What's new and cool in children's books, toys and more.
Hairy Maclary, Shoo!, Lynley Dodd, Puffin Board
The tearaway terrier from Donaldson's Dairy is at it again - escaping in a delivery van, running into a toy shop, a school and a garden supplies shop. Plenty of room for mayhem as the shop owner, school principal and other shoppers try to shoo him out the door. This new board book edition is just right for little hands.
Target age: two to five.
Animal Bingo, RRP$40, for stockists see www.decorlicious.co.nz
It's a race to fill your playing card in this beautifully decorated game. Older kids will enjoy being the "caller", as they pull the animals from the fabric bag. A great way for preschoolers to learn their animals.
Cowboy doll from Miss Ruby May $65, from www.weerascals.co.nz
Miss Ruby May dolls are hand-made by Helen Walker in Australia using vintage-inspired fabrics. With no two alike, they measure about 40cm high and are perfect for cuddling in bed at night.
Belle & Boo: Bubbles Before Bed, Mandy Sutcliffe, $22 from www.presse.co.nz
As well as being a read-along story about Belle and her rabbit pal Boo getting ready for bed, this book has paper dolls to cut out, puppet patterns to make and hot chocolate recipes to enjoy. With the book having a real vintage feel, it seems such a shame to let the kids loose with scissors and crayons, but that's exactly what they're supposed to do.
The Great Rescue Race, Raymond McGrath, Picture Puffin, $19.99
Colourful, quirky artwork is the draw card for this story by NZ writer and illustrator Raymond McGrath. Nick, aged six, leaves his patchwork dog "Scrap" on the tram. Kicked off by the tram conductor, the race is on to get Scrap back. Clever rhyming and delightful illustrations.