What makes something good or bad? Why are things the way they are? How come it's so hard to work out the right thing to do? The Short & Curly Guide to Lifeis an imaginative look at some of life's biggest and trickiest questions. Figuring out what's right is way more fun than you think!You?ll find yourself wondering if it?s okay to break a promise - even if it's in a video game! Questioning whether you would want to spend the rest of your life in an amazing virtual reality. Umming and ahhing over whether there?s anything wrong with keeping an adorable baby fox as a pet. Putting ideas like fairness, what's normal and what's brave under the microscope . . . and so much more! Covering topics such as fairness, bullying, bravery, friendship and choice, The Short & Curly Guide to Lifeis a must-read for every child, parent and teacher.
By the Book is Ramona Koval's love letter to books and writing. What is it about reading that we love so much? Why do books make our lives so much richer? Ramona Koval's By the Book is about reading and living, and about the authors that have written themselves into her life: from Oliver Sacks to Oscar Wilde, Christina Stead to Grace Paley. It is about learning to read (and asking her mother to buy her a copy of the Kama Sutra), about love and science (and her childhood ambition to be Marie Curie), about arctic exploration (and her ruminations on what part of a husky she would eat if she had to), about poetry and travel and falling in love. In our book-devouring nation, this is a book for every avid reader and every avid listener who has been spellbound by Ramona's interviews over the years. By the Book is quintessentially Ramona: warm, bright, erudite, unmissable. Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is the editor of Best Australian Essays and was the presenter of ABC Radio National's 'The Book Show' for many years. She now interviews writers for The Monthly's online book club. textpublishing.com.au 'After 16 years as the host of Australian Broadcasting Corporation's The Book Show, Koval has a knack for conveying the essence of a book without spoiling it. She also recounts key exchanges with interviewees as diverse as Grace Paley, Oliver Sacks and Paul Theroux.' starred review Shelf Awareness 'By the Book takes us on intriguing journeys through books...The excitement with which Koval still approaches each new book, plunging in 'head first, heart deep', furnishes the last words of this urbane and enlightening work of her own.' Weekend Australian 'By the Book is a reminder of the role books can play in our lives. If you celebrate their contribution and appreciate their influence and artistry, then this is a story you will want to treasure. I certainly do.' Weekly Review 'A love letter to the act of reading...an ideal read for any bibliophile...Her tone is warm and inviting, just a touch short of wry...genuine and infectious.' Readings Monthly 'She's a shining presence in the world of literature, here in Australia and right across the globe...The book reads smoothly, it flows along from mood to mood, full of wit and beauty and grace...Her voice is always recognisable, invigorating, familiar to us and greatly loved: the voice of [a] highly literate woman.' Helen Garner 'As keen readers know, a book is more than an ordered pile of paper and cardboard - or these days, a collection of e-reader pixels. A companion, a refuge, a happy distraction, a gift to share - it can be all or any of these things, plus a bookmark of important times of one's life. The wise and warm Ramona Koval has written a literary memoir which focuses on this last quality, the books that marked and made her - from childhood through teens, student years to adulthood.' Australian Women's Weekly 'An irresistible study of the symbiotic relationship, for the bookish, between life and books...The voice is easily recognisable as the one we know from [Koval's] decades in radio: generous, warm and fearless.' Kerryn Goldsworthy, Australian Book Review 'The last chapters of By the Book reveal the quality of mind that made [Ramona Koval] such a brilliant interviewer, as much at home with scientists and travel writers as with novelists and poets.' Brenda Niall, Age 'Koval's enthusiasm bubbles from the page. It confirms the erudite and talented Koval is a treasure, whose voice is sorely missed on our airwaves.' Australian Bookseller and Publisher 'An entertaining, funny and instructive memoir about the real value of books.' Good Reading
League of Llamas secret agent Phillipe Llamar is on the run! Determined to clear his name after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Phillipe dons a disguise and goes on the hunt for the true criminal – one Ratrick Tailbiter. But the more Phillipe investigates, the less the case makes sense and the more things start becoming suspiciously . . . smelly. From Ratopia to Catagonia, Phillipe’s journey leads him far from home. Will he be able to solve this mystery alone? Hunted by friends and enemies alike, this is Agent 0011’s most daring adventure yet!
Here is the ultimate guide for today's women, created by their own expert peers. Women can learn how to prepare seven edible facials; behave at a bullfight; deal with friends' children; tip a taxi driver and much more. 150 line drawings.
