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Kids Best Sellers August 2016


welcome-to-country1. Welcome to Country (Joy Murphy)

Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. We are part of this land and the land is part of us. This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wurundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik: Welcome to Country.

Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy is a most respected senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance.  This is a very accessible welcome that introduces and gives meaning and explanation within the text to the customs and symbols of Indigenous Australia.

Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries or enter community country you needed permission from the neighbouring community. When this permission was granted the ceremony now called Welcome to Country took place. Each community had its own way of welcoming to country, and they still do today.

the-ricker-racker-club2. The Ricker Racker Club (Patrick Guest)

To be in the Ricker Racker Club you have to be brave. You have to be kind. You have to not be a girl…but some people are better than others at being both kind and brave. Patrick Guest and Nathaniel Eckstrom tell us who and why and how in this lively story about silly rules and even sillier situations.

piranhas3. Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas (Aaron Blabey)

Brian loves bananas. Trouble is, Brian is a piranha. And his friends aren’t happy about his fondness for fruit. No, they’re not happy at all…

From the best-selling author of Pig the Pug and Thelma the Unicorn comes one of the funniest and cheekiest books you’ll ever read.

in my heart4. In My Heart (Jo Witek)

Starring the same little girl in the same charming illustration style as Hello In There!, In My Heart explores emotions–happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness and more. Unlike other feelings books that tend to oversimplify, In My Heart lyrically explains what an emotion feels like, physically, inside. For example: When I get really angry, my heart feels like it’s going to explode! Don’t come near me! My heart is yelling, hot and loud. This is when my heart is mad.

Toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. On the cover and the right side of each spread, a die-cut heart decreases in size, creating a multi-coloured heart the depth of the entire book.

97806700767585. Kissed By The Moon (Alison Lester)

May you, my baby, sleep softly at night, and when dawn lights the world, may you wake up to birdsong.

Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby’s wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children’s Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.


6. Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney)

7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)

8. A Child of Books (Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston)

9. The Jolly Postman & Other People’s Letters (Janet and Allen Ahlberg)

10. Amazing Daddy (Rachel Bright)




78-storey1. The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton)

Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They’ve added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!


hp-cursed2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany)

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play received its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

97801413654663. Matilda (Roald Dahl)

Matilda Wormwood’s father thinks she’s a little scab. Matilda’s mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda’s headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she’s the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she’s an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind – and now she’s had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out, because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget.

97803304043654. The 13-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton)

Andy and Terry’s 13-storey treehouse is the most amazing treehouse in the world! It’s got a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of man-eating sharks, a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you’re hungry.Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

Dragonfly song5. Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr)

The firstborn daughter of a priestess is cast out as a baby, and after raiders kill her adopted family, she is abandoned at the gates of the Great Hall, anonymous and mute. Called No-Name, the cursed child, she is raised a slave, and not until she is twelve does she learn her name is Aissa: the dragonfly…

Now every year the Bull King takes a tribute from the island: two thirteen-year-old children to brave the bloody bull dances in his royal court. None have ever returned – but for Aissa it is the only escape…

Aissa is resilient, resourceful, and fast – but to survive the bull ring, she will have to learn the mystery of her true nature…

A riveting, mythic Bronze Age adventure from award-winning author Wendy Orr…


6. Riders of the Thunder Realm (Paladero #1) (Steven Lochran)

7. World’s Worst Children (David Walliams)

8. Charlie and the War Against the Grannies (Alan Brough)

9. An Author’s Odyssey (Land of Stories #5) (Chris Colfer)

10. Treehouse Fun Book (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton)


miss-peregrine1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1 (Ransom Riggs)

 A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow impossible though it seems they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

hollow2. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s #2) (Ransom Riggs)

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

97800072416203. Skulduggery Pleasant #1 (Derek Landy)

Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course). Oh yeah. And dead.

