so bring on the Christmas cheer!
In the meadow we can build a snowman...
But only if it's made out of something other than, you know, snow.
Baby, it's cold outside...
If by cold, you mean 28 degrees Celsius then, sure, put on a jumper.
The holly and the ivy, when they are in full bloom ...
We don't know when that might be, but it ain't around the summer solstice; I've got some jasmine if that helps.
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright...
This is getting warmer...
How'd you like to spend Christmas on Christmas island...
Actually not even a little bit. Not even at all. But at least it's geographically in the ballpark.
All I want for Christmas.... is you!
If by "you", you mean "books" we got you covered - right here, right here! Oh this has turned out marvellously.
We begin with a selection for the youngest people.
Bom! Went the Bear by Nicki Greenberg
He's just a small orange bear, carrying a big bass drum, wanting just to play it.
Uh, oh. Giraffes are hitting high notes! Turtles are singing low!
Frogs! On the xylophone! A brass band of black sheep! Tap-dancing pink elephants!
Good grief. It's beginning to look a lot like a school nativity musical around here...
But our little orange drummer bear is at his happiest marching to the beat of his own drum. BOM! BOM! BOM! BOM! BOM!
Who for?* Small people aged 0-4, particularly those who like to sing and dance and make as much music as they can (or not).
Parrot Carrot by Jol and Kate Temple and Jon Foye
This is a book that looks like...
Parrot Carrot Safari from Parrot Carrot on Vimeo.
Who for? The 2-5-year-old hipster in your life.
Lazy Daisy, Busy Lizzie by Mary Ellen Jordan and Andrew Weldon
Who for? Any 2-5-year-old misbehaver you know and love.
Ten Blue Wrens by Elizabeth Honey
This is simply the most beautiful counting book. The pictures are stunning. And only Liz Honey would have you count potoroos, pavlovas and bower-bird treasures.
Who for? Any 4-6 year-old, especially if they live overseas and would love a little bit of Australia - but also extra-especially if they live in Australia and would love to see their own world on the page.
The Little Refugee by Anh Do, Suzanne Do
and Bruce Whatley
It's quite likely that you got or gave a copy of Anh Do's The Happiest Refugee for Christmas last year. The funny, moving, inspirational story of Anh and his family's escape to Australia from war-torn Vietnam has been so loved. This is a beautiful picture-book version. We can't really say it better than Sinead, age 7: 'Awesome. I liked how it was sad in the beginning but it was happy in the end.'
Who for? 4-8-year-olds everywhere.
All the Way to W.A. by Roland Harvey
Who for? 6-10-year-olds whose hobbies include: being silly, finding Wally, holidaying with family.
* Well the dedication says it's for Poppy and the baby - who we now know to be the delightful Coco - but they are nicely brought up little girls and I'm sure they are more than willing to share with all small people everywhere.
** He's also a man who appreciates a double entendre. So we thought we'd give him one. (Oh, mercy.)