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 Read reviewReal Pigeons Fight Crime

Real Pigeons Fight Crime

Andrew McDonald, Ben Wood

In Real Pigeons Fight Crime, Rock and his mystery-solving friends will tackle their first caseload: Why have all the breadcrumbs disappeared? Who on earth is kidnapping bats? And can the pigeons avert a dinner disaster??

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Lemonade Jones (Lemonade Jones, Book 1)

Lemonade Jones (Lemonade Jones, Book 1)

Davina Bell, Karen Blair

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Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit's Bad Habits

Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits

Julian Gough, Jim Field

Hilarious, gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is the next step up for readers of Kes Gray and Jim Field's bestselling OI FROG!

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 Read reviewDory Fantasmagory

Dory Fantasmagory

Abby Hanlon

Dory's the youngest in her family, which STINKS because it means everyone's always too busy to play with her. Or worse! They call her too little to join in. Luckily Dory has plenty of friends to keep her company - even if everyone...

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 Read reviewSherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Renee Treml

A hilariously funny, action-packed mystery, starring the intrepid Sherlock Bones. 

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 Read reviewThe Princess in Black

The Princess in Black

Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham

Who says princesses can't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black.

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Bruno

Bruno

Catharina Valckx, Nicolas Hubesch, Antony Shugaar

Days come and go, and for Bruno they always bring something interesting. And once in a while, a day comes along that is just about perfect! These six linked stories are full of friendship, silliness, and the little moments that...

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Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)

Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)

Clara Vulliamy, Polly Faber

A charming collection of four beautifully illustrated stories about the unlikely friendship between Mango, a little girl, and Bambang, a tapir.

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The New Friend: Ginger Green Play Date Queen

The New Friend: Ginger Green Play Date Queen

Kim Kane, Jon Davis

Ginger Green is the Play Date Queen! Ginger is playing with Skye today. But what happens when Skye won't let her dad leave?

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 Read reviewWombat, Mudlark and Other Stories

Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories

Helen Milroy

From a falling star to a lonely whale, an entertaining lizard to an enterprising penguin, these Indigenous stories are full of wonder, adventure and enduring friendships.

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Super, Spectacular Pearlie

Super, Spectacular Pearlie

Wendy Harmer

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Shallow in the Deep End

Shallow in the Deep End

Tiwi College Al Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga

Erica wants a dog. So dad brings home a new pet... a baby water buffalo! Shallow the buffalo and her friend Bruno the dog have a lot of fun, get in a lot of trouble and create a lot of havoc.

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Ginger Green is Absolutely MAD for Birthday Parties! (Mostly)

Ginger Green is Absolutely MAD for Birthday Parties! (Mostly)

Kim Kane, Jon Davis

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 Read reviewDino Hunter: D-Bot Squad 1

Dino Hunter: D-Bot Squad 1

Mac Park, James Hart

Dinosaurs are back, and on the loose! It's up to D-Bot Squad to catch them

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That's Another Big Book!

That’s Another Big Book!

Sally Rippin

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Weirdo

Weirdo

Anh Do, Jules Faber

Weir Do's the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family and some seriously weird habits, fitting in won't be easy but it will be funny!

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The Cat on the Mat is Flat

The Cat on the Mat is Flat

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Another collection of irresistible mirth and madness from those maestros of mayhem: Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Sure to become an instant family read-aloud classic, these ridiculously illustrated nonsense poem-stories will...

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Zac's Super Spy Set

Zac’s Super Spy Set

H. I. Larry

TRAINING TO BE AWESOME Zac Power is a new spy recruit.Can he win a race, stop the baddies, beat a crazy karate robot - and more? Read all eight Spy Recruit books to find out!

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Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters (Book 1)

Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters (Book 1)

Ailsa Wild, Ben Wood

A hilarious junior fiction book series from Australian author Ailsa Wild about solving mysteries, blending families and leaping to conclusions quicker than a ninja-gazelle!

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I Love My New Toy!

I Love My New Toy!

Mo Willems

One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from the internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny

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The Big Big Big Book of Tashi

The Big Big Big Book of Tashi

Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg, Kim Gamble

He's brave! He's bold! HE'S THE BEST! Tashi's too cunning for the war lord and the wicked baron, and far too clever for giants, ghosts, witches and demons. Seven books are rolled into one big book of Tashi with 14 stories.

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There Is a Bird on Your Head!

There Is a Bird on Your Head!

Mo Willems

Early chapter readers from a bestselling and critically acclaimed author

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Claude in the City

Claude in the City

Alex T. Smith

The first adventure of Alex T. Smith's unforgettable canine hero, Claude. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior and ITVBe!

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Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Megumi Iwasa, Jun Takabatake

Giraffe is bored, as usual. He'd love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There he finds a pen pal-Penguin.

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 Read reviewThe Cat with the Coloured Tail

The Cat with the Coloured Tail

Gillian Mears (Author), Dinalie Dabarera (Illustrator)

A magical cat, an ice-cream van that makes delicious moon-creams and a quest to bring joy to those who need it most.

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Ivy and Bean

Ivy and Bean

Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never...

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 Read reviewThe Cleo Stories 1: The Necklace and the Present

The Cleo Stories 1: The Necklace and the Present

Libby Gleeson, Freya Blackwood

Meet Cleo, a little girl with a big imagination - a memorable character created by children's book legends Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood. Delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big...

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