Then there’s his sidekick, Stephanie. She’s… well, she’s a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out…

Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard. When all hell breaks loose, it’s lucky for Skulduggery that he’s already dead. Though he’s about to discover that being a skeleton doesn’t stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there’s anything Skulduggery hates, it’s torture…

Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing’s for sure: evil won’t know what’s hit it.

97815947484004. Library of Lost Souls (Miss Peregrine’s #3) (Ransom Riggs)

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be?

This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.

the-maze-runner5. Maze Runner #1 (James Dashner)

When the doors of the lift crank open the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t’ know how or why they came to be there or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back they will risk everything even the Grievers; half-machine, half-animal horrors that patrol its corridors to try and find the way out.


6. The Giver #1 (Lois Lowry)

7. The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel) (James Dashner)

8. Things a Map Won’t Show You: Stories from Australia and Beyond (Susan La Marca & Pam McIntyre)

9. United As One (Lorian Legacies #7) (Pittacus Lore)

10. Breathing Underwater (Sophie Hardcastle)

2016 Story Writing Competition: Winners and Honours List

We were quite overwhelmed this year by the number of entries (almost 100!) and the levels of enthusiasm put into them by everyone – it’s so fantastic to see the bucket loads of talent we have here on the Peninsula in all our budding young authors.  You are certainly a very impressive lot!!

It was wonderful to see many of you at our Author Event with Wendy Orr on Saturday 27 August – you had some fantastic questions for her about what it’s like to be an author.  I hope her responses were helpful to those of you dreaming of one day becoming one yourselves.

Unfortunately, there can only be a few winners and our judging task was a difficult one, but we are pleased to announce the 2016 winners as follows:

LOWER PRIMARY (Prep to Yr 3)

Winner: How I Dreamt of a Super Dog by Rupert Brancatisano

Winner: My Friends by Zali Horner

Winner (Illustration): Going Around Australia by Ayana Barker

Honourable Mention: Footy Cards Save the Day by Jiah Patane

Honourable Mention: Some Days by Lily and Oliver Rivett


Winner: The End of Mr HB by Mia Davies

Honourable Mention: Lost Eggs of Elsia by Siena Yap

Honourable Mention: Quontana by William Atta


Winner: Goldilocks and The Revenge of the Three Bears by Maddy Scharpenack

Honourable Mention: The Girl in Blue by Emily Savage

Honourable Mention: God’s Angel by Holly Newgreen


Winner: Tom, Leon and Jill Go to Space by Chris Hollins


We have uploaded the winning entries, so just click on the links if you’d like to have a read.

If you didn’t win a prize this year, don’t be disheartened – keep working at your stories and illustrations, and read lots for inspiration – next year might be your year!!

We have prepared a Certificate for every entrant – you can collect yours in store – just ask our friendly staff.

We will dispose of any certificates and stories not collected by the end of October.

Thanks for helping us celebrate Children’s Book Week 2016
– we can’t wait to see what you’ll have for us next year!!

CBCA Book Week 2016

Dork Day: Saturday 10 September

To celebrate the coming release of the newest Dork Diaries title, Frenemies Forever, in October, we invite you to join us in store for our DORK DAY on Saturday 10 September!!

  • Create your own Dork Diary - from 1pm we’ll have a craft table set up in store for you to create your very own fabulous and totally individual Dork Diary!  Numbers strictly limited – to register your spot, pop in store or phone on 5975 5034.

  • Discount and a Showbag - Pre-order and pay for your copy of Frenemies Forever on the day and we’ll give you 10% off and a free showbag of goodies, including a sneak peak chapter from the new book.
    (Note: the number of showbags available will be limited and will be allocated on a first in, best dressed basis).


Unearthing Stories with Wendy Orr…

The Peninsula is home to Wendy Orr, acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Nim’s Island and the newly released junior fiction novel Dragonfly Song.

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We were lucky to have a chat to Wendy about her writing process, and where stories come from…

Farrells:  Where did the original idea for Dragonfly Song come from?

WO:  My interest in ancient history was sparked after reading Mary Renault when I was 13 or 14. It resurfaced with a dream of a priestess – or a white robed woman – leading a procession up a green mountain. The dream intrigued me so much I started wondering about what sort of history it would represent if it had a basis in reality.

