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My Dad's A Birdman

RRP $15.99

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Join a father and daughter as they find their wings together and take to the skies in this funny, tender tale from the master of contemporary storytelling.

A warm and wonderfully wacky tale told with heart and hope by the Carnegie award winning author David Almond. Lizzie and Dad live in a rainy town in the north of England. It's just the two of them, and Auntie Doreen, who pops round to check Lizzie's spellings and tell Dad he's daft - and make them nice hot dumplings. But today there's something unusual going on: why is Dad building himself a pair of wings and studying the birds to see how they fly? The Great Human Bird Competition of course!

About the Author

David Almond is the acclaimed author of Skellig and The Fire-Eaters. David has also collaborated with Polly Dunbar on the highly acclaimed My Dad's a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon, and with Dave McKean on The Savage, Slog's Dad and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf. David lives in Hexham, Northumberland. To find out more about David and his books.

About the Illustrator

Polly Dunbar studied illustration at Brighton Art School and now lives and works in London. Some of the books she has also illustrated include, The Dragon Test, Here's a Little Poem and Lucy and the Firestone. She is known for her bold use of bright flat colour and she thinks colour is a brilliant way to cheer yourself up, and whenever she's feeling grey, she puts on her best pink frock and paints!


Bird Brain

RRP $15.99

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Polly Parrett meets Polly parrot. Together, can they solve a murder mystery? Things just don't always go the right way for pet-sitter, Polly Parrett. Dogs and cats can be tough enough; now she finds herself having to cope with a moody macaw, a volatile new resident at her mother's halfway house for veterans, and oh yeah, a dead body. What's more, the parrot and Polly share the same name, which not only makes for a lot of confusion, but it just might be that the parrot is the smarter of the two.


A Cloud Of Birds

RRP $18.99

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When nine-year-old Calvin migrates to Petoskey, Michigan in 1876, he meets Little Pigeon and her Ojibwa family. She introduces him to her infirmary for wounded passenger pigeons that have not been able to fly away, and he learns to take care of the birds until they are ready to return to the huge flock the following year. The family is amazed and awed by the millions of birds that darken the sky like a thick cloud and cover the ground with droppings and feathers. Calvin's teenage brother, Eric, is anxious to shoot as many birds as possible, but his father will only allow enough to feed the family. The following year, Uncle Benny arrives on his wagon, and announces that he is waiting for the flock to return, so he can harvest hundreds to sell in Chicago. Eric longs to join his uncle, so he leaves one night with his gun and the two find passage on a ship to seek their fortune. . .


Happy Street Pet Shop

RRP $17.99

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Each book in the Happy Street series focuses on a different shop - children can pop out the shop and play pieces after they've enjoyed the story. Mr Paws has a very busy day ahead of him at the pet shop. The pets need feeding and grooming, and there are lots of customers to serve. There are so many different types of pets - scaly, furry, soft and with hard shells. What kind of pet would you like best?

Happy Street is a highly collectable, new novelty pre-school series that offers huge possibilities for creative play. Children will love exploring all the different shops: they can cuddle the animals in Mr Paws' pet shop, shop at Miss Apple's supermarket, have an ice cream in Mrs Sponge's cafe or spend their pocket money in Mr Ted's toy shop. Perfect for kids aged 3 and up.

Have you collected all of Happy Street? Stories include: Bakery, Bookshop, Cafe, Dentist, Doctor, Garage, Pet Shop, Post Office, School, Supermarket, Toy Story, and Vet. Artist and designer Simon Abbott has been illustrating children's books for 15 years. He specialises in bold colours and delightful characters of all kinds and describes his work as fun, fresh and happy.

Simon lives and works in Suffolk, with his partner Sally, 3 boys called Jack, Nathan and Alfie . . . and a very old cat called Harry.


Lyrebird! A True Story

RRP $16.95

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When Edith met a cheeky young lyrebird on her garden path, she could not guess that he would one day be known as A Miracle of the Dandenongs. Soon, James the lyrebird was singing and dancing for Edith, mimicking the birdsongs and other sounds that echoed through the bush. Word of their friendship spread and people travelled from near and far to film and record James. But with people came change ... This true story, retold by Jackie Kerin and beautifully illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, celebrates a remarkable friendship between a gardener and one of Australias most extraordinary birds.

About the Author

Debi Gliori is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the very popular Mr Bear series. She won the Children's Book Award picture book section, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1997.



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