Ah, Feck It!
Married to Pete and mum to five year old Davina, Jess feels lost in the world. Davina has started school, so her days are no longer filled with the pitter patter of tiny feet, she just now looks forward to a glass of wine at the end of the day. She has found her life to have become mediocre, her in laws are always poking their nose in to her affairs, the parents at Davina’s school seem to think they are all better than her and even the teachers make her feel inadequate. You’d think she would at least have her husband to make life seem more interesting and stress free, but he has just become rather boring.
Jess decides that she needs to get her life back, regain her self confidence and actually live again, but just how difficult is that going to be, when the world just doesn’t seem to want to let her do just that?
Written by Nicki Todd, this is a story of self discovery and the difficulties of that journey.
Police Officer Penny
Police Officer Penny lives in Sunnyside Town and one day she receives a worrying phone call, a young boy called Jack has gone missing at the zoo and Officer Penny is needed to find him.
This is a tough investigation and Officer Penny worries about all the ways that Jack could have gone missing. Her investigation takes her around the zoo meaning she comes face to face with many of the animals. Will she wake the sleeping Lion? Can she escape the Ostrich that chases her? Is Jack hiding in the elephant enclosure? The only way to find out is to follow Officer Penny as she desperately searches for the missing boy.
A fabulous little story by Claire Harrison, with fun, vibrant illustrations that make the read even more enjoyable.
Helping Daisy Grow
A story that is written to help inspire children that they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it, Helping Daisy Grow by Layla Ford is absolutely charming.
Inch is a worm, he is not very big but his friend is Daisy, a small flower. One day he finds out that Daisy is struggling to get the sunlight she needs to grow properly and Inch decides that no matter what, he must help Daisy before time runs out.
Adorably cute, this story is one of bravely overcoming adversity and a beautiful friendship. It is accompanied by gorgeous illustrations that help tell the story of this amazing friendship between Daisy and Inch.
Written by Surjit Kaur and fabulously illustrated by Pedro Demetriou, Burt’s Shirt is a wonderful tale of a little boy who just loves his shirt. Not only does Burt love his shirt, but he thinks everyone else should love it just as much, but one day his favourite piece of clothing is changed forever when his mum washes it.
Burt is so upset, he loved that shirt and now it just isn’t the same. It may have been dirty, but it really felt like a part of him. The story follows Burt and his emotional roller coaster, one that shows children that you need to accept people for who they are, and share in their passions!
Elmo’s Christmas Tail
Elmo is a little mouse who cares for everyone, he is so kind in fact that one day the Moon decides to gift Elmo with a magical tail. Even though he is so happy, the other animals in his village become very jealous and eventually they are so mean that they pull Elmo’s tail right off.
Elmo is devastated and finds himself alone on a journey to find a new home, hopefully where he can be happy and accepted for who he is. It’s a treacherous journey though and along the way Elmo meets many animals. Some are just as mean as the ones from his village, laughing at him or ignoring him because he is a mouse without a tail.
The Moon sees Elmo’s plight and punishes the animals for their cruelty. What will happen to little Elmo though? Will he find a new home? Will he make new friends? Or will he end up all alone of Christmas Day?
This absolutely charming book by Tammy Johnson is filled with emotions as the reader follows Elmo on his path to a new life. It is beautifully written and really engages the reader in the story. Accompanied by stunning illustrations, this is a wonderfully quaint book to give as a gift this Christmas.