If you never had the pleasure of reading this book as a child (perhaps you were not yet born for ten years when this books came out), I'll fill you in: Famous fairytales retold as FAIRLYSTUPID tales...here are some examples of the hilarity that ensues................................
Sorry to give away the ending.
............needless to say, unlike The Gingerbread Man, the gift of speed was wasted on The Stinky Cheese Man....no one gave chase.
The not-so delectable Stinky Cheese Man.
And no fairlystupid tale would be complete without a whingeing, self-righteous hen !
2pm for the Kids group, and 3pm for for the Young Adult group.
The Kids' Book Club this month is Evan's Gallipoli by OUR FAVOURITE local author Kerry Greenwood on Saturday 1st June at 2pm.
Fourteen-year-old Evan Warrender travels with his father to the Dardenelles, where they intend to provide succour to the Allied soldiers. When they are captured by the Turks, they are launched into an epic journey, living on their wits and the kindness of strangers as they escape and travel through Turkey, back to Greece and finally home to Australia. Along the way they meet unlikely friends and companions, some of whom have deep secrets. And when Evan's own secret is revealed, we realise just how incredible the journey has truly been.
The YA Book Club is All This Could End by Steph BoweSaturday 1st June at 3pm
Nina doesn’t have a conventional family. Her family robs banks—even she and her twelve-year-old brother Tom are in on the act now. After yet another move and another new school, Nina is fed up and wants things to change. This time she’s made a friend she’s determined to keep: Spencer loves weird words and will talk to her about almost anything. His mother has just left home with a man who looks like a body-builder vampire, and his father and sister have stopped talking. Spencer and Nina both need each other as their families fall apart, but Nina is on the run and doesn’t know if she will ever see Spencer again…
Book club books are 20% off!
Interested in coming along to our book clubs, or just want to know a little more? We love to see new faces! Send us an email, ring us on 9689 0661 or ask us in the shop.
Check out these three fabulous books are on our new release shelf!
First is Hooray for Bread by the articulate Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by brilliant Bruce Ingman.
A book to read for breakfast
A book to read in bed
A tasty tale told slice by slice
Hooray, hooray... for bread!
Next is the terrific book Ted by Leila Rudge.
It's the story of Ted, a smart dog with his own jumper. He's been at the pet shop forever but no-one seems to notice him. Will Ted finally be noticed and find the perfect home?
(You get a free plush Ted toy when you purchase this book!)
Lastly we have the ineffable I've An Uncle Ivan by Ben Sanders
I've an Uncle Ivan, who's drivin' a pie van.
Meet Ivan and his pie van, Ivan's niece Kate, who only has one roller skate, and a host of charming characters in this brilliant book. The illustrations are fantastic and you can even make your very own pie-van (there's a paper-folding project at the back of the book)!
Looking for something to read this Easter? You could try one of these amazing novels. From Jon Skovron (author of Misfit), we have Struts & Frets.
It's a story about Sam. He loves music, is trying to understand girls and wants to keep his family together. Sam's dream is to win the upcoming battle of the bands and turn his best friend into his girlfriend (without any weirdness). First he must deal with a few issues; his Grandfather, the lead singer's temper, his hormones, and those catastrophes you can never plan for and that always seem to hit at the worst possible times. Struts & Frets is a great book - it's very funny and well written. You might spot the the chapter titles are all names of songs. It's a great story about music, friendship and having the courage to live your dreams. (It's also very cheap, only $7.95!) Secondly, we have The Zigzag Effect from Australian author Lili Wilkinson. (You might know her books Love-shy and A Pocketful of Eyes).
Sage has just moved with her family from Queensland to Melbourne.So that she can pay for a summer photography course, she gets a holiday job working for The Great Armand - an excellent but ageing magician. At the theatre she meets the beautiful assistant Bianca, and the very cute stagehand, Herb. One evening Sage, Herb and Bianca are staying late at the theatre and a wand gets broken on stage. Bianca sees this as a bad omen and is convinced that they have brought a curse upon themselves. Things start to happen, and when someone goes missing Sage must figure out who she can trust, who is keeping secrets and what is misdirection and trickery... The Zigzag Effect is a fantastic holiday read. Plus it's set in Melbourne which is always a bonus. Sage is an awesome character, and you get to learn a bit about stage magic along the way.
Are you looking for something fun? Cute? Easy to read? Then Life in Outer Space is for you!
