home. Nobody notifies the police that she is missing and Mr and Mrs Smith need to decide whether she will become their Granny. Smith also happens to be her last name. Frida Kahlo and the bravest girl in the world When Marianna goes to Frida Kahlo's house to be painted by the famous Mexican artist, she is scared.

The beautiful lady keeps exotic pets and she's heard that Frida keeps a skeleton in her bedroom. But, as Frida paints Marianna, their friendship grows. Frida talks about her life while Marianna discovers how love, determination and courage can give you wings to fly. Friends of Emily Culpepper, The Emily is a witch of sorts. She loves talking to her friends so she miniaturises them into jars. That way she can talk to them whenever she wishes. Gastronauts Sally Tinker is the world's greatest inventor under the age of But when her baby brother Joe swallows her greatest invention to date Sally and her genius biologist friend Charlie will have to shrink themselves to a size small enough to delve deep into the bowels of baby Joe to recover it.

But will they be able to find it and if they do, how are they ever to get back home? Funny and smart this book will gross you out, crack you up and teach you stuff all at the same time! Gecko Welcome to the world of Gecko. He warms up on the sunbaked rocks in the evening before hunting for food.

A cockroach makes a yummy snake. Watch out! A hawk is hunting! An exciting introduction to one of the most varied species of lizard on the planet. Gentle giant octopus An information book about a gentle, giant octopus searching for a safe place to lay her eggs. Discover how she uses her tentacles, why she squirts her ink and the care she takes to guard her babies. Geronimo and Thea Stilton series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. The only solution is to replace the engine's batteries by tracking down a rare element.

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But are the aliens as friendly as they seem? Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon, The No matter what hour, she lurked looking sour, be it midnight or mid-afternoon. Her dresses were shabby, her mood always crabby. Her name was Miss Annabel Spoon. The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts the people of Twee their every waking hour and they've had enough.

But, one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has a most extraordinary idea. Giants Sweet Pea and Boogaloo are out in the forest when Sweet Pea asks if giants look just like them, only bigger. Boogaloo knows that they're entirely different. Sweet Pea asks if giants are kind but Boogaloo has his negative opinions here too. It takes an ill-advised kick for Boogaloo to realise that giants are just like me and you, only bigger. Gift, The All the kids in the town followed the Pied Piper into the mountain but one was left behind.

This is the story of that child. Gilbert Gilbert is a great, big scaredy-cat. You can't blame him as he was taken from his mother before his eyes were even open and spent his childhood inside a paper bag. He is frightened of just about everything, except paper bags. Gilbert goes outside Gilbert is an inside cat who is determined not to go outside until his owner puts him out against his will.

Gina the dancing queen Gina is a giraffe who desperately wants to dance but she always gets tangled up when she tries. With plenty of determination, Gina joins the Rhythms Dance School. Ginger McFlea will not clean her teeth Ginger McFlea refuses to clean her teeth, no matter what any of her family says or does. A visit to the dentist and a call to the tooth fairy change her mind, with amazing results.

Give me a home among the gum trees Australian animals join together to bring to life this classic Australian song about a home amongst the gum trees. Glasshouse, The Clara's glasshouse world is perfect, growing perfect pumpkins in her pure and flawless home. A stranger arrives and the precious world begins to change. Gloria's voice Gloria Steinem is known as a leader of the feminist movement and a trailblazer who fights for equality for all people.

This unofficial biography for young readers tells her story, from being a young girl with big dreams to her inspiring travels in India to the launch of Ms. Gloria's message of believing in yourself and following your dreams will inspire a whole new generation. Goblin and the empty chair, The In a time long past, in a land far away, a family has suffered an unspeakable loss. Their lives are full of grief and hard work.

But, a lonely goblin, a hermit from the world, has been watching. And he knows what to do to help them heal with acts of unnoticed kindness. Little does he know that he is being watched. God is A book that helps to explain spirituality to the very young. It provides a general look at where God is in all the things that make up a young child's life such as friendship, love, play, family and nature. Good enough for a sheep station As a boy, the author, David Cox, lived on a sheep station in the dusty outback of Queensland.

His lessons came in a brown envelope but, out of doors, his dad was his teacher. David learned the stockman's skills of breaking in and riding horses, mustering sheep and cattle, and how to survive the hardships of drought. When they were out riding, his father would tell interesting stories about old times and characters. Gracie and Josh Gracie and Josh are brother and sister who laugh, play and fight, but they also face a sad world where someone is sick and there are good days and bad days in their family.

Grandfather's war, My Sarah loves spending time with her Grandpa, but she knows there is a part of his life that makes him sad. When he was a young man he fought in the Vietnam War. Sarah wants to find out more and her Grandpa shares a story of bravery and friendship, and what impact war has on everyone. Grandfather's wrinkles As Lucy's fingers trace each crease on her Grandad's lined face, she wants to know why Grandad's skin doesn't fit anymore. He tells her what joyful event caused each wrinkle to appear. Grandma's week off Grandma wakes up one Monday morning and decides to do something more exciting than make marmalade.

