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    Stick Man – Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

    “Stick Man lives in the Family Tree With his Stick Lady Love and his stick children three.” Stick Man is living a great life, until one day, when out for a run, he comes into contact with a four legged-friend. There begins an adventure he will never forget. But he’s one determined Stick Man and he won’t rest until he’s back at his family tree! *** I have always heard amazing things about Julia Donaldson’s books. They are raved about by many parents. We got the Gruffallo before Spike was even born and I’ve read it many times. Room on the Broom and The Snail and The Whale were bought…

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    Truth or Dare – Non Pratt

    “What truth must she face? How far will he dare to go? One Story. Two Sides.” How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it’s a risk she’s happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. But this means putting Claire’s love – and life – on the line. Because when you’re willing to risk everything, what is there left to lose? *** I love Non Pratt’s books. They never fail to capture me and make me love each and…

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    This is the Story of You – Beth Kephart

    “Blue, for example. Like the colour the sun makes the sea. Like the beach bucket he wore as a hat, king of the tidal parade. Like the word I and the hour of nobody awake but me. I thought blue was mine, and that we were each ourselves, and that some things could not be stolen. I thought the waves would rise up, toss down, rinse clean, and that I would still be standing here, solid. I was wrong about everything.”   Haven is a six-mile long, half mile wide island. Mira and her friends are a handful of a smaller community of year-rounders on the holiday island. They have…

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    Good night, Sleep tight – Kristina Andres

    “Fox and Rabbit live quite far away, in a bight little house beyond the molehills. One night Rabbit came racing home across the fields and up to the door, which Fox had locked because it was almost midnight.”   And so begins the first of 11 and a half stories in which Fox and Rabbit try to find new ways to sleep and say good night… ***   This little collection of stories is the perfect bedtime treasury for a tired little girl or boy who just needs to hear their parents’ voice as they drift off to sleep. Spike loves a bedtime story, but as she’s so little, she…

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    Wolfy – Grégoire Solotareff

    “There was once a rabbit who had never seen a wolf… …and a young wolf who had never seen a rabbit. The young wolf’s uncle decided to take him out for his first ever hunting trip. But that day, the old wolf was in such a hurry, he crashed into a rock and fell down dead.”   Wolfy and Tom meet and become good friends. Tom the rabbit teaches the wolf to play marbles, read, count and fish. Wolfy teaches Tom to run very, very fast. But eventually their friendship is tested by the classic game Who’s-afraid-of-the-big-bad-wolf? Can the little rabbit and the young wolf remain best friends in all…

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    Kings of the Castle – Victoria Turnbull 

    “’Be back by dawn!’ George didn’t want to waste the night moonbathing He wanted to build a sandcastle” When George sets out for a night of sandcastle building, he doesn’t expect to be met by a sea creature by the name of Nepo. As the two try to understand each other, and Boris the dog gets in the way, a true friendship forms. Together they are magical, together they can do anything. Together they can be Kings of the Castle. ***   What a beautiful story and what stunning images!   You will need to see this book in person to understand its true beauty. It’s the reason I picked…

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    Winnie The Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt – Giles Andreae & Angela Rozelaar

    ‘Piglet trotted happily beside his best friend Pooh,  Talking about nothing much, as best friends often do.  When suddenly Pooh stopped and said, “I’ve got a Grand Idea, I’m going to catch a Heffalump. I’ve heard they live round here.”‘   When Winnie the Pooh sets out to catch a heffalump he finds himself in a sticky situation. But thankfully his best friend Piglet will always be there by his side.  ***   For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. I never cared much for Pooh but I loved the stories for Tigger and the other characters. However looking back I think…

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    There’s an Ouch in my Pouch – Jeanne Willis & Garry Parsons

    “What is the matter with Willaby Wallaby? Why is he sobbing and throwing a wobbly?  Willaby Wallaby is not where he wants to be.” This bonza billabong tale will have you giggling and wondering when Willaby Wallaby will be where he wants to be!    ***   I picked this up out of luck in my local bookshop, Storytellers Inc, on Bookshop Day last weekend. Spike actually pulled it off the shelf and I thought the title sounded cute. I then realised it was the same author as one of my favourite picture books!  I knew right then I would buy it but when the lovely Caroline said how much…

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    Goodnight Baby Moon – James Mitchem & Claire Patane

    “The Rabbits gazed at the Moon and its cool, gentle light…  While out for their walk on a warm summer night.”  This very special bedtime tale about the moon is sure to set little ones on their own journey of amazing dreamland discoveries.  ***   Featuring a family of rabbits who spend their time looking at the moon, the story is a sweet, quick read about how the moon changes through the month and how it goes away but comes back again. Its the perfect way to teach little ones about the phases of the moon and how it disappears once a month then makes its way back into our…

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    Oi Dog – Kes & Claire Gray & Jim Field

    ‘”Oi Dog! Get off the frog!” said the frog. ‘But I like sitting on frogs,’ said the dog. ‘Frogs are all squishy and squashy and when you sit on them they go plurppppppppppp'” Tired of being sat on by dogs, the frog is changing the rules. He no longer wants cats to sit on mats, frogs to sit on logs and dogs to sit on frogs. Oh no, it’s all change in the rhyming world! *** I think this is quite possible my favourite of the Lollies 2017 shortlisted books. It is hilariously funny and takes the well known rhyme about cats sitting on mats and frogs on logs and…