And a Big BaLL of String 

2017 Advent-ures with Books

Gleebooks Bookshop - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

We're counting down the days to Christmas with an Advent Calendar of Children's Books! Check out And a Big BaLL of String to see daily suggestions of books that our children's section booksellers Louise and Lynndy both love and recommend.







December 11th
The Very Noisy Baby by Alison Lester ($25, HC)

“A new Alison Lester book is always exciting, and this one is particularly joyous. A baby who lives on the edge of town makes many unusual sounds. Luckily her skills can help all the people who have misplaced their animals – from a tiger to a cockatoo. This story has a satisfying symmetry, and of course is full of marvellous animals, and has a very reassuring sense of place.” Louise



December 10th

Facts! One for Every Day of the Year - Tracey Turner, ill Fatti Burke ($23, HC)

“Arrestingly bright colours and brief text entries make this ideal for the confident or reluctant reader, as well as for junior trivia-hounds. Information covers the natural and human worlds, superstitions and history. Great if you like your information in digestible bites, this livelycollection will extend your general knowledge one fact a day.” Lynndy      


December 9th

The Wolf, the Duck, the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen ($25, HC)

"Why do wolves howl at the moon? Mac Barnett’s ‘origin’ story will tell you why – once a wolf swallowed a duck, and then he swallowed a mouse, and all was well until a hunter appeared, and then… Jon Klassen’s illustrations are quietly hilarious, muted but rich, and he has created an extremely appealing world inside the wolf –it’s no wonder the duck and the mouse are reluctant to give up their new space. A perfect picture book." Louise

December 8th 

A Dog with Nice Ears by Lauren Child ($25, HC)

Lola is obsessed with dogs; she wants one more than anything in the world, although her parents have said no. She and her brother Charlie muse over various desirable doggy aspects, with Lola adamant that nice ears are essential. A family trip to the pet shop brings a resolution that satisfies everyone, and fulfils Lola’s utmost criterion. Lynndy



December 7th

Finn Family Moomintroll, Collector’s Edition by Tove Jansson ($20 HC)

"This is a special edition of the Finnish children’s classic, with a colourful dust jacket, a pull-out map of Moomin Valley, and beautiful endpapers. Tove Jansson was an exceptional artist and illustrator, and the world of the Moomins is a place of enchantment, that will stay with you for the rest of your life. In this, the third Moomin book, the Moomintroll family wake up from a long hibernation, and find the Hobgoblin’s hat, and many adventures follow." Louise

December 6th

Make It Grow by Debbie Powell ($19, BD)

"Against a background palette that reflects each habitat, rhyming text describes the life of plants and creatures. Lift the flaps to revealed brightly coloured flora & fauna depicted in a mix of stylised and realistic illustrations. This is an attractively designed book for younglings." Lynndy


December 5th

Grandma’s House by Alice Melvin ($30, HC)

"Follow a little girl as she wanders through her grandmother’s house, “where everything is different, but always stays the same…” Alice Melvin’s illustrations


are extremely detailed, but have great clarity, stylised but full of life. With ingenious die-cuts, and the occasional fabulous flap, we join Alice as she looks for the most important part of the house - her Grandma of course." Louise


December 4th

Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown ($12, BD)

"With each of the twelve lullaby-poems in this book featuring a different award winning illustrator, you will find an offering for any mood, and true to the theme of her best-known book, the moon is a strong presence throughout. A gorgeous collection to share at bedtime." Lynndy

December 3rd

The Poesy Ring by Bob Graham ($25, HC)

"The journey of a golden ring that starts in Co. Kerry on the west coast of Ireland, 1830, and ends in NYC in 1967 – with many twists and turns on the way. Written in poetic prose - a style that suits its subject beautifully; and wonderfully illustrated as a celebration of nature. Bob Graham stretches and compresses the concept of time with apparent ease, making a moment appear epic, and decades seem like seconds." - Louise

December 2nd

Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree by Liz Climo ($13, PB)

"Dinosaurs and Christmas might not be a natural pairing in most people’s minds, but this book completely won me over, brimming as it is with warmth, enthusiasm and love. Rory and his Dad’s search for a Christmas tree ends in a celebration of the essential spirit of Christmas. Charmingly non-consumerist, this book comes with a free Christmas card." Lynndy

December 1st

Hide and Seek by Anthony Browne ($25, HC)
"Poppy and Cy are bored one day, and go into the forest to play hide and seek. With stunning illustrations that are saturated with colour, and resonating with mystery, this book invites us into the game, the smallest details leading us further into the wood. There’s also a list of some of the things hiding in the forest, on the back page." - Louise

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