Children's New Releases 

June 2017

Gleebooks Bookshop - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Marking the beginning of our winter, June stirs the urge to snuggle somewhere warm, with appropriate provisions, to read away the chill outside. But did you know that ‘Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.’ In less than a minute a day, you could help change that, or help one person read for the first time and share in the pleasure we take for granted.By clicking daily on you can change the world. Simples! Lynndy


Good Dog: A Dog Breed Primer & Here Kitty, Kitty! A Cat Breed Primer by Dawn DeVries Sokol ($15, BD)
Crammed with different breeds of dogs and cats exercising their personalities, these board books are lively and eye-catching with a mixed-media blend of realism and winsome humorous illustrations. Lynndy 



Raymond by Yann & Gwendal Le Bec ($25, HB)
Raymond is a good dog, has a nice family, and a really happy life. But one day Raymond has a thought: he’d like to improve his situation, and he decides he may as well do what humans do. Many outings, treats and finally a high powered job follow, until one day, well ... it just gets to be a bit much. Wonderfully clear, expressive pictures extend this amusing story about what a dog’s life really means. The design and production of the book are really notable—this is a handsome book, befitting the very attractive Raymond. Louise

If I had a Little Dream by Nina Laden (ill) Melissa Castrillon ($23, HB)
This beautiful picture book is hard to describe, written in verse as a child’s wish list ‘If I had…’ a land, a house, a garden, a pond, a boat, all the way down to a little dream. Whimsical children’s books don’t always work, they can just be too fey for words, but Melissa Castrillon’s pictures are strong, full of humour and detail, and in a rather fabulous, unexpected palette, which make it a delight to read and reread. Surely this book will be a classic in years to come. Louise

Storm Whale by Sarah Brennan (ill) Jane Tanner ($25, HB)
Best known for her playfully rhymed picture books about each year of the Chinese zodiac, here Sarah Brennan surges into very different territory, collaborating with the wonderful Jane Tanner in a lyrical, tinglingly realistic picture book about three sisters tending a beached whale. Pencil illustrations graduate from grey to full colour, mirroring the intensity of the story and providing texture that engages. In so many ways this book is perfect: both narrative and art build with drama and contrast, then resolve with a tidal ebb that is wonderfully satisfying. Storm Whale is sure to be on many future awards lists! Highly recommended for age 3+. Lynndy


Amongst the canon of children’s literature are some names very familiar to adult readers, which prompted my indulging in this tangent. In a brief overview of luminaries who have written children’s books are the following, proving it’s never too early to instil in young readers a love of fine writing.
A Trio of Tolerable Tales by Margaret Atwood ($29, HB)
Three rambunctious stories formerly published separately as picture books are collected for the first time into a chapter book riddled with wordplay, humour and adventure.

Chase by Linwood Barclay ($15, PB)
Our narrator Chipper is a very special dog: part of a top-secret, multi-million dollar experiment to create the ultimate canine spy technology, he lives in a secret organisation known only as The Institute. Although he is supposedly more technology than living dog, Chipper is faulty and due to be terminated. When he escapes using the very intelligence installed by The Institute, his flight involves 12-year-old orphan Jeff and his friend Emily, thus The Institute’s retrieval plans become far more sinister and ruthless. Danger, secrets and thrilling suspense collide in Linwood Barclay’s action-packed first volume of a series for 9–12 year-olds.

Jane’s Blanket by Arthur Miller (ill) Al Parker ($19, PB/$40, HB)
In his sole children’s book playwright Arthur Miller narrates the bittersweet nuances between out-growing and growing up through the story of Jane’s childhood experiences, all shared with her beloved security blanket.

A Long Trip to Teatime by Anthony Burgess (ill) Fulvia Testa ($19, PB)
Edgar longs for an escape from the classroom—which he finds with a sudden plunge through a tiny hole in his desk. Now Edgar is adrift, searching for Edenborough, from whence he must find his way home in time for tea. Like Lewis Carroll’s Alice, Edgar finds himself astray in a wonderland, his bizarre adventures highlighted by gloriously nonsensical conversations with curious creatures. Inventive wordplay, twisted logic and philosophical undertones render Burgess’s children’s book suitable for ages 8–adult.

The Big Bazoohley by Peter Carey (ill) Stephen Michael King ($15, PB)
Pyjama-clad Sam Kellow sleep-walks out of the hotel room in Toronto where he is staying with his parents ... and wakes to find the door firmly closed behind him. Exploring the hotel, Sam encounters adventure, bizarre characters—two of whom kidnap him to enter him in a contest—and impossible mysteries. Interwoven is zany humour that lampoons many social tropes, including eating and beauty competitions. This is a sparkling mix of fantasy, reality and humour. (Alas, this great novel is now print on demand, but we do have a copy in stock at Glebe.)

What Can I Be? by Ayn Rand (ill) Ingrid Fiksdahl King
Geometric shapes ponder the possibilities of what they might be, or become. The base shapes are shown in black & white; their imaginings in fully-realised colour, and after each the reader is prompted for further suggestions from the natural or built world. Deceptively simple, yet inviting and inspiring, this is a beautiful object in its own right. ($35, HB)

Sun Moon Star by Kurt Vonnegut (ill) Ivan Chermayeff ($15, PB)
Taking the baby Jesus’ perspective, and offering beautiful and insightful descriptions of the world from someone newly born into it Vonnegut presents the people most important to Jesus, in a style very different to his mature work. Originally published in 1980, this book is now back in print.

Artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers to install bespoke windows.

Picture book creator and global street-art sensation Kyle Hughes-Odgers will be visiting Gleebooks this June. He’ll be installing a window featuring work from his new book, One Thousand Trees, plus a one-of-a-kind drawing inspired by the book.
Kyle began creating artwork on the streets of Australia in the early 2000s before his first solo exhibition in Perth. Invitations to hold exhibitions and create public art across the world soon followed. He has had solo exhibitions in Berlin, Amsterdam, Madrid and Los Angeles and his large-scale murals can be seen in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, London, Sheffield, Hong Kong, Singapore, Madrid, Berlin and Cambodia. Recent work includes From Above, a six-by-eighty-metre exterior painting for the Perth International Airport, and his current commission is to paint the Southern Hemisphere’s largest recycling plant. The environment is a theme close to Kyle’s heart. One Thousand Trees is a timely picture book about greening up your environment and reintroducing kids to the joys of nature play. It’s a beautiful addition to Kyle’s previous four children’s books, which include Can a Skeleton Have an X-ray?, which was one of only two Australian titles on the long list for Frankfurt Book Fair’s inaugural Global Illustration Award.
To meet Kyle visit him in Gleebooks Glebe and Gleebooks Dulwich Hill on June 25th and 26th. 


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