FANCY NANCY - BUDDING BALLERINA
By Jane O'Connor, $6.31, from major bookstores
Budding ballerinas will love this instalment of the Fancy Nancy series. Nancy starts a free ballet class at home so she can teach her klutzy father how to perform the five positions, but he still can't get it right. Still, she's such a sweetheart that she gives him an award for Most Improved Dad. Learn how to pronounce ballet terms while bonding with your little dancer. Recommended for kids aged three to five.
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE
By Laura Numeroff, Harpercollins, $23.90, from MPH Bookstores
If a hungry little traveller shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. Then, he'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache… and so on in this classic circular tale, where the ending leads back to the beginning. This Extra Sweet Edition carries a game, stickers and press-out gift tags. Recommended for kids aged three to seven.
ZOE'S RESCUE ZOO: THE PUZZLED PENGUIN
By Amelia Cobb, Nosy Crow, $11.68, from major bookstores
Zoe lives in her Great-Uncle Horace's rescue zoo and has the most amazing adventures because she can talk to the animals. When a tiny penguin arrives at the zoo, Zoe senses something amiss about it. He's cute as a button but a bit of a puzzle - he doesn't realise he's a penguin. A charming tale that blends animal facts, beautiful renderings and a little bit of magic. Recommended for kids aged six to eight.
By Jill Lewis, Egmont Press, $16.73 before GST, from major bookstores
A Big Something called the Greedy Guzzler is still hungry, despite eating an enormous amount. So he sets off in search of a "little something". Lo and behold, there is a whole army of Little Somethings - each with a tongue-twisting name - living inside a cave on a hill. How will they be able to save themselves from being eaten? Bright and cheery illustrations and zippy text make this a page-turner. Recommended for kids aged three to six.
STICK DOG WANTS A HOT DOG
By Tom Watson, Harpercollins, $10.90, from MPH Bookstores
This sequel to Stick Dog, enlivened by the stick figure-like drawings, finds Stick Dog and his motley crew of friends planning a "food heist" - to steal hot dogs from an unsuspecting vendor. The path to executing their plan is strewn with obstacles, from getting locked in a house to distracting the frankfurter guy, but the five dogs have set their hearts (and stomachs) on the prize. Hilarious antics ensue. Recommended for kids aged seven to nine.
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