Stories & Pop-ups Ages 7–10
The magic of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker comes to life in this theatrical pop-up book created by papercut artist Shobhna Patel, whose delicate laser-cut pop-ups will enchant readers young and old. Patel has invented a new paper-engineering technique called the "paperscope," which is used for the first time in this charming book.
The classic story begins on Christmas Eve when a little girl named Clara and her brother Fritz are gathered around the Christmas tree to celebrate with family and friends. Their mysterious uncle, Drosselmeyer the toy maker, gives Clara a beautiful wooden nutcracker who magically comes to life when the clock strikes midnight. So begins an enchanting adventure featuring all of Tchaikovsky's original characters: the soldier mice, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and of course a handsome prince.
The Nutcracker is made all the more extraordinary by Patel's intricate laser-cut illustrations. The book features four pop-up paperscopes that spring to life when the reader presses each paperscope down with their hand to reveal the scene hidden within. The effect is one of a magical series of stage sets, recalling the story's origins as a ballet.$29.99
Mr X the Phantom Thief is back, with a new evil plan! He wants to steal the shining light from the top of the Empire Maze Tower, New Maze City's greatest treasure.
Pierre and Carmen are called to New Maze City, along with others of the world's best Maze Detectives, to help solve the puzzles, protect the treasure and stop Mr X. But can you help them make it in time?
A thrilling new maze challenge adventure for Pierre the Maze Detective, for all detectives aged 8+.$29.99
A compelling, magical picture book with whimsical, stunning art and heartfelt, charming text, from award-winning illustrator Beatrice Alemagna.
All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game. My mom says it’s a waste of time, but without my game, nothing is fun! On the other hand, maybe I’m wrong about that…
While reading On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, one gets the sense that the illustrator became lost in her drawings, and as a reader, you will want to do the same.
Recommended for ages 7+.$24.99
An enchanting collection of stories and rhymes – one for every day of the year. Includes classic tales such as Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and The Tinder Box all brilliantly retold for young readers.
An essential addition to every family bookshelf and a wonderful gift to be treasured.$29.99$17.99
Lemony Snicket gives high (& witty) recommendation to a luminous picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens' immortal classic by his former employee & one of the finest illustrators of our time, Mr. Brett Helquist.
He has imbued this beloved holiday favourite spirit, humour & an irresistible attention to detail that the whole family will want to share year after year after year.$24.99$12.99
Determined Ada Twist has boundless curiosity for science and love of the question "Why?" Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery.
When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it's up to her to find the source. But, this time, her experiments lead to trouble.
Recommended for ages 6+.$24.99
Lewis Carroll's fantastical tale is an artist's dream. With the complete, unabridged text and glowing full-colour illustrations on almost every page, Alison Jay's vivid interpretation of this classic story is a perfect introduction to the novel – and an elegant gift for those who are already Lewis Carroll fans.
Recommended for ages 8+.$27.99
Come on an amazing journey round the world, seeking out the weirdest and most wonderful animals!
From the heights of the Himalayas to the deepest depths of the Pacific ocean, explore these 21 exciting places and meet the animals who live in them. Visit the jungle caves of Borneo, the Australian outback, the Arctic ice floes and many, many more! Your spotter's notes for each location contain all the animals you meet, plus lots of fantastic extra facts about the places you visit. Also includes answer pages, index and world map of your journey.
Recommended for ages 8+.$29.99
From blue jays to elephants, learn about how animals all over the world use natural medicines to keep themselves healthy.
Each spread contains a beautiful, colourful illustration of each animal, plus a unique fold-out information panel of 'doctor's notes' on the condition and treatment. Make your appointment with the animal doctors today!
Recommended for ages 7+.$24.99
This large-format, beautifully presented book presents a journey through the human body both figuratively and literally. With exquisite, painstakingly detailed pencil illustrations by Kanitta Meechubot, the body is separated into layers on each page, and each layer is die-cut to show the layers underneath. As the pages are turned, young readers will find themselves traveling through the body in a way that will delight and inspire.
In the second section of the book, text by ER doctor Vanessa Jessop explains the functions of the body's key organs in clear, accessible tones. Further illustrations accompany the text so that the heart, the lungs, the brain, the liver, etc., are all vividly brought to life.
Harking back to anatomy atlases of the last century, the book has a classical simplicity to it, which is complemented by the clean, minimal design. Exquisite packaging sets it all off, including a fabric spine, a bold metallic cover, and creamy, heavy paper stock. A gorgeous gift book to keep and treasure.$29.99
An amazing collection of more than 300 of the most colourful, beautiful and bizzare birds on earth. From novel nesters to soaring sensations, birds from around the globe are grouped to show off the features that make them special.There is so much to look at and discuss in this collection of feathered wonders. A great present for bird lovers, young and old.$19.99
Take a tour of Toronto, look around Sydney or hot-foot it to Helsinki with this global adventure in a book!