The island setting of Dragonfly Song itself is fictitious. I wanted something reasonably far north, in the Black Sea.

One of the things that brought the island to life for me was as I was walking on a beach in Denmark, and I found a piece of a flint knife. It’s actually quite serrated, and it’s got thumbholes. Holding this little piece of flint really brought the island to life for me.

As for Aissa (the main character), I was doodling one day. On an iPad you have the freedom to draw whatever you want and nobody has to see it. I was just finger-painting on that and I drew this really sad little girl and she was very dark. Once I’d drawn her and I knew that she belonged in the Bronze Age story and I knew that obviously she had a really hard start in life. Then I had to figure out why.

I’m sorry; I’ve given you this big mess.

Farrells: Well, that’s suggestive of the process. Ideas have come to you in parts and you’ve held onto them, and even though they mightn’t make sense at the time they’ve somehow made their way into the story. Which is interesting.

WO: Well, that’s exactly it. There were a lot of things that gave rise to the book. It was more just feelings that I knew were going to go into this book and then I had to do the research to figure out how those feelings could possibly have some origin in a historical novel.

On Christmas afternoon this year, I’d sent off what I thought was the last draft. I was lying on the lawn and a swarm of dragonflies were hovering over us, so I decided that was a good omen. I decided that her name Aissa meant dragonfly. It hadn’t at the start.

When I described this to an archaeologist in Crete, she said, “Oh, but you know that the dragonfly is a symbol of the goddess?” And I actually didn’t know that. I did an awful lot of research, but I didn’t know that. It was quite wonderful.

Farrells: That’s amazing. It’s almost like an unearthing of these details.

WO: Well, you know I often say that the story is already there, and it’s my job to dig it out. But this story seems to have had a few layers that really made that quite concrete, almost.

Farrells: Can you tell me a little bit about how you research your books?

WO: Honestly, with books and the Internet. When I started researching this 30 years ago, that was pre-internet. So it was basically inter-library loan. Well, we were farming and so I guess I went to the Shepparton library but it was tricky working around small children.

Over the last few years I’ve done short courses on Ancient Greece.

Then earlier this year, I went to Crete and Santorini and spent time with an archaeologist that I had met through an academic history network. They were terribly helpful when I wrote and said I was coming to Crete. I have now gone and picked up pieces of 4000-year-old pottery. I also handled stone tools; it’s amazing how quickly you can learn to identify things in a very small area.

I was taken to one site that hasn’t been excavated and there’s just stuff lying all over the beach. That was unbelievably exciting. One of the things I love about looking at these things, they are things someone has made. We don’t know who made them, but somebody did. I actually held this piece of glazed pot that I thought it had some writing on it. I showed it to the archaeologist, and she said “I don’t believe it’s writing, but you have got a thumb print in the glaze.”

Farrells: Wow.

WO: Isn’t that amazing? This research will feed into my next book, where the main character will be a potter. The point is, somebody did that.

Farrells: Did you go to Crete after you’d already written the book?

WO: I just couldn’t get there before.

Farrells:  What does a regular writing day look like for you?

WO: Normally it starts with walking the dog. I check my emails and social media at breakfast, I walk the dog, then I start writing properly around 10am and I walk the dog again at 4pm. My plan is always that I will finish the day at 4pm and then when I come back I do admin and emails and things like that. But I’m not very good at sticking to that, so I tend to come back and say “I just need to finish this off” and all of a sudden it’s 6pm.

The other thing with a writing day is it really does depend on which draft it is. The early draft I can’t write quite as long. The actual writing of new scenes might be two hours, and then I’ll go and do some reading. Later into the editing process, the longer I can keep going. By the time you’re proofreading, then you can really push through.

Farrells: How long did it take to write?

WO:  I started this around July 2014. That was when I worked out to write it half in verse and half in prose. I asked my editor, and she thought I was crazy. Because I’d always heard it in verse, and I’d always thought it was too complex. So it was nearly 2 years.

