We are so spoiled here at Paperchain in more ways than one, but especially as we sit down once a month with publishers and pour over the delightful children’s books that will make their way onto the shelves over the next few months. We’ve picked a few August releases that we think you’ll love and some have already arrived in store!
I Just Ate My Friend – Heidi McKinnon
I just ate my friend. He was a good friend. But now he is gone. Would you be my friend?
A hilarious story about the search for friendship and belonging… and maybe a little bit about the importance of impulse control… from an amazing new creator.
Just as the books that we read in childhood help frame the way that we see the world, so too do the stories that we consume in our teenage years refine our ways of thinking. Inside these books, whole worlds appear and disappear with the opening and closing of chapters and it is in these worlds that we are able to fight battles and travel across continents and find friends and endure an endless supply of challenges.
Picture books are the first leap into the world of reading for most children, so we’re always on the look out for good quality, quirky stories that will be loved by children and adults alike. The best picture books transport us to different worlds through their richly imagined stories and evocative illustrations, and teach us about others and ourselves with wisdom and humour. Here are a few stories that have enthralled and delighted us.
Publisher:Murdoch Books Pub Date:July 2016
The chill that hangs in the air from May through to August can very quickly drive us inside to the cosy parts of our houses and leaves us gazing wistfully through our cold window panes. A perfect way to fill the time is baking, and so we trawled through this wonderful book and selected two layer-cakes to test out, a tall order if ever there was one.
“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”
-J RR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
As the nights turn cooler and the day’s light fades quicker than before, we turn inward to the worlds that lie between the covers of our books.
There is something wonderfully atmospheric at this time of year, as the leaves yellow and fall away from their branches and the skeletal arms of the tree become stark.
As nature changes we often search for books that compliment transformation of season, and while there are many to choose from, today we are going to share a few of our favourite cosy reads with you.
Unicorns, narwhals, rainbows and ice cream, Jessie Sima’s new book ‘Not quite Narwhal’ is the best Friday afternoon find we’ve had in awhile!
Check out the trailer below!
Jessie Sima grew up unaware that she was an author-illustrator. Once she figured it out, she told her family and friends. They took it quite well. Not Quite Narwhal is her very first book.
Things we love about Polska (in equal measure):
- The food
- The front cover
- The author’s fabulous name!
Hygge. It’s one of those words that seems completely made-up—or at least radically misspelt, however you will soon discover, most likely on one of those lists of ‘untranslatable foreign words we should all know’, that it is in fact real.
The Danish practise of hygge finds its closest English equivalent in the concept of cosiness. Pronounced ‘Hue-gah’, a small clue serendipitously resides in its phonetic similarity to the word ‘hug’. While our idea of cosiness often conjures up images of the warm yellow glow of candles and an abundance of woollen blankets and socks, the traditional idea of hygge is more expansive.
BBQ’s are a staple in the scorching Australian summer however there is nothing quite like a fresh and filling salad on a sweltering day. We are lucky here at Paperchain where there is no shortage of inspiration in our cooking section, and we get to peek at the most delicious recipes before we head off to our next potluck. Here are a few titles that we think you should look out for next time you are visiting us.
- For a series of hilarious expletive-ridden recipes check out Thug Kitchen: The official cookbook. They deride you for giving up on good food and are here to implore you to step up your ‘veggie game’.
Little Brown Books, Hachette Book Group, 2014
2. According to our staff the food in Community and Neighborhood by Hetty MacKinnon is “tasty AF!” The dishes keep really well over time and they are excellent for batch cooking and unsurprisingly there is a staff cult forming around these titles.
Plum, Pan MacMillan Australia 2013
3. The Forest Feast For Kids by Erin Gleeson is an eye-catching vegetarian cookbook adorned with bright watercolour illustrations and equally vibrant photographs which are just perfect for attracting children’s attention. Simple recipes with only a few steps means there is only a small amount of attention needed for making each of these delicious meals.
Abrams books for Young Readers, New York, 2016
Savour the delightful and varied flavours of each recipe and remember that they are best served with company.
Cooking the books is a recurring column where we test recipes from some of the cookbooks we sell, and share our experiences with you. Is this all simply an elaborate excuse to cook and eat some delicious food? Maybe. Are we looking forward to doing just that? You bet! In this edition of Cooking the books, Rebecca and Freya are cooking (and eating) rarebits with blue cheese and pear, from Yvette van Boven’s Home Made Winter.
With the weather in Canberra talking a turn for the autumnal, we find ourselves drawn to comfort food. The best comfort food is hearty but simple, and these blue cheese and pear toasties certainly fit the bill. So we rolled up the sleeves of our seasonally-appropriate tartan shirts and got to work. Continue reading