Books perfect for some quality time
A Day with Dogs
Dorothee de Monfreid, RRP$34.99, Gecko Press.
Nine funny dogs go about their everyday lives while showcasing seasons, colours, food, school, work and much more – including dog breeds, of course. Readers can follow their favourite dog through the pages, recognising things familiar to their own world. Captivating, heart-warming, and answers (with artistic licence) the big question: what do dogs do all day?
Home in the Rain
Bob Graham, RRP$27.99, Walker Books.
Another must-read from award-winning Bob Graham’s utterly charming books for children, Home in the Rain follows Mum (who is expecting a baby) and Francie’s long drive home from Grandma’s in the pouring rain. A beautiful celebration of the way inspiration can happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places, perfect for sharing when a new baby is on the way.
Do Not Open This Book
Andy Lee, RRP$24.99, Upstart Press.
Written by Andy Lee, of the Aussie comedy duo Hamish and Andy, this book was originally intended as a one-off surprise gift for Andy’s nephew’s first birthday. While the plot appears somewhat obvious, kids will find Do Not Open This Book hilarious and engaging as they defy the instructions on each page to NOT read this book – or else!
Eda Akaltun, RRP$24.99, Flying Eye Books.
Marcel lives in New York City. He relishes his lifestyle but is perturbed when his human takes up jogging in a new part of town and meets a special friend – who quickly takes Marcel’s spot on the couch. A warm-hearted tale about adjusting to change, and while the hero is a dog, the book may resonate with young humans experiencing the rearrangement of their family dynamic.
Who Sank the Boat? and other stories, A Pamela Allen Treasury
Pamela Allen, RRP$45, Picture Puffin.
Kids will love cuddling up for an extended storytime with this book that contains nine stories – a treasury of celebrated NZ author and illustrator Pamela Allen. Having written over 50 picture books since 1980, adults are sure to find a Pamela Allen story or two they recognise and these timeless classics will be enjoyed by the next generation.
When We Go Camping
Sally Sutton, RRP$27.99, Walker Books.
A rollicking rhyme about a family camping trip, this book captures the quintessential Kiwi holiday – from the joys of long-drop loos and tripping over guy ropes to grandparents watching on smugly from the comfort of their caravan. Perfect preparation for summer camping in the great outdoors, readers will be inspired to pack up the tent and head for the beach.
AS FEATURED IN ISSUE 36 OF OHbaby! MAGAZINE. CHECK OUT OTHER ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE BELOW