Farrells: Tell us about the next book you’re working on.

WO: It’s the same world as Dragonfly Song but it’s 200 years earlier. It’s set at the time an enormous volcano erupted on Santorini and it destroyed part of the island and buried the town there in 30 metres of ash. It was only discovered and excavated around 1950. They didn’t find any bodies or any gold, so it seems that at least the wealthy people escaped. I was really intrigued to see that this was an incredibly advanced civilisation (they had flushing toilets, for example). From there they escaped into a world where they would have become refugees.

Farrells: Will the next book feature another strong female character?

WO: Yes. Now, I realise I write strong female characters because that’s what everybody says, and I can certainly see that they are, but I don’t intentionally set out to write strong independent role models. The stories come to me and the girls come to me, it’s like there wouldn’t be any point to the story if they weren’t strong. That’s just how they appear to me.

We look forward to reading it once you’ve unearthed the story Wendy, and thank you for taking the time to speak to us.


For further information about Wendy or any of her previous 30-plus books for children, visit her website www.wendyorr.com.au or follow her on Instagram.

And don’t forget you can meet Wendy in story from 2pm on Saturday 27 August as part of our Children’s Book Week celebrations – she’ll be doing a reading, giving plenty of advice to our budding young authors, and awarding the prizes for our Story Writing Competition.

Best Selling Children’s Titles in July


1. Kissed By The Moon (Alison Lester)

9780670076758May you, my baby, sleep softly at night, and when dawn lights the world, may you wake up to birdsong.

Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby’s wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children’s Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.

2. The Ricker Racker Club (Patrick Guest)

the-ricker-racker-clubTo be in the Ricker Racker Club you have to be brave. You have to be kind. You have to not be a girl…but some people are better than others at being both kind and brave. Patrick Guest and Nathaniel Eckstrom tell us who and why and how in this lively story about silly rules and even sillier situations.

3. All My Treasures (Jo Witek)

All My TreasurersWhen a girl receives a beautiful porcelain box from her grandmother, she immediately wants something special to put inside it. But what could it be? What does she love best?

4. Circle (Jeannie Baker)

cover-circleTiny godwit birds follow ancient, invisible pathways in an infinity of sky. Flying on and on, for nine nights and nine days, flying without rest. From Arctic icebergs in the north, to tropical golden beaches in the south, across thousands of kilometres of Pacific Ocean. ‘Circle’ captures the sheer wonder of this migratory journey, reminding us of the global interdependence of nature.
The Godwit’s remarkable flight is followed as it comes full circle… back to the place where mud and sand become sea.

5. Little Why (Jonny Lambert)

little-whyLittle Why just can’t stay in line. There is so much to see – like Giraffe’s long-lofty leggy legs and Wildebeest’s spiny-spiky horns. Why can’t he have legs and horns like them? And then Little Why spots Crocodile’s snippy-snappy teeth…Look out! With stylish and striking art from Jonny Lambert, Little Why is a visually stunning picture book with a heart-warming message at its core.

Children will love Little Why’s adorable, excitable character and discovering the different animals in the African savannah. A perfect story book for gently introducing themes of positive body image and the dangers of toddlers and little children running away from their parents.

6. Ollie And The Wind (Ronojoy Ghosh)

7. Detective Dog (Julia Donaldson)

8. Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas (Aaron Blabey)

9. In My Heart (Jo Witek)

10. Suri’s Wall (Lucy Estela)


1. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

HP cursedIt was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.  While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

This is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child received its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

Readers should note that this is a play script and not a novel as per the original books.

2. An Authors Odyssey (Land Of Stories #5) (Chris Colfer)

Authors OdysseyIn the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man’s literary army is inside his own short stories! When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner’s imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man’s reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?

3. World’s Worst Children (David Walliams)

worlds worst childrenAre you ready to meet the World’s Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls! Like Sofia Sofa – a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one!  Or Dribbling Drew – a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip!  And not forgetting Blubbering Bertha – a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales! Also featuring a special appearance from fan-favourite Raj!