A Sensitive Dog s Guide to Love Life and Counter Cruising
High Paws for A Dog’s Guide to Life, Love and Counter Cruising: “I had no idea what I was missing. Baker’s book brought my game to a whole new level and I can’t thank him enough. It all started with a ‘paws-on’ demonstration on Thanksgiving 2009. I never looked back.” —Gus Tobias, Newfoundland (RIP) “There are those of us who beg for treats and those of us who appropriate treats. Through Baker’s book, I’ve learned not to concern myself with what I’m doing but how I’m doing it. It’s made a huge difference!” —Jake Franklin, Collie “I’ve been a counter-cruiser from way back. This guidebook has refined some of my clumsier techniques and also boosted my confidence in some of my ‘tried and true’ capers. This is a great read!” —Poppy Williams, Greyhound “Never have I felt so good about doing something so bad!” —Kirby Leighton, Brittany Spaniel “Easy as 1-2-3, simple as A-B-C and rockin’ like Do-Re-Me! This is the ultimate guide to snacking nirvana!” —Cupcake Harper, English Bulldog “Baker explains it all, step by step, paw by paw. Cruising has never been so productive!” —Sioban Wells, Irish Wolfhound “Two paws Up!” —Banjo Tabor, Skippit (see chapter on designer dogs)
“Everybody’s favorite liberated cartoon woman.” —Elle Classic and loveable Betty Boop is as fashionable, inspiring, and popular as ever! If there’s one thing Betty knows, it’s how to make a lasting impression. For more than 80 years, the glamorous international icon has sung, sashayed, and “Boop-Oop-a-Dooped” past rules and conventions, unafraid to take risks or set trends, and proving time after time that she can do anything she sets her mind to! Betty is beloved by millions of fans around the world, who are enchanted not only by her adorable appearance and iconic phrase, but also by her wit, inspiring messages, and ahead-of-her-time wisdom. Here the authors take ten empowering and universally inspiring themes pulled directly from the classic Fleischer Studios Betty Boop cartoons and demonstrate why they’re more relevant than ever in today’s world by blending them with modern images and timeless wisdom and advice. All-encompassing topics include: Self-confidence Positive thinking Independence Kindness Healthy living And more! Youthful, ambitious, sassy, and confident, Betty Boop seeks to make a positive change in the world around her. She is vibrant and magnetic—she inspires. Betty is stylish and sexy, but never to please anyone but herself. She’s got class. She’s proud of who she is and won’t apologize for it, approaching life with irrepressible moxie. And with her daring look, can-do attitude, and irresistible charm, Betty is ready for anything that comes her way.
A trip to the zoo with Dad means seeing lots of animals . . . and hearing plenty of dad jokes too! Featuring a fun, rhyming text and break-out dad jokes this hardback picture book is the perfect Father's Day gift and read-aloud story!
A train speeding out of control, a bold bank robbery and a dazzling diamond heist – trouble is afoot in New Llama City! Luckily, the League of Llamas’ top agents, Phillipe and Lloyd, are on the case. And luckily for them, Mama Llama and agent Elloise Llamaresky are on their cases to make sure the job actually gets done. Is the odious badger General Bottomburp to blame? Or could there be a new kingpin in town? After all, every secret agent should know that appearances can be deceiving!
A classic tale of a beagle who would be Queen When the queen of a small kingdom dies without leaving an heir, the mourning citizens are confused. Who will be their next ruler? The royal scrolls state that if there is no heir - no children, no siblings, no aunts or uncles - the queen’s best friend must take her place. It just so happens that the queen’s best friend is Lucy, her beloved beagle. The evil Lord Runcible is furious at the thought of a canine queen and plots to seize the throne for himself. So begins a battle of wits between man and dog. A suspicious flea infestation, a dog-napping and an icy cold dip in a river all form part of a thrilling adventure. Will Lucy be able to prove to the people she is worthy of the crown?
The League of Llamas (LOL) are a group of secret llama agents and they’re on a mission to save the world – if only Agent 0011 Phillipe Llamar could stop looking in the mirror at his luxurious fringe and Agent 0013 Lloyd Llamanator could resist the temptation to eat everything in his path! There’s also the thieving General Bottomburp to contend with and a mysterious lady llama in red. Can Phillipe and Lloyd foil the evil plans of Bottomburp and his badger henchmen? The fate of the Llama Republic’s most prized relic, the Golden Llama, depends on it!