CHILDREN'S BOOKS. Page Three


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  • SS Penguin SOS
  • Night Race to Kawau
  • Ocean for Kiwi Babies
  • Watch out for the Weka
  • The Cat From Muzzle
  • Cork and the Bottle
  • Cork on the Ocean
  • We've Got a Boat
  • Hero of the Sea
  • Cook's Cook
  • Little Hector and the Big Idea
  • Little Hector and the Big Blue Whale
  • Sam and the Dog From the Sea
  • NZ Birds
  • NZ Shore & Sea
  • Oliver Goes to Stephens Island Lighthouse
  • Lucy goes to the Lighthouse
  • Ivan and the Lighthouse
  • The House That Went to Sea
  • Row, Row, Row Your Waka
  • Out On The Water
  • The Whopper
  • Jack's Castle
  • A Hippo Lives in Havelock
  • Herbert the Brave Sea Dog
  • Blackie the Fisher-Cat
  • On Plastic Bag Patrol
  • Those Sugar-Barge Kids
  • Those Shipwreck Kids
  • Those Eco-Pirate Kids
  • Those Snake Island Kids
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    SS PENGUIN. SOS
    By Adrienne Frater. Paperback, 0.20kg, 130mm x 2198mm, 167 pages, 0.20. Published 2020.

    Set in New Zealand in the 20’s / 30’s , a young boy goes to live with his aunt and cousin following the death of his father. He begins work on a school history project which uncovers a family tragedy and a hero in the household.
    Based on the true sinking of the SS Penguin, a sometimes forgotten NZ maritime disaster, and on the reallife heroine of the day, Ada Hannan.

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    NIGHT RACE TO KAWAU
    By Tessa Duder. Paperback, 0.25kg, 130mm x 200mm, 206 pages, 0.20. First Published 1982. This edition 2007

    'He's not there, Mum. He's fallen overboard.'
    A challenge turns into a nightmare when a gale blows up during the race to Kawau Island. Sam's father is knocked unconscious and Sam, her younger sister and her mother are in charge of the yacht Sam and her mother suddenly find themselves in charge of their yacht with a dangerous task ahead of them.

    Will Sam be able to save her family?

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    OCEAN FOR KIWI BABIES
    By Puffin. 0.27kg, 160mm x 160mm, 13 Pages. Board Book. Colour Illustrations. Published 2020.

    An introduction to what's in the ocean for little learners.
    Explore under the sea in English and Maori.

  • Crab - Papaka
  • Crayfish - Koura
  • Jellyfish - Tepetepe

    NZ$14.00 + Delivery

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    WATCH OUT FOR THE WEKA
    By Ned Barraud, 0.23kg, 210mm x 230mm, 31 Pages Picture Book. Colour Illustrations. Published 2017.

    While Alf, the DOC hut warden, is taking a swim, a curious weka steals his precious watch. He must get it back. That evening, Alf thinks up a cunning plan and eventually recovers his watch while also discovering the weka’s treasure pile.
    Based on a true story, set at Awaroa in the Abel Tasman National Park, this entertaining picture book will delight young and old alike as the inquisitive and curious nature of our native weka is revealed and they accompany Alf on his quest to get his watch back.

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    THE CAT FROM MUZZLE
    By Sally Sutton & Scott Tulloch, 0.20kg, 240mm x 285mm, Colour Illustrations. Published 2019.

    Over mountains and across rivers, this delightful true story traces a high-country cat’s epic, five-week journey home to New Zealand’s most remote station.

    Dwayne is a rumble-tumble tabby cat who knows where he belongs — up on the farm at Muzzle Station.
    So, when he’s taken to live far away in the town of Kaikoura, what’s a cat to do? Shake the dust off his paws and start walking, of course!
    The trouble is, home is a very long way away . . .

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    CORK AND THE BOTTLE
    By Mark & Rowan Sommerset, 0.23kg, 210mm x 250mm, 24 Pages Picture Book. Colour Illustrations. Reprint 2017.

    Having met on tropical shores in Cork on the Ocean, cork and bottle swirl out to sea into a world of dancing jellyfish, treacherous reefs and surly sea lions.

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    CORK ON THE OCEAN
    By Mark & Rowan Sommerset, 0.23kg, 210mm x 250mm, 44 Pages Picture Book. Colour Illustrations. Reprint 2017.

    After riding a sea horse, evading a shark and befriending an exhausted butterfly, a little cork meets a wise old whale who shares the secret of staying afloat.