Here are 30 best-loved cities from around the world that are brought to life with illustrations which show in fabulous detail key landmarks, famous people, iconic buildings and cultural icons for all the family to enjoy. A search-and-find game on every page helps young readers to explore every city and spot the hundreds of details that makes each place unique.
Recommended for ages 7+.$34.99
Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone and cast rubber.
Louise's own mother was a weaver of tapestries and she spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois's childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works.
With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.$27.99
This fun book is a fascinating introduction to world mythology, broken up into handy bite-sized chunks covering all the main world mythologies
- It begins with a selection of creation myths from different cultures (for example the Dreamtime of Aboriginal Australian mythology) and delves into individual stories from mythology, such as Perseus meeting Medusa and Pandora's box.
- It covers fantastical mythological creatures from the fearsome Manticore from Persian legend to the modern-day Yeti, plus giants, dragons and the Phoenix.
- It explores mythological places like Atlantis and various versions of the afterlife, from the idyllic Arthurian Avalon to the rather less pleasant Yomi, the dark and gloomy underworld of Japanese mythology.
But most of all, they're entertaining adventures that connect us to the past – and this book is the perfect introduction to how cool mythology really is.
Recommended for ages 8+.$22.99$12.99
An art-inspired gift that makes learning to name and explore wildlife a family adventure.
Larger-than-life black and white drawings are paired with poetic texts that reveal the ways in which endangered creatures – including lions, elephants, giraffes, tigers, gorillas, penguins, Ethiopian wolves, macaws, turtles and zebras – live on Earth. Artworks by wildlife artist Stephen Walton are rendered in charcoal and give little ones the chance to get up close and personal with nature's wildest creatures.
Recommended for ages 5+.$27.99
Each spread explores a different theme or topic specific to ancient Egyptian culture, such as pharaohs, mummies, pyramids, gods, the Nile, hieroglyphs and a timeline.
Illustrated by graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg and researched by her sister, ancient history specialist Imogen Greenberg, the book is presented as comic strips which offer a fresh and accessible entry point to core educational topics for children 6+.$19.99
Learn the supreme skills & strategies needed to dispatch evil dragons & as you follow Adelia of Troenso feud with the most powerful dragon, The Ancient. Her journal records how she tied the Van Helsing dynasty to the fight against evil in 1352, a destiny that has haunted the family ever since. Includes fold-out pages, open-out books, secret envelopes. . . brilliant Miles Teves illustrations.$39.99$35.95
Specially produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Usborne Publishing, this title features five story books in a beautifully designed gift box.
Each hardback book is colourfully illustrated and has a ribbon page marker. All titles are taken from the Usborne Reading Programme.$29.99
May Gibbs's marvellous creation – the Gumnut world, with its tiny heroes and heroines and deliciously villainous villains – has fascinated generations of children since its first publication in 1916. Gumnuts at the races, at the ballet and dancing at balls are some of May's exquisitely illustrated scenes that have delighted us all.
This beautiful new edition has been produced to mark the Centenary and contains the stories of Gum-Blossom Babies, Flannel Flowers and Other Bush Babies, Boronia Babies, Wattle Babies, plus Nuttybub and Nittersing and Chucklebud and Wunkydoo.
Recommended for ages 8+.$39.99
Why do roos and wallabies have such big tummies? Who were the 'monster' roos with fangs that lived millions of years ago? What do you call a kangaroo with a flower behind its ear and a big grin? All you ever wanted to know about kangaroos and wallabies - from how to hunt a wallaby to what to do with a dead roo to why Australian marsupials are so different to all other animals.
In her room, one little girl can be anything she wants to be and go anywhere she wishes to go, all with the power of her imagination (and paper, markers and crayons, of course!).
She can go on safari or sail the seven seas. She can be a doctor, teacher or high-powered businesswoman. The sky's the limit! And when the day is over, she can become a little girl again, safe in her room. The book celebrates imagination as a means to try on different identities and work through difficult emotions, all while having fun. It celebrates a toddler's emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.$21.99
A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure and danger abound. Red marker pen in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon and a flying carpet which carry her on a spectacular journey ... who knows where?
When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also guide her home and to happiness?
In this exquisitely illustrated, wordless book, an ordinary child is launched on an extraordinary, magical journey towards her greatest and most rewarding adventure of all ...
Age range 5+.$16.99
Why are some animals big, some wide, some small and others long and thin?
This informative natural history book, wittily illustrated by Neal Layton, explains all about how animals fit in to their environment and why, big, wide, small, long or thin, they are all just the right size.
Recommended for ages 7+.$16.99