From Number One bestselling author David Walliams comes this collection of ten wickedly funny, deliciously mischievous tales, illustrated in glorious colour by the artistic genius Tony Ross.

4. Charlie And The War Against The Grannies (Alan Brough)

charlie-and-the-war-against-the-grannies-order-your-signed-copy-I didn’t want Mrs Cyclopolos to explode. I just wanted a paper round …

My name is Charlie Ian Duncan. I will be 12 on 2 February. I have written this history of my war with the grannies because I need everyone to know that I didn’t mean for Mrs Cyclopolos to blow up. I just wanted a paper round.

When I say ‘my war with the grannies’, I really mean the war I waged alongside my best friend Hils, my second-best-friend Rashid, Peter the Iraqi, who isn’t afraid of anything (well apart from one thing), Warren and his magical bike TwelveSpeed and those crazy people we met underground.

The grannies started it when I asked them about a paper round and they sprayed me in the face with rooster brand chilli sauce and made me think that I was dead. Hils and I decided to go to war with them but then I discovered one of the grannies had a glass eye and I wasn’t sure if it was okay to go to war against someone with a glass eye but then I discovered that the granny with the glass eye could pinch bricks in half, turn her snot-covered hankies into deadly throwing weapons and possessed a truly terrible device called the Gnashing Gnet.

It’s all true.

Especially the bit about me not wanting anyone to blow up…

5. The BFG (Roald Dahl)

BFG FTINow a major motion picture from the human beans that created E.T. and the author of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Matilda.

The Big Friendly Giant is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by any of the other giants she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flushbunking off to England to swollop a few nice little chiddlers, she and the BFG decide they must stop them once and for all!

6. Pax (Sara Pennypacker)

7. The Riders of Thunder Realm (Paladero #1) (Steven Lochran)

8. Tom Gates Good Skills Almost (Liz Pichon)

9. The Wishing Spell (Land Of Stories #1) (Chris Colfer)

10. Matilda (Roald Dahl)


Children’s Book Week 2016: Story Writing Competition!



Children’s Book Week

Saturday 20 August – Friday 26 August

We’re holding a story-writing competition to celebrate Children’s Book Week again this year.  We had some fantastic entries last year, which you can view here.

There are Farrell’s book vouchers up for grabs as prizes, so be sure to get your entry in if you’d like to be in the running.  We will also share the winning entries here on our website.

There are four different age groups and conditions:

  1. Lower Primary – Prep to Year 2/3
    (if you’re in Year 3, you can choose which group you’d like to enter)

    • Picture story format

  2. Upper Primary – Year 3/4 to Year 6

    • Picture story or short story format

  3. Lower Secondary – Years 7 – 9

    • Short story format. Please try to limit to 2 pages / 1000 words.

  4. Upper Secondary – Years 10 – 12

    • Short story format.  Please try to limit to 3 pages / 1500 words.

In all groups, limit of one entry per person.

A note re page / word limits in the older groups – we won’t exclude an entry for being longer than this, but please bear in mind that we may have a lot of entries to get through, so it will be helpful if they’re not too long!

Hard copy entries can be dropped in our competition box in store (we are happy to return them after the competition if you wish to come and collect them again).  Electronic entries can be submitted to events@farrells.com.au with the Subject: CBW Story Comp.  Please use either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Please ensure you include your name, age and group of entry, and contact information (phone and email).

Entries will close on Friday 19 August just before the start of Children’s Book Week.

We are pleased to announce we have local author, Wendy Orr, coming to visit this year to award the prizes to our winners – Wendy will be in store from 2-3.30pm on Saturday 27 August.  She’ll treat us to a reading, will be happy to sign books and give lots of great advice to all our budding young authors. Even if you’re not receiving a prize, come along and enjoy the afternoon.  You can read about Wendy’s new book Dragonfly Song  here.