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    WE'VE GOT A BOAT
    By Jay Laga'aia & Donovan Bixley, 0.38kg, 245mm x 255mm, 32 Pages Hardback with CD. Published 2018.

    Join Team Kiwi and sail away on a boat guided by ancient waka, woven with flax sails, powered by a taniwha and bound for victory... GO KIWIS GO! Sing along to Aotearoa's unofficial America's Cup song!

    Hardback picture book with CD. Performed by Jay Laga'aia

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    HERO OF THE SEA. Sir Peter Blake's Mighty Ocean Quests.
    By DAVID HILL& PHOEBE MORRIS. hardback, 0.432g, 246mm x 256mm, 32 Pages. colour illustrations. Published 2018

    A stunning biographical picture book for young readers about Sir Peter Blake, world-renowned New Zealand yachtsman, adventurer and environmentalist.

    Sir Peter Blake’s life was filled with amazing adventures. During his 30-year career on the ocean, he sailed around the globe, won the world’s most famous races and broke records. Even his red socks became a national sensation. But no matter how many trophies Peter won, he always knew the survival of our planet was more important.

    This illustrated picture book, by an acclaimed author and illustrator, tells the remarkable story of a true Kiwi hero. It is the fourth book in their bestselling series about famous New Zealanders.

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    COOK'S COOK.
    The Cook who cooked for Captain Cook
    By Gavin Bishop, 0.52kg, 305mm x 255mm, 40 Pages Hardcover. Colour Illustrations. Published 2018.

    Cook’s Cook follows the 1768 journey of James Cook’s H.M. Endeavour with his ship’s cook, the one-handed John Thompson, as story teller. Recounting stories of shipboard life and exotic places, John Thompson makes friends with botanist Joseph Banks with whom he shares real recipes (From Pease Pudding to Goose Pie and Shark Steaks). John Thompson may only have one hand, it's enough to stir the porridge.!

    In an age of exploration, this is the story of how a resourceful cook fed a shipful of hungry sailors on a grand adventure.

    Beautifully illustrated and full of information drawn from extensive research. Published to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour

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    LITTLE HECTOR AND THE BIG IDEA
    By Ruth Paul, 0.13kg, 215mm x 230mm, 24 Pages Picture Book. Colour Illustrations. Published 2019.

    Little Hector's fun with his friends keeps getting spoilt. When it's not by dangling, tangling fishing nets, it's by a mess of plastic trash. He wants to make his bay safe again - but how will one little dolphin tackle such a BIG problem....?

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    LITTLE HECTOR AND THE BIG BLUE WHALE
    By Ruth Paul, 0.11kg, 215mm x 230mm, 24 Pages Picture Book. Colour Illustrations. Published 2018.

    A gorgeous new picture book for young children to find out all about the tiny and endangered Hector's dolphin. Introducing . . . Little Hector!

    A small but daring dolphin, Little Hector swims out into the deep blue ocean. He meets many dangers — and an unlikely friend — and proves you are never too small to have BIG adventures...

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    SAM AND THE DOG FROM THE SEA
    By Dick Frizzell, 0.16kg, 210mm x 255mm, Picture Book. Colour Illustrations. This Edition published 2018.
    First Published in 1984.

    Dick Frizzell is one of New Zealand’s best known artists and illustrators and here he turns his talents to his wife Judy’s heart-warming story of Sam, an old sailor who lives alone in an old tramcar by the sea. One morning after a big storm he finds among the debris on the beach a small dog that is only just alive. It’s a classic tale of companionship between an old man and his dog.

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    NZ BIRDS
    By Dave Gunson. Board Book, 0.21kg, 150mm x 150mm, 13 pages, Colour Illustrations. Published 2013.

    A first book of new Zealand's colourful birdlife for young readers. Fantails, Pukeko, Silvereye, Tuis...

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    NZ SHORE AND SEA
    By Dave Gunson. 0.21kg, 150mm x 150mm, Board Book. 12 Pages. Colour Illustrations. Published 2014.
    A great board book of New Zealand's colourful seashore and sea life for young readers.

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    OLIVER GOES TO STEPHENS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
    By Grant Sheehan. 0.24kg, 210mm x 300mm, Colour Illustrations. Published 2019.
    Oliver is a lucky boy. His father is a writer and his mother a photographer and they take him by helicopter to Stephens island off the coast of Marlborough in Cook Strait.

    There he learns over a couple of days about the lighthouse that is now being mechanised like most lighthouses in New Zealand and around the World. He learns about the tuatara that inhabit the island and of a rare wren that was hunted to extinction by cats owned by various lighthouse keepers.