This story is about Sam, a nerd whose life revolves around Star Wars, horror movies, and World of Warcraft. He has a small but loyal group of friends and until Princess Leia turns up he's not interested in girls. That is until he meets Camilla. With her cute English accent and her op-shop dresses, she's definitely different from the girls at his school. For a start, she's determined to be Sam's friend, even when he tries to ignore her. Sam thought all the movies he'd watched had taught him everything he needed to know. Maybe he was wrong.... A wonderful debut from Melbourne author Melissa Keil. With great characters and hilarious dialogue, this is a novel to be enjoyed by both boys and girls. Think John Green, but no tissue box required. You won't want to put it down! We love it and think you will too. This is the first novel from The Ampersand Project (a division of Hardie Grant Egmont) which publishes the best manuscripts from first-time young adult authors.
'An unlikely hero. An extraordinary story...' What do YOU think?
'The raven doesn't want you to read this story. What if you find out the location of his treasure? Or worse, what if you learn his secret - that ravens can talk?'
With the help of an irritating pigeon, a flirtatious weather hen, a philosophical scarecrow, a kind priest, a ghost boy AND his grieving sister; Raven will uncover a thief, save a life and discover that there is more to life than being magnificent.
Saturday 2nd of March 2pm.
Come along to the Younger Sun before we head over to the Sun Theatre for snacks and chats about this awesome story.
TEEN BOOK CLUB
'...a confronting and heartfelt story of adolescent experience'
'What do you do when everyone says you're someone you're not?
Alex wants change. Massive change. More radical than you could imagine.
Her mother is not happy; in fact, she's imploding.
Her dad has walked out.
Alex has turned vegetarian, changed schools, stopped taking her medication. And created a new identity. An identity that shakes her world.
And Alex - the other Alex - has a lot to say about it.'
Saturday 2nd of March 3pm.
Come along to the Younger Sun before we head over to the Sun Theatre for snacks and chats about this intensely moving book.
Both books are 20% off for the month of February. For more information contact us on 9689 0661, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are so many fabulous feminine characters in the shop at the moment, protagonists who make stories a delight to read, who inspire and encourage, who are brave and clever! Go Girls! Here are some of our favourite girls!
Truly Tan by Jen Storer
We love Tan! She is Australian, and is written by the fabulous Jen Storer, a Melbournian! Tan is the youngest of three sisters, she has moved to the country with her family, she is funny, clever and engaging, you will wish she was your best friend!
Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child
The second Ruby Redfort novel 'Take Your Last Breath' is here! Ruby is back! The girl wonder detective is solving mysteries, heading out to sea and swimming with sharks! You'll have to read it to believe it!
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Moses Le Beau (please call her Mo for short) was orphaned as a baby during a hurricane in a strange small town in the swampy part of the U.S.A. Like all clever ladies she keeps a diary, takes karate classes, helps out in the Piggly Wiggly diner with her best friend Dale and during one eventful summer begins to solve many a mystery, including a suspicious murder!
The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson
Agatha Farlingham is the daughter of an English earl, but on a trek through the Himalayan mountains Agatha is kidnapped by a family of Yetis who she befriends. She teaches them to speak, have good manners and generally devotes her life to them. Brave Agatha protects the yetis from humans who want to hurt them and is an impressive warrior for the lovely Yeti creatures!
Happy New Year! Take a look at the shiny new books that have arrived.
Catch The Zolt - The Debt, Installment One by Phillip Gwynne (ages 10+)
Fifteen-year-old Dom is cast out of his comfortable life in the Gold Coast's Halcyon Grove when he inherits an ancient debt. Now, he has six Herculean tasks to perform... or lose a pound of flesh.
A Very Unusual Pursuit - City of Orphans #1 by Catherine Jinks (ages 10+)
A clever adventure with feisty characters, set in a time where science clashes with superstition and monsters lurk in chimneys.
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (ages 13+)
In Level 2, the liminal place between our world (Level 1) and heaven, seventeen-year-old Felicia Ward spends her days in the pod reliving her favourite memories - until she is broken out by Julian, a boy she knew when she was alive. There's about to be an uprising in Level 2, and Julian wants to recruit her to the cause. But unsure whether she can trust Julian, and still in love with her boyfriend Neil on Earth, she finds herself torn between two loves - and two worlds.
The Will to Live by Tanya Landman (ages 9+)
My name is Poppy Fields. Last year Graham and I were roped in to help at a christening party at Coldean Manor. But events took a grave turn when we discovered a tramp in the churchyard... Dead. Then we became stranded by a storm - and quickly realised we were trapped in the mansion with a murderer.