Books For All Tastes Sale

  • Tales of Mrs Mancini

    The Tales of Mrs Mancini tells the story of a cat who, together with her human friend, Filippina, runs a cake shop full of delectable treats. Alongside her flair for flan, Mrs Mancini also has a special ability to bring lonely children together.

    A collection of three fully illustrated short stories celebrating friends and friendship!

    Recommended for ages 4+.

  • Test Your Dog 2: Genius Edition

    You know your dog can sit, fetch and roll over, but can he sit up like a human? Respond to “fetch” in multiple languages? Distinguish Mozart from Mötley Crüe? What about comprehend the finer points of poker?

    Test Your Dog: Genius Edition is full of fun tests and activities you can do with your precious pooch to confirm whether your little Fido really is an Einstein with a waggy tail. The perfect gift book for dog lovers everywhere!

  • That's My Hat!

    An inventive and beautifully produced pop-up story that follows a small boy in his frantic efforts to retrieve his hat from a little monkey. Ingeniously illustrated using only 10 geometrical patterns.

    Recommended for ages 3+.

  • The Cook and Baker

    Recipes for irresistible cakes, slices, pastries and pies that take old-school favourites above and beyond.

    Who can resist exquisite hummingbird cake, delicate red velvet cake or decadent chocolate salted caramel brownies? Remember the pleasure of an after-school indulgence of Louise cake, peanut butter cookies or a crispy sausage roll?

    In this mouth-watering collection of foolproof recipes, the geniuses behind busy cafe/bakery The Cook and Baker in Sydney provide everything you need to take your home baking up a notch. Crowd-pleasing creations that cater for modern tastes but stay true to the nostalgia of your childhood. Slip on an apron, preheat the oven – your household is in for a treat.

  • The Flowers

    Lisa Cooper's The Flowers gives us the opportunity to peer into the practices and vistas of someone who works with flowers daily as a leading floral designer and artist. Through anecdote, gentle instruction and photographic essays the reader will be taken from Cooper's studio workspace, to the growers' farms – the pictorial documentation of the flower growers captures the subjects within their 'natural' working environment, surrounded by a landscape of roses, knee-deep in camellias – and then on to the flowers displayed and arranged in the vase.

    For Cooper, there is no higher medium for the expression of human emotion than flowers, and her presentation of 17 floral designs also constitutes a collection of stories from her own personal 'garden of live flowers': the people – family, friends, growers, artists, gardeners and florists – who have influenced and inspired her.

  • There's a Snake in My School

    Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very different pet...Penelope the snake. Miss Bloat the headmistress doesn't think snakes should be allowed in school. But Penelope has other ideas...

    Introducing a spectacularly slithery new picture book packed with mischief and mayhem. Includes a CD with the story hilariously read by the author himself. Warning: very silly sound-effects included!

    Recommended for ages 3+.

  • Too Many Toys

    A warm, funny story of a little girl called Lulu who has too many toys!

    Ever since Lulu was a little baby, she has had Jupiter – her lovely, cuddly, most-favourite-ever teddy bear. But with each new birthday ... she gets new toys. And with every passing Christmas ... more new toys. Very soon, Lulu's room becomes over-crowded with all kinds of mischievous toy soldiers and dolls, cowboys and doggies, monkeys and spaceships! She can barely fit in her own bed.

    What will Lulu do? Arresting colour and intricate comic detail abound in this picture book for modern times.

    Recommended for ages 4+.

  • True History of Chocolate

    This delightful tale of one of the world's favorite foods draws on botany, archaeology and culinary history to present a complete and accurate history of chocolate.

    It begins some 4000 years ago in the jungles of Mexico and Central America with the chocolate tree, Theobroma Cacao, and the complex processes necessary to transform its bitter seeds into what is now known as chocolate. This was centuries before chocolate was consumed in generally unsweetened liquid form and used as currency by the Maya and the Aztecs after them. The Spanish conquest of Central America introduced chocolate to Europe, where it first became the drink of kings and aristocrats and then was popularized in coffeehouses. Industrialization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made chocolate available to all, and now, in our own time, it has become once again a luxury item.

    The third edition includes new photographs and revisions throughout that reflect the latest scholarship. A new final chapter on a Guatemalan chocolate producer, located within the Pacific coastal area where chocolate was first invented, brings the volume up-to-date.

  • Upcycling

    Learn how to discover your inner design genius, where to find great scrap items and techniques on how to transform them into great designs. The author shows simple design ideas throughout the book that will inspire you to roll up your sleeves and have a go. Step away from the chipboard and venture out of your comfort zone and into a glorious world of doodles, sanding, waxing, stunning colours and the satisfaction of telling people you made that!

    You don't have to own expensive tools or have any previous experience. Some of the projects involve only a few simple steps and can be completed within an hour, whereas others may take the best part of a weekend and combine several different materials, techniques and tools. Whichever project you choose the most important thing is to try and have fun and remember design is all about experimenting, learning and not always getting it right!

  • Vanilla Ice Cream

    A wild, young sparrow rises from the dust outside an Indian food stall surrounded by swaying palms. The sparrow flies off just where he pleases, following the food...

    He journeys south through the lush rice paddies and across the rough sea and all the way into a bright new day where, just for a moment, the wild sparrow's world collides with little Edie's. So it is that little Edie discovers the taste of vanilla ice cream in the most curious way!

    Age range 0+.

  • Vanishing Giants
    These sensitive b&w photos examine the roles of the elephant throughout Asia: as an icon, faithful companion, beast of burden, free spirit, deity, protector of the herd, and lonely nomad - and in a love-hate relationship with humans.

    This is the art of the photographer at its best, as it is of the elephant, for the colour endpapers display an amazing painting by 8-year-old elephant, Khankluay.
  • Weber's American Barbecue

    Inspired by tradition. Freed by creativity. This is Barbecue, American Style.Go beyond the traditional and get a taste of the new, authentic American barbecue.

    Weber's American Barbecue is an exciting, hands-on exploration of how barbecue is evolving. Fresh, modern and totally original, this book tours some of the most interesting trends in barbecue today. Features include:

    • Places of interest, local experts, and the history behind the recipes
    • Over 120 innovative new recipes – from starters and main dishes, to sides and sauces
    • Step-by-step instruction on the latest techniques with hundreds of photos to show you how to get the most from your barbecue

  • Where Babies Come From
    This book allows children to trace the changes that occur from conception to birth. Written in simple, accurate language, the personal approach of the book enables the child to relate this process to their own life and appreciate the body's marvellous design. Almost every page has realistic, thoughtful, colour illustrations.
  • Wombats at the Zoo

    The Wombats and their teachers, Ms Annabel and Mrs Nott, are off to the zoo.

    Audrey bonds with bilbies, Alecia is on safari, Hughie wants to race a camel. Freddie explores underwater with his magic eye, Horrie is shocked by snakes, and Ima plays harmonica with a crocodile. Dante shoots hoops with the seals, Oliver admires the cheetah, and Albert calculates just how much one hippo can eat ...

    By the end of the day, the Wombats don't want to leave. Can you help Mrs Nott find out where they all went?

    "The zany and detailed illustrations by Harvey delightfully show the quirky nature of the children known as the Wombats ... and the fun and mischief they will, and do, get up to ..." Magpies