This is the story of Bobby - the littlest hero in a very big war. Bobby is a tiny canary. His best friend is Jack, a soldier in one of the tunnelling companies of the Royal Engineers. Together they go deep into the tunnels under no-man's-land. Jack's job is to d... read more
PUBLICATION MARCH 2018
Young soldier Jim McLeod waits in the trenches of World War I for the order to attack the enemy. With him are his friends, and Nipper, the messenger dog. When they charge across no-man's land, Jim is shot ...and finds himself face to face with an enemy soldier.
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But did Granny stop knitting?
Oh no, she did not!
She kept right on knitting . . .
like it or not!
Granny McFitter's family have had enough of her knitting. But when a ship runs aground, spilling oil into the sea, a call goes ou... read more
PUBLICATION MARCH 2018
More than 20 years after publication of the classic NZ story, The Bantam and the Soldier, Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton have joined forces again to produce another heartwarming story from the First World War. This time it's the true story of Otago's Alexander Aitken and t... read more
The violin was my companion in this dug-out; I slept with it by my side. In 1915 Otago soldier Alexander Aitken was on a troopship bound for Europe to fight in the Great War. Given a violin won in a shipboard raffle by an old school friend, Alexander passed the time by pr... read more
NZ Picture Books
|Series:||Allis the Little Tractor|
|Reading Level:||3 to 6|
|Awards:||Winner of the Best First Book Award at the NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2016|
Just imagine how Allis feels when her best friend Toby brings his Uncle to see her. 'I think Allis is thirsty, let's find her something to drink' Allis' heart jumped. 'I am thirsty, I am thirsty,' she cried. Let the adventure begin!
Since her mum died, Olivia hasn't felt right. Sometimes she can't breathe properly and she feels funny inside. When she is out on the farm with her dad and brother or tucked up under her blankets things don't seem so bad, but everywhere else she feels like she doesn't f... read more
NZ Picture Books
|Reading Level:||Children's - Grade 1-2, Age 6-7|
|Awards:||Winner of the HELL Children's Choice Non Fiction Award at the NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2016 STORYLINES NOTABLE PICTURE BOOK 2015 New Zealand Listener Top 50 Children's Books|
Up on the world's highest mountain, the sky is tinged the black colour of space and the air is almost too thin to breathe. How did Ed, a small, shy boy from the tiny town of Tuakau in New Zealand, grow up to become the world's... read more
PUBLICATION AUGUST 2015
Katherine Mansfield's iconic story of prejudice and injustice, The Doll's House, is introduced to a younger audience in this picture book edition, edited by Kevin Boon and illustrated by Trish Bowles.
Oscar finds that having his father away a lot can be tough and he gets upset and angry, but with the help of others he learns that his father is really very special. This heart-warming story was created in collaboration with the New Zealand Defence Force and addresses the often dif... read more
Oscar finds that having his father away a lot can be tough and he gets upset and angry, but with the help of others he learns that his father is really very special.
This heart-warming story was created in collaboration with the New Zealand Defence Force and addresses the ofte... read more
Having met on tropical shores in Cork on the Ocean, cork and bottle swirl out to sea into a world of dancing jellyfish, treacherous reefs and surly sea lions. An enchanting and romantic ocean adventure about courage, friendship and togetherness.
"Quirky, enchanting, luminous." NZ Herald Canvas Magazine
A wonderful story of adventure and friendship, and a little monster who doesn’t like to wait–so he decides to step out into the world for the first time.
With humor and wit, internationally acclaimed author Margaret Mahy captures the courageous adventures of seven brothers who use their supernatural gifts to overpower a cruel emperor. This ALA Notable Book features beautifully executed illustrations full of historical detail.