List #8: CHILDREN'S NON-FICTION
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The Book of Bones by Gabrielle Balkan and Sam Brewster $35
Have a look at the skeletons. Can you work out which animal they belong to, and where the animal lives? Why do these animals have the skeletons they do? Full colour images with textured skeletons give an idea how the animal operates in its natural habitat.
>> Dry bones.
Do Not Lick This Book (It's full of germs) by Idan Ben-Barak and Julain Frost $23
Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before - like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt.
Aotearoa: The New Zealand story by Gavin Bishop $40
A breathtakingly wonderful large-format visual history of New Zealand, drawn by the inimitable Gavin Bishop. One of the outstanding New Zealand books of the year.
Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun $45
A beautiful and colourful menagerie of animals living in the southern hemisphere, a companion to Wild Animals of the North.
Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano $35
A graphic novel about a refugee boy's journey of hope and desperation.
Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love $37
Excellent retellings, with excellent illustrations. Crossley-Holland's versions are both enjoyable and scrupulous to the sources.
"Kevin Crossley-Holland is the master." - Neil Gaiman
Mad About Monkeys by Owen Davies $30
From the smallest Pygmy Marmoset to the largest Mandrill, this book provides all the facts you wanted to know (and more).
Anatomy: A cutaway look inside the human body by Helene Druvert and Jean-Claude Druvert $45
Here's the human body as you've never seen it before. Clever laser cut-outs, flaps and overlays explore every detail of the organs, systems and senses.
Good-Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 tales of extraordinary women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo $40
100 one-page biographies of inspiring women from all times and all places, each with a wonderful full-page illustration by one of 60 artists (who just happen to all be women), including New Zealander Sarah Wilkins.
>> Watch this!
General Relativity for Babies by Chris Ferrie $19
A clear and helpful board book.
Egyptomania by Emma Giuliani and Carole Saturno $45
How are mummies made? What's inside a pyramid? A beautifully drawn large-format lift-the-flap book, introducing the world of Ancient Egypt.
If Apples Had Teeth by Milton and Shirley Glaser $30
This silly, inventive picture book by the outstanding graphic designer of the protopsychedelic era will make your brain turn somersaults. Facsimile of the original 1960 edition.
Follow Finn: A search-and-find maze book by Peter Goes $30
A beautifully drawn and delightfully immersive maze boo with lots to find and an exciting plot. When goblins invade and then flee the house, Finn's dog gives chase - and so must Finn. Hours of fun.
Women in Sports: 50 fearless athletes who played to win by Rachel Ignotofsky $35
A lively, beautifully illustrated survey.
"Rachel Ignotofsky provides young women with the courage and the confidence to follow the exciting paths these women have blazed before them." - Eileen Pollack
>> Also available: Women in Science.
Here We Are: Notes for living on planet earth by Oliver Jeffers $30
"Well, hello. And welcome to this Planet. We call it Earth. Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you've only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let's explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you'll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else. Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you've just got to be kind."
Mixed-Up Masterpieces: Funny faces $23
Split pages let you make a vast number of different faces from images from the British Museum collection (and have a vast amount of fun).
Impossible Inventions: Ideas that shouldn't work by Alexandra Mizielinska, Daniel Mizielinski and Malgorzata Mycielska $35
Just because something is impossible is no reason not to invent it. Throughout history, humans have dreamed up some improbable ideas. Some of them, while laughed at in their time, have been remarkably prescient of technology of the world centuries in their future. This wonderfully illustrated book, from the inventors of Maps, H.O.U.S.E. and D.E.S.I.G.N. rewards hours of rapt attention.
>> A comic review.
A Sea Voyage: A pop-up story about all sorts of boats by Gerard Lo Monaco $35
Two people and a dog sail out amongst ships of all kinds in this inventive pop-up book. There are even life-rings and mooring ropes. A lovely book.
Today by Julie Morstad $28
What should we do today? Where should we go? What should we wear? What should we eat? A beautifully illustrated book (with choices!) about all the options we have available to us every day.
>> "Maybe I'll read my favourite book. Can you guess what it's about?"
Dinosaurium by Lily Murray and Chris Wormell $42
A beautifully illustrated large-format book from the wonderful 'Welcome to the Museum' series. The latest facts with a retro feel.
Cloth Lullaby: The woven life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky and Isabelle Arsenault $35
A beautifully illustrated children’s book outlining Bourgeois' early connection with textiles via her family’s work as tapestry restorers for generations in France, her early connection with nature, and her path to becoming an artist. While studying mathematics in Paris, Louise’s mother dies and Louise abandons her studies and begins her work as a painter and sculptor - a homage to her mother.
Illumanatomy by Silvia Quintanilla, Francesco Rugiand and Kate Davies $40
Wonderful large-format illustrations of the wonders of the human body. See 3 images at once, or use the filters to untangle them.
Animals of a Bygone Era: An illustrated compendium by Maja Säfström $30
Animals that no longer exist are just as fascinating as animals that still do. This beautifully illustrated book introduces us to some you'll know and some you won't, and describes many of their surprising quirks.
A companion volume to Amazing Animal Facts.
Botanicum by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis $42
An absolutely stunningly beautiful large-format illustrated guide to the wonders and variety of the plant world. Seldom do we use so many adjectives to describe a book. Part of the 'Welcome to the Museum' series.
Pantheon: The true story of the Egyptian deities by Hamish Steele $30
Horus, son of Isis, vows bloody revenge on his Uncle Set for the murder and usurpation of his Pharaoh father. A huge amount of fun packed into one graphic novel.
>> Before he colored it in.
Marco Polo: Dangers and visions by Marco Tabilio $28
An exquisite graphic novel account of the explorations and inner life of the Venetian merchant who travelled through Asia as far as Chine in the thirteenth century.
>> Have a look at Tabilio's website.
The Egg by Britta Teckentrup $34
A beautifully illustrated survey of birds in nests and in art and mythology.
Explore! Aotearoa by Bronwen Wall $30
Kupe! Thomas Brunner! Freda du Faur! Kieran McKay! Kelly Tarlton! Other people!
Bright Ideas for Young Minds: 70 step-by-step activities to do at home with your child $40
An excellent resource for everyone from young parents to grandparents, showing how to provide developmentally rich experiences without specialist equipment.