Archive | December 6, 2021

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel and the Golden Acorn

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel and the Golden Acorn

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel and the Golden Acorn













The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel and the Golden Acorn

Educational Insights

Lucia Gaggiotti

Candlewick, 2021

12pp., board book., RRP $A21.99


The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel is looking for something extra special today: the Golden Acorn. Is it in the tree?  How about at the beach?  Could Frankie have Golden Acorns on his food truck menu?  Maybe Sophie the otter has seen it in the sea? Or Hoppy Floppy might find it in the meadow? Wait—here comes a gust of wind, blowing a pile of leaves . . .

Inspired by the popular game celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2021, and featuring the characters from other books in the series, this book offers lots of flaps to explore and a wheel to turn ensuring our youngest readers are actively engaged rather than passively watching.  Bright and sturdy, the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel’s second adventure will keep readers occupied as it helps strengthen colour recognition and classification skills while also introducing animals not ordinarily seen in Australia but which feature widely in children’s literature.

One for those with young readers craving something new. 

Little Unicorn’s Christmas





Little Unicorn's Christmas

Little Unicorn’s Christmas











Little Unicorn’s Christmas

Rhiannon Fielding

Chris Chatterton

Ladybird, 2021

28pp., board book, RRP $A14.99


It’s Christmas Eve and there are just ten minutes to bedtime, and Dad is on the countdown.  But Twinkle, the little unicorn, is still playing in the snow and something above not only catches her eye, but suddenly lands among the trees! It’s Father Christmas and he has a problem – his lead reindeer is in bed with reindeer flu and there are now only eight minutes to bed with 22 countries and hundreds of presents still to deliver.  Can Twinkle help?  Could this be the adventure of a lifetime?

This series  is the perfect countdown to bedtime and this is the most charming story that will lull little ones to sleep with magical ideas in their head to inspire their dreams.  With its rhyme which flows naturally, stunning illustrations and the countdown, it is perfect to share on THAT night when sleep eludes us all because of the excitement and anticipation.  

And this new board book format means that little hands and heads will be able to read it again and again and it will stand up to the wear and tear.  Love it.