    This book has been dedicated to Len Akers and Jill Barton, the last keepers of the Stephens Island lighthouse.

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    LUCY GOES TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
    By Grant Sheehan. 0.24kg, 210mm x 300mm, Colour Illustrations. Published 2017.
    This book tells the story of Lucy, whose Mother takes her on a picnic to New Zealand's first lighthouse at Pencarrow, near Wellington.
    Lucy finds out the amazing story of Mary Jane Bennett, who, in 1858 became New Zealand's only woman lighthouse keeper...

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    IVAN AND THE LIGHTHOUSE
    By Grant Sheehan. 0.24kg, 210mm x 300mm, Colour Illustrations. Published 2016.
    Loosely based on events in the life of Ivan Anderson and his father James, who was the keeper at Bean Rock Lighthouse in Auckland Harbour from 1909 to 1911.

    Ivan is happy enough at Devonport School but he finds it hard to concentrate because throught the classroom window he can see, gleaming in the Harbour, Bean Rock Lightouse, which is really where he would rather be..

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    THE HOUSE THAT WENT TO SEA
    By Melinda Szymanik. hardback, 0.33kg, 215mm x 260mm, 15 pages, Colour illustrations. Published 2011.

    A wonderfully improbable adventure

    Michael has to stay with his Granny by the sea while his parents are away on an adventure but when the house floats away the real adventures begin.

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    ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR WAKA
    By Rebecca Larsen, Paperback, 0.21kg, 240mm x 250mm. Published 2017.
    New Zealand friends Pukuko, Kiwi and Hoiho go on a journey. Join them in their Waka, perform actions and sing along while you row, row, row....

    Book and song in English and Maori with a bonus CD sung b Paul Inia

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    OUT ON THE WATER
    By Tessa Duder. Softcover, 0.30kg, 154mm x 234mm, Black & White illustrations. Published 2014.
    For her first children's fiction in ten years, Out on the Water – Twelve Tales of the Sea, Tessa Duder has chosen a nautical theme: a brand-new collection of sea stories, illustrated by Bruce Potter

    There are stories about children learning the ropes of dinghy sailing, or kayaking up rivers, or sailing as crew in their family boats. Two have historical themes: the longest story explores what the experience of crossing the Tasman in 1882 in a tall ship might be like for a shy 12-year-old boy, and another shares with another boy the challenges of transporting 62 nearly wild cattle in a scow from Great Barrier Island to Auckland in the 1890s. Each of the twelve stories has a full-page illustration

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    THE WHOPPER
    ByBrett Avison. Hardcover, 0.56kg, 260mm x 260mm, full colour illustrations. Published 2016.
    When Charlie finds a little boat, a wild adventure at sea unfolds. He survives a storm, catches a whopper of a fish and is befriended by a whale. But is that a bear I see?.. Join Charlie and find out how his action packed day will end..

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    JACK'S CASTLE
    ByBrett Avison. Hardcover, 0.56kg, 260mm x 260mm, full colour illustrations. Published 2016.
    One day at the beach with his dog Toby, Jack decides to use his digger to build the best sandcastl ever. Soon jack is joined by his friends, all keen to join in the fun. And then the tide comes in....
    When their castle is washed away, jack comes up with a cunning plan. One that involves som bags of cement from his Dad's garage...

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    A HIPPO LIVES IN HAVELOCK
    ByBrett Avison & Scott Tulloch. Hardcover, 0.49kg, 260mm x 260mm, full colour illustrations. Published 2015.

    A Hippo Lives in Havelock is a quintessential Kiwi story.
    Havelock could be any town in New Zealand and the sense of wonder at a hippo coming to reside in the town could be felt by any little Kiwi kid in their own patch of New Zealand. Scott Tulloch's detailed illustrations depict things us Kiwis are familiar with: the NZ Post postie on a bike, camping scenes, the Cook Strait ferry, campervans, our wildlife and seashells, colonial wooden buildings, town halls and community gardens.
    The clever text is a chance to promote stories of ourselves in our own backyard. The big question, of course, is how does a hippo fit into all of this?

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    HERBERT THE BRAVE SEA DOG.
    By Robyn Belton. Paperback, 0.23kg, 262mm x 232mm, full colour illustrations.
    Herbert was a small dog who lived by the sea. Everybody loved him, but the person who loved him most was Tim. One fine day, an excited Herbert set off on a boat with Tim's father, heading for the Marlborough Sounds. What no one knew, however, was that the weather would soon turn rough and Herbert would be thrown into the biggest adventure of his life.

