Children's New Releases 

July 2017

Gleebooks Bookshop - Wednesday, July 05, 2017


One Thousand Trees by Kyle Hughes-Odgers
Deep in the heart of the city, Frankie dreams of a thousand trees. A journey of imagination and discovery into the world of trees and back, exploring the transformative power of nature and art. World-renowned Australian artist Hughes-Odgers brings a softer world to light in his latest book, focussing on the environment. ($25, HB)

The Perfect Thing by Sally Morgan (ill) Ambelin Kwaymullina
Warmth and love irradiate this series of interactions between Lily and her grandfather. When Grandpa suggests a walk in the park Lily counters with her own ideas and objections, but Grandpa has a solution for everything. With bold colourful illustrations and an imaginative open-ended story, Morgan and Kwaymullina show that Grandpa really does always know the perfect thing. ($25, HB)

What Are You Supposed to Be? by Paul Beavis ($16, PB)
Challenged by a small girl with big opinions, a young salad-eating violin-playing wolf tries to accommodate her ideas of lupine behaviour, but is a howling ferocious predator really him? New Zealand author-illustrator Beavis’ hilariously original story is well matched by his quirky illustrations, and the wolf’s adamant belief that he is just fine as he is, no matter how unusual, is a lesson for all ages.


Stories of Art is a new Korean series of really playful, informative books about famous artists. Various illustrators have taken different artists and explored their artistic practices, their life stories, and their subject matter. Breugel, Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas are just some of the artists; I particularly like the books about Seurat (Joining the Dots), and Monet (Seen From a Distance). Paper collage and illustration are used throughout the books to good effect, and the good colour reproductions of the artwork are liberally spread throughout each book. These books would be great fun for 5-8 year olds, and in some cases even younger children. ($18, PB) Louise 


Around the World in 80 Puzzles by Aleksandr Artymowska
This stylish puzzle book is the perfect gift for readers of all ages. Inspired by Jules Verne’s iconic novel, Aleksandra Artymowska’s imagining of the classic tale is packed with steamships, airships, railways, penny-farthings and any other kind of transport you can imagine and it will take you on a voyage like no other. Each intricate puzzle, from labyrinthine mazes to missing-object hunts, is guaranteed to fascinate, puzzle and inspire. ($25, HB)

You vs. the Book by Make Believe Ideas
From the maze on the cover, to the puzzles and activities throughout, this is a heap of fun for readers of 8+. Unexpectedly challenging, with various levels of difficulty, it contains a satisfying workout for many different areas of the brain. ($17, HB)


The Shadow Cipher: 1 York series by Laura Ruby ($15, PB)
International reviews indicate this is a series to engross the primary-level reader: definitely one to watch! ‘The first book in an exciting new series that’s great for fans of steampunk, history, mystery, and magic. Let the puzzles begin!’ ( An epic alternate history series about three kids who try to solve the greatest mystery of the modern world: a puzzle and treasure hunt laid into the very streets and buildings of New York City. It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction. Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo, and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

Wreck by Fleur Ferris ($20, PB)
Although I’ve not read this, based on Ferris’s previous novels I’m confident this will be a thriller populated by highly credible characters, and razor-sharp thought-provoking realism. Tamara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy little town and part-time job at the local paper as O-week at Uni awaits. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when she arrives home to find her house ransacked and her life in danger. What is this mysterious note? And why does it mean so much to one of Australia’s most powerful media moguls? Caught between a bitter rivalry and dangerous family secret, who can Tamara trust?

The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon
  People-trafficking is far from an uplifting topic, yet it is part of a necessary global concern, and with her multi-award nominations, including the Carnegie Medal and CBCA Award, Zana Fraillon is singularly apt to tackle the subject. Around the world, millions of people—including many children—are victims of human trafficking. These modern-day slaves often go unseen even in our own cities and towns, their voices silent and their stories untold. In this incredible book, Zana Fraillon imagines the story of three such children, Esra, Miran and Isa. The result is powerful, heartbreaking and unforgettable. Esra, Miran and Isa work for the Snakeskin gang, tending to plants in the dark and airless basement of a house they are not allowed to leave. They’ve been told that they belong to the Snakeskins, but Esra knows that she belongs to no one —and she is determined to find freedom. ($20, PB)


On 4th June we were lucky enough to have beloved author Sally Rippin in her first NSW promotion of her latest book The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster, book 1 of her new Polly and Buster series ($20, HB). Thank you to all those who came along and contributed to this lively interactive event; and if you missed out, email us to ensure you receive an invitation to our next children’s and family literary celebration. Lynndy

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