Such Stuff is the new book from Michael Morpurgo that delves in to the inspirations for his stories. It is a truly wonderful book and you can read my review here on the blog.
Thanks to Walker Books Australia I have 3 copies to give away. All you have to do to get in the draw is email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Such Stuff,’ along with your name and address.
Competition closes Thursday 8 December (NZ only).
I’m a huge fan of Stephan Pastis’ Timmy Failure series so I am super excited to announce this giveaway!
Thanks to the awesome people at Walker Books Australia I have 3 Timmy Failure prize packs to give away. Each pack contains a copy of the latest Timmy Failure book, The Book You’re Not Supposed to Have, a bookmark, a Timmy Failure lanyard and a pair of Timmy Failure sunglasses.
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winners are Wendy, Lynley and Katrina.
It’s been a bit quiet on My Best Friends Are Book lately as I’ve been settling in to my new role as a school librarian. I’m catching up on books I’ve missed and I’ll try and post lots over the school holidays. Anyway, here is an exciting new competition for you!
I got to attend the IBBY Congress in Auckland last month and one of the authors that I met was graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier. Raina is the creator of such awesome graphic novels as Smile, Sisters and Drama, and she has also adapted some of The Babysitters Club stories into graphic novels. While at IBBY I got a copy of Smile signed (and doodled in) by Raina to give away on the blog.
All you have to do to enter is email email@example.com with the subject ‘Smile,’ along with your name and address. I will draw a winner at random. Competition closes Friday 30 September (NZ only).
My 15-month-old loves books with sounds in them. She loves hearing different animal sounds and pointing at the animals so that daddy will make the sounds. Noisy books aren’t best for bedtime though, unless they’re all about going to sleep, like Fleur McDonald’s new book, Noisy Nights.
Noisy Nights follows Farmer Hayden as he tries to get to sleep. It is very noisy on his farm, between the crickets, dogs, cows, sheep, horses, foxes and trains. Farmer Hayden just wants to sleep but the animals just won’t be quiet. When he goes outside to look at his farm and his animals it is the sheep who help him to get to sleep.
Noisy Nights is a delightful picture book that young readers, especially preschoolers, will love. It’s the perfect picture book to curl up with and share together at bedtime as it leaves you feeling relaxed and sleepy. It reminds me of one of my favourite books from childhood, Jill Murphy’s Peace at Last. The noises of the farm are keeping Farmer Hayden awake, much like the noises of the night that keep Mr Bear awake in Peace at Last. I certainly have fun making lots of animal noises while I read Noisy Nights. It would be a great book to act out, with different children making all the noises.
Annie White’s illustrations are the perfect match for the story as the tones of the colours are soft and the animals look cuddly. I really like the way that Annie has portrayed Farmer Hayden and his frustrations. You can see him getting increasingly tired and agitated throughout the book.
Grab a copy of Noisy Nights and cuddle up with this delightful story.
Win a copy of Noisy Nights!
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is Vicki.
Coding is one of those things that many kids, especially boys, are getting right into. Although I run this blog I know very little about the technical stuff behind it. I just don’t think my brain is wired that way. There are some great new books being written about the ins and outs of coding, including Get Coding, written Young Rewired State, a world-wide community of digital-makers aged 18 years and under.
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is Margaret.
The school holidays are here and there is nothing better to pass the time than curl up with a good book. It might be cold and wet outside but you can open a book and journey to somewhere warmer and make new friends along the way.
You can get your hands on a FREE book to enjoy in the school holidays. The catch is you don’t know what you’re going to get! I’m giving away some mystery kids and YA books, you just have to let me know whether you want kids or YA.
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winners are Kerry, Jessie, Lynley, Di, Jeanna, Debbie and Stacey. Enjoy your mystery reads.
Derek Landy’s sequel to Demon Road, Desolation, is out now. It’s a darker, bloodier, more violent follow-up. You can read my review here on the blog.
Thanks to HarperCollins NZ I have a copy of Desolation to give away.
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is Christine.
The latest Geek Girl book by Holly Smale, Head Over Heels, has just been released and I have a very special prize to celebrate.
Thanks to the awesome people at HarperCollins NZ I have a signed hardback copy of Geek Girl: Head Over Heels to give away!
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is Fiona.