Dragonfly song Wendy and Kate (2)

Wendy Orr

Author of Dragonfly Song and Nim’s Island

Book reading, signing and presentation to competition winners

2pm Saturday 27 August



story-writing-ideasSo what will you write about?

  • You could use the Children’s Book Week theme from this year – “Australia! Story Country” – as a starting point.

  • Think about some favourite books you love to read and see if you can create something similar.

  • For those of you writing picture story books, have a look at this fun interactive book about how to write a story or perhaps try out the Scholastic Story Starter.  (Be sure to get Mum and Dad’s okay to use the computer).

  • For Groups 2-4, have a look at Andy Griffith’s Once Upon A Slime for some tips on writing or check out this YouTube video of him speaking with a school group about how to write.

  • Ask your school librarian or teacher for some ideas.

  • Be creative!  Your imagination is a unique and wonderful thing – so put it to good use!

We can’t wait to see what wonderful creative stories you share with us.

Happy Writing!

BOOK LAUNCH: Patrick Guest’s The Ricker Racker Club

Earlier this year when we were crunching the numbers on our best sellers for 2015, we were rather delighted to discover that our single biggest selling picture story book for the year was a special little book written by local author, Patrick Guest, That’s What Wings Are For.

So we are truly delighted to be assisting Pat in the official launch of his new book, The Ricker Racker Club.


Have a listen to Patrick chat about the launch with Heather Mc on her Morning Show on RPP FM Mornintgon.

Join us for some fun in the Great Outdoors – learn the SECRET handshake, the SECRET password and the SECRET SILLY DANCE – if you know how to be brave and kind, come along and join us for a meeting of The Ricker Racker Club!!

As the event is to be held outside, we have a bad weather contingency of falling back to Farrell’s Bookshop at 143 Main Street, Mornington. If you wish to be notified on the day of any change in location, please follow the Facebook event page, or alternatively register your mobile number in store (we will send an automated SMS notification).

the-ricker-racker-clubThe Ricker Racker Club

Patrick Guest (Illustrated by Nicholas Eckstrom)
$25.00 Hardback
Release Date 1 April 2016

To be in the Ricker Racker Club you have to be brave. You have to be kind. You have to not be a girl…but some people are better than others at being both kind and brave. Patrick Guest and Nathaniel Eckstrom tell us who and why and how in this lively story about silly rules and even sillier situations.

untitled (12)That’s What Wings Are For

Patrick Guest (Illustrated by Daniella Germain)
$25.00 Hardback
Available now

There are three things that all respectable dragons need:
Strong wings for flying.
Strong lungs for breathing fire,
and strong, shiny scales …
But Bluey the Dragon has none of these.
Even so, Bluey has other abilities, some of them truly wonderful … if only he can work out what they are!

Patrick wrote this book for his son and other children, who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  You can watch an interview with Patrick about the book here.

Farrell’s Top Selling Kids Books in 2015

2015 was a big year for kids books, with The 65 Storey Treehouse the biggest selling Australian book in the country!

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Click on the links below to see the top kids and teen books at Farrell’s during the year.

Picture Story Books

Junior Fiction (6-12yo)

Teen Fiction (12yo+)

Junior Non-Fiction


Picture Story Books: Some new and some not-so-new…

The New…

Imaginary Fred

Eoin Colfer / Oliver Jeffers, HB $28.00

9780062379559Ages: 4+

Sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one. An imaginary friend like Fred… Fred floated like a feather in the wind until a lonely little boy wished for him and found a friendship like no other. The perfect chemistry between Eoin Colfer’s text and Oliver Jeffer’s artwork make for a dazzlingly original colour gift book.


Danny Parker / Freya Blackwood, HB $24.95

PerfectOn a perfect day, the hours stretch endlessly ahead. Scribbling with chalk, running with kites, digging for shells … paddling, climbing, dreaming. Hour unfolds upon hour, with reassuring comfort and sleep beckoning at the end. A beautiful story alongside magical illustrations make this picture book a must have.