    This is a true New Zealand story, delightfully told and beautifully illustrated.

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    BLACKIE THE FISHER-CAT.
    By Janet Pereira. Hardback, 0.42kg, 260mm x 230mm, full colour illustrations. Published 2014
    This story is about an unexpected friendship between a grandfather and a stray cat.

    After Nana dies, Grandpop returns to holiday at their favourite camping ground by the sea. He misses Nana, but one morning he discovers a hungry black cat on the step of his caravan, this is no ordinary cat, for every day Blackie follows Grandpop down to the river mouth to fish. A special bond quickly develops between them.

    Blackie the fisher-cat is a story with a distinctly new Zealand flavour and a heartwarming twist that will captivate readers of all ages.

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    ON PLASTIC BAG PATROL.
    By Andrew Fagan. Paperback, 0.22kg, 256mm x 230mm, full colour illustrations.
    The Tiny Triplets _ Whangarei, Whakatane and Phellington - are anchored in Port Perfect. They are waiting for the wind to blow them over the curve of the Earth to far distant seas, where highly prized Giant Plastic Bags can be found. Huge sea serpents and foul-mouthed enemies lie in wait for the Sailing Boats of Saggimau.

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    THOSE SUGAR-BARGE KIDS
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.28kg, 150mm x 230mm, 197 pages, black & white drawings. Published 2018.
    In this fouth book in the series, three Tasmanian children meet a couple of home-alone kids who live on an old barge in New Zealand's Bay of Islands. Over a period of time they find themselves heavily involved in a conflict with one of the local oyster farmers.
    The outcome is a triumph of lateral thinking, and a signal to youngsters everywhere that it is possible to bring about changes that will help change the future of the world.

    Suitable for ages nine to ninety-nine, this is another thought-provoking Ransome inspired tale with a strong appeal to adventure-loving readers. Underlying its clear environmental theme is the conclusion that freedom and responsibility go hand in hand.

    in Jon Tuckers own words.."Although this is essentially a work of fiction, it is based on real people and places. There really is a sugar-barge near Opua that two generations of kids have lived aboard, doing their best to cope with rising sea levels, as the book depicts. The black backed seagull 'Percival' is the embodiment of many marine-dwelling creatures who have fallen victim to the ever growing flood of plastics choking our waterways and Captain Bamford's Ketch Swallow also exists..."

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    THOSE SHIPWRECK KIDS
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.30kg, 150mm x 230mm, 203 pages, black & white drawings. Published 2017.
    The third book in the series (although they can be read as stand-alone books), this is another thought-provoking Ransome inspired tale with a strong appeal to adventure-loving readers in a nine to ninety-nine age bracket. Underlying its clear environmental theme is the conclusion that freedom and responsibility go hand in hand.

    When a Tasmanian sailing family anchors near an old wrecked hulk in New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, the kids discover a strangely abandoned campsite, with plates of uneaten food and young children's toys still visible under the mould and cockroaches. Their curiosity leads to an investigation which adds a layer of intrigue to their anticipated fun-filled experiences in an unfamiliar foreign land.

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    THOSE ECO-PIRATE KIDS
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.29kg, 150mm x 230mm, 189 pages, black & white drawings. Published 2014.

    Fin has always been passionate about fishing, so when he discovers an illegal net full of undersized fish in Sydney's northern waterways, his first reaction is to empty it. The subsequent events turn a joint Kiwi-Australian family holiday into a rather more complex experience.

    This Ransome-inspired tale has equal appeal to adults and children. Underlying a clear environmental message is the conclusion that modern children can still find adventure when their parents are prepared to give them a little trust and freedom.

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    THOSE SNAKE ISLAND KIDS
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.25kg, 150mm x 230mm, 156 pages, black & white drawings. First Published 2012. This edition 2017

    Jake persuades his family to embark on a sailing-camping holiday on a small Tasmanian Island. Although he is mostly interested in Pirates and his home built-sailing dinghy, Jake's holiday goes astray when he finds himself, through unexpected events, in a situation which leave him isolated with his brother, sister and a couple of Kiwi kids on the island. Forced to dig deep into their personal reserves, the kids find that the treasures they all gain from their experiences are very different from the ones they all set out to find....

    Although essentially a work of fiction, this book is based on true events and real places. Snake Island does exist, uninhabited exactly as the maps in the book describe. The historical details are accurate and treasure hunters still, to this day, search for the missing gold

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