An incredible week of adventure follows, culminating in a trip to the moon. Grandpa Through Blake's eyes, Grandpa is revealed as a real pain in the neck. He took over Blake's room, left ash and tobacco everywhere and told boring stories. Grandpa was also really good at mending stuff and he could create wonders out of horseshoe nails. Grandpa Green Grandpa Green wasn't always a gardener. He was a farmboy, a kid with chickenpox, a soldier and, most of all, an artist.

Follow Grandpa Green's great-grandson into the garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees, and imagination recreates things forgotten. Great Australian yarns series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.

Great bear, The Year after year, a dancing circus bear spends her days in a cage and her nights perfoming for a crowd. The bear longs for freedom. Great lizard trek, The Rocky, an ornate dragon, lives on the granite rocks in the southwest of Australia.

His ancestors have lived in this hot environment for around 10 million years, and for more than 60, years, they have lived alongside Indigenous Australians. Rocky's habitat is under threat, and his desert relatives in the north are facing challenges due to rising temperatures. Using his knowledge of Indigenous culture and language, along with Western science, The Great Lizard Trek follows Rocky in his journey to see what the future may bring. Great race, The Lever Lapin is a world famous runner, living a celebrity lifestyle.

Nate Tortoise is a simple fellow, who just wants to eat in peace at his favourite restaurant. Fed up with Lever's bragging and the intrusion into his life, Nate is overheard muttering that he could beat Lever in a race. So, the challenge is on. Great white man-eating shark, The Norvin, inspired by his own small, sharkish eyes and sharp, sharkish teeth, decides to impersonate a great white man-eating shark so he can have the sea to himself. His plan comes unstuck when a female shark takes a fancy to him.

Greatest treasure of Charlemagne the King, The Charlemagne can have whatever he desires, but nothing interests him. He values learning to read far more than the cavalcade of treasures presented for his interest. Greek hero See life in Ancient Greece with Agathon, a hoplite soldier, who boards a ship bound for home after battle. He is taken under the wing of the merchant, Lykon, who sees potential in the strong, young warrior. Eventually, Agathon marries Lykon's daughter and later competes in the Olympics.

Growing frogs When a mother brings her daughter to a pond to collect some frog spawn, the little girl isn't sure what to expect. Day after day she checks on the jelly-like bubbles until the black dots in their centres turn into slippery tadpoles, and then keep on changing. Guji-Guji The delightful story of a very different, ugly duckling who learns to be very happy with who he is. Hairy-nosed wombats find a new home, The Based on a true story in Queensland, a colony of wonderfully hairy-nosed wombats decide to move homes.

But could there ever be another home to make them happy. Hamid's story With his mother, ten year old Hamid flees Eritrea to escape the war and the government threats to his family. In his own words, Hamid reveals the hardships and suffering experienced by refugees, trying to rebuild their lives. With little understanding of the language and culture in a new country, Hamid's life is very challenging.

Even when things start to get easier, the horrors of the war are never far from his thoughts. Hansel and Gretel A faithful retelling of this famous, dark fairytale but with unique, modern illustrations. Happy birthday to you, you belong in a zoo That meanie, Lewis, always teases Gilbert at school. When Gilbert receives an invitation to Lewis's birthday party, Gilbert goes, armed with a cheerful grin, a brightly wrapped package and a plan to get even for Lewis's rotten behaviour.

But, this birthday has a much bigger surprise in store for Gilbert. Happy Birthday Winnie Cousin Cuthbert's magical trumpet almost ruins the amazing garden party that Winnie is throwing for herself to celebrate her birthday. Winnie must find all her disappearing guests and pull some other magic out of the bag. But, when the unthinkable happens, Harry must learn to say goodbye to his mate.

Harry Highpants People in the town have always worn their pants at different heights. Some wear them low, some a little high and, in Harry Highpants' case, very high. It hasn't been a problem until Roy Bland decides to stand for council and wants everyone to wear their pants the same, 'normal' way. The town is divided and into the battle comes Harry Highpants. Heart of the tiger A boy inherits a toy tiger who shares his experiences of a different world where there were trees. The boy comes to experience a new and vibrant world and learns about destruction of environments, aging, wisdom and new beginnings.

Hello, Sydney Explore 15 of Sydney's most iconic locations with the help of six cheeky seagulls on this look-and-find adventure.

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From Taronga Zoo to Bondi Beach, there are delightful quirks of the city to spot on each page as well as fun facts to discover. Herbert the brave sea dog Everybody loved Herbert, a small dog, but the person who loved him most was his owner, Tim. One day, Herbert set off on a boat trip with Tim's father but the short journey soon turned into the biggest adventure of Herbert's life.

A true story of a remarkable dog's voyage at sea. Here in the garden As the seasons change, a boy shares the magic of his garden with a special friend. Herman and Rosie This is a tale about a big city, hotdogs and music. It's a tale of ringing on rooftops and it's the tale of Herman and Rosie. Hermelin the detective mouse Hermelin is a special little mouse. Summer Reading for Kids: Ages Kids' Club Eligible.

NOOK Book. When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he's determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action. Only now it's stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that's only the beginning. Childlike in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Kids' Books.

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