Wombat Wins

Jackie French / Bruce Whatley, HB $25.00

wombat winsFrom the award-winning, bestselling creators of Diary of a Wombat.

Ages: 3+

Forget Rio and the Olympic Games in 2016; for us it will be about a wombat … winning. Yes, Mothball has become an athlete, albeit a little accidentally. In her never-ending quest for carrots, Mothball stumbles upon children at the local school competing in their school sports. And despite her somewhat limited physique and lack of training, Mothball manages to go home with a gold medal.

Why puff and pant when you can eat, sleep and scratch?

The Day The Crayons Came Home

Drew Daywalt / Oliver Jeffers, HB $25.00

Crayons HomeThe hilarious sequel to the international bestseller The Day The Crayons Quit!

Ages: 4-8

Watch out – the crayons are back and they’re crosser than ever! One day Duncan receives a set of postcards from his crayons who been lost, forgotten, broken – even melted in a clothes dryer and stuck to a pair of underpants! A hilarious text and joyful illustrations combine to show that crayons have feelings too in this laugh-out-loud sequel to bestselling picture book The Day the Crayons Quit.

The Fox and the Star

Coralie Bickford-Smith, HB $35.00

9781846148507Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dark forest. For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend had been Star, who lit the forest paths for Fox every night. But then one night, Star is not there, and Fox has to face the forest all alone…

A beautiful, unique new book. Watch an interview with author, Coralie Bickford-Smith, here.

Eye to Eye

Graeme Base, HB $27.00

9780670078592A child, brave and curious about the world, flies high over the mountains, goes out on a limb and dives into the deep.  From here, he can see eye to eye with majestic and curious creatures, from the miniature to the enormous, the everyday to the fantastic.

From one of Australia’s favourite picture book creators comes a remarkable look at the connection between the animals that inhabit our Earth – even the human ones.  Eye to Eye will give you an amazing new perspective on the world!

Jill and the Dragon

Lesley Barnes, HB $25.00

9781849763400‘… and they all lived happily ever after…’

At least, that’s what Jill’s story book tries telling her, but Jill can’t help noticing that at the end of the story, one character looks far from happy. Dragon is despised by the King because all he can do is singe, burn and barbeque. So in an attempt to see her fairy tale ring true, Jill invites Dragon out of the book so she can teach him some alternative life skills. Dragon throws himself into all of Jill’s favourite things: flower arranging, fashion styling, playing the trumpet, and hosting a tea party, but with disappointing results. When it seems as though all hope is lost, Jill and Dragon discover that he has one very unique, and palatable, talent…

A stunning debut from an award-winning illustrator, Jill and Dragon introduces a feisty, independent-minded new character in Jill, and reminds us that everyone has a talent, however well hidden.


Rosalind Beardshaw, HB $20.00

9780857634146An inspiring and charming novelty book celebrating the creative possibilities and limitless joy of the simple cardboard box.

What would YOU do with a box? When four toddlers find some toys in cardboard boxes, they have fun with them for a while. But, before long, the friends’ interest in the toys wains and their attention turns to the boxes themselves. What could they do with SO many boxes, they wonder? An inspiring and charming novelty book celebrating the creative possibilities and limitless joy of the boxes.

…and the Not-As-New…

Today We Have No Plans

Jane Godwin / Anna Walker, HB $25.00

9780670075201A busy week, a slower day
Brings time to dream and time to play.

From the creators of the much-loved All Through the Year comes a journey through a week in the life of an Australian family, celebrating those precious days that have no plans.

Kissed By the Moon

Alison Lester, $20.00

9780670076758May you, my baby, sleep softly at night, and when dawn lights the world, may you wake up to birdsong.

Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby’s wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children’s Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.

Book With No Pictures

B.J. Novak, HB $20.00

9780141361789You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .

Blork. Or Bluurf. And even if the words include things like Blaggity Blaggity and My Head Is Made Of Blueberry Pizza! That’s the rule. That’s the deal.

Brilliantly irreverent and very, very silly, The Book With No Pictures will delight kids and have them begging for more. From award-winning US comic writer and actor, B.J. Novak.

This is a Ball

Beck and Matt Stanton, HB $20.00

y648For the giggling masses comes this brilliant Australian book that will frustrate … and delight!

For the Grown-Ups:

You know how you’re right all the time? All. The. Time. Yes, well, it’s time to give the kids a turn. Which is why everything you read in this book is going to be wrong. But that’s okay, because the kids are going to correct you. And they’re going to love it!

Ages: 4+

Use Your Imagination

Nicola O’Byrne, HB $25.00; PB $14.00

9780857633354An inventive, entertaining story about how an imaginative rabbit outwits a wolf and becomes the hero of his own adventure.

Rabbit is BORED. What shall he do? Luckily, Wolf has the perfect solution. “Why not write a story?” he suggests. “I am a librarian, you know.” Well, Rabbit is just delighted – what a brilliant idea! And so Wolf teaches Rabbit to use his imagination to create the perfect story with lots of exciting props and interesting characters. What a kind and helpful wolf! Rabbit is DESPERATE to know what happens when it suddenly becomes clear that Wolf is very hungry – uh-oh, so THAT’S how the story ends. But Wolf hasn’t reckoned on Rabbit’s brilliant imagination and, in a final clever twist, Rabbit saves himself from the wily old wolf. “Now, that was a good idea,” says Rabbit.


Children’s Book Week Story-writing Competition Winners!

We felt very privileged to receive so many wonderful entries to our Children’s Book Week Story-writing competition. Suspense, humour, tragedy – we had all genres covered, as well as some truly beautiful illustrations and great cartoons.

And here are our lucky winners…

Lower Primary

WINNER:      Ayana Barker – Did You See That Whale?


(Click on the picture to see the whole story)


Lilyana Holder for Pete the Pineapple Surf’s Up.    Finn Clarke for The Boy Who Didn’t Know What to Write!

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Upper Primary


Short Story: Jessie Seal – Blank Pages

Picture Story: Mikayla Liddell – My Mate Jet


 (Click on the picture to see the whole story)

Lower Secondary – no entries received

Upper Secondary


Grace Gooda – Ripple

We’ve created a separate webpage for each of the winning stories – click on the links to read them.

And there are a few special mentions as well:

WIN_20150831_121826 WIN_20150831_121838Niah Barker (4yo) – for being our youngest entrant overall, in the specially created ‘Pre-school, not-quite-eligible’ category. We loved your entry about the fairies, Niah – especially the beautiful musical bell you attached to your book. Keep up your writing and illustrating and we look forward to seeing your first eligible entry next year.

The Preps at St Macartans – we had an amazing response from the budding authors and illustrators at St Mac’s – thanks for all your efforts. Special mentions for the following entrants:

  • Ollie Ewer for 100 Rats: we wonder if you were inspired by either the story of the Pied Piper or perhaps the movie Ratatouille. Your illustrations of all the rats were fantastic.

  • Sienna Little for Princess Puppy: you had a lot of wonderful detail in your story, and the banner illustrations across the top of the pages and rainbow at the end were beautiful.

  • Grace Little for The Kitten: we thought the development of your story was excellent – from Cuddly the Kitten getting lost, to meeting a bunny, who couldn’t help, to then meeting a kind bird, who knew where to go to get home. A very happy ending.

  • Wilbur Altschwager for The Marshmallows and the Fairies: your illustrations were wonderful and we really like eating marshmallows, just like your fairies.

  • Jasper Gomme for Steve and the Volcano: your story was very exciting with the volcano erupting and the lava threatening all the people’s homes. We were very relieved when Steve was able to save them in his rocket. A very exciting story.

  • Holli Penpraze for Liley and the Monster: we thought it was great that although Liley was frightened by the monster to start with, she was able to help him, and in the end they were friends and danced together.

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Thank you to everyone who entered and keep up the great work in using your imaginations and creative skills to write and illustrate more wonderful stories.

And remember – the key to being a great writer is to read as much as you can – so keep reading!!

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